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Wednesday, 01 Nov 2023

A Land Abroad: Why America Should Care About Russia’s Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine

Nov 01, 2023

5:30 PM

Sun Room, Memorial Union

Lecture Series Lectures

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been devastating. As the war enters its nineteenth month, one-fourth of the country’s total population is displaced, hundreds of thousands have died, and several cities and villages have been destroyed. To date, the United States has sent nearly $60 billion in aid. But why should America, a country thousands of miles away, be concerned about the war? In this lecture series, Mr. Temnycky will discuss...

Master of the Universe: How Einstein's Theories Transformed Our View of the Cosmos

Nov 01, 2023

7:00 PM

2630 Memorial Union

Lecture Series Lectures

Author and professor Marcia Bartusiak will examine how Albert Einstein’s greatest accomplishments, his special and general theories of relativity, opened the door to a new era of astronomy. His ideas revealed the source of a star’s power, led to the discovery of neutron stars and black holes, and allowed theorists to realize that the universe is expanding. Combining her undergraduate training in journalism with a master’s degree in...

Thursday, 02 Nov 2023

Can You Fix the U.S. National Debt?

Nov 02, 2023

5:30 PM

2630 Memorial Union

Lecture Series Diversity Lectures Live Green

Can you balance the U.S. budget and fix the national debt? Presented by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Debt Fixer tool explores the budget tradeoffs needed to set a sustainable course for our country. Committee policy experts will walk through each section of the federal budget--from Education to Defense to Social Security--as you work to balance the budget, while also funding the programs and choices you believe in.

Fixing the National Debt: A Non-Partisan Challenge for Gen Z

Nov 02, 2023

7:00 PM

Great Hall, Memorial Union

Lecture Series Diversity Lectures Live Green

Join two Gen Z staff members from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget to explore how they are educating and working with Congress and the public in a nonpartisan manner to improve the federal budget process. Gen Z will have to make crucial budget decisions such as whether to keep funding the military at its current level and if they want to keep Social Security how to make solvent beyond 2034.

Sunday, 05 Nov 2023

Glaciers in a Warming World: Examples from Today and Iowa's Glacial Past

Nov 05, 2023

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Brunnier Art Museum

free

University Museums Arts, performances Lectures

Glaciers and ice sheets respond to climate warming in ways that are both predictable and surprising. Their shrinkage over the next century will affect hundreds of millions of people. Lecture with Dr. Neal Iverson, Professor, Geological and Atmospheric Sciences.

Monday, 06 Nov 2023

Gold Star Hall Ceremony

Nov 06, 2023

4:15 PM

Great Hall, Memorial Union

Lecture Series Lectures

The Gold Star Hall Ceremony honors the names of the Iowa Staters who have served their country in World War 1, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the USS Liberty, as well as Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This year four honorees will be added to the wall. There will be a reception to follow.

Legacies of the All-Volunteer Force, Fifty Years On

Nov 06, 2023

6:00 PM

Great Hall, Memorial Union

Lecture Series Lectures

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the American draft, it’s also a historical moment when the military, especially the Army, can’t make its recruiting quotas and the civil-military gap is gaping. With the help of the audience, we will discuss the legacies of the All-Volunteer Force, with a particular eye toward who serves, who doesn’t, and what can be done about it.

Methane Reduction: The Fastest Way to Reduce Global Warming

Nov 06, 2023

7:00 PM

Sun Room, Memorial Union

Lecture Series Conferences Lectures

Marcelo Mena-Carrasco is CEO of the Global Methane Hub, an international alliance for developing and implementing global methane reduction solutions. In 2021, he launched the Global Methane Pledge, with over 110 countries, including the U.S., signing on to reduce methane emissions by more than 30% by 2030. He is also the keynote for the annual Anaerobic Digestion on the Farm Conference.

Tuesday, 07 Nov 2023

What Midwestern Lakes Tell Us About Early Earth and Mars

Nov 07, 2023

6:00 PM

Great Hall, Memorial Union

Lecture Series Lectures

Betsy Swanner's research investigates Midwestern lakes that share common features to ancient martian lakes and Earth’s oceans. She uses a special type of lake that does not undergo seasonal mixing, and always has oxygen-free deep waters. Because there is no oxygen, microbes are the dominant life form. Microbial metabolisms can influence the composition of the minerals that form. Swanner will discuss how some minerals form, and how their...

