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Meet Humanities Iowa's speakers for the Speakers Bureau program. Each speaker has a photo, bio, and description of his/her program(s).


<ul><li><p>Humanities Iowa </p><p>Speakers </p><p> Bureau </p><p> Meet the Speakers </p></li><li><p>Roy R. Behrens, University of Northern Iowa </p><p>Roy R. Behrens is a professor of Art at the University of Northern Iowa, he </p><p>teaches graphic design and design history. He is an editor and writer for </p><p>periodicals and books and his writings have been featured on Nova (PBS), </p><p>Equinox (BBC), Living in Iowa (IPTV) and BBC Radio. His most recent book </p><p>is False Colors: Art, Design and Modern Camouflage (2002). He can be </p><p>contacted at behrens@uni.edu or at (319) 273-2260. </p><p>Seagoing Easter Eggs: Art, Design and Modern Camouflage Everett </p><p>Warner, an artist born in Vinton, Iowa, supervised US naval camouflage in </p><p>World Wars I and II. He made important contributions to the development </p><p>of "dazzle painting," a method of ship camouflage in which confusing, </p><p>colored shapes were applied to the sides of a vessel to prevent German submarines from aiming at </p><p>it accurately from a distance. These deceptively painted ships, which the public likened at the time </p><p>to Cubism, resembled, as one writer called them, "a flock of sea-going Easter eggs." This and other </p><p>stories of camouflage artists, designers and architects are told in a slide-illustrated 45-minute talk. </p><p>Participants will come away with an understanding of the relevance of visual perception to art, the </p><p>function of protective coloring in nature, and how the principles of camouflage are used in print </p><p>design, paintings, architecture and more. </p><p>Grant Wood and Frank Lloyd Wright: Little Houses on the Prairie Grant Wood and Frank </p><p>Lloyd Wright had similar influences: Japanese-inspired esthetic principles, the Arts and Crafts </p><p>Movement and Gothic Revival architecture. During this slide-illustrated, 45-minute talk, </p><p>participants are invited to explore the parallels between the works of Wood and Wright, and how </p><p>artists express human values, whatever the medium. </p><p>Galin Berrier, Des Moines Area Community College </p><p>Galin Berrier has been an adjunct instructor in history at Des Moines Area </p><p>Community College in Ankeny since 1994. He is the author of the chapter </p><p>on the Underground Railroad in Iowa in Outside In: African -American </p><p>History in Iowa, 1838-2000, published by the State Historical Society of </p><p>Iowa in 2001. He interprets the Law Office and the Bank to visitors to the </p><p>1875 "Town of Walnut Hill" at Living History Farms and conducts tours at </p><p>the Des Moines Art Center. He makes interactive presentations on the </p><p>Underground Railroad for school classes over the Iowa Communications </p><p>Network. He can be reached at (515) 965-8242. </p><p>The Underground Railroad in Iowa The Underground Railroad, </p><p>historians agree, is shrouded in myth and legend. Did it really exist in Iowa, </p><p>and if so, when and how? Was it highly organized or did its "conductors" and "station agents" </p><p>mostly improvise? Were fugitive slaves usually hidden beneath trap doors in cellars or were they </p><p>more likely to be concealed in attics and garrets or outdoors in heavy brush and timber? What part </p><p>did African Americans themselves play in helping fugitive slaves find their way to freedom? How </p><p>many fugitives are likely to have passed through Iowa and how do we know if reputed "safe </p><p>houses" actually existed in our own communities? These are some of the questions addressed in </p><p>this inquiry into a sometimes controversial but always fascinating episode in Iowa's history. </p><p>Where did they go from here? The Underground Railroad from Iowa to Canada Where did </p><p>black freedom seekers go when they left Iowa? Only in rare cases can we trace their steps all the </p><p>way to Canada, but we can be fairly certain that some were sheltered by Owen Lovejoy at </p><p>Princeton, Illinois or hidden on board Great Lakes steamships at Racine, Wisconsin or aided by </p><p>Quakers like Zachariah Shugart in southwestern Michigan. What challenges faced them along the </p><p>way and what kind of life did they build for themselves after they reached safety in Canada? </p></li><li><p>Richard Caplan, The University of Iowa </p><p>Richard Caplan is Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at the University of </p><p>Iowa College of Medicine. While serving for 21 years as Associate Dean for </p><p>Continuing Medical Education, he founded and developed the Program in </p><p>Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities, where an endowed chair has </p><p>been established in his honor. Medical ethics, medical history and literature-</p><p>and-medicine are among his areas of interest, along with matters musical </p><p>(he is an accomplished performer of piano and clarinet). He is also a </p><p>recognized expert on Sherlock Holmes and he is the founding leader of the </p><p>Younger Stamfords, Iowa City's Sherlock Holmes Society. He can be </p><p>reached by e-mail at richard-caplan@uiowa.edu, (319) 335-6584 (w) or </p><p>(319) 338-0394 (h). </p><p>Medical Ethics, Moral Dilemmas Should you have yourself cloned if you can't have children or </p><p>need "spare parts" to prevent or repair a fatal illness? If