The 2014 Global Fellows will share experiences from their biological and cultural encounters after spending three weeks in Puerto Williams, Santiago, and Valparaiso, Chile - the southern tip of the world!
An introductory lecture on the power of situating curriculum and instruction in a particular place on earth.
Frank Meeink joined a Neo-Nazi gang in South Philadelphia at the age of 14 and within a few years became a leader of the movement. By age 18 he was in prison and there, his views began to change. Meeink, the subject of "Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead," will speak about his experiences in the Neo-Nazi movement and in prison, and his life since that time advocating for tolerance and an end to all forms of bullying.
Our generation believes that freedom is a universal right and yet there are an estimated 21 million slaves in the world today. They suffer because we as a global society have failed to protect them. On February 11th you are invited to encounter the dark world of human trafficking, to understand its evil, and how to combat it. Presented by Brian Mansur
Drawing on his previous research and serving as the head athletic trainer at BVU, Dr. James Day will present about the current trends in concussion management focusing on a practical approach that can be useful for a variety of backgrounds.
Dr. Ron Rochon is a distinguished African American scholar with a long career exploring issues in educational Sociology. His work has ranged from face-to-face research with prison inmates to exploring sociocultural dimensions of the slave trade in West Aftrica. He is a frequent speaker at academic conferences dedicated to examining the role of diversity in the human condition generally, and its role in formal education specifically. Dr. Rochen will share his views regarding the role of diversity in the teaching life.
Simon Levin makes wood fired utilitarian pottery. Behind the creation of his vessels are several driving philosophies. By reintroducing artistic ware into the home, he feelss that he can reconnect art and the everyday. His work is made in harmony with the choice of firing method. Siom's work is made in dialogue with the effects of the kiln. As each body of work is fired, questions are answered and new ones are posed in a progressive conversation with the firing technique. During this program, Simon will discuss his methods, his artwork, and his very distinct philosophies.
Have you ever wondered why we form impressions? What information do we use and how does it affect our judgments of other people? Learn about research investigating the different aspects people use when forming impressions. This talk will explore the importance of visible cues, such as physical attractiveness and appearance. Additionally, it will discuss the role of invisible cues, such as familiarity and priming. Finally, Dr. Hack will also explore the accuracy of our evaluations and discuss why first impressions can sometimes be woefully wrong. . .
In 1984, Jennifer Thompson from Park City, Utah was a 22-year-old college student with a 4.0 GPA and lofty goals for her future. Her path was dramatically altered however, when a man broke into her apartment, put a knife to her throat, and raped her. In that moment, her determination took an entirely different direction, as she focused all attention on memorizing the man’s features. Searching for scars, tattoos, and any unique features that could help her identify him, she was certain that she could put him in prison for life. After a composite sketch, line-up identification, and trial, Jennifer Thompson’s testimony and memory led to a life sentence for Ronald Cotton. Years later, Thompson was asked to provide a DNA sample for further analysis of the case. She agreed to the request, positive that her identification of Cotton would be held up by science. In an instant, both lives changed, when it was revealed that Ronald Cotton was not her rapist, and after spending 11 years in prison as an innocent man, he was released. Devastated that her actions led to the imprisonment of an innocent man, Thompson reached out to Cotton to apologize, and in an act of true generosity, he forgave her. Their unlikely friendship and bond became the basis for the New York Times best-selling book, Picking Cotton. Today, Thompson and Cotton travel the country, speaking out in favor of DNA testing and working to protect the wrongfully convicted by sharing their personal stories of hope and redemption.
Are you a social work, psychology, or education student who is interested in working with children and families? All of these professions have been impacted by the recent attention to bullying between adolescents. Reports have suggested an increase in suicide contagions in communities linking bullying behaviors with suicide rates. Public Health Departments in Colorado, Rhode Island, and Minnesota have begun exploring a response to the increase in suicidality. This presentation will provide some of the recent data related to suicide rates, national trends to suicidality and a glimpse into the practical application of social work, psychology, and education theory.
Thomas Maltman will read from his novel Little Wolves, which takes place in 1980s drought-plagued Minnesota and follows Grizz Fallon as he tries to understand why his son has killed the sheriff and committed suicide.
The impacts of atmospheric aerosols on human health and global climate depend on their chemical composition. Eastern Iowa provides a unique setting to examine anthropogenic, agricultural, and natural source influences on aerosol composition. At a natural location in Johnson County approximately 40% of fine particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) was found to be comprised of carbonaceous material. In this study, the sources of carbonaceous aerosol are explored by the measurement of molecular markers for gasoline vehicles, diesel engines, coal combustion, biomass burning, primary biogenic materials, and secondary organic aerosol. These species were measured by solvent-extraction followed by gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) analysis. The resulting data were used in a chemical mass balance (CMB) source apportionment model to evaluate the relative impacts of aerosol sources. The impact of the May-June 2012 Iowa City Landfill tire fire on air quality will also be discussed.
Erik Gecas has been working as a casino dealer in Las Vegas for the last 13 years. During this time casino gambling has continued to become more and more widespread in the United States. Beliefs and behaviors particular to gambling are becoming adopted by a larger number of Americans. How are people being changed by gambling culture? How is gambling changing the way that people interact with others? How are ethics manifest in a casino environment? How are these ethics manipulated and maintained? Erik Gecas will talk about how the skills required of a professional dealer shed light on these questions. He will juxtapose the casino experiences of three different casinos where he has worked.
Professor Basuli Deb will discuss her research on Islamophobia - both past and present -in terms of US policy. Deb uses interdisciplinary sources -including literature, photography and social media- to examine wars of the 20th century in comparison with the US War on Terror.
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