The Honorable Jim Leach will present a lecture titled "The Challenges of Non-Partisanship in a Partisan Era." Leach is the Chair in Public Affairs, and Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Scholar at the University of Iowa Law School. He served as the Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2007-2013. He is best remembered for his service in the U.S. House of Representatives for thirty years (1977-2007), representing eastern Iowans. Bridging political eras he is uniquely poised to address the ongoing problem of gridlock in American politics.
Pat Jordan is the former managing editor of Commonweal and the editor of Dorothy Day: Writings from Commonweal. He worked with Dorothy Day from the late 1960s until her death in 1980. He will discuss Day's life and the growth of the Catholic Worker movement. Learn about one of the great American social activists of the twentieth century from someone who knew her well.
Robert Steed, Hawkeye Community College, will present "Aspects of Personhood in Ge Hong's Baopuzi neipian." The event is free and open to the public.
Michael Childers, UNI Department of History, will present "Rich Man's Games, Poor Man's Taxes: Growth and Colorado's Rejection of the 1976 Winter Olympic Games." The event is free and open to the public.
Joshua Waddle, John Deere Museum, will present "Public History Meets Corporate Culture: Telling the John Deere Waterloo Works Story." The event is free and open to the public.
Joseph Danielson, Des Moines Area Community College, will present "'We All Ready to Fall Into Abraham's Bosom': The Unraveling of the Master-Slave Bond in Occupied North Alabama, 1862." The event is free and open to the public.
Funded in part by the Faculty Senate, Class of 1957 Fund, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The 41st Annual Carl Becker Memorial Lecture in History will be presented by Elliott West, the Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The title of his lecture is “The West Before Lewis and Clark: Three Lives.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
Rebecca Singer will defend her history M.A. thesis, "'Democracy Put in Action': Experiences of African Americans in the Women's Army Corps at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, 1942-1945."
Leisl Carr Childers, assistant professor of history, will present "Building Bombs and Community: The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project." The event is free and open to the public.
Jack Hovelson, retired journalist for the Des Moines Register, will present "Newspapering: If You Ain't Good, You Better Be Lucky." The event is free and open to the public.