Schedule of Events
ISU Lectures 60th Anniversary Celebration
Wed, 30 Aug 2017, 3:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Join us for an open house reception, 3:30-5:30pm, to celebrate the Iowa State Lectures Program! The Committee on Lectures was established in 1958 with a series of four speakers. For 25 years it was directed by professor James Lowrie and initially operated out of his office in the English Department. Today, the Lectures Program Office works with the Committee on Lectures, the National Affairs Series (est. 1968) and World Affairs Series (est. 1966) planning committees, as well as a wide range of student organizations, academic units, and administrative offices, to schedule more than 100 speakers each year. This special event includes a short program at 4:30pm to recognize director Pat Miller's ongoing leadership and service.
Women Leaders: Building Bridges to Get the Job Done - Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 7:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate in 2006 and is currently serving her second term in office. Senator Klobuchar has built a reputation for working across party lines, including on landmark pieces of legislation to end human trafficking, to combat the opioid epidemic, and to improve the lives of veterans. She championed a long-term Farm Bill in 2014 and was one of fourteen senators who fought to create a bipartisan debt commission. Senator Klobuchar currently serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. She chairs the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and is the ranking member on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and joint Economic Committee. Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics
When Christians First Met Muslims - Michael Penn
Wed, 06 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Michael Penn is a professor of religious studies at Stanford University and specializes in the history of early Christianity with a focus on Middle Eastern Christians. Middle Eastern Christians composed the earliest and largest collection of Christian writings on Islam, but their experiences are largely omitted from the modern historical narrative because of the unfamiliar Aramaic dialect of Syriac in which they wrote. Michael Penn will discuss how the history of Christian-Muslim relations changes if, instead of relying on the writings of Greek and Latin Christians who often were in military conflict with Muslims, one focuses on Middle Eastern Christians and their everyday encounters with Muslims. No podcast will be available for this event.
New Developments in China and Sino-US Relations - Consul General Hong Lei
Mon, 11 Sep 2017, 5:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Hong Lei is the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago. The Consulate General covers nine states in the Midwest, including Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa. He previously served in the Department of Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy in the Netherlands, and as First Secretary at the Consulate General in San Francisco. Part of the World Affairs Series
Severe 5%: Understanding the Criminal Justice System - Matt DeLisi
Mon, 11 Sep 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Iowa State professor of sociology Matt DeLisi will draw on his research, clinical, and practitioner experiences working with pathological offenders to provide another framework for assessing the U.S. criminal justice system. Decades of research from around the world have shown that roughly 5% of the criminal population is responsible for more than half of the incidence of crime, and this pathological group accounts for between 50 to 90% of the most violent crimes including murder, rape, kidnapping, and armed robbery. DeLisi will explain why the system is mostly successful, providing treatment and supervision of individuals that are relatively amenable to rehabilitation. He will also explain why the putative “failures” of the justice system are not primarily the responsibility of law enforcement, judicial, and correctional staff, but instead are the result of a host of pathological conditions that render the severe 5% impervious to punishment. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture Series
Water Exploration in the Solar System: The Restless Hunt for Life - Essam Heggy
Tue, 12 Sep 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Essam Heggy is a planetary scientist at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and a Rosetta co-investigator at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He will discuss methods being used to explore possible subsurface aquifers and ice deposits on Mars as well as NASA’s and the European Space Agency's future plans to probe subsurface water on the red planet and Jupiter’s icy moons. Heggy is currently a member of several science teams conducting experiments on board the ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter and Rosetta Mission; the Chandrayaan-1, India’s first lunar mission; and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Understanding and Defeating Racism and Discrimination in America - Tim Wise
Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium - Doors open at 6:00pm - Tim Wise is a prominent antiracist writer and educator and author of the memoir White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. He has spent the last 25 years speaking to audiences across the country and training corporate, government, media, and military professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise is the author of six other books, including Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. He has been featured in several documentaries and is one of five persons interviewed for a video exhibition on race relations in America at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medical Apartheid: The History of Experimentation on Black Americans - Harriet Washington
Mon, 18 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Harriet Washington is a medical ethicist and author of the best-selling book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. She has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. Her latest book, Infectious Madness, looks at the connection between germs and mental illness. An award-winning medical writer and editor, Washington has worked for USA Today, been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and written for such academic forums as The New England Journal of Medicine. National Affairs Series No podcast or recording will be available for this event.
