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Upcoming events on the U of M campus

April 7, 2014

Please find below a list of select upcoming University of Minnesota-related events. For the full U of M events calendar, visit events.umn.edu.

Thursday, March 27 – Borlaug 100-Year Celebration
This event will be the highlight of the multi-day celebration and will include an afternoon of guest presenters who will not only discuss Borlaug’s long-lasting and inspiring legacy, but will also look ahead to the future and discuss current work toward fighting global food insecurity. 

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged to guarantee a seat. The celebration is held in the Memorial Room of McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis.

The celebration will begin with a program from 1:30 – 3:45 p.m., followed by a reception. For more information, including registration, visit: http://borlaug.cfans.umn.edu/borlaug-university-minnesota/.

Thursday, March 27 – Dr. Patricia Frazier: "Control your stress!"
This talk with provide an overview of Dr. Frazier’s translational program of research on the role of perceived control in coping with stressful life events, from initial theoretical work to the recent development of an online intervention to increase perceived control.

The event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the U of M’s College of Liberal Arts. The presentation runs from 4-5 p.m. in room 402 of Walter Library, 117 Pleasant St. S.E., Minneapolis. For more information, visit: https://events.umn.edu/033653.

Friday, March 28 – Oral History Workshop and Panel Discussion
Please join us for this two-part oral history workshop. In part one, participants will learn about the practical and ethical concerns involved in doing oral history —from creating questions and consent forms to conducting interviews to transcription practices. Part two will feature a panel of scholars who come to the practice of oral history from diverse paths and use it in different ways.

The event is held from 1-4:30 p.m. in room 125 of the Nolte Center for Continuing Education, 315 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis. It is also free and open to the public. For more information, including registration, visit: https://events.umn.edu/034142.

Friday, March 28 – Do Unions Promote Members’ Electoral Office Holding?
Professor Aaron Sojourner will discuss his research into how the role of unions in society and politics has long generated controversy. As union debates catch fire in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and elsewhere, Sojourner offers a fresh look at a role unions play.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in room 123 of the Science Teaching & Student Services building (STSS), 222 Pleasant St. S.E., Minneapolis. Sponsored by the Carlson School of Management, it is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/events/032756/Do-Unions-Promote-Members%27-Electoral-Office-Holding?-.

Saturday, March 29 – Kerlan Award Lunch and Ceremony, honoring Russell Freedman and Linda Sue Park
Join us for a luncheon and award ceremony honoring the two winners of the 2014 Kerlan Award of the Children’s Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries: Russell Freedman and Linda Sue Park. An author signing will follow with books available for sale, courtesy of the Red Balloon Bookshop.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for Kerlan friends. The event will begin with lunch at noon, followed by the award ceremony at 1 p.m. This event is held in room 120 of Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Saturday, March 29 – Saturday with a Scientist: Plant Sciences: Feeding the World
Join us for an extra Saturday with a Scientist in the month of March. Learn about the life and work of University of Minnesota alumnus Norman Borlaug, agricultural scientist, advocate for the elimination of hunger and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He would have turned 100 this month.

Through activities we will learn where our food comes from and what goes into bringing our food from farm to table. We will discover the different parts of a plant and what their functions are. Enjoy make-and-take activities that will help you continue your learning and plant science explorations at home.

The event runs from noon-2 p.m. in the Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. It is free with museum admission and open to the public. For more information, visit: 
http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ForFamilies/SaturdaywithaScientist/index.htm.

Sunday, March 30 – Music for a Grand Space
This annual concert will feature the University Singers, and Men’s and Women’s Choruses, under the direction of Kathy Saltzman Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, and graduate student conductors.

The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul. It is free and open to the public, with free will donation at the door. For more information, visit: https://events.umn.edu/029206.

Wednesday, April 2 – Design in 7
What can be shared in just seven minutes? Listen in as seven professionals from the fields of architecture, apparel, graphic and interior design, housing, landscape architecture and retail share thought-provoking, inspiring and sometimes curious tales from the trenches.

A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the program will start at 7 p.m. Design in 7 will be held in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

For more information, including tickets and speakers, visit: http://design.umn.edu/alumni_friends/d7/.

Wednesday, April 2 – An Evening with David Allen Sibley
Author and illustrator, David Allen Sibley will be at the Bell Museum to celebrate the release of the second edition of his best-selling book, "The Sibley Guide to Birds."

