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Simpson Forum is the college's public lectures and arts series that brings nationally recognized speakers and artists to campus throughout the academic year. Most Simpson Forum events are free of charge, and all are open to the public.

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Wrongful Convictions in the American Criminal Justice System

Wrongful Convictions in the American Criminal... 9/7 1:00pm

Dr. Brian Farrell, President of the Innocence Project of Iowa and a Lecturer at the University of Iowa College of Law, will discuss the issue of wrongful...

Before Garmin: Antique Cartography and Iowa Maps

Before Garmin: Antique Cartography and Iowa Maps 9/15 7:00pm

Christopher Lane is an antique map expert, owner of The Philadelphia Print Shop West, and a frequent appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. Christopher will...

Constitution Day Lecture

Constitution Day Lecture 9/21 7:00pm

Activist Mary Beth Tinker, a Des Moines native whose famous anti-war protest led the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969 to recognize the First Amendment rights of...

Media, Millennials and the Future of Civil Discourse

Media, Millennials and the Future of Civil... 10/5 1:00pm

Journalist Alexander Heffner will deliver the McBride lecture, navigating three areas of interest across civic life and intellectual/analytical inquiry: (1)...

Election 2016: What in God’s Name is Going On?

Election 2016: What in God’s Name is Going On? 10/6 7:00pm

The Matthew Simpson Lecture in Religion is an annual lecture delivered by a nationally known scholar in the area of religion. We look forward to welcoming ...

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