Most American readers know George Orwell as the author of 1984 and Animal Farm, and as such consider him a staunch critic of communism and prophet of the surveillance state. But Orwell spent much of his writing career focused on exploring the cause and nature of poverty, and remained a committed socialist until his death. This lecture will put 1984 within the full context of Orwell’s career, and especially his lifelong criticism of big business and laissez-faire capitalism. The general public is invited; no pre-registration is required.
The 2015 Ethics Conference topic is "Ethics in Practice: Building a Classroom and Campus Culture for Academic Integrity." The conference aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, research and best practice in facilitating and supporting integrity within the classroom, schools and college campuses. Oral, panel and poster presentations will be offered from faculty and staff at UNI and other colleges and universities in Iowa that focus on ethics and integrity by students, faculty and administrators in all aspects of their scholarly work. Keynote speaker will be James M. Lang, author of "Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty." Faculty, staff and students from across Iowa are welcome to register. Advance registration is required.
UNI will host its inaugural training conference, Elect Her–Campus Women Win, the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. A collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, Elect Her addresses the need to expand the pipeline to women running for office and to diminish the longstanding political leadership gender gap.
Participants will garner hands-on campaign skills, hear from inspiring local speakers and discuss research on women in government. The day will conclude with an opportunity to network with female leaders from various agencies throughout the community. There is no cost for this event; breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is required.
The Ethics in Organizations symposium will explore how employees and organizations navigate the challenging ethical issues they encounter on a daily basis. UNI President William Ruud will give the keynote speech. Panel presentation and discussion topics include creating an ethical culture, confronting your own ethical challenges in the workplace and motivating ethical behavior in students and employees. Individuals from all levels of business, community organizations and academic institutions are invited. There is no registration fee but space is limited and registration is required. Participants may register to attend part or all of the day. Sponsors are UNI, Hawkeye Community College, Allen College and Character Counts.
Campus Connexus is a fun, fast-paced opportunity for UNI faculty and research staff from across campus to make scholarly connections in an informal, social setting. Registration is required by Sept. 10.
The theme of the 2013 symposium will be “Expanding Ideas of Scholarship in the 21st Century”. This biennial day-long conference is designed to showcase current research, scholarship and creative activity by UNI faculty and staff; and to stimulate engaging dialogue on current topics related to scholarship in higher education. Faculty and administrators from Western Carolina University will participate. WCU is a public comprehensive institution like UNI and has been developing and publishing new ideas about various forms of scholarship for a number of years. In addition to sharing their own experiences and ideas, the team from WCU will facilitate discussion about how scholarship is being defined and assessed at UNI and across the U.S. in these changing times in higher education. WCU offers training, workshops and institutional retreats on these topics across the country through their Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In addition to panels and break-out sessions around the theme, an open poster and performance session will be held for faculty and staff from across campus to display and discuss their scholarship. This event is free and open to faculty and staff at UNI. Registration is required.
Office of Sponsored Programs will be hosting a lecture on "Ethics in Science Communications" by Clark Wolf from Iowa State University. He will be providing a lecture on ethical issues involved in how scientists communicate with the public about their research. All are welcome. This event is being co-sponsored by OSP and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and will be held in CME.
Connexus is an opportunity to make meaningful scholarly connections across campus in an informal social setting. UNI Connexus participants are matched with UNI colleagues for one-on-one conversations to discuss research interests, areas of expertise and potential scholarly collaboration. In addition, participants can engage others in topical small group discussions, as well as mingle and enjoy an afternoon of networking. This event is open only to UNI staff and faculty. Participants must pre-register.
Representatives from the Iowa Energy Center will visit UNI to provide an overview of the IEC Competitive Grant Program and answer questions from faculty and staff.
Join us Friday afternoon for CommUNIty of Scholars. This is a great place for making connections and having informal discussions with colleagues about research, scholarship and creative activity. Enjoy refreshments while exploring ways to collaborate with others across campus.