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Exhibits, Films and Lectures Calendar

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

András Török, The Mai Manó House of Photography, Budapest, Hungary, will present a lecture titled "Why Hungarian Photography Matters: How Hungary provided so many key international photographers through the 20th century."

The lecture attempts to find an answer to the questions: how could Hungary provide so many key actors of the international photography scene in the 20th century? (André Kertész, Brassaï, Robert an Cornell Capa, Martin Munkacsi, László Moholy-Nagy, etc.)  What happened to those who stayed, and did not leave? And how has Hungarian photography fared after the emergence of state-owned cultural institutions and the launch of university-level photography education?  This lecture will outline three careers: that of Mai Manó (1855-1917), Imre Kinszki (1901-1945) and Péter Korniss (1937-), as well as discuss the development of a prominent, iconic Photo Museum in Budapest to duly represent Hungary’s photographic tradition and regain Hungary’s leading photographic status in Europe. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 7:00 pm

FORTEPAN IOWA, a public digital photo archive of Iowa's history developed at the University of Northern Iowa, is the first of its kind in Iowa and the United States, and is unique in that it features curated photos taken by ordinary Iowans over the twentieth century.

Because the photographs of FORTEPAN IOWA will be available for free public download and carry a Creative Commons license, the open-source platform will inspire visitors to engage digitally with the high-quality images—a rare opportunity in a heavily copyrighted age, and a significant contribution to the digital humanities, history education and digital literacy. Unlike other photo archives that arrange images according to collection donor or subject matter, the FORTEPAN interface conveys history chronologically, so it will be easily searchable.  The project has been funded in part by a UNI Capacity Building grant and a Humanities Iowa grant.

The online collection is called FORTEPAN IOWA because it is the first international sister site to the Hungarian FORTEPAN project, founded by Miklós Tamási and András Szepessy in 2009. Bettina Fabos, associate professor of visual communication in the Dept. of Communication Studies, first developed the idea for the project after meeting with FORTEPAN directors in Hungary during her Fulbright fellowship. The name FORTEPAN comes from the name of a well-known Hungarian photographic film that was made from 1922 to 2007. Fabos; Leisl Carr Childers, history dept.; Sergey Golitsynskiy, communication studies; and Noah Doely, art department, are among the UNI faculty working on this project. Those same faculty members are currently working on a NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grant for the project.

FORTEPAN IOWA is based on the Hungarian FORTEPAN project and will display thousands of photographs along a sliding interactive timeline and invite visitors to horizontally scroll through highly curated, well-documented photographs digitized at tremendously high resolution.  

FORTEPAN IOWA will launch with at least 2,000 photos in the archive. Many of these have been obtained with the assistance of students in UNI's Interactive Digital Studies program. The photos represent the broad span of the twentieth century, and contain images of everyday life from across Iowa: recreation, family gatherings, fairs and festivals, political events, agricultural activities, business and innovation (e.g., the archive has extraordinary photos of the earliest John Deere facilities), education and much more. The archive avoids the typical "great men" version of history, and instead presents Iowa history democratically, from a grassroots perspective.

András Török, managing director of Summa Artium and a representative of the original FORTEPAN project in Budapest, Hungary, will visit and speak at the launch event.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm

This panel aims to engage the audience in conversations about the ethics of gender-based discrimination and harassment in video gaming culture and social media; to discuss responsible Internet usage; and to confront personal biases. Through these conversations, aided and inspired by learning about the experiences of the panelists (professionals in the videogame industry including Brianna Wu, one of the original  targets of #gamergate; Maddy Myers; Samantha Kalman; and Patrick Klepek), we aim to challenge the audience to reflect on their relationships with media and social media; to become more critical consumers of media; and to examine their own roles in creating a more inclusive and respectful community--both at UNI and online.

Sponsored by: Women’s & Gender Studies Program; Departments of Communication Studies, Computer Science, Math, and Psychology; and a Reaching for Higher Ground grant.

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?”

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 - 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.

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 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.

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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Xavi Escandell, associate professor of sociology, will present "Gender Gaps in Educational Outcomes Among Children of New Migrants: The Role of Social Integration from a Comparative Perspective."

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The UNI College of Education will sponser a lecture featuring Jonathan Kozol, a known author on the experiences of children living in impoverished communities. He will share strategies for what we can do in classrooms and beyond to support the nation's poorest children. This event is in conjunction with the Education Summit being held May 1, 2015. 


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