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Featured Speakers

Don’t miss this opportunity to get people talking at an upcoming community event with a speaker from the UI Speakers Bureau.

 Dan Reed

Dan Reed, Vice President for Research & Economic Development
"Innovation and Economic Growth in Iowa"

From tractors and combines to hybrid seeds and precision agriculture, Iowa farms were built on both hard work and advanced technology. Today, our challenges are different, but no less real. Our competitors are global; they are intense and creative; they are highly motivated; and they are coordinated. We can be no less. The world is changing, and so must the people's university. Whether it is training students in entrepreneurship and best business practices, fostering the growth of new companies based on research breakthroughs, working directly with existing companies to address their real-world problems, or addressing pressing public policy issues, the University of Iowa is committed to a new compact for innovation and economic growth.

Kathy Mellen

Kathy Mellen, lecturer, department of health and human physiology
"If you are what you eat, then what should you eat?"

Organic, sustainable, natural, local, fair trade, free range, grass-fed. For many eaters, these terms have added a layer of complexity to food decisions and choices. Mellen slices through the rhetoric and presents strategies can assist consumers in making food choices that improve health: personal, social, environmental, and economic.


 Kevin Leicht

Kevin Leicht, professor of sociology
"The American dream and the middle class"

Leicht is the co-author of "Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle-Class Prosperity," which outlines how and why the economic standing of the middle class has plunged in the past three decades.




John Spitzer, clinical professor of finance
"Managing your personal wealth"

Increasingly, employees bear most of the responsibility for ensuring their financial security in retirement. Spitzer offers a general framework for understanding how to create and manage wealth over the course of a career, and outlines the most important concepts: asset allocation, the ability and need to take risk, liquidity, tax sheltering, costs, and the need to outpace inflation. 

 John Spitzer