Schedule of Events
Communications and Civility in Our Democracy - S.E. Cupp
Thu, 05 Sep 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - S.E. Cupp is a political commentator, culture critic, and author of Why You're Wrong About The Right, Behind the Myths and Losing Our Religion. She brings a conservative, feminist perspective to her weekly program on CNN, Unfiltered, and is recognized for encouraging honest and respectful dialogue around politics, religion, and the media in American life. In addition to her commentary for CNN, Cupp hosts her own radio show and writes a regular column in the New York Daily News and on The Daily Caller. She was previously a co-host on MSNBC’s The Cycle. Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication 2019 Summit Keynote S.E. Cupp's keynote address is free and open to the public. Greenlee Summit (Friday, September 6 - Scheman Building): Students are invited to attend speakers and sessions freely throughout the day and need not register in advance. Registration is required for community leaders, professionals, and educators to attend summit events. More information and registration details The University Bookstore will be on site to sell copies of Losing Our Religion
Emotions: Separating Fact from Fiction - Lisa Feldman Barrett
Tue, 10 Sep 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Neuroscience Interdepartmental Graduate Program reception & student poster display 6:00-7:00 p.m., South Ballroom, Memorial Union Lisa Feldman Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and the author of How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain. She will discuss her research and paradigm-shifting theory that feelings like happiness, pride, or rage aren’t hardwired and triggered but rather constructed in the moment based on experience and learned behavior. Her work has implications not just in fields like neuroscience and psychology but also for medicine, the legal system, child-rearing, and even airport security. In addition to her academic position, Barrett holds research appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Neuroscience Research Day 2019 Keynote The University Bookstore will be on site to sell copies of How Emotions are Made.
The Importance of Being Different - ROY REIMAN
Fri, 13 Sep 2019, 3:30 PM – MacKay Hall Auditorium (0117) - Media businessman and entrepreneur Roy Reiman will speak about his career in magazines and publishing. He founded Reiman Publications, which grew to employ over 600 people and published 14 national magazines—all of which were supported solely with subscriptions, and no advertising. At the company’s peak, when the total circulation reached 16.3 million subscribers, every eighth home in America received at least one of the magazines. Twelve years ago Reiman “flunked retirement,” as he puts it, and launched Our Iowa for his home state, and five years ago launched Our Wisconsin for his adopted state. 2019 Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker Series
My Battle with Mental Illness: Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering - Jake Sullivan
Mon, 16 Sep 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - The Story County Mental Health Resource Fair will precede the lecture, 6:00-7:00pm, in the South Ballroom. Cyclone basketball legend Jake Sullivan was a student athlete at Iowa State from 2000 to 2004. He was a 3-time All-Big 12 selection, 3-time Academic All-American, and was voted to the Iowa State All-Century Team. In the midst of his many athletic and academic accomplishments Sullivan also silently battled depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. He will speak about the steps he took to navigate his challenges with mental illness and the importance of recognizing that mental illness can affect anyone - even people who appear to have it all. National Recovery Awareness Month - Story County Mental Health Expo Representatives from ISU Police Department and Student Health and Wellness will be available to share information on campus resources during the closing Q&A discussion.
Free Speech and Academic Freedom - Henry Reichman
Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 5:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Henry (Hank) Reichman, professor emeritus of history at California State University, East Bay, will speak on the topic of his new book, The Future of Academic Freedom. In the wake of the 2016 election, challenges to academic freedom have intensified, and issues of free speech on campus have grown increasingly controversial. As an expert on campus free speech and former chair of the Association of American University Professors Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Reichman discusses the meaning of and current challenges to academic freedom, including political, corporate, and donor interests and influence as well as the impact of social media, student activism, and outside speakers. The University Bookstore will be on site to sell copies of The Future of Academic Freedom.
Literacy as Action in Enduring Climates of Xenophobia - Dr. Cati de los Ríos
Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Cati de los Ríos is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis. De los Ríos’s research explores the intersections of adolescent literacies, transnationalism, translanguaging, ethnic studies, and teacher education. In her talk, Dr. de los Ríos will bring to attention, "Using photographs, interviews, students’ literacy artifacts, focus groups, and field notes, this talk asks (a) What do literacies look like in an Ethnic Studies course that designed learning around local community knowledge and sanctuary? And (b) How do students respond to such curricular designing?" 2019-2020 Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair Series
Ivy College of Business CEO Speaker Series - Beth Ford, Land O’Lakes
Tue, 24 Sep 2019, 2:10 PM – Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building - Beth Ford is president and CEO of Land O’Lakes and an Iowa State Ivy College of Business graduate. She is the first female CEO of Land O’Lakes, one of the nation’s largest food and agricultural cooperatives, and the first openly gay woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. Ford, who has been listed among Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” and “Most Powerful Women in Business” was raised in northwest Iowa, one of eight children whose first job was detasseling corn. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, Ford had excelled in executive operations management and supply chain roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo, and Scholastic. Ivy College of Business CEO Speaker Series
Our Digital Future (Through the Lens of the Past) - Dr. Douglas Van Houweling
Thu, 26 Sep 2019, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Douglas Van Houweling is a professor emeritus in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He has had a long career in higher education information technology leadership and management. He has led the information technology function at Cornell University, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University of Michigan. He has also led in the development and deployment of advanced network infrastructure for higher education and research, first with the NSFNET project and then leading Internet2. In 2005, Dr. Houweling became the inaugural recipient of the ISU’s John V. Atanasoff Discovery Award, and in 2014, he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Computer Science 50th Anniversary Keynote. Houweling will discuss how, “Digital technology has transformed our world and our lives over the last 50 years. We’ve come from punched cards to social networks and artificial intelligence. Looking back, what have we learned? Looking forward, where are we headed? What should we hope for? How can we realize a better future?” Dr. Douglas Van Houweling keynote address is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow. Computer Science 50th Anniversary (September 26-28): Students, Department of Computer Science alumni and friends are invited to participate in the 50th anniversary festivities. Registration is required to attend the full day of events, including the anniversary banquet on Friday, September 27.