Help! You Need Somebody! - Sara Benincasa
Tue, 19 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sara Benincasa is a comedian, mental health advocate and author of Agorafabulous! Dispatches from My Bedroom. With courage and humor, she shares her experience overcoming mental illness as a young adult, coping with panic attacks, and navigating the highs and lows of college life. Benincasa's eclectic background includes work as an Americorps teacher, janitor, legal assistant, bathtub talk show host, and citizen journalist for MTV News covering the 2008 presidential election. Her memoir, Agorafabulous, is currently being adapted as a television series with Oscar winner Diablo Cody. Mental Health Expo A resource fair with local mental health and substance abuse professionals will be held in the adjoining South Ballroom beginning at 6:00pm. No podcast or recording will be available for this event.
Is There Evidence of God from Contemporary Science? - Fr. Robert Spitzer
Mon, 25 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Fr. Robert Spitzer served as president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. A Catholic priest and Jesuit, he is the author of eight books, including New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy . He appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe,” where he responds to viewer questions on a range of subjects, including reason, faith, suffering, and the existence of God. He has made many other TV appearances, including The History Channel’s “God and The Universe,” the PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow on Larry King Live. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series
Why Intelligent Design is NOT Science - Hector Avalos
Tue, 26 Sep 2017, 6:30 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Hector Avalos is Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Health Care and the Rise of Christianity (1999), Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence (2005), and The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics (2015). Born in Mexico, he received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School. In 1991, he became the first Mexican-American to receive a doctorate in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies from Harvard. Atheist and Agnostic Society Fall Lecture
Vanishing Vaquitas: Lessons from a Humble Porpoise - Barbara Taylor
Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Barbara Taylor, a conservation biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center, is actively involved with recent efforts to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise found only in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California. Her discussion of the vaquita’s rapid population decline will address broader themes of ocean and coastal conservation, international politics and what individuals can do to protect endangered species. Barbara Taylor leads the center’s Marine Mammal Genetics Program and researches how genetic data can be used in population analysis and conservation. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture. Notice: Parking for tonight's lecture will be extremely limited, with campus lots opening to the public at 3pm for the 7pm ISU v. Texas football game. The Memorial Union lot will fill quickly. Plan accordingly. Click here for more info on game-day parking
Current Events, Police Response and Hate Crimes - A Campus Conversation
Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 3:00 PM – 198 Parks Library - This campus conversation will focus on current events and their impacts on the ISU community. It will feature information from the Iowa State University Police about hate crimes and will conclude with small group discussions.
Portrait of America: How Demographic Change and Economic Inequality Are Reshaping Society - John Iceland
Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - John Iceland is Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State University. His research and teaching interests lie in demography, social inequality, and immigration. He has authored four books on these issues: Race and Ethnicity in America (2017), Portrait of America (2014), Poverty in America (3rd edition in 2013), and Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States (2009). He is currently co-editor of the journal Demography and vice president-elect of the Population Association of America. Iceland served previously as Chief of the Poverty and Health Statistics Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau and was on the faculty at the University of Maryland before joining Penn State. George M. Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology
A Tale of Resiliency, Entrepreneurship and the Value of Mentors - Joe Kerns
Thu, 05 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Joe Kerns of Ames-based Kerns and Associates has been a consultant in agricultural operations and the animal production industry for more than twenty-five years. The company’s clients include producers, veterinarians, packers, researchers, and mill operators from more than a dozen states. Kerns advises on procurement and risk management activities related to a range of operations, commodity markets, nutritional factors impacting production, and operational sustainability, leadership, and ownership. Prior to this consulting venture, he directed risk management activities for industry leaders such as ADM, Premium Standard Farms, Continental Grain, and Iowa Select Farms. Kerns is a graduate of Iowa State, where he earned a degree in agricultural business. William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture and part of CALS Week
Back to the Future: The Social Justice Origins and Future of Latinx Studies - Ginetta Candelario
Thu, 05 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building - Ginetta Candelario is professor of sociology and Latin American & Latino/a Studies at Smith College, where her teaching focuses on race and ethnicity in the Americas, Latina/o communities in the United States and Latin American, and Latina feminist activism. Her research interests include Dominican history and society, especially Dominican identity formation. Candelario has been a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic twice, most recently in 2016, and is the author of Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops. Latino/a Heritage Month No recording will be available for this event.
