Inside Iowa State
September 10, 1999
Bug fest kicks off lecture series
by Linda Charles
They're back! Those creepy crawly treats, the insect petting zoo and a feature film will be presented during the annual Insect Horror Film Festival, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, in the Memorial Union South Ballroom.
This year's movie, A Bug's Life, starts at 7:15 p.m. with an introduction by ISU entomologist Joel Coats.
The Insect Petting Zoo will feature Mediterranean fruitflies, hissing cockroaches, giant millipedes, a butterfly tent and maggot therapy.
The treats this year will be Caramel Apple Bug Crunch, Napoleons with Mealworm Custard Filling and Popcorn Mealworm Munchies. (If you really want to know what's in these treats, check out the recipes online at: www.iastate.edu/news/today/99/sep/insects.html.)
The film festival is part of the ISU Lecture Series. All Lecture Series events are free. Following are some highlights of the fall season:
- Hispanic Heritage Month -- Rose Vasquez, director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights, will be featured during opening ceremonies beginning at noon Wednesday, Sept. 15 on central campus (Campanile Room in case of rain). At 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, Laura Fuentes Y Calicanto and La Negra Karin Y Los Llaneros will present a concert of Latin-American music in the Memorial Union Great Hall.
- Simon Estes lectures
- Star Wars
- Women in sports -- Robin Roberts, commentator for ABC's Wide World of Sports, will discuss "Women in Sports and the Media" in early October.
- TV star-- Wilson Cruz, who plays Ricki Vasquez on My So-Called Life, was the first gay teenager to be featured as a regular on a TV series. Cruz is a youth advocate and spokes-person for the Los Angeles Gay Community Center's teen program, in which he works with homeless gay and lesbian teenagers. His lecture date has yet to be set.
- Space duty -- Mae Jemison, the first black woman to journey into space, will discuss "NASA, the Space Program and Everyday Life" at the end of October. Her lecture is part of the College of Engineering's year-long technology celebration.
- Institute on World Affairs-- Held mostly in early November, this year's institute is titled "Globalization: Prospects for Democracy and Freedom." Adolfo Perez Esquivel, who received the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize, will be the keynote speaker in October. Esquivel worked on behalf of the those who disappeared when the right-wing miliary took control of the Argentine government in 1976, and was himself imprisoned and tortured. He will discuss international debt.
- Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, also will be featured during the institute. He will discuss "U.S. Foreign Policy and the Media." Among other speakers will be Congressman Jim Leach, who will discuss "World Debt and Jubilee 2000."
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