Dean’s Lecture Series

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series highlights faculty excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement in Iowa State’s largest college. The dean invites LAS faculty of international preeminence to present lectures from their own areas of expertise on topics of interest to the general public, designed to stimulate high-quality, intellectual discussion among faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Lectures are held during the fall and spring semesters during the academic year.

Fall 2019 Dean’s Lecture

Kelly Winfrey, assistant professor of journalism
Gender and Communication on the Campaign Trail
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Iowa State Memorial Great Hall

Kelly Winfrey, an assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, will discuss will discuss the unique challenges women candidates face and the communication strategies they use in their efforts to win over voters. Winfrey serves as coordinator of research and outreach at Iowa State’s Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. She oversees the Ready to Run® Iowa campaign training program and the Archives of Women’s Political Communication. She also conducts research for the Women in Iowa Politics database and the Iowa Gender Balance Project. Winfrey earned her Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas and is the author of Understanding How Women Vote: Gender Identity and Political Choices.

Spring 2019 Dean’s Lecture

Borzoo Bonakdarpour, assistant professor of computer science
Designing Secure Fleets of Drones: Possibilities, Challenges, and Limitations
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Iowa State Memorial Union Sun Room

Fall 2018 Dean’s Lecture

Robbyn Anand, assistant professor of chemistry
Divide and Conquer: Stopping Cancer One Cell at a Time
Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Spring 2018 Lecture

Eric William Davis, Department of Computer Science
Is Your Data Safe? Corruption, Money Laundering, and the Malicious Side of Data
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Fall 2017 Lecture

Matt DeLisi, Department of Sociology
Severe 5%: Understanding the Criminal Justice System
Monday, September 11, 2017

Spring 2017 Lecture

Robyn Lutz, Department of Computer Science
Programming Molecules in the Age of Nanotechnology
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spring 2016 Lecture

Michael Christopher Low, Department of History
ISIS, Jihadist Violence, and the Quest for an Idealized Islamic State
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fall 2015 Lecture

Alison Phillips, Department of Psychology
Health-Related Habits…Scientifically Speaking
Monday, November 30, 2015

Spring 2015 Lecture

Mayly Sanchez, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Measuring the Elusive: How to Catch Neutrinos and What They Tell Us About the Universe
Monday, April 6, 2015