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Immigration Forum: A Conversation about Immigration in Iowa

The forum will feature a moderated discussion about immigration issues in Iowa. Panelists include Ali Alnasser, UNI international student; Miryam Antúnez de Mayolo, immigration attorney; Edis Beganovic, Bosnian immigrant; Brook Boehmler, Hampton mayor; Juan Carlos Castillo and Elise DuBord, languages and literatures; and Tony Thompson, Black Hawk County sheriff. There will be a Q&A session. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public.

A poetry reading with Wyatt Townley

Join Poet Laureate of Kansas Emeritus Wyatt Townley in an exploration of home: what is it, where is it and how does it intersect with poetry. Wyatt Townley’s work has been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured in US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry,” and published in journals including The Paris Review, North American Review, and The Yale Review. Her books include four collections of poetry: Rewriting the Body (forthcoming in 2018), The Breathing Field, and The Afterlives of Trees, a Kansas Notable Book and winner of Nelson Award. (

Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar

"How the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Went from Being a Tidal Wave to a Tsunami: Implications for Science Literacy" by Scott Clark, geology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Clark will discuss how preliminary reports of the 2004 tsunami referred to it as a tidal wave, but within four days, 80% of news reports used the word "tsunami." Since that time, more than 97% of news stories have avoided the term "tidal wave" when describing subsequent events. Clark will explore the reasons that led the media to move away from the use of the term tidal wave and will comment on the potential implications of these findings for communication efforts on other earth science topics such as climate change.

Screening of 'The Good Lie'

"The Good Lie" (2014) tells the story of four of the 20,000 “Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan” who walked thousands of miles to find refuge from the Second Sudanese Civil War and who eventually resettled in the United Staes.

This film screening has been organized by UNI RISE (Refugee Support and Empowerment) and the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. The event is free and open to the public.


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