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Recreating the Human: Making Hate Our Footstool

Michael Blackwell will speak on the socialization and institutionalization of hatred in the United States and discuss creative ways individuals and communities can address categorical prejudices and structural apparatuses that perpetuate the varieties of xenophobia and inequities in our nation. Sponsored by the Rod Library as part of the programing related to the Latino Americans grant.  

Campus Presentation - Who Benefits?: Preserving and Making Available an Institution's Digital Research and Creative and Scholarly Output

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a campus presentation by Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communication Librarian and Associate Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. She will speak about institutional repositories, the types of works found in them and their benefits to faculty and the University.

Symposium: Canada and the U.S.: Partners and Allies in Arctic Research, Sustainability and Development

The UNI Museum, the UNI Geography Department and the Consulate General of Canada will host "Canada and the U.S.: Partners and Allies in Arctic Research, Sustainability and Development," a symposium that aims to educate and facilitate conversations about Arctic exploration, sustainability and governance. Speakers include Lee Huskey, University of Alaska Anchorage; Consul General Jamshed Merchant, Consulate General of Canada; Chris Southcott, professor at Lakehead University; Andrey Petrov, professor and Director of Arctic-FROST and ARCSES at UNI; and Norma Kassi, Yukon Gwich’in leader and co-founder of the Arctic Institute of Community-based Research. There will also be a screening of Kassi’s film, "Our Changing Homeland, Our Changing Lives" and a poster session highlighting student research at UNI.

There will be an opportunity to speak with the presenters following the symposium. Refreshments will be served; the sessions are free and open to the public. Participants should RSVP to Ann Crawford at or 319-273-3713. The event can be viewed live online at; you can join the conversation on Twitter with #ArcticUNI and follow us at @CanCGMPLS, @RodLibrary, and @NorthernIowa.

This event is held in conjunction with UNI Museum’s current exhibit, "Canada's Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving," a traveling photographic exhibition developed by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. The exhibit offers a perspective on Canada's vibrant North; its thriving Native cultures; and the balance of traditional life, modern conveniences and economic and environmental sustainability. The exhibit will also highlight the partnership between Canada and the United States, and will be a major Canada-Iowa collaborative event in 2015. 

Guest Lecturer: Bob Neymeyer

Bob Neymeyer, historian at the Grout Museum District, will speak on the topic "Liberty bonds, yellow paint, & English-only: Anti-German sentiment in Iowa during World War I," The demand for “100% Americanism” was administered by both public and private groups who distrusted the loyalty of these hyphenated Americans. The tactics ranged from intimidation and vandalism to a state law stating English was the only legal language to be used in public. The result was a series of accommodations, some temporary and others permanent, that changed the culture of German-Americans in the state. Neymeyer's lecture accompanies the current exhibit, Answering the Call: The Cedar Valley, Iowa, & World War I, on display until February 14th. Both the exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.

RodCon 2015

The Rod Library will host the second annual mini comic book convention. Activities will include panels, arts and crafts, games, trivia, artists, vendors, costume contests and more. Whether you are new to comics or an expert, you are bound to find something that interests you. More information is available on the Rod Library website or our Facebook event page. Open to the public, free of charge; all ages welcome.


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