Governor Robert Ray and Kenneth Quinn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, spoke about their role in the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees during the Vietnam War. In a 20-year span, over 3 million Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodians were forced and starved out of their homes. Working with the State Department and President Ford, Ray worked to pass legislation allowing large groups of Tai Dam to resettle in Iowa, rather than splitting them apart.
Authors Patricia Bryan and Thomas Wolf discussed their book Midnight Assassin: A Murder in the Heartland, a historical account of the murder of Warren county Farmer John Hossack in 1900.
"Midnight Assassin is a real-life murder mystery, to be sure. But it is also, among other things, a study of rural Iowa at the beginning of the 20th century; a commentary on the evolving role of women...This is Iowa history at its best." --Des Moines Register
Mildred Kalish spoke about her book, Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm during the Great Depression. Voted one of the 10 best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Little Heathens is full of charm and vivid descriptions of life on the farm. Tales of hard work and simple rewards permeate the book.