Financial Regulation and Reform - Michael Piwowar
Fri, 06 Oct 2017, 11:00 AM – Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Michael Piwowar was appointed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2013 and currently serves as Acting Chairman of the Commission. He was the Republican chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the lead Republican economist on the four SEC-related titles of the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act. During the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath, Piwowar served as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations. His first tenure at the SEC was in the Office of Economic Analysis as a visiting academic scholar on leave from Iowa State University, where he was an assistant professor of finance. Stafford Lecture on Banking.
National Defense and International Security - Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier
Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is Director of Operational Capability Requirements and Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon. He is responsible for developing and evaluating requirements for Air Force-wide modernization programs, including fighters, bombers, space systems, missile defense and cyber requirements. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Plans and Policy at U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, where he oversaw the development and implementation of national security policy, military strategy, as well as development of the nation’s strategic war plan. General Crosier attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988 after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. Part of the World Affairs Series
Controversy and the U.S. Supreme Court - A Panel Discussion
Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Panelists discussing recent Supreme Court rulings include ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis and Dirk Deam, senior lecturer in Political Science. They will also discuss any shift in the balance of the court caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the appointment of Neil Gorsuch. Iowa State Bioethics Program Director and philosophy professor Clark Wolf, an expert in philosophy of the law, will moderate. Constitution Day Event
It's What I Do - Lynsey Addario
Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who has covered conflicts and humanitarian crises in Iraq, Darfur, South Sudan, Congo, and Libya, where she was one of four journalists held captive by the Libyan Army. Named one of the most influential photographers of the past 25 years, she received a Pulitzer Prize for her work documenting life under the Taliban in Afghanistan as well as a MacArthur Fellowship. Her recent work includes Syrian refugees, ISIS’s push into Iraq, and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Lynsey Addario’s New York Times bestselling memoir, It's What I Do, is being made into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Steven Spielberg.Part of the World Affairs Series. No podcast available for this event.
Betting on Africa to Feed the World - World Food Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina
Mon, 16 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Akinwumi Adesina is President of the African Development Bank and the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. Heralded as “Africa’s Norman Borlaug,” Adesina has for the past two decades helped transform African agriculture. He organized the 2006 Africa Fertilizer Summit, was an early leader in the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and, more recently, served as Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture. His policy reforms in support of the African farmer have expanded access to financing and credit, helped end corruption in the fertilizer and seed sectors, and promoted investment in agriculture from both the public and private sectors. The 2017 Norman Borlaug Lecture and part of the World Affairs Series A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union. Posters will address world food issues and are submitted by undergraduate and graduate students.
Political and Economic Transition at Home and Abroad - Ali Velshi
Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - MSNBC anchor and correspondent Ali Velshi brings a unique perspective to his coverage of politics and the impact of the current administration's domestic and international policy shifts. He was previously CNN’s chief business correspondent and is known for his ability to explain in plain terms the causes of the global financial crisis, the debt ceiling and the budget debates. Velshi reported on the U.S. presidential campaign and provided overseas coverage of ISIL, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the Iran nuclear deal as the host of Al Jazeera America's “Ali Velshi On Target.” He also serves as an NBC news business correspondent, is the author of Gimme My Money Back, and co-authored How to Speak Money with former CNN colleague and Iowa State alum Christine Romans. Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science. No podcast of this event will be available online.
