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The New Asylums: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

 Rod Library and Student Disability Services will host the second in a series of films and discussions surrounding disability as a social justice issue.  Steven Onken, social work, will facilitate an audience discussion with panelists from local mental health and criminal justice systems. Panelists include Al Hays, professor emeritus; Thomas Eachus, UnityPoint/Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center; Marvin Spencer, First Judicial District Department of Correctional Services; and Lacey Combs, student intern at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. Excerpts from “The Released” video will be shown that contain some graphic language and imagery.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UNI-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Susan Basye at 319-273-2737 or at least one week prior to the event.


Sponsored by Rod Library, Student Disability Services, and Reaching for Higher Ground.

Overcoming Obstacles to Create Positive Change

The Rod Library will host Jeffrey S. Copeland speaking on three of his books: Inman's War: A Soldier's Story of Life in a Colored Battalion in WW II; Olivia's Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind 'Shelley v. Kraemer"; and Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire. In each book, which are all based upon true stories, the main characters -- of all races, creeds and backgrounds -- work together, at great personal risk, to build change and foster growth in the fight for justice and equality for all.

Career Readiness Day

Stop by the Learning Commons to have a free professional headshot taken, review your resume with Career Services and order personal business cards through UNIBusiness. Whether you’re looking for a job or internship, or participating in social networking opportunities like LinkedIn, a polished look can set you apart from the competition. Professional attire is recommended, no appointment needed.  Students, staff and faculty are welcome.

Woodwind Chamber Concert

Rod Library will host a Woodwind Chamber Concert under the Dichotomy. There will be performances by the Northern Iowa Woodwind Quintet and Omega Winds. Northern Iowa Woodwind Quintet will perform: "Roaring Fork" by Eric Ewazen and "Trois Pieces Breves" by Jacques Ibert. Omega Winds will perform: "Quartet in F" by Gioacchino Rossini and "Quartet" by Hugo Lauder. All are welcome to attend this free event.  

Rod Con

Rod Library's third annual mini comic con will feature artists, panelists, games, crafts, comics and more. Free and open to the public.

Banned Book Week Read Out

The Rod Library will celebrate the freedom to read all week with displays in the main lobby and in the youth department. A read-out will be held outside of the library main doors from  10-11 a.m. and noon-1 p.m.  Come to read and/or listen to a passage from a challenged book.  


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