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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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March 3, 2020

Ordinary Person, Extraordinary Change: How To Affect The Masses

Adam Braun


  • Location: Englert Theatre

New York Times bestselling author, Founder of Pencils of Promise which has broken ground on 500+ schools around the world, and named to Business Insid...

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February 18, 2020

Fixing A Broken Refugee System: A Case Of Palestine Refugees

Dr. Akihiro Seita


  • Location: University of Iowa Old Capitol Senate Chamber

Dr. Akihiro Seita helps provide primary health care to 5.4 million Palestine Refugees, a leader in health reform and is an advocate for mental health ...

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February 5, 2020

An Evening With Susan Rice

Susan Rice


  • Location: Englert Theatre

Former U.S. National Security Advisor and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Tough...

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January 23, 2020

From Social Movement To Social Impact: Putting An End To Sexual Harassment

Anita Hill


  • Location: IMU Main Lounge

Anita Hill is a historic American Women's rights icon, attend and advocate for equality. 

Event details:

6:00 p.m. Doors open for UI students, facu...

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November 11, 2019

Perpetual War, 18 Years & Counting

Major Danny Sjursen & Coleen Rowley


  • Location: Old Capitol Senate Chamber

Perpetual War,18 Years & Counting: The legal, ethical, historical and pragmatic considerations

Coleen Rowley grew up in New Hampton, Iowa, graduated ...

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November 10, 2019

Free Screening Of Citizen K

Alex Gibney


  • Location: FilmScene at The Chauncey, 404 East College Street

University of Iowa Lecture Committee & Film Scene present a free screening of Citizen K followed by a discussion with Alex Gibney, an Academy Award wi...

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October 8, 2019

How To Be Unsuccessful In College

Jessica McCabe


  • Location: Englert Theatre

Jessica McCabe is the creator and host of the YouTube channel How to ADHD, designed to help ADHD “brains” and the “hearts” who love them learn to unde...

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September 30, 2019

Murder Case Of State VS. Adnan Syed/Adnan’s Story

Rabia Chaudry


  • Location: Englert Theatre

This event is followed by a book sale and signing. 

Rabia Chaudry is a Pakistani-American attorney, author and podcast host. She wrote Adnan’s Story:...

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April 30, 2019

In The Country We Love: My Family Divided

Diane Guerrero


  • Location: Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

6:30pm Doors open to UI students with ID (South Entrance)
7:00pm Doors open to General Public (East Lobby Entrance)

Diane Guerrero is a Boston native...

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March 7, 2019

A Different Kind Of Career: Under Cover In The CIA

Jim Olson


  • Location: Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Museum

Imagine living a lie for 31 years. That’s what James Olson and his wife Meredith did while spying for the CIA. Spying for his country was the furthest...

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March 1, 2019

Join The Lecture Committee!


  • Location:

Who: All undergraduate and graduate UI students planning to enroll in 2019-2020 academic year

What: University Lecture Committee Applications Now Ope...

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February 26, 2019

Protecting The Voices Of Our Youth

Tinker V. Des Moines


  • Location: Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Museum

In December 1965, Mary Beth and John Tinker decided to wear black armbands to school to protest the war in Vietnam. When the Des Moines Public School ...

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January 23, 2019

Black Klansman: How Ron Stallworth Infiltrated The KKK

Ron Stallworth


  • Location: The Englert Theatre

Following his lecture, Mr. Stallworth will be doing a book signing where books will be available for purchase.

Join us for a special encore presentat...

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November 12, 2018

Livewired: How The Brain Rewrites Its Own Circuitry

David Eagleman


  • Location: The Englert Theatre

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author, TED speaker, and Guggenheim Fellow.  He is the writer and presenter of The Brai...

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October 25, 2018

American Order And Disorder, At Home And Abroad

Ben Sasse


  • Location: Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge

Ben is a U.S. senator representing the great state of Nebraska. A fifth-generation Nebraskan, Ben grew up walking beans and detasseling corn, experien...

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