Channeling Mextasy: Latinxers in the Digital Age - William Nericcio
Sat, 28 Sep 2019, 1:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - William “Memo” Nericcio is a Mexican-American public intellectual, artist, cultural critic, and professor of comparative literature at San Diego State University. He will speak about the many stereotypes of Mexicans and other Latinas/os in American mass media and popular culture, when and how they were introduced, and why they persist. It is the topic of his book Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of "Mexicans" in America as well the art exhibition, Mextasy. Nericcio currently directs San Diego State’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Program and serves on the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies. U.S. Latino/a Studies Program’s 25-Year Anniversary Symposium Keynote The exhibition Mextasy will be on display in the Memorial Union Multicultural Center September 10-October 30, 2019, as part of Iowa State’s U.S. Latino/a Studies Program’s 25th-Anniversary celebration and Hispanic Heritage Month. The University Bookstore will be on site to sell copies of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of "Mexicans" in America.
The Case Against Free Speech - P.E. Moskowitz
Tue, 01 Oct 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - P.E. Moskowitz will discuss their new book The Case Against Free Speech. The book looks at how one of our most treasured rights - free speech - is rarely the equalizer we assume it to be, but rather is defined and re-defined by those in power to reflect their ideals and agenda. A former staff writer for Al Jazeera America, P.E. Moskowitz has written for publications like the Guardian, New York Times, NewYorker.com, Wired, and Slate and is the author of How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood. They also created the media support group Study Hall. Constitution Day Lecture The University Bookstore will be on site to sell copies of Case Against Free Speech and How to Kill a City.
Soulware: The American Spirit in Global Higher Education - Dr. Way Kuo
Wed, 02 Oct 2019, 4:10 PM – Alliant-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall - Dr. Way Kuo is the president of City University of Hong Kong and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Kuo will discuss how the process of internationalization in higher education has enabled the rapid development of universities around the world. Many people have been learning the America’s higher education system. However, there is still a lack of what he refers to as proper “soulware”, i.e. a type of culture, mentality, professionalism, behavior and way of thinking; a certain quality among educators that needs to be cultivated in order to create an innovative environment in which academics and students fulfil their potential so that universities are regarded as necessary rather than as ornaments for learning. Dr. Kuo was previously on the senior management team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, and Head of Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University. He worked for Bell Labs before assuming professorship at Iowa State University in the 1980s.
William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture - Jim Knuth
Wed, 02 Oct 2019, 7:30 PM – Dolezal Auditorium, Curtiss 127 - Jim Knuth is Senior Vice President for Farm Credit Services of America. He has over 35 years of commercial and agricultural lending experience and leads Farm Credit Services of America’s Iowa retail financial services division. The financial services division includes all agricultural lending activities and the largest crop insurance agency in the state of Iowa. Farm Credit Services of America serves over 21,000 Iowa producers and includes over $8.8 billion in loan assets. Knuth grew up on a beef cattle ranch and is an Iowa State University graduate.
Monarch Conservation: Saving an Iconic Insect - Karen Oberhauser
Thu, 03 Oct 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Karen Oberhauser is the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum and the founder and director of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, a nationwide citizen science project. She will discuss the ways in which human activities affect monarch butterfly habitats, including her research on habitat management and availability and the risks posed by global climate change and pest control practices. Oberhauser has a strong interest in engaging K-12 students and teachers in inquiry-based science and promoting scientific and environmental literacy. As part of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, she developed a comprehensive science education program, Monarchs in the Classroom. Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture The University Bookstore will be on site to sell copies of The Monarch Butterfly.
Dreaming of a Vetter World - Film Showing with Q&A
Mon, 07 Oct 2019, 7:00 PM – Carver 101 - Dreaming of a Vetter World comes at a time when interest in farming organically and regenerating soil has exploded worldwide. Others are realizing what the Vetters have known for decades: eating food grown with pesticides is bad for us, and soil is key to our very survival. That’s why, on the Vetter farm, their most important “crop” is the soil. The film screening with be followed by a Q&A with the director Bonnie Hawthorne and featured farmer Fred Kirschenmann. Kirschenmann is a distinguished Fellow in Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and an Iowa State professor with the Dept. of Religion and Philosophy.
Let's Talk: A Conversation on How We Communicate About Science - Deborah Green
Mon, 07 Oct 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Deborah Green worked for more than 30 years as an environmental and engineering geologist in consulting and industry. Today she applies her technical knowledge and experience to a writing career and has been recognized for her work in raising awareness in science and science communication as the 2018-19 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology. In her talk, Green discusses connections between her work as a geologist, which aims to understand and convey the wonder of the landscape and the complexity of earth processes, and her fiction writing, which explores the complexity of human emotion and relationships through essays, stories, and poetry.
Un/Seen: Gender, College Going, and Transgender Student World-Making - Dr. Z Nicolazzo
Mon, 07 Oct 2019, 8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Z Nicolazzo is an assistant professor of Trans* Studies in Education and a Co-Chair of the Transgender Students Research Cluster at the University of Arizona. Gender is both everywhere and nowhere, in that gender mediates how people can(not) navigate their social worlds, and how just how gender does that is often invisible. In this talk, Dr. Nicolazzo will discuss her current research on transgender college students to explore how gender creates tension points for students, faculty, and staff on college campuses. She will also discuss what possibilities exist for re-imaging gendered futures, including how trans people have already been using the Internet to do this sort of world-making. 2019-2020 Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair Series The University Bookstore will be on site to sell copies of Trans* in College.
