Following the murder of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman, The New Black Fest commissioned a group of playwrights to write ten-minute plays reflecting on the tragedy. Facing Our Truth features works from playwrights Dominque Morisseau, Winter Miller, Dan O'Brien and Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah, and A. Rey Pamatmat. Admission is free with limited seating. Please arrive 30 to 45 minutes early for guaranteed admission.
UNI Speech Team members will present acting and speech events. The team was ranked ninth in the nation last year and was ranked first in Iowa.
Speakers at this event are Donna Red Wing, head of One Iowa, and Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader, two leaders with opposing views on gay marriage. Their story has been featured in the Des Moines Register (Dec. 31, 2014) and Washington Post (July 4, 2015). Sponsored by UNI American Democracy Project and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President; co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Black Hawk and Bremer Counties. A reception will follow the presentation; free and open to the public.
Donna Hoffman, political science, will moderate a panel that will discuss the history, progress and problems associated with the Voting Rights Act. Panelists are Michael Blackwell, John Johnson, Paul Pate and Scott Peters. The League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer Counties is a co-sponsor. A reception will follow the presentation; free and open to the public.
Recorded presentation of a lecture by Kim MacLin on how the brain affects eyewitness identification.
U.S. Senator Charles Grassley and Iowa State Senator Jeff Danielson will discuss whistleblower protections from the federal and state perspectives. Both view whistleblowing as an important check and balance on government. Grassley has a long record of working for protections for whistleblowers. In 1984 he authored updates to the federal False Claims Act and co-authored the 1989 federal Whistleblower Protection act and its updates in 2012. Danielson helped lead an effort in 2014 to strengthen Iowa’s whistle-blower law. A reception precedes the program at 7:30 a.m.; free and open to the public.
Screening of Spies of Mississippi with Distinguished Visiting Filmmaker Dawn Porter.
Screening of Gideon's Army with Distinguished Visiting Filmmaker Dawn Porter.
Logistics: $75.00 registration fee includes camp programming and computer lab access.
Explore the power of technology to communicate and tell stories. Digital storytelling requires mastery of technical design skills and the development of interesting narratives. The camp begins with sessions on Adobe Photoshop and iMovie basics then transitions into time to create, at your own pace, your own original narrative story master project. Previous campers have created comic books, animated shorts, card games and more.