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Previously presented by the University Lecture Committee:

November 9, 2020

Addressing Racial Health Disparities In America

Patrice Harris


  • Location: Online

Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was the 174th president of the American Medical Association, and the organization’s first Afri…

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October 28, 2020

Ain't I A Woman: My Journey To Womanhood

Laverne Cox


  • Location: Online

Emmy-nominated actress, documentary film producer and prominent equal rights advocate, Laverne Cox, continues to make history in her career and signif…

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October 21, 2020

Why We're Polarized

Ezra Klein


  • Location: Online

Ezra Klein is the editor-at-large and founder of Vox. Before that, he was columnist and editor at the Washington Post, a policy analyst at MSNBC, and …

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October 8, 2020

Race And The Media: How The Media Shapes Race Issues And Influences Our Beliefs

Eric Deggans & Venise Berry


  • Location: Online

Eric Deggans is a veteran journalist. He was the first full-time television critic on NPR after working with the Tampa Ray Times for more than twenty …

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September 22, 2020

In Conversation About 1619 And The Legacy That Built A Nation

Nikole Hannah-Jones


  • Location: Online

Note: Regretfully, the recording of the Nikole Hannah-Jones event presented by the University of Iowa Lecture Committee is not available for viewing. …

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About the University Lecture Committee

For more than 30 years, The University of Iowa Lecture Committee has brought some of the world's great thinkers to the University of Iowa campus. Speakers have included an impressive roster of national and international figures in science, politics, business, human rights, law, and the arts. Each year the University hosts from 6 to 10 thought-provoking lectures. These events help enrich Iowa's academic environment and enhance its reputation as a prestigious Big Ten university.

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To stimulate thought, discussion, and engagement, the University Lecture Committee presents an intellectually diverse program that brings the broader University of Iowa communities face-to-face with the world's notable thinkers throughout each academic year.

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