The book will be available for purchase and the event will include a book signing. The museum will be open giving guests the chance to visit the Audubon and the Art of Birds exhibit.

The event is held at the Bell Museum Auditorium, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. For more information, including tickets, visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/583888.

Thursday, April 3 – Brand Matters featuring Jim Weber and Brooks Running Company
Brand Matters is a speakers' series that provides tools and insights to help companies build their brands. Each 90-minute event features an expert with firsthand knowledge of branding and a question-and-answer session.

Jim Weber is a U of M graduate and CEO of Brooks Running Company.  The event will begin with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by the presentation from 8-9:30 a.m. The event is held in the 3M Auditorium of the Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Registration for the event is $25. For more information, visit: http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/events/033669/Brand-Matters-featuring-Jim-Weber,-Brooks-Running-Company.

Thursday, April 3 – Audobon from the Artist’s Point of View
"Audubon and the Art of Birds" contains works by over 40 artists from the 1500s to the present day who have depicted the beauty and biology of birds. Tour the exhibition from the perspective of two artists—one who continues in the tradition of naturalistic depiction of birds and their habitats; and the other, a lover of birds and nature, who strives to express her concern for the environment in contemporary art installations.

The artists are Jim Rataczak, bird artist and naturalist, and Christine Baeumler, environmental artist and professor of art at the U of M.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the West Gallery of the Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. For more information, visit: http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ForAdults/Exhibits/AudubonandtheArtofBirds/index.htm.

Thursday, April 3 – Sketch Night Theme: Deception
Sketch Night is an informal sketching evening where accomplished illustrators and casual hobbyists can gather to draw a variety of themed specimens from the Bell Museum's collections.

The evening's theme of ‘Deception’ focuses on the "hiders and cheaters" of the natural world. Form male fish that pretend to females...to moths that pretend to be bird droppings.

The event is free with museum admission and open to the public. Sketch Night is held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Touch & See Discovery room of the Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. For more information, visit: http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ForAdults/ThursdayNights/Sketching/index.htm.

Thursday, April 3 – 2014 Sustainability Film Series: A River Changes Course
The 2014 Sustainability Film Series explores the broad theme of home and shelter through stories of birds, bees, and human beings ranging from Europe to Cambodia to Midway Island, and across the continental U.S.

The series is brought to you by the Bell Museum of Natural History in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment/Sustainability Studies Minor and University of Minnesota Housing & Residential Life.

The film will begin at 7 p.m. in the Bell Museum Auditorium, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. The event is free with museum admission and open to the public. For more information, visit: http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ForAdults/ThursdayNights/FilmScreenings/index.htm.

Friday, April 4 – First Fridays – The Beauty of It: The Design and Marketing of Computers
Before the days when the public anxiously anticipated the release of the Next Big Thing from Apple many people couldn’t imagine how they could possibly ever use a computer.

Archivist Arvid Nelsen of the Charles Babbage Institute will explore the role of marketing and design in creating a market that today not only understands computer technology but also desires it.

The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will go from 12-1 p.m. in room 120 of the Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Tuesday, April 8 – Graduate School's Doctoral Research Showcase
More than 80 recipients of prestigious doctoral fellowships will present their research in a casual and conversational environment. These are truly our best and brightest; they are the creators of new knowledge and the next generation of innovators. You’ll have the chance to interact with them one-on-one and learn how their work benefits students, scholars, and communities across the state, the nation, and the world.

Presentations will encompass a wide-range of topics and disciplines, from the development of optimized turfgrass for roadsides to the engineering of efficient organic solar cells; from the allure of mixed martial arts in the suburbs to the public history of Somali migration to Minnesota; from noninvasive neuroimaging of high frequency brain activity to incentive-based strategies to change health behavior.

This year, the Showcase will be part of the Graduate Revels at Northrop, a celebration of graduate education and the reopening of Northrop auditorium that will take place from 12-3pm. The Revels will feature live performances, research demonstrations, a photography contest, and tours of Northrop.  Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to request disability accommodations, please contact Alison Skoberg at skobe001@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.

David 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. The event is free and open to the public as well. For more information, visit: https://events.umn.edu/031761.

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 UROC’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 will be held 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. The event 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.

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: FREE 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 mass honey bee 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.

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