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David J. Skorton: "Education and What We Value: How STEM and the Liberal Arts Nourish Each Other"

Presented by Hancher in conjunction with the University of Iowa Graduate College.

Currently the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, David J. Skorton served as the 19th president of the University of Iowa from 2003 to 2006 and was a member of the UI faculty for 26 years before becoming the 12th president of Cornell University. A renaissance thinker, Skorton will share his thoughts as a university president, Smithsonian secretary, musician, physician, researcher, academician, and reformer.

The event is free with general admission seating—tickets will not be required.

Services for People with Disabilities. Please contact Hancher's access services or TDD at 319-335-1158.

Thursday, March 30 at 7:30pm

Hancher Auditorium
141 Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242

Event Type

Guest Speaker, Lecture/Discussion

Audience

Students, Alumni/Friends, Faculty/Staff, Graduate Students, Community Members

Departments

Hancher Auditorium, Graduate College, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Medicine, Human Genetics

General Interest

Arts Iowa, Hancher, Outreach Iowa, After Class

Website

http://hancher.uiowa.edu/2016-17/davi...

Cost

Free

Contact Name

Hancher Box Office

Contact Email

hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu

Contact Phone Number

319-335-1160

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Samuel Gire

Samuel Gire left a review 3/29/2017

There was a lot of time spent introducing. I understand that people have a lot of successes, but when you list 500 of them, you forget all the ones in the middle. The speeches made reference to other people a lot, and I wanted to hear more about what the speaker thought personally. He was a very good speaker, though. Very funny and personable. I just wanted to hear more about his own experiences.

Karlyn Larson

Karlyn Larson left a positive review 3/30/2017

It was a delightful evening from start to finish. The 3 minute presentations were interesting, the musicians fabulous and Dr. Skorton was, as usual, entertaining and insightful.

Erica Larson

Erica Larson left a positive review 3/30/2017

Very informative. I especially enjoyed the exchange between Dr. Keller and Dr. Skorton.

Ellen Lewin

Ellen Lewin left a negative review 3/30/2017

I thought it was vapid and full of platitudes about the glories of graduate education. Considering that the Graduate College has been systematically undermining the quality of such education at the UI, the self-congratulatory tone of Dean Keller was hard to swallow. I always admired David Skorton, but he seems to have become a consummate bureaucrat. I thought perhaps he would take on some of the issues that are starkly important for such institutions as the Smithsonian under the Trump administration, but not a word. And considering all that, the lack of a Q&A with the audience was a serious problem.

Susan Assouline

Susan Assouline left a positive review 3/30/2017

Very uplifting presentation. So incredibly professional and articulate (not a surprise). Perfect complement to the graduate student 3-minute presentations and jazz performance. The Q & A was also great!
Wonderful evening.

Lucy Choisser

Lucy Choisser left a positive review 3/30/2017

This event was a gift from the University to faculty, staff and community members welcoming David Skorton back and hearing his views and wisdom. The after lecture dialogue was especially enjoyable, and the student presentations were inspiring.