Events Archive

This page lists events from many of the Library’s ongoing cultural programming events, such as Live! at the Drake Library, Citizens Arise! and individual events not connected to a particular program.

Archive of Past Events


Date Presenter Topic
9/19/2012 Stanley Nelson: Freedom Riders Exhibit Presentations Would You Get On The Bus?

[Archived Video Presentation]
10/20/2011 Patricia Bryan: Live@Drake Library Midnight Assassin: A Murder In America’s Heartland

[Archived Video Presentation]
4/14/2011 Maura Lyons & Jen JamesLive@Drake Library Home Away From Home

[Archived Video Presentation]
11/08/2010 Mark Rudd
As activist and author of Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, Mark Rudd will speak on his personal journey as student revolutionary, as well as his current efforts to “apply the organizing tradition which built all the social and political mass movements of our country’s history.” This event is part of the Library’s “Citizens Arise!” initiative.
Citizens Arise! Featuring Mark Rudd
10/21/2010 Panel Discussion
A panel discussion featuring current media professionals and past Times-Delphic editors will discuss the importance of a free press on a college campus. Panelists include Clark Bell, David Bell, Amy Duncan and Matt Vasilogambros.
Free Press & Student Publications
7/27/2010 John Putney The “Blue Ribbon Story” of the Iowa State Fair

[Archived Video Presentation]
2/4/2010 Orville Vernon Burton (Citizens Arise)
Orville Vernon Burton is the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University. His research and teaching interests include the American South, especially race relations, family, community, politics, religion and the intersection of humanities and social sciences, especially humanities computing. A frequent lecturer, Burton’s recent presentations include Sectional Conflict, Civil War, and Reconstruction: An Interpretation, Where and How Brown v. Board Began: Two Reconstructions and Historical Memory, Voting Rights Act: It Must Not Have Been Humid Enough in the North, and The Age of Lincoln.Support provided by the Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant
The Age of Lincoln

[Archived Video Presentation]
1/21/2010 Ronald Rietveld
Ronald Rietveld has been a professor of history at the California State University, Fullerton since 1969. He has been a student of Lincoln since the age of 14, when he discovered the last photograph of Lincoln in 1952 in the Nicolay papers of the Illinois State Historical Library. From 1981 to 1984, he served as an academic advisor to the White House speech-writing staff under President Ronald Reagan. He continues to lectture and write extensively on Lincoln and the American Civil War and is currently serving as a member of the Historical Advisory and Content Team for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. He is also serving as an advisor to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which established the 200th Celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday in 2009.Support provided by the Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant
Abraham Lincoln’s Final Days & Death

[Archived Video Presentation]
11/29/2009 Beth Prindle (Citizens Arise)
Ms. Prindle is manager of the John Adams Library Project at the Boston Public Library, a grant-funded project to provide widespread public access to the 3,500 volume personal library of America’s second President. Prindle developed and curated the current traveling John Adams Unbound exhibition based on a major gallery exhibition of Adams’s Library at the BPL in 2006-2007. Prindle also oversaw all content and development of the John Adams Library Companion website, which provides access to ditigal copies of Adams’ catalog and books as well as educational and scholarly materials related to Adams’ library.
John Adams Unbound

[Archived Video Presentation]
11/5/2009 Gordon S. Wood
Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University. He is the author of several books, including Revolutionary Characters: What made the Founders Different and more recently, The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History. Topic of his presentation will be centered on the theme of the presidential exhibits, “Arise Citizens! From the Founding of a Nation to the Crisis of the Union.”
Centered on the Presidential Exhibits (John Adams & Lincoln)

[Archived Video Presentation]
7/22/2009 Matthew Pinsker
Matt Pinsker holds the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He has published two books and numerous articles on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, including Lincoln’s Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home. He has served as a visiting fellow at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and leads annual K-12 teacher workshops on the Underground Railroad for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Abraham Lincoln: Private Man, Public Leader

[Archived Video Presentation]
2/19/2009 David PetersonPulitzer Prize Photographer 1980’s Farm Crisis

[Archived Video Presentation]
10/23/2008 Charles Nelson Drake Professor Morehouse Comet & Modern Astronomy


4/15/2008 Herb StrenzDrake Prof. Emeritus Cowles Family Review

3/27/2007 Neena Ellis
Drake Alum & Author
If I Live To Be 100

[Archived Video Presentation]
1/31/2007 Brian Duffy
Des Moines Register Front-Page Cartoonist
Political Cartoons in conjunction with the Ding Darling Exhibit
11/1/2005 Dr. R. Dean Wright
Drake Prof. Emeritus
The History of Drake University
4/6/2005 Jon Bowermaster
Drake Alumus
My Experience as a National Geographic Writer
11/3/2004 Julieanna Richardson African-American Oral Histories

[Archived Video Presentation]
4/1/2004 Dr. Myron Marty
Drake Prof. Emeritus
Abraham Lincoln