Upcoming events on the U of M campus
April 9, 2014
Please find below a list of select upcoming University of Minnesota-related events from April 9- April 29. For the full U of M events calendar, visit events.umn.edu.
Wednesday, April 9 – An Evening with David Mitchell
In a 2010 feature, the New Yorker asked, "What can’t the novelist David Mitchell do?" Indeed, he’s written a coming-of-age novel ("Black Swan Green"), L.A. noir, sea adventure, and dystopian science fiction (within his Hollywood-endorsed puzzle book "Cloud Atlas"), historical fiction ("The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet"), and postmodern pastiche ("Ghostwritten")–all with impeccable prose, page-turning action, and all-too-human characters.
Mitchell will deliver the Esther Freier Endowed Lecture in Literature, presented by the Department of English and Northrop. The event, held from 7:30-9 p.m., is held at Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: https://events.umn.edu/031761
Wednesday, April 9 – Endle Alzheimer Conference
Sponsored by the Carlson School of Management, this conversation will provide real life experiences as well as advice to help families live safely with dementia. The event will feature a special keynote by Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, followed by a panel discussion of caregivers, a social worker and local law enforcement.
It is free and open to the public, and is held in the Carlson School Atrium of the Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit: http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/events/034466/Endle-Alzheimer-Conference-.
Thursday, April 10 – Agriculture Innovations – Sec. of State Mark Ritchie
This event will link agricultural innovations with entrepreneurs to build a more food secure world in a conversation with Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State.
The conversation is free and open to the public, and will go from 7:30-9 a.m. It will be in room 2-224 of the Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, visit: http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/events/034467/Agriculture-Innovations-%E2%80%93-Sec-of-State-Mark-Ritchie.
Thursday, April 10 – Art for Healing: The Role of Creativity in Trauma Recovery
Join Minneapolis-based artists and professionals—including a documentary filmmaker, a gallery curator and an art therapist—in a conversation on the healing power of art in trauma and grief recovery moderated by Robyne Robinson, director of arts and culture for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Foundation.
The event is part of Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center’s ongoing Trauma Recovery Project. This Critical Conversation is presented as a special edition of KFAI's What's in the Mix, a community engagement forum made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
A reception is scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis. It is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For more information, visit: https://events.umn.edu/Art-for-Healing-The-Role-of-Creativity-in-Trauma-Recovery-034101.htm.
Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13 – University Opera Theatre presents Leoš Janáček's "The Cunning Little Vixen"
University Opera Theatre presents Leoš Janáček's dance-opera, which integrates themes of nature, the life cycle, and spirituality in exquisitely enchanting music, making it accessible to all ages.
Faculty/staff can buy two-for-one tickets; students only $5. The show is at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis, and starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit: https://events.umn.edu/029244.
Friday, April 11, 2014 - Sustainability Symposium
The 2014 Sustainability Symposium allows U of M graduate, professional and undergraduate students to improve their ability to communicate the sustainability implications of their research or creative work with others engaged in sustainability issues across the University.
The symposium will feature work from a range of disciplines, from arts and humanities to the natural and physical sciences, design, policy and planning. Submissions will be accepted within three distinct categories: poster, art / multimedia work and lightning talk.
Students will highlight their work between 1:30-4 p.m., followed by a reception and awards ceremony from 4-5 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, visit: z.umn.edu/sustsymposium14.
Saturday, April 12 – Saturday with a Scientist: Sun, Space and Asteroids
Join Terry J. Jones – professor of Astronomy at the University of Minnesota – and his team of graduate students for "Saturday with a Scientist." Get ready to have fun with the Sun—and solar system at large. Learn about solar observing, telescopes and even create your own constellation.
We'll have a special guest expert on space rocks, so if you’ve found something you think is a meteorite bring it in and we’ll help you figure it out. Take part in our ExploraDome Sampler: planetarium shows every 20 minutes from 11:20 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. As always on Saturdays, we have our feature ExploraDome shows at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., but a separate admission fee is required.
The event is free with museum admission and open to the public. It will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. For more information, visit: http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ForFamilies/SaturdaywithaScientist/index.htm.
Tuesday, April 15 – Café Scientifique: Our Disappearing Bees with Professor Marla Spivak
Over the years honey bees have faced a series of devastating problems, including a witches' brew of diseases, parasites and pesticides that together contribute to the massive die-off known as colony collapse disorder. Now, a relatively new class of insecticides that affect the central nervous system of insects is pushing the pollinator crisis to the edge, while researchers like Marla Spivak race to discover the causes and consequences of our disappearing bees.
