Wednesday, 01 Mar 2023
Bicycling, Birding, and #BLM Across America in a Summer of Chaos
Speaker: Dr. Scott V. Edwards Dr. Scott V. Edwards is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and the Curator of Ornithology at Harvard's associated museum, the Museum of Comparative Zoology. More lecture details to come.
Thursday, 02 Mar 2023
Blood at the Root: A Discussion of Forsyth County, GA
Patrick Phillips will discuss his search for the truth about his own hometown, where in 1912 hundreds of local white people used arson, lynching, and mob violence to drive out the entire Black populationâ€"and then kept them out for nearly a century. Having been raised in Americaâ€™s most notorious â€œwhite county,â€ Phillips will talk about his awakening from the willful ignorance of white supremacy, and how he joined the struggle for...
Monday, 06 Mar 2023
Artificial Intelligence: What Does It Mean to Be Human?
Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass Evolutionary science teaches that humans, arose from a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. Most readers of the book of Genesis in the past understood all humans descended from Adam and Eve a couple specially created by God. These two teachings seem contradictory, but is that necessarily so?
Tuesday, 07 Mar 2023
Inflation: The Fed's Efforts to Control an Economic Monster
The Federal Reserve has determined to renew its commitment to low and stable inflation â€" goods, services, and asset inflation. It is attempting to do so without causing a recession or financial crisis. However, its delay in policy actions has made that more difficult, causing heightened economic uncertainty. What will it take to get the U.S. economy back on track? Can the Fed do it alone?
Human Origins: Adam, Eve, and Evolution
Speaker: Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass Evolutionary science teaches that humans, arose from a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. Most readers of the book of Genesis in the past understood all humans descended from Adam and Eve a couple specially created by God. These two teachings seem contradictory, but is that necessarily so? In a conversation with Dr. Ingebritsen, Dr. Swamidass will explain his scientific...
Wednesday, 22 Mar 2023
Series: Conversations about Carbon
"Engaging Farmer Collaborators," Ernest 'Ernie' Shea, president of Solutions from the Land. The series is hosted by the ISU Bioeconomy Institute in collaboration with the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis
Speaker: Amitav Ghosh A Pearl Hogrefe Lecture Award Winning Author, Environmentalist & Climate Advocate, Amitav Ghosh will read from and discuss The Nutmegâ€™s Curse. A powerful work of history, essay, testimony, and polemic, The Nutmegâ€™s Curse traces our contemporary planetary crisis back to the discovery of the New World and the sea route to the Indian Ocean.
Thursday, 23 Mar 2023
Indian Contributions to Modern Science and Technology
Nilesh Oak holds BS and MS in Chemical Engineering and Executive MBA. He has written 3 books, 500+ blog articles, and 1000+ lectures on Indian civilization. His original research includes the dating of ancient historical events and the exploration of ancient sciences and technologies in the areas of astronomy, agriculture, domestication of animals, navigation, philosophy, and medical sciences.
Monday, 27 Mar 2023
An Evening with Allyson Felix
"How the most decorated American track and field Olympian of all time turned inspiration in motherhood and advocacy into social innovation," Allyson Felix. Felix is an 11-time Olympic medalist, mom, business owner, and recently retired professional athlete who will share stories of adversity, triumph, and advocacy through her presentation and extended question and answer period.
Wednesday, 29 Mar 2023
Rewriting, Reclaiming, and Reorienting in Digital Spaces
Join ISU Writing and Communication Consultations and Academic Success Center for a virtual speaker series event in conversation with artists and designers, Ashlee Bird, Joseph Erb, and Casey Koyczan. Panelists will each share their work advocating for Indigenous language justice through technology and design, followed by a Q&A with attendees.
Guillermo Galindo: Redefining the Boundaries of Music Composition
Guillermo Galindo has spent his career redefining the conventional limits between music, the art of music composition and the intersections between art disciplines, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality and social awareness. Much of his work focuses on the stories of migrants and refugees told through experimental music and performance art. He will give a public lecture March 29 and premiere his "Transonic Borders" composition March 30.
Thursday, 30 Mar 2023
Roman Shipwrecks and a Maritime Bottleneck in the Aegean Sea
Professor Dan Davis of Luther College will discuss two Roman shipwrecks that were discovered and remotely documented in deep water in the southeast Aegean by the E/V Nautilus expedition. These shipwrecks shed light on the distribution of Rhodian wine in the early Roman Empire as well as a treacherous maritime corridor. Dr. Davisâ€™ research shows how scientists, engineers, and humanists can work together to make important discoveries.
Lecture: A Humanist in the Arctic and Antarctica
"Polar Erratics: A Humanist in the Arctic and Antarctica," Hester Blum, professor of English, Penn State University and award-winning author. She has participated in several research trips to the Arctic and Antarctica, and her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. This is the 2023 Donald R. Benson Memorial Lecture.
Poetry as a Wedge Into the World
A Pearl Hogrefe Lecture Poet Michael Walsh has recently published anthologies of poetry that address contemporary issues that bring poetry into the mainstream of modern discussions. Taken together, the editorial work of this poet and editor opens up new avenues of discussion about the work of poetry in the world.