Exhibits, Films and Lectures Calendar
Abby Helgevold, department of philosophy and world religions, will present a lecture titled "Good Sex: It's About More Than Just Pleasure." Is bad sex better than no sex at all? Are all forms of "good" sex in fact "good?" This lecture will explore what it means to think ethically about our sexual lives by discussing the question, "what does it mean to have good sex?"
Christian responses to the Nazi regime reveal much about that era and raise important issues for our own times. To explore the variety and significance of these responses, this program will feature the film “Theologians under Hitler,” which tells of three noted German theologians who, to various degrees, supported Nazism. The session will also include a panel discussion, followed by general discussion.
The March 22 program will offer, for those who are interested, additional opportunities for discussion of issues raised by this history and their relevance to today’s world.
This event is sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the Department of Philosophy and World Religions. The event is free and open to the public.
Carmen Finken will provide information about Green Iowa AmeriCorps, a non-profit organization that is committed to helping Iowans become more energy efficient through low-impact home weatherization, energy education and community outreach. The organization was founded in 2009 to address conservation and sustainable usage of energy resources in several Iowa communities as they struggled to rebuild from the devastating floods of 2008. Since then, Green Iowa has expanded to six sites across eastern Iowa, with the primary focus being on free, home energy audits. Other involvement in the community includes deconstruction projects, creating energy educational programs for all ages and assisting in the development of energy-related community events.
The film "Ricki's Promise," is the story of an 18-year-old Asian woman, born in China but raised in the U.S., who embarks upon an emotional journey as she navigates the conflicting worlds of two cultures. A documentary written, directed and produced by Changfu Chang, the film follows the journey of Ricki's return to China to live with her long-lost birth parents during a summer vacation. Discussion with the director follows the screening.
Chang is a professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Chang’s research interests focus on communication, culture and technology, and their relationship to modernity and globalization. He is an awarding-winning documentary filmmaker, especially on the topic of international adoption.
According to a statistical report by the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, since 1999 families in the United States have adopted 249,694 international children, 2,893 of whom are living in Iowa. Among those children, about 28.7% were adopted from China, 18.5% from Russia, 11.9% from Guatemala, 7.8% from South Korea, 5.6% from Ethiopia, 3.9% from Ukraine, 2.1% from India, more than 5.5% from other Asian countries and the rest from other locations.
The event is sponsored by the Reaching for Higher Ground series; the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President; the Center for Multicultural Education; the Diversity Council; the Departments of Communication Studies and Social Work; the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Dean of Students.
The Department of Languages and Literatures will host a screening of the film "Abrazos," followed by a director's talk with Luis Argueta. The film is a documentary that explores the human impact of immigration policies.
The Writers Talk Reading Series presents a reading by poet Rachel Morgan, Department of Languages & Literatures and poetry editor for the North American Review. Morgan, originally from Tennessee, is a co-editor of Fire Under the Moon: An Anthology of Contemporary Slovene Poetry. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Barely South, Bellevue Literary Review, Mid-American Review, DIAGRAM, Barrow Street and Hunger Mountain. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Ernst is a UNI alumna and Assistant Professor of Art, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA. She will jury this year's Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition for the UNI Gallery of Art.
View the night sky from the comfort of the Earth and Environmental Science Department Planetarium. Free and open to the public.
View the night sky from the comfort of the Earth and Environmental Science Department Planetarium. Free and open to the public.
The Reaching for Higher Ground Film & Discussion Series explores topics related to the 2014-15 RHG theme Media and Social Media: A Networked Society.
This evening Miss Representation will be screened and serve as the basis for personal reflection and dialogue: “Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.”
The RHG Film & Discussion Series is co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and UNI Rod Library. All series events are free and open to the public.
The lead-off event associated with the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, a competitive exhibition that features the finest recent works of students enrolled in classes in the UNI Department of Art.
UNI alumna and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at St. Ambrose University Renee Meyer Ernst juries this annual competitive exhibition, which features the finest recent works of students enrolled in classes in the UNI Department of Art. Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception: March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in KAB 111.
Artists' depiction of animals document and interrogate human-animal relationships to reflect historical, political, ethical, and epistemological dimensions of what it means to be human and animal. Co-curated by Dr. Elizabeth Sutton and gallery director Darrell Taylor. Located in Gallery A.
András Török, The Mai Manó House of Photography, Budapest, Hungary, will present a lecture titled "Why Hungarian Photography Matters: How Hungary provided so many key international photographers through the 20th century."