Tickets to the event range from $5-$12, and are available online or at the door. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis. For more information, visit: http://bryantlakebowl.com/theater/calendar/day/2014-04-15.
Tuesday, April 15 – Celebrating Equity and Diversity in Faculty Publications
Join us for a reading in celebration of equity and diversity in University of Minnesota faculty publications.
Brenda Child will read from her recent book "Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of the Community." Zenzele Isoke will read from her book "Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance."
The celebration is free and open to the public, and is held in room 120 of the Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit: https://events.umn.edu/Celebrating-Equity-and-Diversity-in-Faculty-Publications--034433.htm.
Wednesday, April 16 – America’s Social Democratic Future
President Obama's health reform has stirred intense opposition from Republicans and conservatives, which is an understandable response to a new stage of government activism. The fight over health care is about more than health policy; it is ground zero of the ongoing war between liberals and conservatives over the size and scope of the U.S. government.
While Obamacare will continue to incite opposition, it is an historic step toward a peculiarly American version of social democracy. Join us for an engaging program featuring University of Arizona sociology and political science professor Lane Kenworthy.
This program is free and open to the public, and will go from noon-1:15 p.m., in the Humphrey Forum of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, visit: https://events.umn.edu/Americas-Social-Democratic-Future-034392.htm.
Wednesday, April 16 through Saturday, April 19 – Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda
The Institute for Global Studies, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program are hosting three days of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994.
The events will include a public conference, a student conference, and a K-16 teacher workshop. The objectives of the commemorative events are: promoting public understanding of what happened in Rwanda, discussing the immediate responses of the international community to the violence and analyzing the long-term consequences that the cataclysmic failure to prevent the genocide had on international policy and action.
For information on specific events, locations and times, visit: http://hrp.cla.umn.edu/events/lessonsfromrwanda.html.
Wednesday, April 16 – Minnesota Cup & Cleantech Open info session
Are you a cleantech entrepreneur who plans to enter the 2014 Minnesota Cup and/or Cleantech Open? Join fellow cleantech innovators for a lively panel discussion with Minnesota Cup and Cleantech Open alumni as they share their personal experiences from each program, the value and benefits their companies gained in competing in the Minnesota Cup and Cleantech Open and tips on how your company can do well in the 2014 programs.
The panelists include Dave Roeser and Peter Kordell from Garden Fresh Farms, as well as Kent Cavendar-Bares and Chris Reedy from Rowbot Systems.
The panel is held from 5:30-7 p.m. in room 2-206 of the Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/events/034472/Minnesota-Cup--Cleantech-Open-Info-Session.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Frontiers in the Environment – Global Capital and Disease Hot Spots
As a new approach to public health, One Health investigates disease "hot spots" where new pathogens are transmitted from animals to humans. Up to now, One Health has focused on the developing world, from where outbreaks of diseases like avian influenza and Nipah virus geographically originate. But should New York and London be considered among the world's hottest hot spots?
Rob Wallace, Visiting Scholar of the Institute for Global Studies, asserts that such centers of capital fund the land grabbing, deforestation, and agricultural intensification that drive disease outbreaks in the first place.
Frontiers in the Environment is held in room R-380 of the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building, 1954 Buford Ave., St. Paul, from 12-1 p.m. If you are not able to attend the lecture in person, you can stream it live via UM Connect from the comfort of your home or office. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 17 - 2014 Naomi C. Chase Lecture on Children's Literature featuring Author Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of over 300 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. She will deliver her lecture "Break through into Faerie: A meditation on the Surprising Rise of Faerie Tale Related Books, Poetry, Magazines,Conventions, TV, Movies, Games, and Ephemera," for the Naomi C. Chase Lecture on Children's Literature.
Her books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels, graphic novels, and story collections for young adults and adults.
A reception is scheduled for 5 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 5:45. Yolen will also be available for a book signing afterward. This event is free and open to the public, in the Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, visit: https://events.umn.edu/2014-Naomi-C-Chase-Lecture-on-Childrens-Literature-featuring-Author-Jane-Yo.htm.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Boreas Booyah: Special Guests
The Boreas Leadership Program hosts monthly networking events to bring together its members and highlight an environmental expert working outside of the academic setting. This month will feature Lars Leafblad: Leadership and Engagement Director, The Bush Foundation.
The man called "the most connected person in the Twin Cities" is visiting Boreas. We’re excited. Lars Leafblad currently serves as the Leadership and Engagement Director at the Bush Foundation previously worked as a partner at a Twin Cities-based executive search firm. He founded the online civic community bepollen.com, which connects thousands of professionals in Minnesota and beyond. You should check it out. In his free time he likes to collect Agates. Lars will have all sorts of useful insights into leadership, the power of connecting, and the importance of networks in civic life.