Finding Your Sports Analytics Niche - Tiffany Kelly
Wed, 09 Oct 2019, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Sports entrepreneur, analyst, and philanthropist, Tiffany Kelly is a person who is looking to change the game. She is the CEO & Co-Founder of Curastory. Before Curastory, Kelly worked for ESPN as a Sports Analytics Associate. She received her B.S in Sport & Recreation Management/Sports Analytics from Nova Southeastern University. Top 3 finalist for the open division: Hustle Difficulty Complex at the 3rd Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
Gender and Communication on the Campaign Trail - Kelly Winfrey
Thu, 10 Oct 2019, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Kelly Winfrey, an assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, will discuss the unique challenges women candidates face and the communication strategies they use in their efforts to win over voters. Winfrey serves as Coordinator of Research and Outreach at Iowa State's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. She oversees the Ready to Run® Iowa campaign training program and the Archives of Women’s Political Communication. She also conducts research for the Women in Iowa Politics database and the Iowa Gender Balance Project. Winfrey earned her PhD in communication studies from the University of Kansas and is the author of Understanding How Women Vote: Gender Identity and Political Choices. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series
Seeds! Diversity of Wonder - Film Screening & Speaker Thor Hanson
Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - This special event includes a 60-minute film screening, followed by a presentation and Q&A Biologist Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds. He is featured in the new 6-part documentary Seeds: Diversity of Wonder, produced by the Iowa State University Seed Science Center. The film takes viewers on a journey around the world to discover the grand collaboration between nature and humanity to feed, clothe, and beautify the world. It covers a range of topics, including the role seeds play in everyday life, how seed technology can lead to more nutritious food, and the importance of preserving seed diversity. Following the film, Hanson will discuss his research and writing on the natural and human history of seeds. Hanson was the science host of the PBS Nature series American Spring Live and is the author of several award-winning books, including Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees and Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. Thor Hanson’s presentation is in partnership with the Seed Science Center’s 2019 Everson Global Seed Symposium, October 14-15. More information about the symposium is available on the Seed Science Center website.
First: The Seed - The 2019 Norman Borlaug Lecture - World Food Prize Laureate Simon Groot
Mon, 14 Oct 2019, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - 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. Join a conversation with the 2019 World Food Prize Laureate, Simon Groot, a sixth-generation seedsman and the founder and leader of East-West Seed. Having observed the many challenges facing poverty-stricken smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia, Groot founded East-West Seed in 1982 in the Philippines. It was the first market-oriented vegetable seeds breeding company with smallholders as the main client base and was based on the idea that a high-quality, well-adapted vegetable seed could change the lives of the poor. Over the past four decades Groot has focused on making vegetable seeds available to millions of smallholder farmers throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America, allowing them to earn greater incomes and improve nutrition through enhanced vegetable production.
#WhyIStayed: Domestic Violence as a Community Issue– Beverly Gooden
Tue, 15 Oct 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - "Why I Stayed" is a revolutionary speech by Beverly Gooden, renown social activist and creator of the #WhyIStayed hashtag and global movement. In this radical talk, Gooden challenges the question “Why did he/she stay?” and reveals how the current way we interact with survivors is a house of cards. From faulty blame attribution, to designating only men as abusers, it’s easy to overlook the sheer volume of domestic violence when the issue has historically been framed as “them” and not “us”. That’s why, as Beverly argues, domestic violence is a community issue. Victims of violence can be women and men, LGBTQ and heterosexual, or even children. Victims of violence may have fought back, or remained silent. There is no perfect victim and no specific type of abuser. Beverly discusses her personal domestic violence story, reveals the most important questions to ask victims, and outlines how we all can help. A lecture about intimacy, compassion, and equality, Beverly invites the audience to look beyond the surface and into the complexities of domestic violence.
How to Find a Planet Without Leaving Your Couch – Dr. Chris Lintott
Tue, 15 Oct 2019, 8:15 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Chris Lintott is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College, working on topics from galaxy evolution, transient detection and machine learning. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world's most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. Hunting for exoplanets - planets around stars other than the Sun - is a booming astronomical industry. Dr. Lintott will talk about what we know and don’t know, explain how you might find a planet of your own using only a laptop, and discuss the progress of NASA’s TESS planet hunting mission.
Town Hall with Mayor Pete
Wed, 16 Oct 2019, 6:30 PM – Scheman Building - Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will be on campus for a town hall, which will include the opportunity to ask the South Bend, Indiana mayor questions. The doors open at 6pm and the event will begin at 6:30pm. Buttigieg was elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 at age 29; he won re-election in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote. Buttigieg served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and took an unpaid seven-month leave during his mayoral term to deploy to Afghanistan. For his counterterrorism work, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He has more years of government experience than President Trumo, more years of executive government experience than Vice President Pence, and more military experience than any president since George H.W. Bush.
Knowing How to Break the Rules: Set Design on Broadway - Rachel Hauck
Wed, 16 Oct 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Rachel Hauck is the 2019 Tony award-winning set designer for the Broadway musical Hadestown, which was awarded the 2019 Tony for Best Musical, and for the 2019 Tony-nominated play What the Constitution Means to Me. She will discuss her journey as a woman in the arts and ways to create more opportunities for women and people of color on Broadway. A native of California, Hauck now lives in New York City and designs sets for new plays and musicals on Broadway, Off Broadway, and for regional theater. She currently teaches at Princeton University. Part of the Theatre Program's "HERoic: Gender Equity in the Arts" series, celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage and a new commitment to the 50/50 by 2020 initiative promoting gender equity in the theatre.
Arab Voices - Dr. James Zogby
Fri, 18 Oct 2019, 11:30 AM – Gold Room, Memorial Union - Dr. James Zogby is the founder and president of the Arab-American Institute and author of Arab Voices: What They are Saying to Us, And Why it Matters. He is also a founding member of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, and Save Lebanon Inc. Dr. Zogby will be giving a talk on U.S. foreign and domestic policy and what it means for the upcoming 2020 presidential election, with special regard to the Bernie Sanders campaign.
The Evolving Identity of the Latino – Alfredo Mirande
Mon, 21 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM – Hach Hall Atrium - Alfredo Mirandé is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and a scholar of Chicano sociology, masculinity, the relationship among law, race, class, and gender. His talk is being hosted by Lazos, a group of Hispanic/Latino men in leadership positions at Iowa State who are actively engaging Latinx students and mentoring them in their college experience and beyond. Alfredo Mirandé, who was born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago, earned graduate degrees in sociology from the University of Nebraska and a JD from Stanford University. He was a National Research Council Fellow in ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley; a Rockefeller Fellow in sociology at Stanford University; and is the author of nine books, including Hombres y Machos: Masculinity and Latino Culture. [This event was originally scheduled for March 2019 but had to be rescheduled due to travel issues.]
