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August 28, 1998

Cousteau, Steinem headline '98-99 lecture series

by Linda Charles

The ISU Lectures Program got off to a fun start Aug. 26 with the comedians Eric O'Shea and Chad Taylor. The two performed as part of WelcomeFest activities

Next up will be a performance by comedian Bill Cosby at 3 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 30) in Stephens Auditorium. Tickets are available at TicketMaster locations.

Two George Washington Carver visiting scholars will come to campus this fall. Michael Nettles, executive director of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, affiliated with the United Negro College Fund, will discuss "Minorities in Education" at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Nettles is an ISU alumnus and a professor of education and public policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

In mid-October, a second Carver visiting scholar, Reginald Wilson, will be on campus to discuss "Minority Issues in Higher Education." Wilson is senior scholar of the American Council on Education and editor of Minorities in Higher Education.

Some familiar names are surfacing in this year's series. Jean-Michel Cousteau will give a multi-media presentation on "Designing our Future" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Cousteau, president of the Living Design Corp., is best known for the films and television programs he produced with his father, including the award- winning Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. He also created plans for a tropical island in the Bismarck Sea, and assisted in a national survey for the environmental protection of Madagascar.

Chris Farrell, a financial planner and host of public radio's Sound Money, will share his expertise in October when he discusses "The New Math of Retirement." His visit is part of the second annual retirement fair sponsored by ISU's retirement information and planning office.

Writer and activist Gloria Steinem will be on campus for Women's Week in October. On Oct. 13, she will give the keynote address, "The Politics of Feminism Across Race and Generations."

Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972. She also is the co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Action Alliance, and the Ms. Foundation for Women. She wrote Moving Beyond Words, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, and Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions.

On Oct. 24, former astronaut Sally Ride will discuss the future of the U.S. space program. Ride became the first woman in space when she flew aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. She also headed the Presidential Commission that investigated the 1986 Challenger accident. Today, Ride is a physicist at the University of California, San Diego, and author of a children's book, To Space and Back. She also wrote Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System.

The old stand-bys also will be back this year. The Insect Horror Film Festival will be held Sept. 11-12. The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics fall conference will be held in October. It will focus on "Civil Discourse in a Global Community: Creating Cross-Cultural Connections."

The Institute on World Affairs in November will take a look at global economic, health and environmental issues in the face of limited resources.

Most Lectures Program events are free and open to the public. Upcoming lectures will be listed in the calendar section of Inside Iowa State.

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