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Upcoming events on the U of M campus

April 3, 2013

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

Thursday, April 4 – Carlson School to host U.S. Army War College

Representatives of the U.S. Army War College will join experts from industry, academia, and government to discuss how Minnesota can prepare for a marked reduction in national defense spending. "Opportunities in a Changing Defense Landscape: How Minnesota Can Lead the Way" will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 4 at the Carlson School of Management's 3M Auditorium, 321 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Captain James Boswell, Director of the U.S. Army War College's Eisenhower Series College Program, will begin the discussion. Colonel Robert Humphrey will then present "The National Debt and Deficit Spending and Its Effect on our Military and National Security."

A panel discussion featuring Chip Laingen of the Defense Alliance, Alan Bignall of ReconRobotics Inc., Jay Tibbets of ATK, and a representative of the Minnesota High Tech Association will follow Col. Humphrey's remarks and audience questions.

Established in 1969, the Eisenhower Program encourages dialogue on national security and other public policy issues between senior military leaders and the public at universities throughout the United States.

Admission is free. However, due to limited seating online reservations are recommended.

Thursday, April 11 – Ensia Live presents Peter Williams

What does housing have to do with health? Everything in the world, says architect, social entrepreneur and humanitarian Peter Williams – who is working everywhere in the world to boost both health and sustainable housing through Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE). Williams will bring his vision for a healthier, better-designed world to the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 4th Street S, Minneapolis) as the grand finale speaker in the Ensia Live event series April 11, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, which range from $10 to $20, are available at

Williams will offer unique insights into the complex and compelling links between housing design and health on five continents and discuss how a greater appreciation of architecture’s role in human well-being could transform the world.  As 60 million people move into cities each year in developing countries, he says, we need to think in an entirely new way about design, development and disease. Using stunning visuals and personal stories, he will take the audience on a tour of the globe from Nigeria to India, Cameroon to Jamaica — and points in between — as he explores this 21st century challenge in a way that refuses to consider living conditions and human health separately, arguing instead for a systemic approach.

The series is presented by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 11 – UMN Federalist Society to host annual symposium

The UMN Federalist Society, a student organization at the University of Minnesota Law School, is excited to announce its 2013 symposium, "The War on Drugs:  Who’s Winning?" The symposium, an annual event for the UMN Federalist Society, will serve as the culmination of the organization’s schedule of debates and presentations for the 2012-2013 academic year.

This year’s symposium will commence at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in Room 25 of Mondale Hall, 229 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis. Thanks in part to support by GAPSA, admission is free and open to the public.

The hour-long symposium will feature a panel discussion headlined by James Gray, the 2012 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee. Judge Gray will be joined by Bud Shaver, West St. Paul police chief, and Kurtis Hanna, Executive Director of MN NORML. The panel will be moderated by Richard Painter, professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and former chief ethics lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office under President George W. Bush.

As a student chapter of the national Federalist Society, the UMN Federalist Society is dedicated to studying and debating principles of law in an open forum, which it views is the best method for demonstrating the superiority and correctness of legal ideas. It is not officially affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

For more information, email David Tibbals ( or Dominick Grande (

Thursday, April 11 – The world premiere of "Something About a Bear"

Thursday, April 11 marks the world premiere of "Something About A Bear" – a modern fairy tale that weaves together a mischievous wizard, a bear turned into a man, a cross-dressing princess and a hysterical tyrant king in a new play about the terrifying transformative power of love.

Inspired by a beloved Russian folk story, award-winning American playwright Constance Congdon transfers the action to a small town in northern Minnesota, while composer Johanna Gorman-Baer conjures an original backwoods musical score performed live.

"Something About a Bear," directed by Lisa Channer and Vladimir Rovinsky of Theatre Novi Most (Theatre of a New Bridge), produced in partnership with the Theatre Arts and Dance Department of the University of Minnesota, promises to delight and inspire audiences of all ages with its magic, humor and heart.

Opening April 11 and playing through April 21, "Something About a Bear" will be performed at the Stoll Thrust stage of the Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis.

Tickets are available online and at the door ($5 for students, $10 general admission). For more information, including ticket deals, visit:

Friday, April 12 –"Knocking on Heaven's Door": A talk by celebrated physicist Lisa Randall

As part of the Guy Stanton Ford Lectureship Program, the University of Minnesota is pleased to welcome Lisa Randall for a special talk: "Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and Modern World."

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the lecture is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m., Friday, April 12 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th Street S, Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation.

Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lisa Randall (one of Time magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World") provides an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and delivers a rousing argument for the significance of science in our lives.

For more information, visit:

Friday, April 12 – UROC Summer Resource Fair

From 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center will be hosting its annual event showcasing urban-focused summertime educational and recreational opportunities for youth.