Can You Be Born a Couch Potato? The Genetics of Physical Activity - J. Timothy Lightfoot
Thu, 19 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - J. Timothy Lightfoot directs the Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M University, where his research focuses on the genetics of daily physical activity and exercise endurance. His lab also has a unique interest in the physiological responses of athletes in a variety of non-traditional venues such as auto racing and in musicians. Lightfoot’s research has been featured in numerous general media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Time.com, National Public Radio, and NBC’s Today Show. He began his career as a research consultant at NASA’s Biomedical Laboratory and has been on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is currently the Omar Smith Endowed Professor of Kinesiology at Texas A&M. Pease Family Scholar in Kinesiology
Leadership: Finding a Roadmap for Success - Lt.Col.(ret) Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
Thu, 26 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Lt.Col.(ret) Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is founder and head of Educational Achievement Services, which has a mission to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. Born and raised in a tiny barrio in Laredo, Texas, she overcame the challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. After graduating from Hardin Simmons University, she entered the U.S. Army as an officer and served for two decades, breaking barriers and setting records to become the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. She retired as a 22-year veteran, returned to her roots and became a community leader. She has worked with children, parents and educators as well as corporate, professional, and non-profit audiences. Latinx Heritage Month and Women’s Leadership Series Keynote
Black Holes in the Universe and in Hollywood - Roger Blandford
Thu, 26 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM – Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, Iowa State Center - Roger Blandford is an astrophysicist widely recognized for his contributions to the study of black holes. He will describe the strange and wonderful behavior of black holes and compare that to some of the alternate realities created in the movies. Blandford directs the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University, where he is the Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and a member of the Physics Department. Blandford is known for his pioneering theoretical work and has studied a wide variety of phenomena crucial to understanding the universe’s structure and evolution. His many achievements include the discovery of how energy is extracted from a rotating black hole, now referred to in his honor as the Blandford–Znajek process. Zaffarano Lecture in Physics
Food Evolution - Documentary & Discussion
Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Food Evolution wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time: GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film looks at the polarized debate on GMOs and the fear, distrust and confusion surrounding the topic. It enlists such experts and icons as Mark Lynas, Alison Van Eenennaam, Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Vandana Shiva, Robert Fraley, Marion Nestle and Bill Nye, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, in an effort to separate the hype from the science and unravel the debate around food. Alison Van Eenennaam, Professor and Extension Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Specialist at University of California, Davis, will provide brief opening remarks and lead a discussion immediately following the 90-minute film.
The Economy and You: Separating the Facts from the Fiction - Peter Dunn
Wed, 01 Nov 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Peter Dunn is a personal finance expert known as Pete the Planner® with a USA TODAY financial advice column and The Million Dollar Plan Podcast. He is the founder of Advanced Planning Solutions, a financial education firm, and author of ten books including 60 Days to Change: A Daily How-To Guide With Actionable Tips for Improving Your Financial Life. He regularly appears on CNN Headline News, Fox News, Fox Business as well as numerous nationally syndicated radio programs, and is considered one of the top four most influential financial broadcasters in the nation. Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture Series
How Lucy Died and Why It Matters - John Kappelman
Thu, 02 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - John Kappelman, a paleoanthropologist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the most famous fossil in the world - Lucy, an ancient human ancestor found in Ethiopia in 1974 - and what her bones tell us about our evolutionary history. Using CT technology, Kappelman and his team identified a series of fractures in Lucy’s skeleton, which they interpreted as traumatic injuries resulting from a fall, most likely from high in a tree. Their findings on Lucy's cause of death, subsequently published in the journal Nature, suggest that Lucy may actually have been a tree dweller and are challenging scientists' understanding of human evolution.
