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Upcoming events at the U of M Twin Cities campus

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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

Thursday, Feb. 21 - Paul O. Zelinsky: Reflecting on Children's Book Art
Paul O. Zelinsky, recognized as one of the most inventive and critically successful artists in his field, will talk about his recent experience as a judge of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Zelinsky will share what he was looking for in the submitted works, and reflect on his own work.

A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7:00 p.m. lecture and book signing from 8:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21. All events will be held in Room 120 of the Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave S., Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

Zelinsky's illustrations have won wide acclaim and many awards, including the Caldecott Medal for his retelling of "Rapunzel" and three Caldecott Honors for "Hansel and Gretel," "Rumpelstiltskin" and "Swamp Angel." His movable "Wheels on the Bus" has become a perennial favorite among toddlers.

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Wednesday, Feb. 27 - Creative City Public Presentations
Five finalists, including a team from the U of M’s College of Design chosen for the final phase of the Creative City Challenge at the Minneapolis Convention Center will present their proposals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in Room 100 of Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis. The presentations are open to the public and admission is free.

Nominees were selected through public voting, which took place on the Minneapolis Convention Center Facebook site.

The project submitted by the College of Design team, "Lakeforms," proposes to build a digitally fabricated pavilion that emerges from the Convention Center plaza.

Thursday, Feb. 28 – State of the University address
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will outline his plans to move the university forward during the upcoming year in his second State of the University address on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

There will be a moderated question-and-answer period following the address. Faculty, staff and students may submit questions in advance on this form. President Kaler will also accept questions during the event via Twitter (using the hashtag #UMNsotu) and note cards submitted by on-site attendees at Coffman Theater, in addition to his website.

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Thursday, Feb. 28 – Neuroeconomics and the governance of choice
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Natasha Dow Schüll, Ph. D., will explore how neuroeconomics, a marriage of behavioral economics and neuroscience, is tracking what happens in our brains when we make decisions that value the present at the expense of the future. She’ll also discuss how policy makers are using this science to find better ways of guiding and governing behavior.

The lecture takes places Thursday, Feb. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis. It is free and open to the public, but registration is suggested.

Schüll is a guest of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. The lecture commentator is Professor Francis Shen from the U of M Law School.

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Thursday, Feb. 28 - Opening Reception: ‘Dance of Words’
A group exhibition of artworks that reference the use of text and calligraphic traditions found in many languages and cultures, ‘Dance of Words’ is on display in the Quarter Gallery in the Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Avenue S., Minneapolis.

In this exhibition, artworks celebrate the aesthetics of the written word and examine this interaction between the dual messages of text and connotation.

The group exhibition will open with a reception from 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Regis Center and includes a performance by the Amwaaj Arabic Music Ensemble. The exhibit runs through March 15. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

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Monday, March 4 – An Unprecedented Relationship: Evangelicals, Jews, Israel and the Messianic Times
Many have noticed in the last few decades the supportive relations that evangelical Christians have developed toward Jews and especially the state of Israel. What brings born-again Christians to take interest in Jews, contribute to Jewish causes and offer political backing to the state of Israel?

In this open discussion, held Monday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave., Minneapolis, University of Chicago Professor Yaakov Ariel will explore the historical roots and theological motivation of the evangelical interest in the Jews and the manner it has manifested itself since the 19th century.

This event is sponsored by the U of M’s Departments of Jewish Studies, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Religious Studies and American Studies in addition to the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Temple Israel.

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Thursday, March 7—Author Martha Nussbaum on ‘Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities’
Award-winning author and celebrated philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum will speak on the importance of the humanities at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 in Room 100 of Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis. 

The Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics with appointments in law and philosophy at the University of Chicago, Nussbaum argues that a shortsighted focus on profitable skills threatens to erode our ability to criticize authority, reduce our sympathy with the marginalized and different, and damage our competence to deal with complex global problems.

Nussbaum’s talk is sponsored by the U of M’s Department of Philosophy and College of Liberal Arts, through a grant from the University’s Imagine Fund, which supports projects in the arts, humanities, and design. 

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