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Upcoming events on the U of M campus

November 27, 2013

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

Friday, Nov. 29 - ongoing – Forestry Club’s annual Holiday Tree Sale
The University of Minnesota Forestry Club’s annual Holiday Tree Sale opens at noon Friday, Nov. 29th in the Les Bolstad Golf Course parking lot just off of Larpenteur Avenue in St. Paul. The tree lot is open from noon to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends until they are sold out.

Whether people are looking for a 3-to-5-foot spruce on up to a 10-to-11-foot Fraser Fir, the Forestry Club has it. They will also be selling Scotch pines, White pines, Balsam Firs, garland, wreaths and maple syrup.

The Holiday Tree Sale is the Forestry Club’s biggest event and largest fundraiser of the year. Money raised goes to scholarships for club members and also pays for club events.

More information is available here:

To watch a video of Forestry Club members harvesting trees, visit:

Tuesday, Dec. 3 - Health Reform Check-Up: Learning from the Medicare Prescription Drug Program
How well are health insurance exchanges working two months into their launch? How many people have enrolled? Is MNsure succeeding at enrolling eligible and harder to reach populations? These topics and more will be covered during this discussion, which is free and open to the public and takes place from Noon – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Representatives from the Brookings Institution, Minnesota Department of Human Services, MNsure, Portico Healthnet and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will take part in the event. 

More information is available at:

Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Saturday, Dec. 7 - School of Music Ensembles Concerts

  • Symphonic Band: Wind Songstakes place on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis. The concert features the premiere of Andreia Pinto-Correia’s Olhos, Espelho e Luz (Eyes, mirror, and light) with John De Haan (tenor). Jerry Luckhardt, conductor.
  • Sounds of the Season takes place Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The Campus Singers ensembles and Men's and Women's Choruses delight audiences with a wide array of seasonal favorites. Kathy Saltzman Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, and graduate students, conductors.
  • Jazz Ensembles I and II: The Music of Mike Titlebaum, takes place Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The concert features guest artist saxophonist and composer Mike Titlebaum. Dean Sorenson, director.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 – The politics of mistranslation and the mistranslation of politics: Manipulating movie soundtracks in postwar Europe
In postwar Germany and Austria, American movies and TV series were only shown in dubbed versions. These versions very often rewrote or even contradicted the original dialogue. Rainer M. Koeppl, Fulbright Visiting Professor in cultural studies and comparative literature, will discuss how the systematic manipulation of classic movies like "Notorious" and "Casablanca" and TV series like "Columbo" provided fascinating and frightening examples of ideologically motivated mistranslation.

The discussion will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 in room 113 of Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis.

More information is available here:

Thursday, Dec. 5 – Charting a course to enhance access and quality in Minnesota’s early care and education: A policy breakfast
It is an exciting and hopeful time for young children and their families in Minnesota. Investments through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, the Promise Neighborhood Initiative, the Investing in Education (i3) program and legislative support for all-day kindergarten have created an unprecedented opportunity to improve the way we address the achievement gap and prepare children for school.

Join us for a policy breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, focused on how an effective early childhood system could help close Minnesota’s achievement gap. Gerrit Westervelt, executive director of the BUILD Initiative, will deliver a keynote address. Panelists include representatives from the Minnesota Office of Early Learning, Parent Aware for School Readiness, Think Small and the U’s Amy Susman-Stillman (co-director of the Center for Early Education and Development).

The event will be held in the Meridian Ballroom of The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis.

For more information and to RSVP, visit:

Thursday, Dec. 5 – Where did the Scandinavian gods come from?
We know a good deal about the Old Scandinavian deities (Odin, Thor, Loki, Baldr, and others), but their origin remains the object of bitter controversy. Do they have Indo-European roots and are they comparable to their Indo- Iranian, Greek, and Roman counterparts, or are some (most, all) of them local? Or what?

Anatoly Liberman (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) will raise more questions in this Center for Medieval Studies 25th Anniversary Colloquium, set for 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 in room 1210 of Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

More information is available here:

Thursday, Dec. 5 – Antisemitism then and now: A panel discussion
A growing body of reports and research centers claim that a new strain of antisemitism is sweeping the globe. Five renowned scholars will discuss historic antisemitism, its longterm aftereffects and contemporary manifestations in Europe and the U.S.

Alejandro Baer (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies) and Klaas van der Sanden (Austrian studies) convene, with Gary Cohen (history) and Bruno Chaouat (French & Italian) among the panelists.

The panel will run from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 in the President’s Room at Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis.

More information is available here:

Thursday, Dec. 5 - A trillion reasons to care: Early evidence and expectations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, how does one separate fact from fiction and political posturing from very real consequences? The Dec. 5 edition of Headliners (A Trillion Reasons to Care: Early Evidence and Expectations of the ACA) features Dr. Jean Abraham, as she presents an in-depth look at key health-insurance provisions within the ACA, and helps to sort through the evidence and expectations related to this controversial legislation.

The event begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul.

More info/registration is available here:

Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Human Rights Center celebrates 25 years of research, education, and training
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, International Human Rights Day, the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center will commemorate its 25th anniversary with a special performing arts event in honor of the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The celebration will feature human rights-themed music, dance, and spoken word performances from local and international artists and students, as well as appetizers from a variety of Twin Cities’ restaurants and grocery stores. 

The free public event runs from 6-9 p.m. at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St., Minneapolis. 

RSVPs requested to: or ( 612)626-0041.

Since 1988, the Human Rights Center has carried out its mission to work locally, nationally, and internationally to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers working to promote and protect human rights. Its work has helped establish the University of Minnesota’s international reputation as a center for the study of human rights.

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Wednesday, Dec. 11 - Government shutdown deja vu: Learning from leaders who have seen it before
In October 2013, the United States went through a 16-day shutdown. The next round of negotiations looms next month as the debt-limit crisis and the continued funding of government take center stage yet again.

Congressman Gil Gutknecht and Congressman Martin Sabo both served in leadership roles during the last major government shutdown in 1995. They will discuss the consequences and repercussions, the lessons learned, and their hopes for the January negotiations. Moderated by Speaker Steve Sviggum and Professor Larry Jacobs.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place Wednesday, Dec. 11 from Noon – 1:15 p.m. at the Humphrey Forum at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

More information is available at:

Wednesday, Dec. 11 - Maroon and Gold Campus Orchestras
The concert is Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Program includes Rossini’s Overture from The Barber of Seville, Saint-Saëns’s "Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah, and Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1.

Sergey Bogza, Benjamin Klemme and Erik Rohde, conductors.

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