Campus Forum - Candidates for Ames Mayor & City Council
Thu, 02 Nov 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - The Student Government will host a forum with candidates running for Ames mayor and city council seats in the November 7 election. Candidates will address issues of concern to Iowa State University students in brief opening remarks and then take questions from the audience. Participants include mayoral candidates Victoria Szopinski and John Haila and city council candidates Amber Corrieri, David Martin, Gloria Betcher, and Rob Bowers. Student Government Vice President Cody Smith will moderate.
Racial Equality and Catholic Teaching - Anne Clifford
Mon, 06 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in our nation’s capital nearly 55 years ago, on August 28, 1963. Anne Clifford, the Msgr. James A. Supple Chair in Catholic Studies at Iowa State University, will speak about Dr. King's life and work advocating for racial justice in light of recent developments in America and Catholic teachings on racism, especially those of United States Bishops. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series
Pakistan's Role in the War Against Terror - Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi
Tue, 07 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Faisal Niaz Tirmizi is the Consul General of Pakistan in the Chicago Consulate, which covers 12 states in the Midwest, including Iowa. The Consul General previously served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Desk Officer of the Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan, India, and as Director of Personnel and Protocol in the Foreign Secretary’s Office. His diplomatic assignments have included Pakistan Missions abroad in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (1996-99); Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (2003-07); and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2007-10). He is a graduate of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1993.
Meskwaki Nation Dancers - Performance
Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Celebrate Indigenous Heritage Month with a special performance by the Meskwaki Nation dancers. The performance will last approximately 45 minutes and precedes a 7:00pm lecture, "Changing the Way We See Native America," featuring Matika Wilbur, a photographer and social documentarian from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Indigenous Heritage Month Event Photo copyright Meskwaki Nation
Changing the Way We See Native America - Matika Wilbur
Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Matika Wilbur is a photographer and social documentarian from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. She is the creator of Project 562, a multi-year national photo and narrative undertaking to document contemporary Indian identity. For three years, Wilbur drove more than a quarter million miles from Alaska to the Southwest, Louisiana to Maine, to meet and photograph diverse peoples of the 562 federally recognized Nations of Indigenous Americans. Wilbur began her portrait work with Coast Salish elders in We Are One People. Her other projects include We Emerge on the complexity of contemporary Native American identity, and a one-person exhibition Save the Indian, Kill the Man at The Seattle Art Museum. Indigenous Heritage Month Join us at 6:00pm for a performance by the Meskwaki Nation dancers prior to the lecture. No recording or podcast will be available for this event.
Green Light of Peace: Women, War and Post-War Return in Liberia - Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, a visiting scholar with the African Humanities Program, will speak about her research on African women in post-conflict situations and gender and politics. She holds a PhD in political science and teaches in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria. In 2012 she was a postdoctoral Global South Scholar-in-Residence at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She currently serves as editor of the Journal of International Politics and Development.
Why Is There a Neo-Nazi on My Campus? A German Historian Explains - Jeremy Best
Tue, 14 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - At Iowa State and campuses nationwide, white “nationalist” organizations have begun anonymous recruitment attempts with flyers, posters, and postcards. Jeremy Best, an assistant professor of history at Iowa State, will discuss the ideology of these organizations, their connection to the Nazis and other 20th-century fascist organizations, and why their white nationalism seems to have had a resurgence in our own times. No podcast recording available for this event.
Agriculture and Climate Change - Tom Vilsack
Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Doors open at 6:15pm Tom Vilsack served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eight years in the Obama administration. At the USDA he was responsible for keeping American farms afloat and safe and managing public nutrition programs like SNAP and school lunches, along with programs that cover refinancing home loans, rural electrification, clean water projects, mental health issues, and fighting opioid addictions. He has been honored for his public service and work to advance American agriculture by the Congressional Hunger Center, National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau, and National Farmers Union. Tom Vilsack served as Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. He became president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council in February 2017. Part of the National Affairs Series: "When American Values Are in Conflict”
*CANCELED* Iowa and the Fight to Stop Human Trafficking - Panel Discussion
Tue, 28 Nov 2017, 5:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - This event has been canceled. Panel discussion including human trafficking investigator Mike Ferjak with the Office of the Attorney General and Alissa Stoehr, who teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies Program and advises the Iowa State Network Against Human Trafficking.
