Schedule of Events

01 Aug 2022 - 31 Jul 2023

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Cryptocurrency: The Good, The Bad, and the Future
Thu, 15 Sep 2022, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Come learn about cryptocurrency--what it is, why it's always in the news, and how it effects you! Charles Finfrock is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Certified Bitcoin Professional, and an expert in cryptocurrency. Mr. Finfrock spent 18 years in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations conducting and leading clandestine operations overseas to collect foreign intelligence, run counterintelligence operations, and conducting covert action at the direction of the President. He joined CIA shortly before 9/11 and he spent the majority of his career in the Middle East and Europe. After leaving the CIA in January 2019, Mr. Finfrock joined Tesla as its first Insider Threat program manager. He developed Tesla’s corporate Insider Threat program and led its implementation of the Insider Threat program in North America, Europe, and China. He also also led Tesla’s global information security investigations program to respond to loss of confidential or proprietary information worldwide. Mr. Finfrock left Tesla in October 2021 to focus full time on a company he founded, Vigilance. Vigilance provides bespoke and discreet investigative and private intelligence and counterintelligence services to its clients.

Where's the Whistle? You Can't Coach Yourself Out of Mental Illness
Tue, 20 Sep 2022, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Come to the 2022 Story County Mental Health Expo featuring a huge vendor fair and speaker Lyndsey (Medders) Fennelly, She is a former Iowa State All-American and WNBA Draftee. She co-founded CampusCycle, Elite 360 Training, a sport development business for athletes in central Iowa that has serviced over 40,000 athletes, and is a motivational speaker and mental health advocate. Lyndsey has been hospitalized twice since 2013 after 2 significant breakdowns and has since shared her story with over 13,000 Iowans in an effort to reduce the stigma. She is also passionate about giving back, a life well lived, and most especially time with her family. At 6pm, the Vendor Fair and Exhibition will open in the Sun Room with door prizes and free food. Ms. Fennelly will speak at 7:30pm The annual Story County Mental Health Expo is a partnership among various Story County health groups and ISU. The groups involved include: ISU Committee on Lectures, ISU Police, Eyerly Ball, ISU Student Wellness, ISU Dean of Students Office, Optimae Life Services, YSS, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Community Support Advocates, Ames Police, Community & Family Resources, and NAMI Central Iowa.

Who Gets What and Why? Economists as Engineers
Thu, 22 Sep 2022, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Alvin Roth is the Craig and Susan McCaw professor of economics at Stanford University and the Gund professor of economics and business administration emeritus at Harvard University. He was President of the American Economics Association in 2017. Dr. Roth has made significant contributions to the fields of game theory, market design and experimental economics, and is known for his emphasis on applying economic theory to solutions for "real-world" problems. In 2012, he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with Lloyd Shapley "for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design."

It’s Personal: What Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Mean for Individual Liberties
Tue, 27 Sep 2022, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 2022 Constitution Day Panel Recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court have altered Americans understanding of privacy, freedom of religion, and personal liberties. An expert panel will discuss the immediate legal effects and how other personal freedoms could be affected by upcoming cases. Moderator: Dr. Karen Kedrowski is Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and Professor of Political Science at Iowa State. She was recently named Campus Champion of the Year by the Andrew Goodman Foundation in recognition for her student voter engagement work. Panelists: Professor Dirk Deam, ISU Julie Roosa, First Amendment attorney Leah Patton, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Iowa

The Legacy of the New Farmers of America
Tue, 27 Sep 2022, 7:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss - Dr. Antoine Alston (’00 PhD agricultural education and studies), professor and associate dean within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University will present a lecture based on his newly released book, The Legacy of the New Farmers of America, a historical narrative about a national organization meant for Black farm boys studying vocational agriculture in high school. Similar in structure to the Future Farmers of America, the NFA was formed in 1927 and existed until 1965, when it merged with FFA following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He will also touch on African American Agricultural history.

2022 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture
Wed, 28 Sep 2022, 7:00 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss - 2022 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture Ernie Shea is the President of Solutions from the Land (SfL), a not-for-profit organization that incubates and supports farmer-led, multi-stakeholder platforms that inspire, educate, and equip agricultural partners to innovate and lead efforts to sustain productivity, enhance climate resilience, and contribute to local and global goals for sustainable development. SfL brings agricultural thought leaders to the forefront of conversations about the food system, the environment and the future. Shea has over 40 years of experience at the global, national, state and local level where he has designed and facilitated initiatives to enhance the effective functioning and ability of agricultural landscapes to sequester carbon, protect water quality, improve public health, and ensure a growing and resilient food system.


