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Upcoming events on the U of M campus

September 11, 2013

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

Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Roundtable discussion on situation in Syria
The ongoing situation in Syria is the topic of a roundtable discussion between three University of Minnesota professors and members of the local Syrian community on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. in room 125 of Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave. S., on the University’s West Bank campus.

Titled, "Countering Mass Atrocities in Syria: Between Human Rights Ideals and Geo-Political Concerns," the roundtable discussion will explore the challenge of preserving the human rights of Syrian civilians while global political leaders debate whether militaries should engage.

The U of M's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Human Rights Program are sponsoring the roundtable.

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Monday, Sept. 16 – Amato to discuss latest book, ‘Surfaces’
Joseph Amato, Emeritus Professor of History at Southwest Minnesota State University, will discuss his latest book, "Surfaces: A History" from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 in Room 120 of Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis.

In this, his most recent book, Amato traces the human relationship with surfaces from the deep history of human evolution, which unfolded across millennia, up to the contemporary world.

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, admission to the event is free.

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Tuesday, Sept. 17 – ‘Connected Histories’ Fall 2013 Book Discussion series begins
"Connected Histories" is a series of five book discussions led by Giancarlo Casale, associate professor of the history of the Islamic world at the University of Minnesota. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries and Hennepin County Library, the discussion will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Hennepin County Library Central/Downtown, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Admission is free.

The discussion series is part of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project, which presents to the American public resources representing diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Readings for this theme introduce a way of understanding the past in which Islam and the West are seen as products of a shared, cosmopolitan and inextricably intertwined past.

The University of Minnesota Libraries -Twin Cities is one of 953 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

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Tuesday, September 17 – Myths, realities of affirmative action topic of U of M’s Constitution Day
Recent Supreme Court cases on admissions policies have thrown the issue of affirmative action back into the spotlight. Jennifer Pierce, University of Minnesota American Studies professor and author of "Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action", tackles the myths and realities behind cases of reverse discrimination and affirmative action at this year’s Constitution Day gathering.

Pierce’s discussion is set for Tuesday, Sept. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. at the U of M Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

The event, sponsored by the Office for Public Engagement, is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, September 26 – "Treating the Criminal Offender Brain: Can We? Should We?"
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: Reforming criminals by directly modifying their brains. But as advances in neuroscience expand our ability to change behavior by manipulating the human brain, important legal and ethical questions emerge: How far can we go, or should we go, to reform criminals?

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice will explore these questions in an upcoming public forum, "Treating the Criminal Offender Brain: Can We? Should We?" The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Monday, October 21 – ‘Koran by Heart’ film screening
The documentary film, "Koran by Heart", follows the progress of three scholars, a girl and two boys, all ten years old, as they compete in Cairo against students who, in some instances, are nearly twice their age in the annual International Holy Koran Competition. Directed by Greg Barker (HBO), the film captures touching moments of the three children at home with their families, where they open up about life and religion, academic dreams, and career aspiration.

Admission is free, and the screening will take place Monday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 6:30pm at Cowles Auditorium and Atrium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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