Who Will Help the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar? - Matthew Smith
Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Matthew Smith, founder and chief executive officer of the human rights group Fortify Rights, will speak about the Muslim Rohingya, an ethnic minority group fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar. It is reported a half million Rohingya refugees have sought safety in neighboring Bangladesh, creating a humanitarian crisis. Matthew Smith's work has exposed wartime abuses and forced displacement, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations. Smith previously worked with Human Rights Watch (2011-13), where he authored several reports on critical rights issues in Myanmar and China. He also served as a project coordinator and senior consultant at EarthRights International (2005-11) and was a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow.
Suicide Awareness: Break the Silence - A Campus Conversation
Thu, 30 Nov 2017, 3:30 PM – 198 Parks Library - This campus conversation will focus on suicide awareness and how to take action in the community. A presentation with representatives from ISU Police and student wellness will conclude with small group discussions.
Science for All? Diversity in Science in a Global Economy - Sandra L. Hanson
Thu, 30 Nov 2017, 6:30 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Sandra L. Hanson is a professor of sociology at Catholic University whose work has focused on gender, race and ethnicity in the sciences. She is the author of two books on the subject, Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls in Science Education and Lost Talent: Women in the Sciences. Hanson received a Fulbright award for teaching and research on gender in Eastern Europe at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow Poland. Her second Fulbright award was for teaching and research on gender and science in an international context at the Global and European Studies Institute, Leipzig University. Sigma Xi Lecture Series
Let Freedom Ring – Carillon Concert
Wed, 10 Jan 2018, 11:50 AM – Central Campus - A carillon concert in honor of Dr. King. Tin-Shi Tam, carillonneur. Partof the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Birthday Celebration
Mon, 15 Jan 2018, 5:30 PM – Ames Middle School, 3915 Mortensen Road - Celebrate with song, story and birthday cake. An Ames tradition! Join us at 6:00 for cake and music, followed by an hour-long program beginning at 6:30pm.Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series
Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation - Howard Gillman & Mariah Watson
Thu, 18 Jan 2018, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Please join a discussion about balancing First Amendment rights with the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses. Participants include Howard Gillman is the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine; a Constitutional scholar and co-author of the upcoming Free Speech on Campus with the Yale University Press, and an American Constitutionalism series with the Oxford University Press. Mariah Watson was president of the University of California, Davis, student government where her leadership helped advance inclusiveness and diversity across the UC system. She was instrumental in establishing productive meetings between the African Black Coalition and the Office of the President; helped establish a student-oriented police review board, which has served as a model for other campuses, and her team worked to create the African Diaspora Student Success Center, a resource center that aims to decrease dropout rates in the African American community. She graduated in 2016, and is currently a legislative aide for California State Senator Nancy Skinner. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation
Race and Justice in America - Bryan Stevenson
Mon, 29 Jan 2018, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Stevenson's memoir Just Mercy is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the front lines against extreme punishments and careless justice. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. Stevenson will also be speaking about EJI’s Lynching in America Project and the need to confront the history of racial terror in this country. The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote
Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Mon, 05 Feb 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - WLC World Cultures Lecture Series Speaker to be announced.
