Schedule of Events

01 Aug 2019 - 31 Jul 2020

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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,, 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 – He worked for Bell Labs before assuming professorship at Iowa State University in the 1980s. - 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 – 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.

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

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.

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.

The Evolving Identity of the Latino – Alfredo Mirande
Mon, 21 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM – Hatch 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.]

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.

Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology - 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 academia, 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.

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


Fobes Ronald Lecture in Environmental Conservation - 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 a way of giving back or returning services to those who serve us all. 100% of the proceeds go towards Veteran Service Organizations. Veterans Week Keynote

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


White Immunity: Working Through the Pedagogical Pitfalls of Privilege – Dr. Nolan Cabrera
Thu, 30 Jan 2020, 7:00 PM – Sun Room, 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


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.

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


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.