Town Hall with Elizabeth Warren
Mon, 21 Oct 2019, 6:30 PM – Stephens Auditorium - Elizabeth grew up on the ragged edge of the middle class in Oklahoma and became a teacher, a law professor, and a US Senator because America invested in kids like her. Elizabeth is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She led the establishment of the agency, building the structure and organization to protect families from financial tricks and traps hidden in mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Elizabeth served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP. Her efforts to protect taxpayers and hold Wall Street accountable won praise from both sides of the aisle. In 2012, Elizabeth became the first woman from Massachusetts elected to the United States Senate. As a Senator, she has fought to hold the wealthy and well-connected accountable and ensure our government works for everyone. Elizabeth and her husband Bruce have been married for 39 years. They have three grandchildren and a golden retriever named Bailey. Doors open at 5pm with the event starting at 6:30pm Address for Stephens Auditorium: 1900 Center Drive Ames, IA 50011
The Importance of Harvest Weed Seed Control - Dr. Michael Walsh
Tue, 22 Oct 2019, 4:10 PM – 18 Horticulture Hall - Dr. Michael Walsh is the director of weed research at the University of Sydney (Australia). He has led research and development activities focusing on farming machines that reduce weed population densities by destroying weed seeds before they return to the soil during crop harvest operations. Dr. Walsh’s talk is part of the Staniforth Lecture series in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State.
Making Government Better Through Open Science: Real-life Examples of Truly Smarter Cities - Tom Schenk
Tue, 22 Oct 2019, 5:00 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - The growth of the "Smart City" movement promises improvements in efficiency and quality of life for people who live and visit cities. It also raises questions on the ethical uses of data, privacy protection, and responsible uses of technology. Tom Schenk Jr. will discuss how adopting open science principles can help smart cities thrive by providing transparency and also leveraging a large community of researchers and citizen scientists. Schenk is a researcher and author on applying technology, data, and analytics to make better decisions. He’s currently the director of analytics at KPMG, where he leads the smart city and government analytics practice. He served previously as Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, led education research for the State of Iowa, and has held a variety of positions within academia.
Environmental Martyrs and the Fate of the Forest - Rob Nixon
Mon, 28 Oct 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Rob Nixon, a nonfiction writer and public intellectual working in the environmental humanities and postcolonial studies, will address the current surge in environmental martyrdom against the backdrop of the resource wars in the Amazon and beyond. The talk will offer an international perspective on the value of our planet's inhabited forests and the threats to their viability. Nixon asks: What is the relationship between the sacrificial figure of the environmental martyr and the proliferation of sacrifice zones under neoliberal globalization? And what is the relationship between the fallen martyr and the felled tree? Nixon holds the Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. He is the author of four books, most recently Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. In conjunction with the 2019-2020 Department of English Goldtrap Speaker Series
In Our Backyards: How the Prison Boom Transformed Rural America - John Major Eason
Tue, 29 Oct 2019, 7:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - John Major Eason is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation. His research re-examines theories about community, health, race, and punishment with a rural versus urban lens. Before pursuing a career in academic, Eason was a church-based community organizer focusing on housing and criminal justice issues. Eason holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago and an MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology
Can Iowa Agriculture Survive - Dr. Jeremy Jackson and Seth Watkins
Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 3:00 PM – Design 101 - Mr. Seth Watkins and Dr. Jeremy Jackson will discuss one of the most popular and critical topics of study at Iowa State University and the rest of the state of Iowa, which is the environmental, socio-cultural and economic effects of Iowa’s current agricultural system within and outside of its borders. Dr. Jackson is emeritus professor of oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he led the Center for Marine Biodiversity. He studies threats and solutions to human impacts on the environment and the ecology and evolution of tropical seas. Seth Watkins is the fourth generation of his family to care for Pinhook Farm, which was established near Clarinda in 1846. Today Pinhook Farm includes both owned and rented acres that support a beef cow calf operation, crop production, and an outfitting business.
City Council Ward 4 Candidate Forum
Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 5:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Come out for an evening where you will be given an opportunity to ask questions to the city council Ward 4 candidates, Joe Van Erdewyk, Rachel Junck, and Chris Nelson. During the forum, moderator, Dr. Kelly Shaw will be asking each candidate questions that relate to problems in the city of Ames. Students and community members will also have a chance to ask the candidates questions throughout the event.
Science, Technology, and Faith - Aaron Dominguez
Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Aaron Dominguez is the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the Catholic University of America, a particle physicist, and a devout Catholic. He will speak about how faith is part of what inspires him to study the origins of the universe in his own research in experimental high-energy physics. Dominguez served previously as the Associate Dean for Research and Global Engagement and a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He has a strong history of research and grant activity, including a National Science Foundation CAREER grant and a cooperative agreement with the NSF for $11.5 million. Sigma Xi Lecture Series
Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: Media and the 2020 Election - Alexander Heffner
Mon, 04 Nov 2019, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Alexander Heffner is the host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life, and millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Des Moines Register and numerous other outlets. This lecture will provide students with the opportunity to engage with Mr. Heffner about their importance in the Iowa Caucuses and the 2020 elections. Students will be able to register to vote at the event.
Serve the World With Hyper Innovation - Steve Johanns
Fri, 08 Nov 2019, 4:00 PM – MacKay Hall Auditorium (0117) - With over 25 years of experience in technology, energy, infrastructure, and innovation, Steve Johanns founded Veriown Global Inc., bringing internet-connected solar energy to the 1.2 billion people around the world without access to a power grid. Steve has a passion for disrupting the conventional thinking that caused our global problems of climate change and poverty, with his goal to hyper innovate the world’s last mile.
