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Conferences, Workshops and Camps

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

Attending a Professional Conference Workshop is presented by Kathryn Wohlpart and Sarah Elm, graduate college. Attend this workshop to explore professionalism and networking, learn strategies for how to make the most out of your conference experience and discover benefits of attending a conference and financial assistance available. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 2:00 pm

Panelists in this workshop will help participants become acquainted with key ethical issues involved in research and scholarship. This event will include presentations and interactive discussion on topics related to power relationships, including issues involving gender and race/ethnicity. Registration Required.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 5:00 pm

The Pre-conference on African American Children and Families keynote speaker will be Wilfred "Mickye" Johnson, director of UNI's Classic Upward Bound. A panel of community members will lead the facilitated small group discussion. A hot meal will be served.

Friday, February 22, 2019 (All day)

The 8th Annual Conference on African American Children and Families features author and UNI gradaute Jan Spivey-Gilchrist. Keynote speakers will be Jamila Lyiscott and Louis Hilton, social justice and diversity educators.

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 3:00 pm

In this panel discussion, three faculty scholars will share their research and analyses of the changing socio-cultural perspectives on body size and fatness, including how “obesity” is currently perceived and sometimes mis-perceived by health professionals.  Have you wondered, for example, why it is now acceptable to charge fat people more for insurance coverage than thin people? Or does it seem self-evident to you that individuals with perceived behavioral health diagnoses--smoking, addictions, certain genetic conditions--should pay more? Can--and should--we equate how people look with the state of their health?  Susan Hill, Professor of Philosophy and World Religions, will discuss the historical context for these kinds of trends and explore the current state of medical research on fatness.  A second panel member, Fabio Fontana, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, will share his original research on the identification of anti-obesity biases among exercise-related professionals, whether these biases might translate into negative actions and behaviors of exercise-related professionals toward obese clients, and how weight-related bullying affects children and adolescents (in-progress).  Finally, Jesse Swan, Professor of English, will share his perspectives as a humanities scholar on love and hate, fat and fat stigma, and the hidden presumptions of thin privilege. Attendees will be encouraged to explore their own understanding and assumptions about fatness and how those affect their daily lives, interpersonally and professionally. Co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Registration Required.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:00 pm

This panel will help participants become acquainted with key ethical issues involved in quantitative research and scholarship. It will include presentations and interactive discussion on such topics as integrity in authorship, data management, and collaboration as they pertain to quantitative research methods. This panel discussion will be led by Helen Harton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and include other faculty members who are experts in quantitative research methodologies.  Panel members will be Andrey Petrov, Associate Professor of Geography; Mary Losch, Director and Professor, Center for Social & Behavioral Research; and Josh Sebree, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  Registration Requested.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 4:30 pm

Understand the complexities of balancing the federal budget and the difficult policy choices lawmakers face in this interactive workshop led by staff from the non-partisan Concord Coalition. This 2-hour event kicks off with a short overview of federal spending, followed by the 90-minute Principles and Priorities exercise. Working in small groups, participants will review current federal spending priorities, tax policy and entitlement reform options and apply their own principles and negotiating skills to put forward a consensus-based deficit reduction plan. It’s an eye-opening experience designed to educate voters on the political will and compromise required to address our spiraling national debt.

David Oman, Senior Advisor to the Concord Coalition and former Chief of Staff for Governors Robert Ray and Terry Branstad, will facilitate the workshop. The Concord Coalition is a bipartisan national organization that for 25 years has worked to encourage a balanced federal budget. 

Participants are asked to attend the entire 2-hour event.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and American Democracy Project.

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 3:00 pm

In this panel discussion, three faculty scholars will share their research and analyses of the changing socio-cultural perspectives on body size and fatness, including how “obesity” is currently perceived and sometimes mis-perceived by health professionals.  Have you wondered, for example, why it is now acceptable to charge fat people more for insurance coverage than thin people? Or does it seem self-evident to you that individuals with perceived behavioral health diagnoses--smoking, addictions, certain genetic conditions--should pay more? Can--and should--we equate how people look with the state of their health?  Susan Hill, Professor of Philosophy and World Religions, will discuss the historical context for these kinds of trends and explore the current state of medical research on fatness.  A second panel member, Fabio Fontana, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, will share his original research on the identification of anti-obesity biases among exercise-related professionals, whether these biases might translate into negative actions and behaviors of exercise-related professionals toward obese clients, and how weight-related bullying affects children and adolescents (in-progress).  Finally, Jesse Swan, Professor of English, will share his perspectives as a humanities scholar on love and hate, fat and fat stigma, and the hidden presumptions of thin privilege. Attendees will be encouraged to explore their own understanding and assumptions about fatness and how those affect their daily lives, interpersonally and professionally. Co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Registration Requested.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 (All day)

School of Music conductors Danny Galyen and Justin Mertz will coordinate a day-long workshop for visiting Iowa high school bands. This event is free but requires registration. Contact danny.galyen@uni.edu for more information.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Dr. Mary Losch, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa, will speak about highlights and resources for conducting quantitative surveys. Dr. Losch is a survey methodologist and evaluator who has designed and directed numerous survey, evaluation, and other applied social science research projects including a number in the areas of education, energy, public health and public policy issues.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 (All day)

Led by conductor and professor Rebecca Burkhardt, this day-long event will host Iowa high school students in a hands-on, interactive orchestra invitational. For more information, contact Rebecca.Burkhardt@uni.edu.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 (All day)

UNI faculty artists Anthony Williams and Jesse Orth will host this hands-on workshop for low brass players, featuring guest artists. For more information or to register, visit https://music.uni.edu/lowbrass.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 (All day)

Faculty artist and conductor Amy Kotsonis will coordinate this interactive event, featuring women’s chorus ensembles from Iowa high schools, as well as UNI’s own Women’s Chorus. The event will culminate in an evening concert at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public, but the festival does require registration. Please visit https://music.uni.edu/womensing for more information.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 (All day)

School of Music instructor of music education Michelle Swanson will coordinate this workshop. For more information, contact Michelle.Swanson@uni.edu.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 (All day)

Under the direction of School of Music professor Tina Su, the UNI Horn Choir will offer a spring recital featuring community players as well as UNI students as part of this day-long event. A concert will be held at 3 p.m. For more details, contact yu-ting.su@uni.edu. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Creating a budget can be one of the most daunting aspects of developing a grant proposal, but is critical to obtaining and successfully managing funding for sponsored projects. Rebecca Rinehart, Pre-award Specialist, and Michele Mullings-Shand, Associate Grants and Contracts Administrator, will provide an overview of the conceptual and technical components of good budgets.

Saturday, April 20, 2019 (All day)

UNI School of Music will host the 2019 Iowa Musicology Conference. Contact Alison.Altstatt@uni.edu for more information.

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