The 43rd Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History will be presented by Elaine Carey, professor and chair of the Department of History at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. The title of her lecture is “Women Traffickers: Fictions and Histories of Drug Wars.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
Johnathan Williams, winner of the 2016 Outstanding UNI Graduate History Paper Award, will present his paper "The Recline of Midwestern Civilization: Punk Rock, Midwest Culture, and Economic Restructuring in the 1980s." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Cara Burnidge, Department of Philosophy and World Religions, will present "The Bible, the Church, and the Ballot Box: How Religion Shapped Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Fight for Women's Suffrage." The event is free and open to the public.
James Loewen, Visiting Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America, and author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, will present "How Iowa Was a Leader in Race Relations and How It Can Be One Again." The event is free and open to the public.
Pam Schwartz, Boone County Historical Society, will present "When Is a Shoe Not Just a Shoe? Teaching History in a Local Way." The event is free and open to the public.
Patrick Malloy, Hawkeye Community College, will present "Calamities of Whirlwinds, Uncertain Guests, and Secondhand Clothes: Images of the Early AIDS Epidemic from Swahili-language Newspapers." The even is free and open to the public.
The 42nd Annual Carl Becker Memorial Lecture in History will be presented by Ian Worthington, the Curator's Professor of History at the University of Missouri. The title of his lecture is "Macedonia's Greatest King: Philip II or Alexander the Great, and Unwinnable Wars." The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Honorable Jim Leach will present a lecture titled "The Challenges of Non-Partisanship in a Partisan Era." Leach is the Chair in Public Affairs, and Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Scholar at the University of Iowa Law School. He served as the Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2007-2013. He is best remembered for his service in the U.S. House of Representatives for thirty years (1977-2007), representing eastern Iowans. Bridging political eras he is uniquely poised to address the ongoing problem of gridlock in American politics.
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.
Robert Steed, Hawkeye Community College, will present "Aspects of Personhood in Ge Hong's Baopuzi neipian." The event is free and open to the public.