genetic testing reveals a probability of </p><p>your developing diabetes, would you change your lifestyle? These and many other ethical questions </p><p>arise frequently for health care professionals. This program offers an opportunity to discuss these </p><p>important questions with the founder of the Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities </p><p>at the University of Iowa. </p><p>Sherlock Holmes in Turn-of-the-Century Britain The stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have </p><p>inspired generations of readers devoted to Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Richard Caplan, an authority on </p><p>Sherlock Holmes, recently published a book concerning Doyle's famous detective. This special </p><p>interest in the subject also allows exploration of life in Britain at the start of the twentieth century, </p><p>as well as providing much enjoyment. Using his background in medicine and his love of literature, </p><p>Dr. Caplan explores the persisting phenomenon of the great detective's astounding longevity. </p><p>Michael Carey, Poet, Farragut * </p><p>Michael Carey farms 800 acres in Farragut and is the author of four books </p><p>of poetry, a teaching manual, and two historical plays. Carey is also a co-</p><p>founder of Loess Hill Books, a fine-arts subsidiary of Mid-Prairie Books. His </p><p>work has been published in anthologies and magazines across the United </p><p>States, Great Britain and Ireland. His life and work have been featured by </p><p>the Wall Street Journal, Time, and The Associated Press, as well as on Christian Science Monitor </p><p>Television and Iowa Public Television's "Living in Iowa" and "Touchstone" programs. (712) 246-</p><p>3453 (h). </p><p>Reading and Writing the Land/Farm Poetry Michael Carey will read from his popular essays, </p><p>"Reading and Writing the Land" and "Translations," the latter of which concerns his move from New </p><p>York City to a farm outside the small town of Farragut, Iowa. He will also present selections from </p><p>"Local History, Poetry and Myth," which deals with how we mythologize our local histories through </p><p>art. His humorous and insightful prose explores how culture and "agri"-culture cross-pollinate in </p><p>the fertile Iowa soil. After reading the essays, Carey will read a selection of his poetry from his </p><p>acclaimed books The Noise the Earth Makes, Honest Effort and Nishnabotna. All three books are </p><p>inspired by the Iowa farm landscape. </p><p>Carpenter of Song- Poems of Trees Mr. Carey will read a cycle of poems based on the Celtic </p><p>alphabet of ancient Ireland. Every letter represents a tree, a month of the year and an aspect of </p><p>being. Carey gives a rich and personal talk on the redemptive qualities of Irish natural, spiritual </p><p>and poetic symbolism. He also writes and talks about trees native to the Iowa landscape. The </p><p>ancient word for "poet" literally translated meant "Carpenter of Song." </p><p>* Prior to booking Michael please contact our Humanities Iowa office. </p></li><li><p>Hal Chase, Des Moines Area Community College </p><p>Hal S. Chase was born in Des Moines during WW2, but grew up in legally </p><p>segregated Frankfort, KY from eight to eighteen. He teaches U.S., African-</p><p>American, and Iowa history at DMACC, and coordinated and contributed a </p><p>chapter to Outside In: African-American History in Iowa, 1838-2000. He </p><p>can be reached at hschase@dmacc.edu or (515) 248-7250. </p><p>Outside In: African American History in Iowa The program is a 15 </p><p>minute audio-visual survey of the major people, organizations, and events </p><p>in Iowa's African-American history from its territorial beginning in 1838 to </p><p>the present. It also emphasizes the African-American history of the place </p><p>where the presentation is made, and Dr. Chase works with local people </p><p>prior to the presentation to uncover and incorporate this material into the program. In addition, </p><p>audience members are encouraged to bring their stories, scrapbooks, and family albums to the </p><p>presentation and share their content. </p><p>*Additional Resources: Outside In: African-American History in Iowa, 1838-2000 ($40, including </p><p>shipping, from the State Historical Society of Iowa-Des Moines. 515-283-1757) All receipts from </p><p>the sale of Outside In go into an account in the State Historical Society Foundation and can only be </p><p>used to acquire, preserve, and promote the African-American history of Iowa. None of the authors </p><p>has or will receive any compensation for their contributions. </p><p>Robert Dana, Iowa Poet Laureate (2004-08) </p><p>Robert Dana was born in Boston, served in the South Pacific in the Navy in </p><p>World War II and came to Iowa in 1950 on a one-way ticket via Greyhound </p><p>Bus to attend Drake University. He studied poetry there with E. L. Mayo and </p><p>later at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop with Robert Lowell and John Berryman. Retired after 40 years of teaching at Cornell College where </p><p>he was the Writer-in-Residence, he has published 12 books of poetry and </p><p>two prose works. His most recent book of poems is The Other (Anhinga </p><p>Press, 2009). His book of memoirs and literary essays, Paris on the Flats, </p><p>will be published in 2010 by The University of Tampa Press. He can be </p><p>reached at (319) 354-2171. </p><p>Poetry, Teaching, and the Public Robert Dana is available for