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Executive Vice President and Provost

The Culture Wars: The New Left and the Rise of the Neoconservatives in America

Andrew Hartman, associate professor of history at Illinois State University, will present "The Culture Wars: The New Left and the Rise of the Neoconservatives in America." Hartman will discuss how the radical political mobilizations of the 1960s gave rise to a group of reactionaries who came to be called "neoconservatives."  Contact Jerry Soneson at or 273-6221 for more information.

CROW Forum

The Current Research on Women & Gender (CROW) Forum features Michelle Tichy, educational psychology and foundations, speaking about "Care, Connectedness and Motivation: Keys to Supporting At-Risk Girls." The presentation is free and open to the public.

The New Asylums: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

 Rod Library and Student Disability Services will host the second in a series of films and discussions surrounding disability as a social justice issue.  Steven Onken, social work, will facilitate an audience discussion with panelists from local mental health and criminal justice systems. Panelists include Al Hays, professor emeritus; Thomas Eachus, UnityPoint/Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center; Marvin Spencer, First Judicial District Department of Correctional Services; and Lacey Combs, student intern at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. Excerpts from “The Released” video will be shown that contain some graphic language and imagery.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UNI-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Susan Basye at 319-273-2737 or at least one week prior to the event.


Sponsored by Rod Library, Student Disability Services, and Reaching for Higher Ground.

Overcoming Obstacles to Create Positive Change

The Rod Library will host Jeffrey S. Copeland speaking on three of his books: Inman's War: A Soldier's Story of Life in a Colored Battalion in WW II; Olivia's Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind 'Shelley v. Kraemer"; and Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire. In each book, which are all based upon true stories, the main characters -- of all races, creeds and backgrounds -- work together, at great personal risk, to build change and foster growth in the fight for justice and equality for all.

Educational perspectives meeting

Deborah Loewenberg Ball will discuss the practices of teaching that are particularly "high-leverage" for beginning and early career teachers. A "high-leverage practice" is an action or task central to teaching. Examples include recognizing common patterns of students' thinking, conducting a whole-class discussion, building relationships with students, choosing representations and examples, and assessing students' learning.

Ed perspectives meeting

AACTE's Clinical Practice Commission has been charged with identifying a set of criteria that define clinical practice; lifting up exemplary models in the field and publishing a set of recommendations for teacher preparation programs nationwide. Participant will be able to provide feedback to this effort; a draft white paper will be circulated to participants prior to the meeting.

2016 Education Summit

The Education Summit "Necessary Connectedness: The New Edge of Education" provides a venue and an opportunity for discussions and interactions to take place in a collective effort to advance public education in Iowa. The focus is on four strands: literacy, teacher leadership, STEM and diversity. Internationally known and respected education scholars from each of these strands will deliver keynote addresses.


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