Sunday, 13 Oct 2019
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 six-part documentary "Seeds: Diversity of Wonder," produced by the Iowa State University Seed Science Center. Following the film, Hanson will discuss his research and writing on the natural and human history of seeds.
Planning and development specialist Brian Hurd, the technical assistance program manager for Rise Community Development in St. Louis, will talk about building equity and sustainability in communities in a public keynote lecture following an invitation-only design charrette to examine regenerative and inclusive housing solutions for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Hurd holds a master of community and regional planning from ISU.
Monday, 14 Oct 2019
"Becoming the Bronze Idol" and other poems, read by Rita Mookerjee, ISU women's and gender studies program. Mookerjee chose Indigenous People's Day to read from her works which, in part, address colonialism and the tokenization of minority cultures.
"First" The Seed," 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.
Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019
Iowan Trevor Smith was diagnosed with one of the most extreme cases of Tourette's in the world, but with the help of ground-breaking treatment, his constant tics are beginning to ease. This event is a part of Disability Awareness Week 2019.
"#WhyIStayed: Domestic Violence as a Community Issue," Beverly Gooden, social activist and creator of the #WhyIStayed hashtag and global movement. Gooden challenges the question "Why did he/she stay" and reveals how the current way we interact with survivors is a house of cards. A lecture about intimacy, compassion and equality, scheduled as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Chris Lintott, professor of astrophysics and research fellow at Oxford's New College, will discuss 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.
Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019
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.
"Knowing How to Break the Rules: Set Design on Broadway," Rachel Hauck, 2019 Tony award-winning set designer for the Broadway musical "Hadestown," and the 2019 Tony-nominated play "What the Constitution Means to Me." Hauck will discuss her journey as a woman in the arts and talk about ways to create more opportunities for women and people of color on Broadway.
Friday, 18 Oct 2019
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. 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.
Are you curious about space? Do you wonder about what you can see in the night sky? If so, bring your questions and come to the ISU Planetarium and join us for an evening under the stars!