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U of M events range from discussion of President Obama's political strategy to Public Interest Design Week

January 23, 2013

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

Thursday, Jan. 24 - The Obama Transformation: Pragmatic Progressivism and the New America

Franklin Delano Roosevelt forged the "New Deal" by building a broad coalition of dispossessed workers and farmers. President Barack Obama is building a new Democratic majority by forging a pragmatic progressivism. This new approach opens doors of opportunity to a changing America by reworking the old left-right paradigm of markets versus government, military vigilance versus diplomatic partnering, and impartiality versus affirmative action.

Longtime Obama adviser Bill Burton, currently a senior strategist with Priorities USA, discusses America's new directions under President Obama. Professor Larry Jacobs will moderate. The event takes place Thursday, Jan. 24 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m., at Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School pf Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is encouraged at:

Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Moos lecture: ‘Will We Have Enough Water?’

Sandra Postel, an expert on threats facing water resources around the world and a powerful advocate for dealing with those threats now, will deliver a free, public lecture beginning 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul.

Learn more and register to attend at or by contacting Patrick Sweeney at or (763) 219-1261.

Postel is the author of three important books on water and a leader in the National Geographic Society’s drive to protect water. Her lecture, titled "Will We Have Enough Water? Adapting to a Warming, Water-Stressed World," will look at areas of the world where water supplies already are endangered, explore the additional stress that global warming and a world population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050 will create and suggest what citizens and policy-makers should do now to avert widespread shortages.

Postel’s presentation, sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, is the 10th in the Moos Family Speaker Series on Water Resources honoring the late Malcolm Moos, president of the university from 1967 to 1974. The Mosaic Company Foundation is providing support for her talk.

Feb. 22-23 - Law School's Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) to Present ‘Back to the Future Interest’

The U of M Law School's Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) will present its 11th annual musical, "Back to the Future Interest," on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at 7 p.m. at the Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.

Like all TORT productions, it is written, produced and performed entirely by Law School students, with reckless disregard for talent. Cameo appearances by former U.S. Vice President Walter F. Mondale (’56), professors and Minnesota Supreme Court Justices are expected as well.

Tickets are available on the subplaza of the Law School, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Feb. 11-14 at a special rate ($13) for University of Minnesota students with school I.D. For on-campus ticketing procedures, visit Advance purchase of tickets is recommended.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster or at the Hennepin Theater Trust Box Office beginning Friday, January 25. For information on group ticket rates (10 or more) or special accommodations, email

Ongoing – Public Interest Design Week

Registration is now open for the first-ever Public Interest Design Week, March 19-24, 2013, set to take place on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus.

The University’s College of Design, in conjunction with Design Corps and, announced last month what will be one of the nation's largest gatherings of public interest design advocates, featuring thought-leaders such as New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman; D-Rev: Design Revolution CEO Krista Donaldson; and Liz Ogbu of California College of the Arts’ Center for Art & Public Life, among others.

For more information on PID Week and how to register, please visit

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