Healing America's Streams - Margaret Palmer
Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Margaret A. Palmer is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a leader in restoration ecology, with an emphasis on restoration of rivers, streams, and wetlands. She is known for her work at the interface of science and policy and directs a unique national synthesis center (SESYNC) that has championed new approaches to fostering research collaborations between social and natural scientists. Fobes Ronald Lecture in Environmental Conservation
Vietnam Veterans: Still Coming Home - Dr. Steve Feimer
Thu, 14 Nov 2019, 7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Dr. Steve Feimer, co-author of Vietnam Vets: Still Coming Home, is an Associate Professor Justice Studies at the University of South Dakota where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He received his doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1986. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Crime and Justice, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, Public Personnel Management, and Journal of Gang Research. He wrote this book for away of giving back or returning services to those who serve us all. 100% of the proceeds go towards Veteran Service Organizations. The purpose of this lecture is to heighten awareness of continuing struggles of Vietnam War Veterans as they deal with such issues as the physical effects on Agent Orange, PTSD, survivor's guilt, readjustment to civilian life, and combat loss. This lecture is focused on the sacrifice of borne by veterans, their families, and their friends both in war and in peace time. Veterans Week Keynote
Impeachment Then and Now: How Inquiries Evolved from Nixon to Clinton to Trump
Thu, 14 Nov 2019, 8:15 PM – Great Hall - The US House of Representatives is currently holding hearing and depositions in a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump. How is this different from the impeachment processes of Nixon and Clinton? Join three political experts to discuss impeachment—what it means, how it works, and how it has evolved as a process from Nixon to Clinton to Trump. Former Iowa Congressman Ed Mezvinsky sat on the House Judiciary Committee that voted to impeach President Nixon. Iowa State University Senior Lecturer and attorney Dirk Deam is an expert on American politics and the US constitution. Karen Kedrowski is the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and professor of Political Science at Iowa State. She too is an expert on American politics. National Affairs Series
Seeking Security in an Unstable World - Frank Figliuzzi
Tue, 19 Nov 2019, 8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Frank Figliuzzi, the former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence and current NBC News National Security Analyst joins us for an intimate and candid armchair conversation about security and stability on global, national, local, and personal levels. In an increasingly polarized society, Americans find themselves questioning our institutions, our values, and even our form of government. Are we living in less secure, less stable times? Is this the new normal? We’ll explore geopolitical threats and realities across a broad spectrum and offer thoughts on what we might do to preserve and protect the principles that brought our country this far. The 2019 Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science
The Technological Imperative for Ethical Evolution - Dr. Martin Hellman
Wed, 20 Nov 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - With a deep interest in the ethics of technology, Dr. Hellman has been applying risk analysis to a potential failure of nuclear deterrence. In this upcoming lecture, he will be arguing that national security is separable from global security in this era of nuclear weapons, cyberattacks, terrorisms, and environmental crises. He will be calling on U.S. citizens and policymakers to take a wider view of global issues. Dr. Hellman received his B.E. from New York University in 1966, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1967 and 1969, respectively. He is best known for his invention, with Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle, of public key cryptography which, among other applications, enables secure Internet transactions and is used to transfer literally trillions of dollars every day.
Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of the Rocky Flats - Kristen Iversen
Tue, 03 Dec 2019, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Dr. Kristen Iversen is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she is a fellow at the Taft Humanities Center and serves as literary nonfiction editor of The Cincinnati Review. Dr. Iversen is the author of three books, including the award-winning Full Body Burden. Her lecture will discuss writing strategies about her childhood in the Rockies. Dr. Iversen will also host a craft talk at 2:10pm in Ross 212. As part of the Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series, she will talk about research, art, ethics, and aesthetics in creative non-fiction.
Once Upon a Peace Pilgrimage: The Quest to Know What it Means to be Human - Dr. Roy Tamashiro
Wed, 04 Dec 2019, 7:00 PM – South Ballroom, Memorial Union - Dr. Roy Tamashiro shares stories and life lessons from his global peace pilgrimage (2015-present). He received insights on today’s world problems while tracing the footsteps of The Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela. Extraordinary messages came from Nature, from the Earth herself and from sources beyond the ordinary. He found insights into healing and peace from Holocaust survivors, massacre witness-survivors in Vietnam and Korea, and “A-bomb legacy successors” who shared their memories and traumas.
Agricultural Phosphorus and Food-Energy-Water Security - Dr. Andrew Sharpley
Tue, 10 Dec 2019, 4:10 PM – 2050 Agronomy Hall - Dr. Andrew Sharpley is an international authority on assessing, managing, and remediating the impacts of agricultural management on soil and water resources. His research investigates the cycling of phosphorus in soil-plant-water systems in relation to soil productivity and water quality and includes the management of animal manures, fertilizers, and crop residues. Dr. Sharpley is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas, and was the 2017 President of the Soil Science Society of America.
Carillon Concert: Let Freedom Ring
Wed, 15 Jan 2020, 11:50 AM – Central Campus - A carillon concert in honor of Dr. King. Tin-Shi Tam, carillonneur. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series.
The Nobel Laureates' Campaign to Support GMOs - Dr. Rich Roberts
Tue, 21 Jan 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Richard Roberts is an English biochemist and molecular biologist. He, along with Dr. Phillip Allen Sharp, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993 for the discovery of gene splicing. Today he is one of 129 Nobel Laureates contributing to a campaign to convince governments and the public to support the use of GMOs in order to increase food production, reduce dependency on insecticides, and end hunger in developing countries.
Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Defense Coloration Triggers in Feather Lice - Dr. Dale Clayton
Wed, 22 Jan 2020, 7:00 PM – Troxel Hall - Dr. Dale Clayton, a professor of biology from the University of Utah, will be speaking about the coloration defense triggers of feather lice. This talk will include discussion of host and parasite coevolution and adaptation. Dr. Clayton has a master's degree in entomology from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago. Most of his research involves the coevolutionary interactions between birds and feather lice from around the world. Since 2008, he has lead a team conducting research on the impact of an invasive species of parasitic fly on Darwin's Finches and other birds in the Galapagos Islands. Charles E. Bessey Lecture
Rights for ALL at the Caucuses - ACLU
Wed, 22 Jan 2020, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Ari Fleisig is a National Organizing Specialist for the state of Iowa with the ACLU. She is currently working on the Rights for All campaign, to shape the national conversation of the 2020 presidential race around voting rights, ending mass incarceration, immigrants’ rights, and reproductive rights. Prior to joining the ACLU, Ari served as a Regional Field Director for Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future, as Campaign manager on a Virginia state legislative race, and as a communications and organizing consultant for Stand Up to ALEC. Ari first became inspired to organize as a college student, where she experienced and contributed to building power through collective action.
How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi
Thu, 23 Jan 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Martin Luther King Jr Legacy Convocation Join us for our celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Legacy Convocation. This year the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote will feature Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, the author of the best-selling books: How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Dr. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. Dr. Kendi is the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. He is one of America's foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. The Advancing One Community Awards will be awarded prior to the keynote address.
