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Executive Vice President and Provost

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture: "African American Voices of the Cedar Valley"

Joyce Chen, associate professor of communication studies,  will present "African American Voices of the Cedar Valley."

Although the African-American population in Iowa is small at 2.9%, they make up about 15.5% in Waterloo and 8.9% in Black Hawk County. African-Americans have continued to pursue recognition for their contributions to the economic development, cultural richness, social awareness and political justice in Iowa. This presentation focuses on the history of early African-American migrations to the Cedar Valley. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

Guest Lecturer: Jim Leach

Jim Leach will speak on the topic "Why Civility Matters." Leach holds the chair in Public Affairs as a Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Scholar at the University of Iowa. He is a former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and former U.S. Congressman from Iowa. His visit is sponsored by  the UNI American Democracy Project and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

Guest Lecture: Live Stronger Live Happier: A Scientific Approach

Dr. Amit Sood, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, will present a lecture and workshop "Live Stronger Live Happier: A Scientific Approach."  Sood will discuss groundbreaking insights into understanding how the human brain operates and how it generates stress, robbing our lives of joy and vitality. Sood has developed a program that integrates cutting edge advances in neurosciences with timeless principles to help us lower stress and anxiety, and enhance resiliency and well-being. This program has been tested in dozens of clinical trials and offered to thousands of patients and learners in the past six years. 

Day of Solidarity

Faculty and staff representatives from the College of Education and the Women and Gender Studies Program will sponsor a Day of Solidarity gathering. This gathering is for all faculty, staff and students who desire to stand in support of students and others who were victimized by the racist, sexist, homophobic and other offensive comments anonymously posted to the social media site Yik Yak. We invite all who are ready and willing to stand up against oppressive language and actions to wear black on Nov. 6.
T-shirts to wear for the event can be purchased by emailing kerri.clopton@uni.edu with your size by Wednesday, Oct. 29. The cost of the shirt will be approximately $8. The shirts will say "We Can Do Better" (front) and "Panther Pride (noun): the feelng one gets from being a part of a diverse edcuational community that respects, supports, encourages and values the contributions of all its members while pushing all to rise out of their ignorance" (back).
For more information contact Stephanie Logan, Kerri Clopton or Catherine MacGillivray.

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