The Truth about Jonestown, and Other Fictions
Presented by Dr. Rebecca Moore
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7 p.m.
Sussman Theater, Drake Olmsted Center
Dr. Rebecca Moore examines these competing narratives in order to understand the ways in which stories about Jonestown say more about ourselves than about those who died. This is especially clear when we consider voices that have been erased from popular media accounts: those of women, African Americans, and citizens of Guyana. Learning about the past and the various interpretations of Peoples Temple and Jonestown illuminates the ways in which we engage with new religious movements in the present.
A Moral Political Vision for a Polarized Nation
keynote address by The New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow
March 22–24, 2018
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
The 2018 Herb and Karen Baum Symposium on Ethics and the Professions will examine the key moral responsibilities of members of the U.S. civic body, from various walks of professional life, in light of the current political climate. Scheduled for Thursday, March 22 through the morning of Saturday, March 24, 2018, the free symposium will feature keynote lectures by The New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles M. Blow, pastor and racial justice organizer Rev. Traci Blackmon, and Iowa political fixture David Yepsen.
The symposium also includes a diverse program of guest speakers and panel discussions, featuring thought leaders from a variety of professions and academic fields. Sessions will focus on topics related to media, politics, business, education, and activism.