readings, </p><p>workshops, or discussions of the role of poetry and the arts in the 21st century. </p><p>Rudolph Daniels, Western Iowa Tech Community College </p><p>Rudolph Daniels is Assistant Dean, Department Chair of Railroad Operations </p><p>Technology and instructor of railroad history at Western Iowa Tech </p><p>Community College in Sioux City, Iowa. He likes to travel throughout Iowa. </p><p>Dr. Daniels has written the official history of US railroads, Trains Across the </p><p>Continent. He may be reached at (712) 276-3185 (h) or (712) 490-4881 </p><p>(cell). </p><p>Trains Across Iowa Rudy Daniels describes the past, present and future </p><p>of the Hawkeye State's railroads. The program explores Iowa's unique </p><p>position in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad and Iowa's </p><p>great contribution to railroad safety. The talk also describes the famous </p><p>streamliners that rode Iowa's rails. All aboard for an Iowa rail adventure! </p><p>*Additional resources: Tales of the Rails (Video) </p></li><li><p>Debra DeLaet, Drake University </p><p>Debra DeLaet is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake </p><p>University. Professor DeLaet holds a Ph.D. in Government and International </p><p>Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She has written several </p><p>publications on international migration, US immigration policies and human </p><p>rights. Professor DeLaet can be reached at debra.delaet@drake.edu or </p><p>(515) 271-1844 (w). </p><p>Justice, War Crimes, and Human Rights Abuses War-torn societies face </p><p>several difficult questions as they seek to pursue justice in the aftermath of </p><p>violent conflict. To what extent shall individuals guilty of war crimes and human rights abuses be </p><p>punished? How should new leaders balance potential tradeoffs between the goals of justice and </p><p>peace? How can renewed cycles of violence best be prevented? This presentation will explore these </p><p>questions while providing an overview of the wide variety of mechanism that have been used in an </p><p>effort to pursue justice in war-torn societies, including trials, truth commissions, reparations, and </p><p>official apologies. </p><p>Universal Human Rights The idea of human rights first achieved a prominent place on the </p><p>international agenda of states in the aftermath of World War II. Since that time, a large body of </p><p>international human rights law has been created. Nevertheless, states with egregious human rights </p><p>records are often parties to major human rights documents, and human rights abuses continue to </p><p>be perpetrated across the globe. This presentation will present an overview of international human </p><p>rights law and will consider the current status of universal human rights in international relations. </p></li><li><p>Darrel Draper, Omaha </p><p>Darrel Draper, a fifth generation Nebraskan, retired Navy Officer, and </p><p>graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, uses his talents as a </p><p>storyteller and actor to educate and entertain. He has performed for </p><p>national and state government agencies, museums, schools, youth groups, </p><p>festivals, and is a popular banquet and luncheon speaker. Darrel specializes </p><p>in costumed portrayals of historical figures that played major roles in the </p><p>events that shaped our state and nation. Having personally retraced </p><p>thousands of miles of the Lewis and Clark Trail by canoe and on foot, Darrel </p><p>is considered an expert on the history of the expedition. His George </p><p>Drouillard reenactment has received standing ovations from coast to coast. </p><p>Audience members themselves are invited onto the stage during the </p><p>presentation to dramatize various episodes of the Lewis and Clark </p><p>expedition. Darrel is the most requested performer on the Nebraska Humanities Council's Speakers </p><p>Bureau. He and his wife JoAnne, live in Omaha. Darrel can be reached at (402) 553-8117 (h) or </p><p>PeterSarpy@aol.com </p><p>George Drouillard: Hunter, Interpreter, and Sign Talker for Lewis and Clark Drouillard </p><p>(1774-1810?), half French and half Shawnee Indian, was the most valuable member of the Lewis &amp; </p><p>Clark Expedition. When the two Captains needed someone who could shoot straight, talk to Indians </p><p>who had never seen white men before, provide the 400 pounds of game needed each day, bring </p><p>back a deserter, or stand his ground in the face of a wounded and raging grizzly bear, they almost </p><p>always chose this amazing frontiersman. Adapted from the James Alexander Thom novel, Sign-</p><p>Talker, this 45 minutes presentation, in full costume and French accent gives the audience a taste </p><p>of Shawnee culture and spiritualism as you join Drouillard in the excitement of the Lewis &amp; Clark </p><p>Expedition. </p><p>The Life and Times of J. Sterling Morton This two-act living history program introduces the </p><p>audience to the life of J. Sterling Morton, from his birth in New York to his death in Nebraska City. </p><p>Within five years after his arrival at Bellevue, Morton was twice elected to the Territorial </p><p>Legislature, appointed Clerk of Supreme Court, became Territorial Secretary and was made acting </p><p>Governor at the age of 26. The founder of Arbor Day would later become secretary of agriculture. </p><p>Draper lends insight into Morton's failures and successes. </p></li><li><p>O...</p></li></ul>