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May 11, 2021

Be Where Your Feet Are

Life Lessons Shared by Comedian David Lee Nelson and UI Health Care Physicians from His Journey with Colon Cancer


  • Location: Online

David Lee Nelson (playwright and performer) was an award-winning actor, playwright, and solo performer. His TV and film credits included: Turn (AMC) T…

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April 30, 2021

2020-2021 Distinguished Lecturer

Noam Chomsky


  • Location: Online

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laurea…

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April 25, 2021

Rural Roots To NBA Hoops

Nick Nurse


  • Location: Online

Moderated by Coach Lisa Bluder

Nick Nurse is currently the head coach for NBA champion Toronto Raptors and the Canadian Senior Men’s National team. D…

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April 19, 2021

A Conversation On Climate Science, Policy And Justice

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson


  • Location: Online

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is the co-founder of the Urban Ocean Lab, a think t…

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April 9, 2021

Dan Levy


  • Location: Online

Daniel Levy is an Emmy® and Golden Globe winning writer, actor, director, and producer, best known for his work on one of the most beloved shows on te…

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March 30, 2021

From The Oasis Falafel Kitchen To Your Home

Oasis Co-owners: Naftly Stramer And Ofer Sivan

Featuring UI grads-turned-expert chefs: Mike Osler and Victoria Rich


  • Hosted by: Charity Nebbe, host of “Talk of Iowa” on Iowa Public Radio and “Iowa Ingredient” on Iowa PBS
  • Location: Online

Cook Along and Learn the Secrets of Mediterranean Flavors Featuring UI grads-turned-expert chefs: Victoria Rich & Mike Osler and Oasis Co-owners:  Naf…

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March 3, 2021

Ibtihaj Muhammad


  • Location: Online

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker and Olympic medalist in fencing. A 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist a…

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February 16, 2021

Cassandra S. Foens M.D., F.A.C.R. 2021 Lecture

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, A Discussion On Race And Medical Ethics

Lacks Family Members Veronica And Jeri


  • Location: Online

Jeri Lacks Whye is Henrietta Lacks’ granddaughter. She is employed with the Judiciary System of Baltimore in the Domestic Violence Unit. Jeri has visi…

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February 3, 2021

Trumpism And The Republican Party: What’s Next?

Michael Steele


  • Location: Online

Moderated by Jim Leach

Michael Stephen Steele is an American conservative political commentator, attorney, and former Republican Party politician. St…

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January 25, 2021

Spillover: The Global Threat Of Emerging Infectious Diseases

David Quammen


  • Location: Online

David Quammen is the best-selling author of a dozen fiction and non-fiction books, including The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin and Spillo…

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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. 

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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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