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Upcoming events on the U of M campus

October 2, 2013

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

Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 Simons Public Lecture on the evolution of cooperation
Evolutionary biologist Martin Nowak, author of the best-selling book SuperCooperators, will share his cutting-edge research on the mysteries of cooperation at a Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) Simons Public Lecture. Professor Nowak’s talk is one in a series of nine public lectures, generously funded by the Simons Foundation, at various locations around the world.

Nowak will present his lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. Please purchase your tickets online at Use code "IMA" to waive the $6.50 fee.

The event is hosted by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications within the University’s College of Science and Engineering.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Student Parent Visibility Day
Each year, the Student Parent HELP Center hosts Student Parent Visibility Day, an event to both bring awareness to the many undergraduates who are parenting children through their undergraduate degree program at the U, and to provide a college engagement activity for approximately 12 teen parent programs in the metro area.

This year, along with the regularly scheduled teen parent-based activities and free pizza, nationally known poet Ekere Tallie will be reading her poetry for the event.

The event will begin at noon on Northrop Plaza. For more information, visit:

Monday, Oct. 14 – 2013 Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Food Summit
Are we able to confidently project the impact that climate change will have on agricultural production and our food systems? Can we minimize our impact on the planet and produce enough fuel and healthy, nutritious food for 9 billion people by 2050?

These key questions and many others will be explored at the 2013 Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Food Summit, "Food and the Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People," on Monday, Oct. 14 (at the Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis) and Tuesday, Oct. 15 (Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chanhassen).

This event will feature world-renowned researchers and experts in food, health, and the environment, followed by a day of case studies and conversations on best practices with community members, health service practitioners, dietitians, policy makers and researchers.

Sponsors include the U of M’s Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

For more information, including a full listing of presenters and registration details, visit:

Wednesday, Oct. 16 – A reading by Robert Bly, Minnesota’s first poet laureate
The Upper Midwest Literary Archives at the U of M Libraries present a reading by Minnesota’s first poet laureate, Robert Bly, on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., in celebration of his new book, "Stealing Sugar From the Castle" at Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave. S., on the University’s West Bank campus.

A reception will follow the reading and books will be available to purchase.

Bly won the National Book Award in 1968 for his second collection, "The Light Around the Body." Earlier this year, Bly received the Poetry Society of America's highest honor, the Frost Medal. His latest book contains new and selected poems spanning 50 years.

Bly’s papers are held in the Upper Midwest Literary Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries. They are available for the public to view by appointment.

The Oct. 16 reading is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested at

Thursday, Oct. 17 – UROC Community Day 2013 celebrates U and community partnerships
Join University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) staff in a celebration of University and community partnerships at Community Day from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 17 at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North in Minneapolis.
Learn about UROC's latest research projects and its lasting commitment to public accountability and transparency. Enjoy food from Northside businesses, live music by the University's Steel Drum Ensemble, tours, cooking demonstrations and displays of community-based research projects and programs.

A special 4 p.m. program will feature University President Eric Kaler, Provost Karen Hanson, and newly appointed Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert and Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young.

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

Friday, Oct. 18 – Journal of Law and Inequality Symposium to celebrate Civil Rights Act’s 50th Anniversary
The U of M Law School’s Journal of Law and Inequality will host its annual symposium, "Civil Rights and Civil Justice: Fifty Years Later," from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, in Room 25 of Mondale Hall.

The magnitude and legacy of the United States’ Civil Rights Movement and the culminating events of 1963-64 mark an unprecedented are in the fulfillment of constitutional ideals. This academic year celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that period’s pivotal events, including the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Gideon v. Wainright and Dr. King’s tide-changing, "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

The Journal of Law & Inequality honors the fight for the rule of law with a symposium dedicated to examining the legacy of this nation’s Civil Rights Movement. This anniversary compels us to explore the implications of these events and examine Civil Rights gains in the wake of claims that America is progressing toward a post-racial society.

For more information regarding details and registration, visit:

Monday, Oct. 21 – Book Week lecture: Gene Luen Yang
The College of Education and Human Development welcomes Gene Luen Yang, the author of the first graphic novel ever to win the prestigious ALA’s Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature, for its’ Book Week lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, at McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis.

Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book, American Born Chinese (1996), which is now in print in over 10 languages. The book’s critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award, catapulted Yang into stardom as a major voice of our times.

The event is free and open to the public, and Yang will be available for book signing after the event. For more information, including event registration, visit:

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Cirque De-Stress at Coffman
High-wire walkers, clowns, aerialists, jugglers, and Goldy Gopher will entertain the crowds during Boynton Health Services Cirque De-Stress event on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., and shows will take place on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Therapy animals - including dogs and Woodstock, the therapy chicken – will also be at the event. Plus, stress management and mental health resources will provide practical help for attendees.

The goal of this circus is to provide a fun break for students, faculty and staff who are juggling classes, jobs, families, and more - while trying to keep a good life balance.

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