Notable IMU visitors

Below are some highlights of the influential people who have passed through the halls of the Iowa Memorial Union throughout the years. 

  • Bono Lead Singer of U2, Co-Founder of EDUN, the ONE Campaign, and Product Red, Nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, Time Person of the Year

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  • Mitch Albom Author, Journalist, Radio Host

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  • Maya Angelou Author, Poet, Playwright, Professional Stage & Screen Producer, Director, Performer, Singer

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  • Tom Brokaw NBC News Anchor

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  • Jimmy Carter 39th President of the United States

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  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist

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  • Geraldine Ferraro Democratic Politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives

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  • Temple Grandin Autism Activist, Animal Scientist

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  • George H.W. Bush 41st President of the United States

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  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee Olympic Gold Medalist

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  • John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Leader & Activist

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  • C. Everett Koop Physician, Vice Admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, US Surgeon General

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  • Nick Kristof Author, NY Times Columnist

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  • Spike Lee Emmy-Award Winning and Academy Award-Nominated Director, Producer, Writer, and Actor

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  • Frank McCourt Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

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  • Seth Meyers Comedian

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  • Michael Moore Founder for the Center for Alternative Media, Host, Writer, Director, & Executive Producer of TV Nation

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  • Ralph Nader Attorney, Author, Lecturer, Political Activist, Candidate for the President of the United States

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  • Barack Obama 44th President of the United States

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  • Robert Reich Professor, Former Secretary of Labor

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  • Mo Rocca Journalist, Satirist, Television Producer

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  • Karl Rove Deputy Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush

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  • Edward Said Literary Theorist, Cultural Critic, Political Activist, Advocate of Palestinian Rights

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  • Coretta Scott King Advocate against Racism, Critic of the Death Penalty, Supporter of Human Rights

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  • Alice Sebold Author

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  • Gloria Steinem Advocate of Feminist & Equal Rights Issues, Co-founder of "Ms." Magazine, Organizer of Take Our Daughters to Work Day

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  • Kurt Vonnegut Author

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  • Lech Walesa Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Polish Politician, Trade Union & Human Rights Activist

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  • Malcom X Black Muslim Minister, Spokesman for the Nation of Islam

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  • Howard Zinn Historian, Political Theorist, Teacher, Playwright, Author

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