College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Women’s and Gender Studies students will discuss the challenges they face, such as cultural differences, support to international students, daycare and more.

GeroZOOM: Connecting Through Improv with special guest Drew Dotson

Brief Description: Connecting Through Improv will highlight how you can use improv techniques to connect with people in a variety of settings, including counseling and caregiving. Improv’s fundamental techniques emphasize focusing on the present, accepting another’s point of view, and developing a meaningful dialogue together. Tap into improv to advance your interpersonal communication skills — and maybe even have some laughs along the way. This presentation is appropriate for EVERYONE!

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Not Buying It? Corporate Political Activity, Polarization, and Consumer Behavior

Kyle Endres, assistant professor of political science and associate director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research will present his research on the politicization of consumer behavior. To what extent do consumers’ preferences change when they learn about firms’ partisan allegiances? Using both experiments and observational data, he evaluates how the purchasing behaviors of Democrats and Republicans diverge when they are exposed to information signaling the partisan leanings of major US companies. Thursday, October 28, 5:00 p.m.  In person in SAB 134 or by Zoom (registration required: Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the UNI American Democracy Project.

48th Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture, given by Professor Colin Gordon

The Department of History is pleased to announce the 48th Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History: on February 23, 2022, Professor Colin Gordon (University of Iowa) is scheduled to present “Dividing the City: Private Racial Restrictions and the Architecture of Segregation in the Midwest.” The lecture will take place at 7:00 pm in Seerley 115 and by Zoom.

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SAC Diversity Colloquium: "The Rise in Hate Crimes in the American Midwest"

The SAC Diversity Colloquium will welcome Gary Nachman to give a talk entitled, "The Rise in Hate Crimes in the American Midwest." Gary Nachman has been associated with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for over 25 years. Formerly board president, as well as longtime member, Gary is currently the Regional Director for the Plains States Region (ADL-CRC). Having served on other non-profit boards, Gary brings his passion for ADL’s mission: “ secure justice and fair treatment to all...,” as he builds allies, partnerships, and endeavors to provide everyone a clear voice, dignity and respect. Working to keep the Jewish community safe in an era of heightened security aware-ness, Gary has formed the Nebraska Jewish Security Task Force and, building on this format, is actively working to create a similar alliance model with other faith-based institutions in the Omaha community. Members of the community are welcome to participate in a virtual discussion. Zoom registration link:


Recommended Grade Levels: 2-5 | Runtime: 60min
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Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is organized by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at UNI in conjunction with Relationship Violence Awareness month in October to create awareness about the continual violence against women, children, men, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized communities through the decoration (arts & writing positive words) of t-shirts.

Constitution Day 2021: Free Speech and Academic Freedom on Campus

A Zoom panel discussion featuring UNI alum Greg Greubel (Litigation Attorney, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), Becky Hawbaker (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Teaching; President, United Faculty), and Ana Kogl (Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science). Registration required.

Mentors in Violence Prevention: Train-the-Trainer Workshop

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Strategies model was developed in the early 1990s by Jackson Katz and colleagues at Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts. MVP is based on a peer leadership model that focuses on the role of the “bystander” when harmful or abusive language and behaviors are present. The model seeks to empower those who might otherwise be silent observers to situations where bullying and gender violence is unfolding. MVP has been implemented in high school settings, college settings, the U.S. military and within professional sports.

This 2-day workshop will meet: Friday, September 10, 2021, 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 11, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

This workshop is FREE to all UNI students, faculty and staff.