C-SPAN Bus on Campus
Fri, 24 Jan 2020, 12:30 PM – West Loop, MU (across from Lake LaVerne) - The C-SPAN Bus is an interactive, multimedia mobile classroom that travels the country to engage with community members and elected officials, showcasing C-SPAN's public affairs programming and resources. This state-of-the-art customized motor coach gives students an inside look at C-SPAN's comprehensive educational and political resources.
National Security and the Presidential Race - Dave Harden
Mon, 27 Jan 2020, 5:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Dave Harden is a foreign policy expert currently serving as the Managing Director for the Georgetown Strategy Group which works within the realm of international development. He recently served as the Assistant Administrator for the US Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance in the Obama Administration, and spearheaded all USAID efforts to respond to crises and stabilization efforts – including responses in Haiti, Iraq, and Libya, to name a few. Harden is a recent endorser of Joe Biden, and presents this lecture at Iowa State as a campaign surrogate for the presidential hopeful. Part of the Campaign Series in 2020.
Through the Banks of the Red Cedar - Maya and Gene Washington
Mon, 27 Jan 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, a play on the Michigan State University fight song, follows the 50 year legacy of the filmmaker’s father, legendary Vikings wide-receiver Gene Washington (College Football Hall of Fame, Big Ten Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame, 50 Greatest Vikings Honoree) from the segregated South to MSU alongside highly decorated teammates Bubba Smith (Defensive Lineman), George Webster (Rover Back) and Clinton Jones (Running Back) as they become members of the first fully integrated football team in America, later making history as first round picks in the 1967 Draft. The film unfolds through the eyes of the filmmaker, Maya Washington, Gene's youngest daughter, as she uncovers her father's journey and the impact of this legacy on the present generation. Maya traces her father's footsteps from the segregated south to the north, over the course of a modern football season. As she uncovers both the triumphs and defeats of her father's team, she develops a newly formed appreciation for the game and a deeper connection to her father, just in time to witness MSU Spartan Football team ascend to national prominence 50 years later. Q&A after with filmmaker Maya Washington and father Gene Washington
White Immunity: Working Through the Pedagogical Pitfalls of Privilege – Dr. Nolan Cabrera
Thu, 30 Jan 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Nolan Cabrera is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of racism/anti-racism on college campuses, whiteness, and ethnic studies. This presentation is Dr. Cabrera’s development over “White Privilege.” In it, he explores the historical development of whiteness, and shows how white advantage developed through systemic racism to which white people were socially inoculated. This lecture links the history of racial Oppression to contemporary times, and helps work through some of the pitfalls of privilege such as, “How can white kids from Appalachia be ‘privileged’?” Dr. Cabrera is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, and was the only academic featured in the MTV documentary White People. 2019-2020 Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair Series
Sat, 01 Feb 2020, 8:30 AM – Rm 3512, Memorial Union - Students and faculty and staff are invited to meet with Ames and Story County's representatives in the Iowa Legislature. You will be able to ask questions about legislation being considered this session. This event is cosponsored by the Ames and Story County League of Women Voters and the Committee on Lectures.
A Rewarding Career at the Mayo - Dr. Kai-Nan An
Thu, 06 Feb 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall - Dr. An, director emeritus of the orthopedic biomechanics laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, will discuss his ongoing studies about medical and biochemical factors influencing soft tissue integrity, performance, and remodeling. Dr. An will also discuss the culture in health care and his personal life lessons from working at the Mayo Clinic. The Pease Family Scholar in Kinesiology
The Women's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote - Elaine Weiss
Fri, 14 Feb 2020, 1:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose latest book, “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” chronicles one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. It tells the story of American women’s seven-decade struggle to win the ballot, as it all came down to a pitched battle in Nashville, Tennessee, to gain the final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment. The central character is Iowa State alumna and national suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt. As part of her visit to Iowa State, Weiss will speak about the lessons of the woman suffrage movement and the relevance of its themes in 2020, as the nation marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Weiss holds a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. Weiss’ keynote is part of the larger celebration of the commemoration centennial. Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics Let's celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage! 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Statewide Kickoff This event is the kickoff of a whole year of events that are being scheduled across the state of Iowa to celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage. Join us for a half-day commemoration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which will celebrate the diverse voices of the women’s suffrage movement in Iowa and note other important landmarks in the American journey to universal adult suffrage. Although the vote was hard won, the work is not yet done. Click Here for more information and schedule of events. WHY CELEBRATE ON VALENTINE'S DAY? In her presidential address at the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s 50th convention in St. Louis in 1919, Carrie Chapman Catt proposed the creation of a league of women voters to “finish the fight” and aid in the reconstruction of the nation. On Feb. 14, 1920, the national League of Women Voters was formally organized by Catt at NAWSA’s convention in Chicago, six months before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote was ratified. This event is free and open to the public.
Managing Risk in a More Uncertain World: What We Can Learn from Surfers, Studs, and Sexworkers - Allison Schrager
Mon, 17 Feb 2020, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Allison Schrager is an economist, award-winning journalist at Quartz, and author of An Economist Walks into a Brothel. She has spent her career examining how people manage risk in their lives and careers and will discuss five principles for dealing with risk shared by some of the world’s most interesting risk takers. Schrager has worked in finance, policy, and media and currently teaches at New York University. She is also cofounder of LifeCycle Finance Partners, LLC, a risk advisory firm that develops innovative technology solutions to finance retirement.
The Traveling Feast: On the Road and At the Table with My Heroes - Rick Bass
Tue, 18 Feb 2020, 8:00 PM – Gallery Room, Memorial Union - Author and environmental activist, Rick Bass is the author of over two dozen books of fiction and nonfiction including Why I Came West, Ninemile Wolves, The Watch: Stories, All the Land to Hold Us, and The Traveling Feast: On the Road and At the Table with My Heroes. His nonfiction has been anthologized in Best American Spiritual Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Science Writing, and he has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. His fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, and his work been excerpted in and received commendations from many magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2017, Bass was awarded The Story Prize for his short fiction collection, For a Little While. His stories and articles have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including the Paris Review, the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Narrative, Men’s Journal, Esquire, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Harper’s, and Orion. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series.