Representatives from a variety of community-based organizations will be on hand with scholarships, registration and general information.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

UROC is located at 2001 Plymouth Ave. N, Minneapolis.

Tuesday, April 16 – Agriculture Awareness Day

American agriculture continues to provide many of the necessities of everyday life, including food, fiber, clothing and fuel. Agricultural education students at the University of Minnesota will share that message with fellow students, faculty, staff and the general public during the fourth annual Agriculture Awareness Day, Tuesday, April 16.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Church Street, in the heart of the university’s East Bank in Minneapolis. It is free and open to the public.

Organized under the leadership of students in the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Club, the goal of the event is to increase awareness of how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced and showcase the critical role American agriculture plays in maintaining a strong economy, especially as the world population continues to grow. A broad range of Minnesota agricultural producers, associations, corporations and government agencies are joining the students in this effort.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 17 – Design in 7: 7 stories, 7 minutes

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.

"Design in 7: 7 stories, 7 minutes" is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 at the theater in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis.

The presenters are: Stephanie Grotta, landscape architect, Target Corporation; Samantha Strong, real estate broker and general contractor, Metamorphosis; Seth Johnson - designer and strategist, Seth Johnson Design; Wynne Yelland AIA, LEED AP- architect, LOCUS Architecture; Don Thomas, CID - design principal, BWBR; AJ Dewey, design director, PM&J LLC; Joan Arbisi Little, Ed.D, principal at Bibelot Shops, Inc. and education consultant.

Reception with presenters follows program. General admission tickets are $20. UMAA members can purchase tickets for $15; tickets for students with an ID is $5. For more information visit

Wednesday, April 17 – Teach-in focus on history of protest music

It’s been 150 years since "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" became popular during the American Civil War. That bit of trivia prompted Nancy Herther, a librarian at the University of Minnesota, to an event at the U’s Music Library related to the history of protest music.

The event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 in Room 280 at Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th St. S, Minneapolis. Herther has found enthusiastic collaborators, including U of M students and faculty members who will perform protest music and engage in discussions about the historical significance of protest music.

Mark Pedelty, an associate professor of communication studies, will perform with his band and lead a discussion of music as environmental protest. He has recruited University of Minnesota students to perform and participate in the discussions.

For more information, visit or contact Nancy Herther, University of Minnesota Libraries, (612) 624-2020.

Wednesday, April 17 – Author Ed Bok Lee to speak at Pankake Poetry Reading

Award-winning author Ed Bok Lee is the featured speaker at this year’s Pankake Poetry Reading, set for 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 at the University of Minnesota Elmer L. Anderson Library, 222 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis.

Bok Lee won the 2006 PEN/Open Book Award, and the 2006 Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice) for "Real Karaoke People." In 2012, he won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and an American Book Award for "Whorled."

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by April 10 at or (612) 624-9339.

The reading will be followed by a reception and author signing courtesy of the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

Thursday, April 18 – U of M School of Music’s University Opera Theatre presents Britten’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

The University of Minnesota School of Music’s University Opera Theatre presents Benjamin Britten’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" for a four-day run April 18-21 at Ted Man Concert Hall, 2128 4th Street S, Minneapolis.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $5 for U of M students and children. Two-for-one tickets are available for University of Minnesota faculty, staff, retirees and alumni; group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (612) 624-2345.

University Opera Theatre Director David Walsh sets the opera in the early 1900s, an era influenced by the emergence of psychology as a way to investigate human behavior and focuses on the conflict among four young lovers – a love rectangle created by the mischievous fairy Puck.

Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is arguably one of his most popular works, but also one of his most psychologically complex and open to a broad range of interpretation. The play seems to be about the triumph of youth over age, of the senses over reason, and the world of dreams and love over the everyday life of the city. Benjamin Britten has perfectly captured the striking polarities and ambivalences inherent in Shakespeare’s original play in music of breathtaking beauty and poignancy.

"A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is not one of Britten’s most frequently performed operas, although perhaps his most beautiful score. Join our quartet of young lovers, Bottom and his amateur acting troop and the fairy world of Oberon and Tytania for adventure in the Forest of Athens! More at

Saturday, April 20 – TEDxUMN2013: "Where do we go from here?"

Throughout the TED community, and that of the University of Minnesota, we can find astounding progress wherever we care to look: research, business, politics, environmental issues and education are just a few of the fields in which leaps and bounds are constantly made. It’s easy to get caught up in these advancements, but it’s also important to understand the consequences, implications, and choices that arise from them.

At TEDxUMN2013, we will be presenting and discussing achievements and discoveries from all corners of the U of M. But more importantly, we will be talking about where those discoveries will lead us, and how we should implement it.

On April 20th, we invite you to join the discussion. This is where we are: So where do we go from here?

Tickets for the event are available at

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