Find an archive of past UIRA events below.

Fraud Alerts for Seniors with Sally Leme

Thursday, May 16, 2024 11:00am
Post-event follow-up: Watch a video of the May 16 event.  The AARP Fraud Watch Network has been established to arm Americans with tools to spot and avoid fraud and scams. The network educates, serves as a resource, and acts as watchdog in order to help individuals recognize and avoid fraud. Dr. Sally Leme, Ph.D., is a trained AARP Fraud Watch volunteer speaker, former UI assistant professor, and a retired special education consultant from Grant Wood AEA. 2520-D University Capitol Center (UCC)...

Incarceration Among the Elderly with Alison Guernsey

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Post-event follow-up: Watch a video of the April 24th event Ballooning state and federal incarceration is problematic and costly for many reasons, but one ever-increasing complication is the fact that our prison population is aging. According to the Census Bureau, from 1991 to 2021, the percentage of people 55 years or older in our nation’s prisons swelled from 3% to 15%. And more than 30% of people serving life sentences are at least 55 years old. Aging in prison can be dangerous. It is...

National Advanced Driving Simulator Tour

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 11:00am
National Advanced Driving Simulator Building
The Driving Safety Research Institute (DSRI) aims to make roads safer by researching the connection and interaction between humans and vehicles. They are home to the National Advanced Driving Simulator, a suite of world-class driving simulators, and a fleet of five instrumented on-road research vehicles. This interdisciplinary transportation safety research institute in the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering is funded by government and industry contracts. Their research expertise...

All Things Water: Improving Community Resilience to Floods, Droughts, and Declining Water Quality

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 1:00pm
Coralville Public Library
Post-event follow-up: Watch a avideo of the April 9 event The State of Iowa recently completed a project entitled the Iowa Watershed Approach focused on improving community resilience to floods, droughts, and declining water quality. This science-based project followed a systematic process of hydrologic assessment, goal setting, development of watershed plans, installation of monitoring systems, project construction, community engagement, identification of vulnerable populations, and details...

Connect, Contribute, and Create: The Future of Optimal Aging

Thursday, March 28, 2024 1:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Post-event follow-up: Watch a video of the Mar 28 event Considering that 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will be over age 65 by 2030 (Rural Health Information Hub), our communities will need support and resources specific to an aging population. The Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa is uniquely positioned to bring together people, organizations, and resources to meet those needs. Join us to learn how the Csomay Center can connect...
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The Search for Race: Civil War Medicine and Science

Thursday, March 21, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Biology Building East
Leslie uses the social and cultural history of Civil War medicine and science to probe the question of how and why anti-Black racism survived the destruction of slavery. Leslie's talk will describe how white Northerners—the U.S. Sanitary Commission and Army medical personnel—conducted wartime research aimed at proving Black medical and biological inferiority. She argues that this research not only led to the mistreatment of Black soldiers and civilians, it also promoted the notion of white...

UIRA Presents Fiction in the City of Literature with Loren Glass

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 11:00am
University Capitol Centre
Post-event follow-up: Watch a video of the Mar 20th event Many novels and short stories are set in and around Iowa City during the period from the end of World War II until the present. Authors include participants in the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the International Writing Program. After the program, a reading list will be available. Loren Glass is professor of English at the University of Iowa, specializing in 20th- and 21st-century literatures and cultures of the United States, with an...

UIRA Presents Creating the Hancher Season with Aaron Greenwald

Friday, March 8, 2024 12:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Post-event follow-up: Watch a video of the March 8 event  As Hancher’s director of programming and engagement, Aaron Greenwald oversees all programming presented by Hancher, including concerts and performances of every genre and variety, a robust Broadway season, and over 100 discreet annual engagements between visiting artists and students, faculty, and staff at the university. Aaron Greenwald came to the university in October 2019. Previously, he served as managing director of the Big Ears...

UIRA Presents UI Degowin Blood Center: The Importance of Blood Donation

Thursday, February 29, 2024 10:00am
Coralville Public Library
Did you know that 62% of the population is eligible to donate whole blood or platelets, but only 3% actually donates? Learn more about the importance of blood donation, hosting blood drives, and how donating blood products can benefit our communities. Mandy McClenahan is the blood drive coordinator and donor recruitment specialist at the UI DeGowin Blood Center. A native Iowan, a graduate of the University of Iowa, and an avid blood donor (almost 4 gallons!), she is passionate about educating...

EFC Lecture—Iowa Faces the 1960s—Charles Connerly, PhD

Thursday, February 22, 2024 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Biology Building East
As Iowa entered the 1960s, it faced issues that reflected the transition from an agricultural, rural state to one that had become majority urban with consequent tensions between its urban and rural communities—tensions that continue to this day. At the same time, Iowa’s food-based economy seemed increasingly out of sync with a national economy driven proportionately less by the consumption of food and more by growing consumer demand for homes, cars, televisions, hi-fis, and clothes—items that...

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