The lecture attempts to find an answer to the questions: how could Hungary provide so many key actors of the international photography scene in the 20th century? (André Kertész, Brassaï, Robert an Cornell Capa, Martin Munkacsi, László Moholy-Nagy, etc.) What happened to those who stayed, and did not leave? And how has Hungarian photography fared after the emergence of state-owned cultural institutions and the launch of university-level photography education? This lecture will outline three careers: that of Mai Manó (1855-1917), Imre Kinszki (1901-1945) and Péter Korniss (1937-), as well as discuss the development of a prominent, iconic Photo Museum in Budapest to duly represent Hungary’s photographic tradition and regain Hungary’s leading photographic status in Europe.
This film unearths the story of black women's political marginalization, between the male-dominated Black Power movement and second wave feminism which was largely white and middle class, showing how each failed to recognize black women's overlapping racial and gender identities. A panel discussion will follow the film. This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Teaching Alliance, #WeCanDoBetter campaign and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Free and open to the public.
FORTEPAN IOWA, a public digital photo archive of Iowa's history developed at the University of Northern Iowa, is the first of its kind in Iowa and the United States, and is unique in that it features curated photos taken by ordinary Iowans over the twentieth century.
Because the photographs of FORTEPAN IOWA will be available for free public download and carry a Creative Commons license, the open-source platform will inspire visitors to engage digitally with the high-quality images—a rare opportunity in a heavily copyrighted age, and a significant contribution to the digital humanities, history education and digital literacy. Unlike other photo archives that arrange images according to collection donor or subject matter, the FORTEPAN interface conveys history chronologically, so it will be easily searchable. The project has been funded in part by a UNI Capacity Building grant and a Humanities Iowa grant.
The online collection is called FORTEPAN IOWA because it is the first international sister site to the Hungarian FORTEPAN project, founded by Miklós Tamási and András Szepessy in 2009. Bettina Fabos, associate professor of visual communication in the Dept. of Communication Studies, first developed the idea for the project after meeting with FORTEPAN directors in Hungary during her Fulbright fellowship. The name FORTEPAN comes from the name of a well-known Hungarian photographic film that was made from 1922 to 2007. Fabos; Leisl Carr Childers, history dept.; Sergey Golitsynskiy, communication studies; and Noah Doely, art department, are among the UNI faculty working on this project. Those same faculty members are currently working on a NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grant for the project.
FORTEPAN IOWA is based on the Hungarian FORTEPAN project and will display thousands of photographs along a sliding interactive timeline and invite visitors to horizontally scroll through highly curated, well-documented photographs digitized at tremendously high resolution.
FORTEPAN IOWA will launch with at least 2,000 photos in the archive. Many of these have been obtained with the assistance of students in UNI's Interactive Digital Studies program. The photos represent the broad span of the twentieth century, and contain images of everyday life from across Iowa: recreation, family gatherings, fairs and festivals, political events, agricultural activities, business and innovation (e.g., the archive has extraordinary photos of the earliest John Deere facilities), education and much more. The archive avoids the typical "great men" version of history, and instead presents Iowa history democratically, from a grassroots perspective.
András Török, managing director of Summa Artium and a representative of the original FORTEPAN project in Budapest, Hungary, will visit and speak at the launch event.
There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. As each girl moves closer to coming of age, "I am a Girl," a feature-length documentary, reveals what it means to grow up female in the 21st century. As a day on earth transpires from dawn to dusk and into the night, we meet Manu, Kimsey, Aziza, Habiba, Breani and Katie – each on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of what it means to grow up female in their world today. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, we see remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humor. This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Graduate Student Association, College of Education Diversity Committee, Center for Multicultural Education, Rod Library and Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Free and open to the public.
Marie Curie wasn’t the only female scientist in history. This presentation explores four brilliant and important women scientists: Lise Meitner, who discovered nuclear fission; Chien-Shiung Wu, who overturned a major law in physics; Barbara McClintock, who was the Einstein of genetics; and Shirley Ann Jackson, whose public policy work in nuclear-power-plant oversight impacted the United States and the world. These amazing women show what can be accomplished when passion and intelligence meet determination to overcome all obstacles. Sponsored by the Women in Physics Club and Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Free and open to the public.
This panel aims to engage the audience in conversations about the ethics of gender-based discrimination and harassment in video gaming culture and social media; to discuss responsible Internet usage; and to confront personal biases. Through these conversations, aided and inspired by learning about the experiences of the panelists (professionals in the videogame industry including Brianna Wu, one of the original targets of #gamergate; Maddy Myers; Samantha Kalman; and Patrick Klepek), we aim to challenge the audience to reflect on their relationships with media and social media; to become more critical consumers of media; and to examine their own roles in creating a more inclusive and respectful community--both at UNI and online.
Sponsored by: Women’s & Gender Studies Program; Departments of Communication Studies, Computer Science, Math, and Psychology; and a Reaching for Higher Ground grant.
Lazarus Adua, assistant professor of sociology, will present “Spatial Inequality in Energetic Pain: Is there an Energy-Related Market ‘Subsidy’ for Residing in Rural America?”