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Exhibits, Films and Lectures Calendar

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Lazarus Adua, assistant professor of sociology, will present  “Spatial Inequality in Energetic Pain: Is there an Energy-Related Market ‘Subsidy’ for Residing in Rural America?”

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Campus Activities Board (CAB) presents "The Imitation Game." There will be two showings at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Cookies, brownies, popcorn and pop will be available.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

View the night sky through the computer controlled telescope at the Earth and Environmental Science Observatory. This event is free and open to the public. Meet before 9 p.m. to get to the observatory (near the polar bear). No late admissions will be allowed; no food or drink and no cellphones or other electronic devices can be used during the observatory visit.

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 12:00 pm

The recipient of the Women's and Gender Studies Outstanding Graduate Paper on Gender award will present their paper and be presented with their award.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm

The Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture series presents Johannes Ledolter, who will present"Data Mining and Business Analytics with Big and Small Data." Ledolter is a professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Iowa. He will review useful methods for data mining and business analytics; describe several applications and case studies where these methods prove useful; discuss the importance of collecting data through carefully designed statistical experiments; and conclude with a discussion of target areas of application. 

This lecture is intended for general audiences, on topics of current interest in mathematics and mathematics education. The lecture is free of charge. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Dan Morris, TIAA-CREF’s Global Investment Strategist, will share his views on the opportunities and potential pitfalls he sees in 2015.

The U.S. economy is finally recovering from the Global Financial Crisis, but the rest of the world is trailing behind.

  • Can the U.S. economy continue to expand or will it be dragged down by stagnation in Europe or a slowdown in China?
  • Markets have become more volatile of late. Why is this and will it persist?
  • How should investors protect their portfolios but also find the returns they need as interest rise, but remain low compared to historical norms? 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 7:00 pm

"Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life: A Dynamic Universe" will be presented by Jennifer Wiseman, NASA Hubble Space Telescope Senior Project Scientist.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 7:00 pm

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.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

View the night sky through the computer controlled telescope at the Earth and Environmental Science Observatory. This event is free and open to the public. Meet before 9 p.m. to get to the observatory (near the polar bear). No late admissions will be allowed; no food or drink and no cellphones or other electronic devices can be used during the observatory visit.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, June 7, 2015 (All day)

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide.

Deadly Medicine explores the Holocaust’s roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought,” explains exhibition curator Susan Bachrach. “At the same time, it touches on complex ethical issues we face today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community.”

This exhibit is part of the annual partnership between the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and the Grout Museum District is bring a traveling exhibit to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area dealing with the Holocaust, genocide and human rights. For information about museum hours and admission fees, visit or call 319-234-6357 

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Tyler O'Brien, associate professor, sociology, anthropology & criminology, will present Beauty is in the Eye of the Molder:
The Anthropology of Head Modification.
  Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

O’Brien will be discussing head modification in South America. Archaeological evidence and ethnohistoric accounts document artificial cranial deformation as a human cultural phenomenon found on almost every continent. As a biocultural process it is defined as the product of dynamically distorting the normal patterns of cranial growth in the infant through the agency of externally applied forces. Deformation can be produced unintentionally through the inadvertent effects of tying the child’s head to a cradleboard, as seen in some native North American Indian groups. Yet the most dramatic effects come from the intentional process of head molding. In general, ancient groups from around the world have practiced the act of head binding in basically one of two styles: soon after birth they would either strap hard, flat devices (e.g., boards) to both the front and back of the infant’s head or wrap the infant’s head with tight bandages (e.g., cords). By leaving these apparatuses on the head for three to five years, and being occasionally tightened, the resultant growth processes of the brain and cranium would be altered producing in the adult a more upright, boxy shaped skull or a more conical shaped skull in the second style, respectively. The end result is a permanently modified, adult head that some have speculated improved a person’s beauty, social status or class; but most widely accept that head shaping marked an individual as belonging to a certain region, ethnic or kin group or segment of society.

