2017-2018 Forum Class Topics

The Forum Class is a weekly, topical, 1-hour Sunday morning class during the school year that features lectures from and discussions with interesting people in Ames and surrounding communities. Candidate forums are also held when there are elections.

The class meets in the Norman Room (lower level, immediately down the stairs from the west entrance of the building) from 9:45-10:45 AM most Sundays. All are welcome.

  • Sept. 10: School Board Candidates’ Forum. Candidates: Monic Behnken, Gina Perez, Jamet Colton, Tim Rasmussen
  • Sept. 17: Jim McCalley – Wind Energy
  • Sept. 24: City Council Candidates’ Forum. Mayoral Candidates: Victoria Szopinski, John Haila
  • Oct. 1: Charlie Coffey – Ames: Landscapes and Cityscapes
  • Oct. 8: Nora Kelly Tobin – Self Help International
  • Oct. 15: Bruce Wight – Forestry and Farming
  • Oct. 22: Leah and Orville Berbano – Life Reimagined
  • Oct. 29: Josie Stahlin, Mid-Iowa Community Action – Project Home Mission Program
  • Nov. 5: Marilyn Alger – A History of the Cranford Building
  • Nov. 12: No class (Generosity Sunday)
  • Nov. 19: Alison Doyle – CyStarters and StartUp Factory
  • Nov. 26: Michael Newton, ISU Police Chief
  • Dec. 3: Tracy Lucht, ISU Journalism Professor – Female Journalists of the late 19th and
  • early 20th century.
  • Dec. 10: Mary Beth Buchele – Homeopathic First Aid
  • Dec. 17: Christmas Party – Jane Halliburton
  • Dec. 24: No class
  • Dec. 31: No class
  • Jan. 7: Jann Howard – How To Think About Money
  • Jan. 14: Michael Cox – The Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor
  • Jan. 21: Bob Bourne – The Railroads of Story County
  • Jan. 28: Lauren Loonsfoot, Director of Children and Family Ministries at CUMC/WF
  • Feb. 4: Carrie Dunnwald, Ames Emergency Residence Project
  • Feb. 11: Steve Sullivan, Mary Greeley Medical Center – A History of the Mary Greeley Hospital
  • Feb. 18: Chuck Cychosz, Ames Chief of Police – A Conversation with the Ames Chief of Police
  • Feb. 25: Paul Lasley, ISU Sociology Professor – Migration Patterns
  • Mar. 4: Doug Harr – Hummingbirds: Winged Wonders of the Western World
  • Mar. 11: State Legislator’s forum
  • Mar. 18: Julie Gould, Ames City Planner – The Neighborhood Liaison Program
  • Mar. 25: Rev. Jen Hibben: A Conversation with the Pastor
  • Apr. 1: No Class (Easter Sunday
  • Apr. 8: Natalie Reich – The Youth Transition Decision-Making Program of the Story County Juvenile Court
  • Apr. 15: Hector Avalos – The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics
  • Apr. 22: Arnhild Hilesland – The Sabotage of the Heavy Water Plant in Norway
  • Apr. 29: Karen Wilke, The Nature Conservancy
  • May: 6: Kim Hanna, Story County Raising Readers
  • May 13: Preview of the Iowa Annual Conference of the UMC
  • May 20: Professor Tim Knepper – A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in the Heartland