This event is free and open to all UMN staff and graduate students. For more information, visit: http://boreas.environment.umn.edu/networking/current-schedule/.
Thursday, April 17 through Sunday, April 27 – Hamlet
Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with his classic tragedy, directed by Barbra Berlovitz in this taut and compelling staging. Berlovitz’s unique use of movement and text is influenced by her tenure in Theatre de la Jeune Lune, where she was co-artistic director for 25 years. The cast features U of M undergraduate students with designs by MFA Design candidates.
Tickets are $6 for students, $11 for U of M Faculty/Staff and $16 for the public. They are available by phone at 612-624-2345 or online at tickets.umn.edu.
The play is held at the Stoll Thrust Theatre in the Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, visit: https://theatre.umn.edu/events/all.
Friday, April 18 – Minnesota Cup 101 Series: Marketing
The digital age provides nearly any business the opportunity to reach thousands of people across the globe. There are very inexpensive ways for your startup company to target and attract customers, educate customers about your products and communicate with stakeholders.
The Minnesota Cup 101 Series on marketing will focus on cost-effective ways for startup companies to market their products.
The event, held in the Honeywell Auditorium of the Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, will go from 7:30-9:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/events/031950/Minnesota-Cup-101-Series-Marketing.
Tuesday, April 22 – Renewable Plastics: Step One in Breaking Our Oil Addiction
Presented by leading bioenergy scientist George W. Huber, this lecture will highlight the growth and the market drivers for the renewable plastics industry, and some of the current market successes and products that are near commercialization. Additionally, Huber will discuss new technologies being developed to make renewable plastics from biomass. Huber is a professor of chemical and biological engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The lecture is free and open to the public – but registration is required – and begins at 7 p.m. at the Bell Museum Auditorium, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.
For more information, including registration, visit: http://cse.umn.edu/bayerlecture.
Tuesday, April 22 – China 100 Symposium: U, Minnesota and China looking forward to the next century
Join the University of Minnesota's "China 100 Symposium: U, Minnesota, and China looking forward to the next century" on April 22. The symposium will acknowledge our history and also look forward to the next 100 years.
What will students from China want to study? What will the University and the State’s partnerships, markets, and exchanges look like in the areas of agriculture, business, education and culture?
The event is free and open to the public, and will is held from 1-4 p.m. For more information, including the schedule and registration, visit: china100.umn.edu.
Tuesday, April 22 – The Bob and Kim Griffin "Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture" with former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman
The symposium concludes with the 13th annual Bob and Kim Griffin "Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture." We welcome Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China and twice-elected governor of Utah, as the keynote speaker.
The lecture will begin with a social hour at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information, including tickets, visit: chinacenter.umn.edu.
Wednesday, April 23 – 5th Pankake Poetry Event, featuring Joyce Sutphen
A poetry reading by Minnesota’s poet laureate, Joyce Sutphen, highlights the 5th annual Pankake Poetry Series. A reception will follow the reading in the Andersen atrium.
The event, sponsored by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries, is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested. It will be held in the Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, from 4-6 p.m. For more information, including reservation, visit: https://events.umn.edu/Pankake-Poetry-Series-featuring-Joyce-Sutphen-034434.htm.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Frontiers in the Environment – Scandanavia: Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility
Business is fundamentally about competition, right? So how does this fit with a sustainability agenda in which cooperation between stakeholders, including the business sector, is sorely needed?
In this Frontiers talk, Robert Strand will consider a region of the world where business is approached as a fundamentally cooperative endeavor with positive sustainability outcomes. He will also discuss what lessons may be drawn for a U.S. context.
Frontiers in the Environment is held in room R-380 of the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building, 1954 Buford Ave., St. Paul, from 12-1 p.m., followed by a reception with refreshments in R-350. If you are not able to attend the lecture in person, you can stream it live via UM Connect from the comfort of your home or office. This talk is also free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 29 – Mathematics in Modern Architecture
Many of today’s most striking buildings are nontraditional freeform shapes. While using current modeling tools to digitally design freeform geometry is well understood, fabrication on the architectural scale is a big challenge, providing a rich source of research topics in geometry and geometric computing.
Helmut Pottmann – a professor of applied mathematics at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia and a professor of geometry at Vienna University of Technology – will provide an overview of recent progress in the emerging field of architectural geometry. He will discuss its relation to contemporary research in geometry and computer graphics and illustrate the shift of mathematical research into architectural practice.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 p.m. at Moos Tower, Room 2-650, 515 Delaware St. S.E., Minneapolis.
For more information, visit: http://ima.umn.edu/public-lecture