Exhibits, Films and Lectures Calendar
This UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition, co-curated by Dr. Charles M. Adelman and gallery director Darrell Taylor, represents an ongoing collaboration between the Gallery and upper-level art history students who authored didactic materials for each object. Open all semester except Sundays and university holidays and breaks.
The exhibition opens Thursday night at 7 p.m. with an opening reception for Bachelor of Fine Arts students Trey Bush, Brittany Deal, Diana Hall,and Derek Steffens.
Dale Cyphert, department of management, will present "Teaching the System: Principles of Complexity as a Blueprint for Communication Pedagogy." Human society functions as a complex adaptive system, and what would educational practices look like if they were built on principles from the science of complexity? We've been doing some sensible things all along, but some assumptions about student learning need to be re-examined. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.
Designing Healthy Communities is a four-part series that takes a comprehensive look at the impact America’s built environment has on public health, and at the people and communities working to turn things around through innovative solutions.
In the final episode, "Searching for Shangri-La," Dr. Jackson searches past and present America for model communities large and small that embody the intricate balance of health promoting design and human needs. Does the perfect community exist?
Fernando Calderón, assistant professor of history, will present "Purifying Society in Pre-Revolutionary Mexico: Prisons and Psychiatric Institutions in Nation-State Building." The event is free and open to the public.
The subtext of the movie, Soul Food, is about the fatal illness of a family’s matriarch because of the food she was eating. Soul Food Junkies recognizes not only the politics within the food industry but also its challenges of both the obvious and the subtle ones. Whereas Byron Hurt lifts up the traditions of soul food, he explores the negative effects that the food industry has on those who are poor, exploited, and marginalized by limited food options, especially persons of color.
Byron Hurt, award-winning documentary filmmaker, will screen and discuss his film “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.” He will show and discuss his acclaimed film “Soul Food Junkies” the previous evening. Hurt’s visit is a project of the Provost’s Diversity Initiative, co-sponsored by a coalition of UNI colleges, departments and programs.
Byron Hurt, award-winning documentary filmmaker, will screen and discuss his recent acclaimed film “Soul Food Junkies,” in conjunction with Reaching for Higher Ground’s “Food Matters” Project and the Center for Multicultural Education. He will show and discuss his popular film “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” the previous evening.
Byron Hurt’s visit is a project of the Provost’s Diversity Initiative, co-sponsored by a broad coalition of UNI colleges, departments and programs.
Kenneth Atkinson, professor of history, will present "Galla Placidia: Roman Queen of the Visigoths." The event is free and open to the public.
King Corn follows two friends on a quest to Iowa in hopes to understand whence the food we eat comes. After they buy an acre of land and reap a bountiful harvest, they run headlong into a food system that is manipulative and destructive of farming endeavors in multiple ways.
Daisy Hernandez will be the keynote speaker for Women's History Month. More information to be announced!
The Emmy Award-winning "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story" tells the story of the unintended yet severe consequences of farming along the Mississippi and the efforts being taken to reverse this damage. America’s heartland boasts some of the world’s most productive farmland, but this bounty has come with a price. Excess crop fertilizers are contaminating the nation’s rivers, lakes and aquifers, while at the same time precious soil is washing away.
Can a simple 19th century technology change the world? For most North Americans, a bicycle ride or commute is a lifestyle choice. For countless others across the globe, each pedal stroke is progress out of poverty, toward an education and over the mountains of social and cultural discrimination.
"With My Own Two Wheels" profiles the lives of five people and portrays the powerful difference a bicycle has made for each of them and their communities. The film can be used to better understand their life circumstances, the power of an "appropriate" human-scale technology in an increasingly hi-tech world and to inspire discussion on how we can each contribute to improving the lives of people around the world, even in simple ways.
Jay Lees, professor of history, will present "One Day in May: The 2008 Tornado Hits Parkersburg." The event is free and open to the public.
A garden provided poor families and their neighbors with food and camaraderie after rioting in the early 1990's. The Garden explores the resiliency of Los Angeles farmers in creating a community plot. They confront the cordons of wealth and commerce: a bittersweet story of self-sufficiency and fortitude.