The Art of Language Invention - David J. Peterson
Mon, 12 Feb 2018, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - David J. Peterson created the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for HBO's Game of Thrones as well as the Dark Elves' Shiväisith language for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World. A linguist by training, Peterson offers an overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien's creations and Klingon to today's global community of conlangers. He will share stories of how he built Dothraki and Valyrian and discuss the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages. Peterson is the author of The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building and Living Language Dothraki. Quentin Johnson Lecture in Linguistics and Part of LAS Week
Coal, Climate and Environmental Backlash - Nick Mullins
Mon, 19 Feb 2018, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Nick Mullins is a former fifth generation coal miner from Appalachia seeking to better educate audiences about Appalachia’s jobs-versus-environment dichotomy. An energy transition advocate and author of the blog The Thoughtful Coal Miner, Mullins hopes to inspire deeper conversations on the relationship between activists, corporate interests, and rural working-class communities and help audiences understand the political motivations of mining communities. His presentation looks at community reactions to both environmental activism against surface mining practices and the coal industry’s response through public relations campaigns and the “War on Coal” rhetoric. University Symposium on Sustainability Keynote The Symposium on Sustainability will host a poster display and reception prior to the lecture, 7-8pm, in the South Ballroom. Help celebrate sustainability efforts and accomplishments on and off-campus!
Blaxicans and the Future of Identity in the United States - Walter Thompson-Hernandez
Thu, 22 Feb 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Walter Thompson-Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based multimedia journalist and is currently a doctoral student in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His academic research focuses on multiracial identity in Latina/o communities in the United States and throughout the Americas. His writing, photos, documentaries, and research have been featured by NPR, CNN, BBC, Fusion, Los Angeles Times, Remezcla, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.
Engineers' Week Keynote
Thu, 22 Feb 2018, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced
The Dead Zone: Will Shrimp and Corn Chowder Survive? - Nancy N. Rabalais
Tue, 20 Mar 2018, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Nancy Rabalais has worked for more than 30 years to bring national attention to water quality and ecosystem concerns in the Gulf of Mexico. She leads Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium/Louisiana State University's annual survey of the Gulf hypoxic zone, tracking the impact that nutrient runoff from agriculture and developed lands in the Mississippi River watershed has had on coastal habitats. Also referred to as the “dead zone,” the hypoxic zone is a largely human-caused phenomenon where there's too little oxygen to support marine life. Rabalais’s work on coastal water quality has extended to recovery efforts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and restoration of coastal habitats following natural disasters, including hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. The Ronald Lecture in Environmental Conservation
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Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.
Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - National Affairs speaker to be announced.
Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
Thu, 05 Apr 2018, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose collection of essays Bad Feminist is considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. In her most recent book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Gay reflects on her struggles with weight, trauma, and self-image. Her other books include the novel An Untamed State and a collection of short stories, Difficult Women. She recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, with the comic series World of Wakanda. Part of the National Affairs Series and Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series
Ritual Time: Escaping the Cult of Busy - Kimberly Belcher
Mon, 09 Apr 2018, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kimberly Belcher, assistant professor of liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss ritual practice as a way of creating contemplative and healing time that buffers us from a culture that demands we overproduce. Ritual time - not just down time but scheduled time to rest, rethink, and even get bored - has taken on an unexpected importance in the contemporary world. Anxieties about employment and success can lead us into a spiral of productivity, stealing our joy in the pursuit of a well-rounded resume. Learn how ancient spiritual practices like annual festivals, fasting, daily routines, and contemplation can nourish a sense that there is "just enough" time to live. Msgr. James A. Supple Lecture Series
Where Is U.S. Foreign Policy Headed? - Stephen Walt
Thu, 19 Apr 2018, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Stephen Walt is Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a former academic dean. He also taught at Princeton and the University of Chicago and has been a resident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Walt is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and co-chair of the editorial board of International Security. His books include The Origins of Alliances; Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy; and The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. He is currently writing a book about why U.S. foreign policy keeps failing. Phi Beta Kappa Lecture
Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.
Lectures Program Event Being Planned
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - National Affairs Series speaker to be announced.
Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - World Affairs Series speaker to be announced.
Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - Speaker to be announced
Lectures Program Event to be Scheduled
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - National Affairs Series. Speaker to be announced.
World Affairs Series Event Being Planned
Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM – To be announced - Speaker to be announced.