Iowa State to celebrate George Washington Carver legacy

AMES, Iowa -- The contributions and career of Iowa State University graduate and faculty member George Washington Carver will be celebrated the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 with an exhibit, lectures, story-telling and a play. All events are free and open to the public.

The Center for American Intercultural Studies is sponsoring the events that will "recognize the breakthrough accomplishments of Iowa State's first African-American graduate and faculty member," said Eugenio Matibag, interim director of the center.

"We want to help raise the community's consciousness about the achievements of one of our own. He was an extraordinary scholar and scientist who overcame the limits imposed by racism and whose work created a bridge between ethnic groups and cultures," said Matibag.

The schedule is:

Monday, Oct. 31

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., exhibit, George Washington Carver traveling exhibit, Carver-inspired Halloween treats, Carver Hall lobby.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, "Carver's Gifts"

3:30 - 4:05 p.m., lecture by Gary Tartakov professor of art and design, on the triptych painting of Carver by Youssef Assar, former ISU artist-in-residence, 205 Carver Hall.

4:05 - 4:35 p.m., lecture by Lenola Allen-Sommerville, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction, on Carver's achievements, 205 Carver Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, "Carver in Iowa"

3:30 - 4:05 p.m., lecture, by Gerald Klonglan, professor emeritus of sociology, on Carver's life, 205 Carver Hall.

4:05-4:35 p.m., lecture by Harold "Sande" McNabb, University Professor of natural resources, ecology and management, on Carver's horticultural achievements, 205 Carver Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 3

8 - 9:30 p.m., performance, "Listening to the Still Small Voice: The Life of George Washington Carver," by Paxton Williams, Chicago playwright and actor and ISU alumnus, one-man play about Carver, Sun Room, Memorial Union.