The Future of Human-Robot Interaction - Dr. Kate Darling
Thu, 20 Feb 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab. Her interest is in how technology intersects with society. Dr. Darling’s current work looks at the near-term effects of robotic technology, with a particular interest in law, social, and ethical issues. She has also explored economic issues in intellectual property systems. She runs experiments, holds workshops, writes, and speaks about some of the more interesting developments in the world of human-robot interaction, and where we might find ourselves in the future. Engineers’ Week Keynote
The Power of One - Erin Brockovich
Mon, 24 Feb 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - It's been almost 20 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning biopic Erin Brockovich. The film turned this unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Erin’s exhaustive investigation uncovered that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the small town of Hinkley, California for over 30 years. It was because of Erin’s unwavering tenacity that PG&E was exposed for leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the ground water. This poison affected the health of the population of Hinkley. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, spearheaded by Erin and Ed Masry, the utility giant was forced to pay out the largest toxic tort injury settlement in US history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents. Today, Erin consults on numerous environmental projects all over the world and encourages people to believe in their personal power to affect change. 2020 Symposium on Sustainability Keynote
Indigenous Peoples in Children's and Young Adult Literature - Dr. Debbie Reese
Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Debbie Reese is an independent scholar of Indigenous children’s literature and the teaching of Indigenous peoples and history in K-12, editor of American Indians in Children’s Literature. In this lecture, Dr. Reese will examine depictions of Native peoples in children's books, past and present, and provide suggestions for how to become more skilled in selecting and presenting information about Indigenous peoples to children. 2019-2020 Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair Series
Gorge: My 300-Pound Journey Up Kilimanjaro - Kara Richardson-Whitely
Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 8:15 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Kara's message of body acceptance, body love and health at every size are a vital message for everyone. Her life story with her eating disorder is one many people connect to emotional eating; using food as a way to escape daily stressors; hiding food behaviors and ashamed of the person whom they have become. Hearing her process up the mountain and finding herself is awe inspiring. Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week Speaker
Reconnecting Landscapes for Nature and People - Dr. Nick Haddad
Thu, 05 Mar 2020, 5:30 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Dr. Nick Haddad is a Professor of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station, where he is Director of their long-term Ecological Research Program. He studies biodiversity conservation in working landscapes. He also studies conservation of the rarest butterflies in the world, conservation by reconnecting habitat with landscape corridors, and conservation of habitat diversity in agricultural landscapes. His work is characterized by decades-long, landscape-scale experiments.
Symphony of Diversity - Adrian Anantawan and John Rice
Thu, 05 Mar 2020, 7:30 PM – Stephens Auditorium - Join the Iowa State University Orchestra as they celebrate a world that is a Symphony of Diversity. Bringing uncommon artists and uncommon composers to the concert hall to highlight the many cultures and peoples that make up America, the performance features the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra under its conductor, Jonathan Govias, along with special guests Adrian Anantawan, violin, and John Rice, Elder of the Wasauksing First Nation. Doors open at 6:45pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Ancient Indian Science in the Modern World-Dr Subhash Kak
Fri, 06 Mar 2020, 6:00 PM – 127 Curtiss - Dr. Kak is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Oklahoma State University. His research is in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and history of science. Dr. Kak will discuss the current research in the disciplines of neuroscience, physics, and computer science and indicate parallels with ancient Indian texts. He will highlight how consciousness studied as a part of the ancient Indian science is relevant in our times.
Three Ways to Disappear - Katy Yocom
Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 7:00 PM – Gallery, Memorial Union - Katy Yocom was born and raised in Atchison, Kansas, and currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky. her debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, Yocom explores the story of journalist, Sarah DeVaughan. In researching the novel, Yocom traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Three Ways to Disappear won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and was named a Barnes & Noble Top Indie Favorite. Yocom earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, and an MFA from Spalding University where she currently serves as an Associate Director. Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series
Suffragette, Editor, Abolitionist: The Story of Mary Louise Booth - Tricia Foley
Wed, 11 Mar 2020, 5:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Join author Tricia Foley as she walks through the extraordinary life of Mary Louise Booth, who was a founding editor of Harper’s Bazar, wrote the first history of New York City, and a leader in the abolition and suffrage movements. Tricia is a home design and restoration expert, who has published 10 books about design and lifestyles. Part of the 100th Anniversary Events Commemorating Women’s Suffrage
Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence - Dr. Amy Blackstone
Wed, 11 Mar 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Amy Blackstone is a professor in sociology at the University of Maine, researching on childfree choice, workplace harassment, and civic engagement. She is the author of Childfree by Choice. Dr. Blackstone will discuss the culture and discrimination that surrounds not having children for women, men, gay and lesbian couples, and trans persons. She will discuss the history of the childfree movement and its future.
A Science Comedian's Guide to Communicating Science- Brian Malow
Tue, 24 Mar 2020, 7:00 PM – 127 Curtiss - Brian Malow draws on two decades as a stand-up comedian to help scientists communicate better with general audiences. In a presentation that promises to both amuse and educate, Brian will offer advice on a range of topics including stage presence, connecting with audiences, using analogies, and abusing PowerPoint.
Dinosaurs to Milankovitch Cycles: the Last 250 Million Years-Dr. Compton James Tucker III
Wed, 25 Mar 2020, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Dr. Tucker is a senior biospheric scientist, employed by NASA. He has used satellite data for deforestation mapping, predicting ecologically coupled disease outbreaks, mapping glacier extent, and mapping climatic effects on global vegetation. From 2002-2012 he was active in NASA's space Archaeology Program, leading a NASA team assisting archaeologists mapping ancient sites with ground penetrating radar and magnetometers in Turkey at the sites of Troy and Gordion, the home of King Midas. He has been awarded NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and the Presidential Award for Meritorious Senior Professional Service. Sigma Xi Lecture Series
Eating Tomorrow: Climate Change and the Battle for the Future of Food-Dr. Timothy Wise
Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 7:00 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Dr. Wise is the director of the Land and Food Rights program at Small Planet Institute. Wise's research and writing have covered U.S. farm policies, trade and agricultural development, agricultural biodiversity, food prices and biofuels, and Mexico's maize economy under the threat of genetically modified maize. He addresses small versus large-scale agriculture in the battle to feed the world. The 2020 Shivvers Memorial Lecture
Because I Said I Would -- Alex Sheen
Mon, 30 Mar 2020, 7:00 PM – Hilton Coliseum - Alex Shen is the founder of Because I Said I Would, an international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by a tragedy in his life, Alex created the Promise Card and since 2012 more than 9.81 million cards distributed to 153 countries. Alex's unique perspective on accountability, commitment, and self-control have developed from his responsibilities in leading a global effort anbout keepin promises. Greek Week Keynote
Loving, Living and the Pursuit of Purpose: a real talk with Rheya-Rheya Spigner
Sat, 04 Apr 2020, 12:00 PM – Campanile Room, Memorial Union - Rheya Spigner is an anchor on KCCI Channel 8 News. As the keynote speaker for the Transforming Gender and Society Conference, Ms. Spigner will discuss her own experiences as a broadcast journalist, in particular how she has used her role as a news anchor to focus on diverse and pressing topics that are reflective of society. She will also discuss efforts in other media to diversify and improve how women and people of color are presented.
