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Upcoming events on the U of M campus

October 16, 2013

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

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 - 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., 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 Danita Brown Young.

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

Saturday, Oct. 19 – U of M School of Music’s Collage Concert
The annual School of Music Collage Concert features more than 300 students and faculty in a non-stop concert showcase of all that the School of Music has to offer – including performances by choral, orchestral, jazz, chamber, world music and wind ensembles as well as solo performances.

The concert is Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis.

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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 on Monday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis.

Gene Luen 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. His new graphic novel series ‘Boxers’ and ‘Saints’ was recently reviewed in the New York 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
The circus is coming to Coffman Memorial Union (Great Hall), 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., and shows will take place on the hour from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

High-wire walkers, clowns, aerialists, jugglers, and Goldy will entertain the crowds. There will also be a return of therapy animals—including dogs and Woodstock the therapy chicken. Plus, stress management and mental health resources will provide practical help.

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

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Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Tucker Center 20th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture
To officially kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of the U’s Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, the Center will host a Distinguished Lecture on October 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

This lecture brings together key individuals who were instrumental in the Tucker Center’s inception, which began in 1993 with a $1 million gift from Dr. Dorothy McNeill Tucker as well as others who gave it form with support for a director, staff and physical space. The Tucker Center’s Director and Associate Director will also highlight the breadth and depth of the Center’s accomplishments and impact over the last 20 years and point the way for future research, education, and community outreach initiatives.

The Tucker Center, which features five fully funded scholarships and fellowships at both the undergraduate and graduate level, has produced two nationally and internationally recognized research reports - the first in partnership with the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports - on the physical, psychological, social, and cultural benefits girls derive from physical activity, the barriers that prevent girls from reaching their full potential, as well as featuring the kinds of environments in which girls can thrive. The Center also collaborated with Twin Cities Public Television to produce the Emmy-nominated video, "Concussions and Female Athletes: The Untold Story," and are currently in production of a second video, "Media Coverage and Female Athletes," to debut in early December.

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Tuesday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct 23 – University of Minnesota to Sponsor Third Annual Cyber Security Summit
Join national cyber security experts and technology business leaders to discuss the nation’s most pressing security threats at the Cyber Security Summit on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave South Minneapolis.

Cyber intrusions and attacks have increased dramatically over the last decade, exposing sensitive personal and business information, disrupting critical operations, and imposing high costs on the economy.  The summit will focus on two themes—cyber threat identification as well as information sharing and privacy.

To register and for more information, visit: 

Thursday, Oct. 24 – "Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community’s Life and Legacy" Exhibit Opening Reception and Lecture
The Arab American History and Culture symposium brings together our Immigration History Research Center and the Arab American National Museum of Dearborn, Michigan, to celebrate the creation of the Little Syria exhibit, to reflect on the state of Arab American history and culture and the importance of preserving the documents and other items that can connect us and future generations to both the past and present.

The event will be held from 4 - 6:30 p.m., at Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis.

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Thursday, Oct. 24 – Making the World Suck Less with reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian
Born in 1983, Alexis Ohanian is an entrepreneur and investor in Brooklyn, N.Y., best known as the co-founder of the social news site reddit. Ohanian’s new book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made Not Managed, is a call to action that combines advice for building successful startup ventures and marketing secrets with examples of heartwarming stories about using the Internet for grass-roots campaigns.

Ohanian brings his traveling talking tour to the U on Oct. 24, at the Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.

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Tuesday, Oct. 29 – "Beyond HGTV: Can Design Change People’s Lives?" U of M’s Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Lecture
World-renowned interior design educator and researcher Denise Guerin will deliver the University of Minnesota’s annual Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Cowles Auditorium.

Professor Guerin, a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Interior Design at the U of M, will present her lecture "Beyond HGTV: Can Design Change People’s Lives?" This presentation provides an overview of her imaginative, sustainable approach to interior design centered on the well being of people. Guerin’s work has revolutionized the thinking, teaching, research and practice in the interior design field locally and globally. And in many cases, Denise was the "first," "the only," or the "one" to pull teams together to conduct research for designers and architects.

The Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture and Award were established to honor the scholarly accomplishments and leadership of women faculty at the University of Minnesota. In addition to the award and public lecture, the awardee is presented with a selection of art created by a Minnesota woman artist.

For more information, including registration details, visit:

Tuesday, Oct. 29 – High Performance Computing: Then and What’s Next
University of Minnesota alumnus D. James Guzy and Jon Huppenthal, co-founders of SRC Computers (with the late Seymour Cray), will discuss the history and the future of high-performance computer architecture and design technology.

Huppenthal set the strategic direction and led the hardware design and integration efforts for the Company. Guzy, who received his B.S. in economics and statistics from the University in 1957, is a co-founder of Intel and continues to serve on its board as well as serving on the boards of many other computer and technology companies.

Hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts, the discussion will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Auditorium in the Tate Laboratory of Physics, 116 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.

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Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Hunger Relief Benefit with Charles Baxter & Robert Boswell
Guest reader Robert Boswell joins Creative Writing faculty reader Peter Campion to raise money for Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization. This is the 6th Annual Hunger Relief Benefit hosted by novelist Charles Baxter and the creative writing program.

Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections, and two books of nonfiction; his various books have been finalists for the PEN USA Award in Fiction, the Western Writers of America Nonfiction Spur Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. His new novel Tumbledown was published by Graywolf in August. Professor Campion’s third collection of poetry, El Dorado, will be published in October. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize in Literature.

The Event will be held in University Hall at the McNamara Alumni Center from 7 - 8 p.m.

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Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Deconstructing the Baby Veronica Case: Implications for Working with Fathers in Indian Child Welfare Practice
A forum at the University of Minnesota will analyze the "Baby Veronica" case to address policy and practice implications for working with fathers in Indian child welfare practice. "Baby Veronica" is a little girl with Cherokee ancestry who is at the heart of a long-term custody and adoption court battle that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The forum will feature the Assistant Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation, one of the attorneys for the adoptive parents involved in the case, and the executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

The forum is open to the general public and will be held at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis on October 29, 2013, from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. For more information and to register, visit

Tuesday, Oct. 29 – CEHD Reads lecture: Kao Kalia Yang, author
CEHD Reads Common Book for Fall 2013 will be The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, by Kao Kalia Yang. On Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Mann Concert Hall, Yang will be discussing her book with CEHD students and faculty.

Yang’s memoir tells the story of her family’s journey from Laos to St. Paul, a story that is familiar to thousands of Hmong families who fled massacre in Laos after collaborating with the United States during the Vietnam War. Yang brings her family’s journey to life with detail that illuminates the challenges they faced and the sources of their strength, inspiration, and comfort.

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Saturday, Nov. 2 – CEHD Saturday Scholars: Working in the Achievement Gap
Understanding the many factors that affect a child’s ability to learn is crucial to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed. At Saturday Scholars, College of Education and Human Development faculty members will lead concurrent sessions exploring, from multiple perspectives, what’s working to improve preK-20 student outcomes.

The event will be held at the McNamara Alumni Center from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Come ready to share ideas, meet others, and hear how our research and outreach uniquely positions the college as a leader in the effort to reduce the achievement gap in Minnesota. Keynote discussion featuring Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Commissioner of Education.

For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Nov. 5 – "Letting the Light In: Providing Environmental Science to Direct Public Policy"
David Schindler, one of the world’s foremost freshwater ecologists, will give a free public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center theater on the university’s St. Paul campus, 2017 Buford Avenue St. Paul.

His lecture, titled "Letting the Light In: Providing Environmental Science to Direct Public Policy," will examine the tension – sometimes conflict – between science and public policy. Dr. Schindler is an emeritus professor at the University of Alberta. He was the first winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for work involving water.

This lecture is sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the University of Minnesota College of Biological Science. For more information and to register, visit:

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