Monday, 22 Apr 2019
"Spring, Shakespeare and the Pursuit of Gappiness," Linda Shenk, associate professor of English. In his plays, Shakespeare strategically leaves "gaps" allowing each production, each reader, to fill those spaces with their own experiences, values and questions. Gaps keep the Bard's works relevant to modern audiences.
Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019
Ashraf Habibullah is a structural engineer who helped develop the technology and software engineers use to design earthquake-resistant buildings and bridges. He will discuss the future of engineering as a profession, especially the need for todayâ€™s engineering students to be exposed to more than just technology.
"Stay Woke: Diversity, Leadership, Donald Trump, and the Future of America," Kevin Powell, activist and book author. He also has written for the Huffington Post, British GQ and Vibe Magazine. In a world where violence, fear, division and hate have become the norm, Kevin offers hope and a new and different way to view ourselves, to view each other. Powell will sign copies of his book prior to the lecture (7 p.m.).
"Shut Up and Dance" is an engaging and irreverent concert celebrating free speech through music.
Tracy Miller, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University, will present the 2019 Donald R. Benson Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. Her talk is titled, "Rethinking Creativity: Generative Design in the Architecture of Medieval Chinese Buddhism."
Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019
But Is She 'Likable?' Dianne Bystrom is director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State. She will discuss the how the media has covered women running for office differently than men, and what that might mean for the 2020 presidential election, for which there is an unprecedented number of women candidates.
Thursday, 25 Apr 2019
Join student and faculty in the Creative Writing Program for this informal moderated craft talk. Writers will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear author Margot Livesey discuss her writing process.
"The National Centers for Animal Health: Historical and Present Contributions to Animal Agriculture," Dr. Marcus Kehrli Jr., director of the National Animal Disease Center. Program begins at 3 p.m. Refreshments provided by Vintage Cooperative, Ames.
Margot Livesey is the award-winning author of ten books, including a collection of stories, Learning by Heart, and eight acclaimed novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona, The House on Fortune Street, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and Mercury.