One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Women's Suffrage Movement - Marjorie Spruill
Mon, 06 Apr 2020, 5:30 PM – Pioneer Room, Memorial Union - Editor Marjorie Spruill has compiled the most comprehensive collection of writings about the woman suffrage movement in America. The essays, both contemporary and historical, challenge widely accepted theories and illustrate the diversity and complexity of the fight for the 10th Amendment. Part of the 100th Anniversary Events Commemorating Women’s Suffrage
Turning Limitations into Opportunities – Ali Stroker
Mon, 06 Apr 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - A groundbreaking performer, Ali Stroker made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway when she originated the role of ‘Anna’ in Deaf West’s acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. She is also the first actress in a wheelchair to graduate from the NYU Tisch drama program. And she is the first actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award, which she did in 2019 for her performance as Ado Annie in the revival of Oklahoma! She’s currently starring in the Kyra Sedgwick ABC series, Ten Days in the Valley. A humanitarian and advocate, Stroker is a co-chair of Women Who Care, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. She’s a founding member of Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign that tours the country and connects with thousands of students each year. Her devotion to educating and inspiring others brought Stroker to South Africa with ARTS InsideOut, where she held theater workshops and classes for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS. Stroker’s remarkable ability to improve the lives of others through the arts, whether disabled or not, is captured in her motto: “Making Your Limitations Your Opportunities.” The 2019 ISU Theatre’s HERoic Season Keynote.
Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America-Bonnie Siegler
Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 7:00 PM – 127 Curtiss - Bonnie Siegler, voted one of the fifty most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA, founded and runs the award-winning design studio Eight and a Half. She is best known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Newsweek. Most recently, she was the creative director of the Trump parody autobiography "You Can't Spell America Without Me" by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen and created the main title sequence for "Will & Grace." She has taught at the graduate level for many years at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. First Amendment Days
Self-care for Activist in 2020 and Beyond - Aisha Moore
Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Aisha Moore is an entrepreneur with a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Ms. Moore has been providing self-care programs since 2014 to businesses, foundations, nonprofits and colleges, and has recently completed training in Health Coaching. Ms. Moore began a company called Self-care by Aisha where she maintains a blog, and organizes speaking events. Her work has also been featured in the book "The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout".
Darkness Surrounds Us: The Other 95% of the Universe- Dr. Jason Rhodes and Dr. Alina Kiessling
Wed, 08 Apr 2020, 6:30 PM – 127 Curtiss - All the material we can see is just a small fraction of the universe. The rest, a full 95%, is invisible and mysterious. These are the enigmatic dark matter and dark energy. While dark matter keeps things like galaxies together, dark energy acts in an opposite way—it pushes groups of galaxies apart and expands the universe itself. Dr. Alina Kiessling, a native of Melbourne, Australia and Dr. Jason Rhodes, a native of Des Moines, Iowa are both astrophysicists with the NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They will discuss dark energy and dark matter and how these can help us understand if the universe will expand at an accelerating rate forever.
Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship - Nadine Strossen
Wed, 08 Apr 2020, 8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Nadine Strossen is a Professor of Constitutional Law at New York Law School and the first woman national President of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she served from 1991 through 2008. A frequent speaker on constitutional and civil liberties issues, her media appearances include 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The Daily Show, and other news programs. First Amendment Days
Surviving Hiroshima and the Struggle for a Nuclear-Free World - Michimasa Hirata
Thu, 09 Apr 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - When he was 9 years old, Michimasa Hirata survived the nuclear bomb that was dropped less than a mile from his home in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Japan did not acknowledge survivors or their stories and many survivors hid their injuries and stories for fear of discrimination. Hirata came to Iowa State to study for a Master’s degree in Chemistry. What he learned about those he met at Iowa State and in Iowa changed his opinion of America. It was not until 1995 that Hirata began to speak out about his experience as a survivor and he began advocating all over the work of nuclear disarmament. His work has been recognized by the United Nations and he has spoken in more than a dozen countries about his journey. With the 75th anniversary of the bombing 2020, Hirata will visit Iowa to finally share his story at his alma mater.
Signing Black in America: The Story of Black American Sign Language-Dr. Ceil Lucas, Dr. Joseph C. Hill
Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 7:00 PM – 127 Curtiss - Dr. Ceil Lucas is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at Gallaudet University and editor of the journal Sign Language Studies. Dr. Joseph C. Hill is an assistant professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education and the director of the Deaf Studies Laboratory at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. They collaborated on the recent book The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure and are co-associate producers of the documentary Signing Black in America, focusing on under-represented linguistic topics and the language of marginalized groups. Quentin Johnson Lecture in Linguistics
Addressing Challenging Behaviors with Individualized Support - Dr. Mary Louise Hemmeter
Tue, 14 Apr 2020, 7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Dr. Mary Louise Hemmeter is a professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on effective instruction, supporting social emotional development and addressing challenging behavior, and coaching teachers. She has been a PI or Co-PI on numerous projects funded by the US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Through her work on the National Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning and funded research projects, she was involved in the development of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Young Children and a model for coaching teachers to implement effective practices known as Practice Based Coaching. She is currently leading projects focused on examining the efficacy of the Pyramid Model in infant toddler, pre-k and kindergarten settings. 2020 Barbara E. (Mound) Hansen Lecturer