The Color of Success: Assimilation and Perception of Asian Americans as the Model Minority
Mon, 10 Oct 2022, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - A specialist in 20th century United States history, Dr. Ellen Wu is a nationally-recognized authority on Asian-Pacific America, migration, race, and the myth of the model minority. She is the Director of the Asian American Studies program at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she is also an Associate Professor of History. Her first book, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority, recounts the astonishing makeover of Asians in the United States from the “yellow peril” to “model minorities” in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Charting this transformation within the dual contexts of the United States’ global rise and the Black freedom movement, The Color of Success reveals that this far-reaching, politically charged process continues to have profound implications for how Americans understand race, opportunity, and nationhood. The Color of Success received the First Book Award, an Honorable Mention for the Theodore Saloutos Book Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society along with the History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies, and was recognized by the Obama Foundation as as part of its AANHPI Heritage Month reading list. Wu is currently at work on Overrepresented: The Surprising History of Asian Americans and Racial Justice, a deep dive into the history of how “minority” rights have both strengthened and fractured ties between Asian Americans and other people of color since the 1960s—and divided the Asian American community itself. Pigeonholed as exceptional achievers, Asian Americans failed to secure widespread recognition as a “disadvantaged” racial group; they were seen as already “over-represented” in elite institutions, with no need for active interventions. Such dismissals glossed over the persistence of anti-Asian hostility as well as historical differences and socio-economic disparities among Asian American populations. In this unexpected account of racial justice, Wu demonstrates how much we miss when we see race as a fixed and predictable category, and illuminates the central role Asian Americans have played in the civil rights battles that have defined the nation.

Urban Coyote Movement and Behavior
Thu, 13 Oct 2022, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 2022 Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture Dr. Chris Schell studies the intersections of society, ecology, and evolution to understand how wildlife (mainly mammalian carnivores) are rapidly adapting to life in cities. The work of the Schell lab combines behavioral, physiological, and genomic approaches to demonstrate the myriad consequences of historical and contemporary inequites on organismal, population, and community-level dynamics of wildlife. In addition, Dr. Schell and his lab leverage human dimensions and community-engaged data streams to decipher how wildlife adaptation and human perceptions create landscapes of risk that contribute to human-carnivore conflict. This interdisciplinary work requires integrating principles from the natural sciences with urban studies to address how systemic racism and oppression affect urban ecosystems, while simultaneously highlighting the need to environmental justice, civil rights, and equity as the bedrock of biological conservation and our fight against the climate crisis.

2022 Norman Borlaug Lecture
Mon, 17 Oct 2022, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of the United States will receive the 2022 World Food Prize for her seminal contributions to understanding and predicting the impacts of the interaction between climate and food systems. Through designing and leading rigorous, collaborative observational and modeling research, she provided the evidence used by thousands of decision-makers in more than 90 countries to both mitigate and adapt to climate change in local, national and global food systems. Now a Senior Research Scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), part of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Rosenzweig started her career as a farmer.

We Rate Dogs®: A Conversation with Matt Nelson About Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy, and Social Media Fame
Thu, 20 Oct 2022, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - WeRateDogs® grew to 17M followers by giving “better-than-perfect” scores to every pup they were sent. Come listen to WeRateDogs® creator Matt Nelson share his story of turning a meme account into a powerful force for good. You’ll hear how Matt came up with the idea, found his voice, built a community, and then harnessed it to start giving back, with the new non-profit foundation, 15/10. Join us to learn how to turn your jokes into a job.

Saved by Schindler: The Life of Celina Karp Biniaz
Tue, 25 Oct 2022, 6:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Celina Karp Biniaz is one of the last living Holocaust survivors who worked in Oskar Schindler's factory during World War II. At only 10 years old, she was also the youngest saved by work in the factory. A new book by author B. Fredricks William chronicles Biniaz's story from life in Poland to the Auschwitz death camp to Schindler's factory to her move to the United States and education in Iowa. Biniaz will share her incredible story and what she thinks about the current movement toward embracing authoritarianism and demonizing minorities.

Not the "Whole Picture": Reimagining Food Systems to Account for What We Don't Know
Mon, 31 Oct 2022, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology Michael Carolan was born, raised, and educated in Iowa. After living in the state for approximately 30 years, his career took him to Colorado State University where he is now Co-Director of the Food Systems Institute for Research, Engagement and Learning, Professor of Sociology, and an Engagement and Extension Food Systems Specialist.


A Conversation About the 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah-Jones
Wed, 02 Nov 2022, 6:00 PM – Cy Stephens Auditorium - 2022 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science Nikole Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. The book version of The 1619 Project was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Hannah-Jones has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she is founding the Center for Journalism & Democracy. Hannah-Jones is also the co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of investigative reporters and editors of color, and this year she opened the1619 Freedom School, a free, afterschool literacy program in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. Hannah-Jones holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame. At speaker request, this event will NOT be live streamed or recorded.

2022 Fobes Ronald Lecture in Environmental Conservation
Thu, 03 Nov 2022, 6:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - 2022 Fobes Ronald Lecture in Environmental Conservation Jennifer Cherrier, PhD., is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College-The City University of New York. She is also the President and Founder of Waterway Ecologics, LLC. Her 25+yrs of research expertise are in aquatic carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry with a more recent focus on water resource sustainability and nature-based approaches for offsetting urban flooding as well as human impacts on marine and freshwater systems.


Let's Talk About Pets
Thu, 02 Feb 2023, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Temple Grandin is a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior. Today she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special – "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow". She has also appeared on national TV shows such as Larry King Live, 20/20, 60 Minutes, Fox and Friends, and she has a 2010 TED talk. Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes, and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy Award-winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.