Thursday, 09 Nov 2023

Elemental: How Five Elements Changed Earth's Past and Will Shape Our Future

Nov 09, 2023

6:00 PM

2630 Memorial Union

Lecture Series Lectures Live Green

It is rare for life to change Earth, yet three organisms have profoundly transformed our planet over the long course of its history. Porder will discuss how microbes, plants, and people used the fundamental building blocks of life to alter the climate, and with it, the trajectory of life on Earth in the past, present, and future. He will highlight human's similarities to, and differences from, our world changing predecessors. Finally,...

Monday, 13 Nov 2023

How to Debate Anyone: Strategies and Tips from an Online Firebrand

Nov 13, 2023

5:30 PM

South Ballroom, Memorial Union

Lecture Series Lectures

Steven Bonnell, known online as Destiny, is a progressive political streamer and YouTuber known for his aggressive style of debating, openness to challenging conversations, and attention to detail when communicating with hostile audiences. Join Steven for a discussion about how he approaches debates and his strategies to be succesful.

The Right to Repair: Reclaiming the Things We Own

Nov 13, 2023

7:00 PM

Great Hall, Memorial Union

Lecture Series Diversity Lectures Live Green

Aaron Perzanowski is the inaugural Thomas W. Lacchia Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He teaches and writes about the intersection of intellectual and personal property law. Much of his work explores the notion of ownership in the digital economy. His books include The End of Ownership, co-authored with Jason Schultz (MIT Press, 2016), and The Right to Repair (Cambridge University Press, 2022). His current...

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2023

One Health Lecture: Strengthening Capacity in Low-Resource Settings

Nov 14, 2023

12:00 PM

2532 Patterson Hall

free

College of Veterinary Medicine Lectures

"The Global One Health Paradigm: Strengthening Capacity in Low-Resource Settings," Wondwossen Gebreyes, Ohio State University.

Wednesday, 15 Nov 2023

Predator: A Memoir, A Movie, An Obsession

Nov 15, 2023

6:00 PM

Sun Room, Memorial Union

Lecture Series Lectures

A sincere and playful book that lovingly dissects the film, Predator also offers questions and critiques of masculinity, fandom, and their interrelation with acts of mass violence. In his first memoir, Ander Monson guides readers through a scene-by-scene exploration of the 1987 film Predator, which he has watched 146 times. Some fighters might not have time to bleed, but Monson has the patience to consider their adventure, one frame at a...

Thursday, 16 Nov 2023

WLC Connects: Arab Women's Revolutionary Art

Nov 16, 2023

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Carver 0305

Lecture Series Diversity Lectures

The Department of World Languages and Cultures annual invited speaker series, with introductions and commentary by two interdisciplinary WLC faculty members. Nevine El Nossery (UW-Madison) discusses her recent book Arab Women’s Revolutionary Art: Between Singularities and Multitudes with commentary from ISU faculty members Michèle Schaal and Xavier Dapena. Please note: This lecture will not be recorded.

Tuesday, 28 Nov 2023

Seminar: Discovering viruses and studying immunity in a zebrafish RNAquarium

Nov 28, 2023

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

1414 Molecular Biology

free

Research Lectures

Join this Genetics, Development and Cell Biology seminar to hear Dr. Keir Balla, group leader of infection disease and quantitative cell science at Chan Zuckerberg Biohub San Fancisco, discuss the development of an in vivo system for investigating antiviral immunity using zebrafish.

Thursday, 30 Nov 2023

Deep Cities: Using a City's Heritage and History to Create a Sustainable Future

Nov 30, 2023

11:00 AM

2630 Memorial Union

Lecture Series Lectures

The lecture will use the recently completed JPI-CH research project 'Curating Sustainable URBAn Transformations through HERITage' as a lens for discussing how archeology can be a theoretical resource in planning with urban heritage for future cities. In our project, we have launched the concept of 'Deep Cities' as a methodological approach to understand how the layered historical city - the transformative and trans-temporal character of...