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Exhibits, Films and Lectures Calendar

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Patrick Hicks went on three separate research trips to Poland in order to get the history correct for his first novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which was recently chosen for National Reading Group Month. In this presentation, Hicks will discuss how his research influenced his writing process and offer a short history of the death camps.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Chemistry and biochemistry Students Jon Heinzman, Katie Fay and Angela Weepie will present posters from their 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Damien Pfister, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and author of Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics: Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere, will present a lecture on Google Glass. Google Glass is an augmented reality technology that allows wearers to seamlessly access internetworked media through displays built into the lenses. This kind of "wearable computer," like activity trackers, miniature cameras and smart wristwatches, is on the cusp of ubiquity in intensively networked societies. However, public discussion about the cultural implications of these new technologies is lagging behind their development and diffusion. In the context of Glass, Pfister will pursue one of the most substantive critiques of communication in a networked society: that digital media technologies enable citizens to customize their environments, thus creating "echo chambers" or "filter bubbles" that may curtail the very possibilities for social justice.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Patrick Hicks, Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College (SIoux Falls, S.D). will read from his novel about the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard, as well as discuss how he used historical fact to create literary fiction. The Commandant of Lubizec has received rave critical reviews across the country. Aside from reading key passages from his novel, he will also answer questions about such camps as Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec.

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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 Joystick Warriors: Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism will be screened and serve as the basis for personal reflection and dialogue. 

“For years, there's been widespread speculation about the relationship between violent video games and violence in the real world. Joystick Warriors provides the clearest account yet of the latest research on this issue. Drawing on the insights of media scholars, military analysts, combat veterans, and gamers themselves, the film trains its sights on the wildly popular genre of first-person shooter games, exploring how the immersive experience they offer links up with the larger stories we tell ourselves as a culture about violence, militarism, guns, and manhood. Along the way, it examines the game industry's longstanding working relationship with the U.S. military and the American gun industry, and offers a riveting examination of the games themselves -- showing how they work to sanitize, glamorize, and normalize violence while cultivating dangerously regressive attitudes and ideas about masculinity and militarism.”

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.

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Sam E. Antar was the CFO of Crazy Eddie and helped mastermind one of the largest securities frauds uncovered during the 1980s. And even though this convicted felon now advices federal and state law enforcement agencies and performs forensic accounting services, Antar would do it all again.

Antar will speak as part of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics programming. The event is free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics with support from the Department of Accounting and the Center for Academic Ethics.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Pat Jordan is the former managing editor of Commonweal and the editor of Dorothy Day: Writings from Commonweal.  He worked with Dorothy Day from the late 1960s until her death in 1980. He will discuss Day's life and the growth of the Catholic Worker movement. Learn about one of the great American social activists of the twentieth century from someone who knew her well.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Joshua Waddle, John Deere Museum, will present "Public History Meets Corporate Culture:  Telling the John Deere Waterloo Works Story." The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Jack Vaughey, materials scientist at Argonne National Lab, will present "Materials Chemists Role in Support of Renewable Energy."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Dr. Thomas King is an author who often writes and also advocates for First Nation causes. His book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account, is an unconventional assessment of Indian-White relations in North America. This book is featured in our book club this year. King is also Professor Emeritus from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He earned his bachelor and masters degrees from Chico State University and earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah.  

 

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Randall Goldsmith, chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin, will present "Adventures in Single Molecule Spectroscopy:  Catalysts, Proteins and Photonics!"

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Grant Tracey is the author of several collections of fiction including Lovers & Strangers and Playing Mac: A Novella in Two Acts. A longtime fiction editor of the North American Review, Tracey has also written and directed the play According to Chelsea. Open mic signup is at 7p.m. Share your best five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Reginald Green, emeritus administrator, Academic Advising, will present "The Double Whammy: Cartoon Representations of Minority Women." Faculty, staff, students and the public are welcome.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Chemistry and biochemistry students Kylene Carlson, Robin Livermore and Allison Wold will present posters from their 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research.

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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 Rise of the Drones will be screened and serve as the basis for personal reflection and dialogue:  “Drones. These unmanned flying robots–some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds–do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, and kill has remained secret. But now, with rare access to drone engineers and those who fly them for the U.S. military, NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful as we see how a remotely-piloted drone strike looks and feels from inside the command center. From cameras that can capture every detail of an entire city at a glance to swarming robots that can make decisions on their own to giant air frames that can stay aloft for days on end, drones are changing our relationship to war, surveillance, and each other. And it's just the beginning.’”

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.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture of the New York Public Library. His book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, discusses the emergence of the deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals in contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants. Muhammad will also be speaking at 3:30 p.m. at an informal book discussion prior to his keynote address.   

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Lisa Jepsen, associate professor of economics, will present "Women in Law School." Faculty, staff, students, and the public are welcome.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Michael Childers, UNI Department of History, will present "Rich Man's Games, Poor Man's Taxes:  Growth and Colorado's Rejection of the 1976 Winter Olympic Games."  The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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 Terms and Conditions May Apply will be screened and serve as the basis for personal reflection and dialogue:   “A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.”  (IMDb)

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.


Monday, March 2, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Martie Reineke, professor of philsophy and world religions, will present "Intimate Domain: Desire, Trauma, and Mimetic Theory."  Copies of her book, Intimate Domain: Desire, Trauma, and Mimetic Theory will be sold after the presentation; Reineke will be available to sign books. Faculty, staff, students and the public are welcome.

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