Northern Iowa Student Government

Events of the Week - 2/27 to 3/4

By: mojohn on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 08:59

Monday, February 27 - Jazz Combos Concert
7:30 PM - Russell Hall, Bengtson Auditorium
Under the direction of faculty artist Chris Merz and graduate student conductors, the School of Music will present a jazz combos concert.

Tuesday, February 29 - Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Face Processing
7:00 to 8:30 PM - University Museum
The human brain has evolved to efficiently process information related to race with same-race faces being processed differently than other-race faces. Dr. Kim MacLin and Dr. Otto MacLin, Professors of Psychology, UNI, will discuss how this differential processing affects recognition accuracy, memory, stereotypes, and prejudice in laboratory and real-world contexts. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? on display at the University Museum February 6 through June 9.

Wednesday, February 29 - Andrew Bacevich: The US Military in the Post-9/11 World [Reaching for Higher Ground]
7:00 PM - Sabin Hall, Room 002

Andrew Bacevich, an expert on U.S. foreign policy and military affairs, talks about the forces that have shaped U.S. national security and the rise of a "perpetual war" that affects the economy, society and politics of the United States, and our place in the world. What is the proper role of the U.S. military in the world? Can terrorism be defeated militarily? Can the aspiration of unchallenged global dominance be sustained? A retired army colonel and professor at Boston University, Bacevich addresses these issues with a sense of realism and a historical perspective that challenges many common assumptions.

Thursday, March 1 - Torture and the Possibility of Community [Reaching for Higher Ground]
3:00 to 5:00 PM - Lang Hall, Auditorium

Prof. Marjorie Cohn, author of The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse (2011) and Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent (2009), will be speak on the problems of torture and the role it plays in destroying the possibility of world community. Cohn is professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild. She lectures throughout the world on international human rights and U.S. foreign policy.

Thursday, March 1 - The Future of the New Middle East
7:00 PM - Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
In this eye opening talk, Reza Aslan, a world-renowned expert on the Middle East, talks about the historical and societal shifts in this part of the world. A new generation of youth are clamoring for their rights and freedoms -- and they drastically outnumber their elders. Seventy-five percent of the population of the Middle East is under the age of 35 and 50 percent is under the age of 25. The young, educated and politically motivated youth in places like Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and beyond have a new vision -- one that represents their values, not the values of the generation that preceded them. What motivates the Muslim youth of today? What will the new Middle East look like? How will these sudden regime changes affect the world's economic and political climate? Aslan unravels the complexities of the new Middle East and shows what the future holds for this part of the world.

Friday, March 2 - Taping of IPR's "River to River"
7:00 to 8:30 PM - Lang Hall, Auditorium

UNI will host a taping of Iowa Public Radio's show "River to River." The show will air the following Monday, March 5. Discussions will include the latest about the 2012 presidential election and Iowa's legislative priorities. Forum participants are Dennis Goldford of Drake University, James Q. Lynch of The Gazette, and Chris Larimer and Donna Hoffman of UNI. The public and students are invited to participate.