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Set against the dramatic backdrop of violence in the Middle East and the tension between Jewish and Muslim students on college campuses, "Of Many" focuses on the surprising and transformative relationship between an orthodox rabbi and imam, university chaplains in New York City. Through a series of voyages to communities struck by catastrophe, we witness young religious Jews and Muslims working together and overcoming long-standing divides. This timely and humorous documentary will jump-start a discussion of the interfaith community at UNI, led by a panel of religious leaders in the community. Attendees are encouraged to live-tweet using the hasthag #ofmanyuni. This film and disucssion event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Diversity Council and the Explorers of Religion. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Visiting artist Libby Larsen will present a lecture titled "Inspiration: finding your musical voice when it’s all around you." Larsen will visit UNI April 14-15 for a two-day intensive residency and visit with UNI students. Additional events scheduled on April 15. For more on Larsen, visit This event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 9:00 am

Energy production affects everyone and ethical issues arise throughout the process, from source to production to consumption.

A panel of experts will provide a comprehensive picture of energy production in Iowa and discuss economic effects, environmental impacts, legal aspects, agricultural viewpoints and employment prospects related to the topic.

Specifically, they will address:

  • Concerns about how Iowa and the U.S. will meet future energy needs.
  • The proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline and Rock Island Clean Line projects.
  • The approval process for proposed energy production projects.
  • How to get your voice heard in the discussion.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a campus presentation by Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communication Librarian and Associate Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. She will speak about institutional repositories, the types of works found in them and their benefits to faculty and the University.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:30 pm

"Love is a Verb," the award-winning 2014 film by Terry Spencer Hesser and narrated by Ashley Judd, will be screened. 

The film examines peacebuilding in a world of conflict, and the social movement of Sufi inspired Sunni Muslims that began in Turkey in the 1960s and now reaches across the globe. The group is called Hizmet, the Turkish word for service, or The Gulen Movement after its inspiration, leader and teacher Fethullah Gulen, a man that Time Magazine named as one of the most influential leaders in the world in 2013.

The screening and talk is sponsored by the Niagara Foundation and the Turkish Student Association of UNI.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

View the night sky through the computer controlled telescope at the Earth and Environmental Science Observatory. This event is free and open to the public. Meet before 9 p.m. to get to the observatory (near the polar bear). No late admissions will be allowed; no food or drink and no cellphones or other electronic devices can be used during the observatory visit.

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Reaching for Higher Ground Film & Discussion Series explores topics related to the 2014-15 RHG theme Media and Social Media: A Networked Society. 

This evening Panopticon: The Documentary about your Privacy will be screened and serve as the basis for personal reflection and dialogue: “As technology advances our privacy is disappearing. This documentary, Panopticon, explores just how much our personal lives are being affected by the usage of invasive technology to monitor us.  The film was made in Holland and uses local examples such as their train system. The Rotterdam tram, face recognition cameras scan passengers before they can board. The purpose is to identify “unwanted” passengers but most people boarding the trolleys are completely unaware of that this invasive system not only exists but can even record your conversations.  Other Dutch examples include: highways lined with cameras as part of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition. Then there’s Deep Packet Inspection that analyzes electronic traffic, and keeps tabs of your Internet activity.“

The RHG Film & Discussion Series is co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Multicultural Education and UNI Rod Library.  All series events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Holocaust survivor and artist Miriam Brysk will share her story in a presentation, "Survival in the Russian Partisans of the Lipiczany Forest."  

Brysk, born in Warsaw, survived the LIda ghetto and and the Partisans of Belorussia. She came to America in 1947 at age 12, with no previous schooling and unable to speak English. Her two dreams in life were to become a scientist and an artist. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University and went on to become a scientist and medical school professor at the University of Texas. Since her retirement and return to Ann Arbor, she has become a digital artist and writer depicting the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust. She has created three major art exhibits: “In a Confined Silence”, “Children of the Holocaust”, and “Scroll of Remembrance” and has had nearly 35 solo exhibits. Some of her work is part of the permanent collection of Yad Vashem.

She has published two books: Amidst the Shadows of Trees: A Holocaust Child’s Survival in the Partisans, an autobiography; and The Stones Weep: Teaching the Holocaust through a Survivor’s Art, an art book with lesson plans by co-author Margaret Lincoln. She is completing her third book, Reflections on the Holocaust. Brysk will be introduced by Holocaust educator Margaret Lincoln, co-author of The Stones Weep

Brysk's latest exhibit, "Scroll of Remembrance," along with selected other works of hers, will be on display at the Grout Museum of History & Science in Waterloo at the time of her visit.

Her presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7:00 pm

This film explores the burgeoning green future made possible through clean technology. VPRO Backlight travels the world in search of this new future.


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