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Upcoming U of M events range from filibusters to Mars landings

Tell My Sons book reception, a discussion with Vice President Mondale and Bell Museum gatherings highlight the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013

December 13, 2012

Please find below a list of select University of Minnesota-related events for Dec. 13, 2012, through Jan. 3, 2013. For the full U of M events calendar, visit

Thursday, Dec. 13 – Tell My Sons book reception

Join the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) for a book reception to celebrate the release of Tell My Sons, written by Humphrey School Policy Fellow alumnus Lieutenant Colonel Mark Weber. The reception is Thursday, Dec. 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Humphrey Forum, 309 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

The reception is free, but an RSVP is required at Copies of Tell My Sons will be available for purchase. For more information, call (612) 625-5340.

Lt. Col. Weber served a total of 23 years in the U.S. Army. While preparing for a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan to serve in a high profile job within the Afghan Parliament as a military advisor, Weber was diagnosed with Stage IV gastrointestinal cancer. In response he began to write a letter to his boys. Tell My Sons is that letter. Mark's letter and his stories, captured in the book, illustrate that the greatest value of a life is to spend it for something that lives after it. Through his example, he teaches how to live an ordinary life in an extraordinary way. For more, visit  

Thursday, Dec. 18 – Restoring Congress: Time to fix the filibuster

America faces enormous challenges, from budget deficits to national security. But it is crippled by extraordinary paralysis in Congress, including the unprecedented use of the filibuster.

Join Vice President Walter F. Mondale for a discussion on the need to fix Congress and reform the filibuster. Professor Larry Jacobs will moderate the event, set for Tuesday, Dec. 18 from noon – 1:15 p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium of the Humphrey School for Public Affairs, 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public, but the courtesy of an RSVP is requested at For further information, call (612) 625-5340.

Mondale, who served as a U.S. senator for 12 years and as vice president from 1977-81, led the last major reform of the filibuster.

Thursday, January 3 – Dig It! The Secrets of Soil gallery conversation with Caryl Radatz

Dig even deeper into the fascinating world of what lies below with a soil expert! Caryl Radatz, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, is the state soil scientist for Minnesota as well as the Soil Survey Regional Director for Major Land Resource Area Region 10.

Radatz’ gallery conversation begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 3 at the U’s Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. The conversation is free with museum admission, which is $6 for adults, $4 for youths aged 3-17, non-U of M students and seniors. Admission is free for museum members; U of M students, faculty and staff; and children under 3 years old.

Radatz will discuss the history of the National Cooperative Soil Survey program founded in 1899, and may even include a primer on soil taxonomy. She will be joined by some of her "dirt dawber" colleagues.

The gallery conversation is part of the ongoing Dig It! The Secrets of Soil exhibit running at the Bell Museum through July 28, 2013. For more information, visit

Thursday, Jan. 3 – ExploraDome Theater Show: Mars Update

Get the latest on what scientists are seeing and discovering on Mars through data sent by the Curiosity rover! ExploraDome theater shows are held at 6:30, 7:15 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at the U’s Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.

Admission is $5 for adults and seniors; $3 for museum members, U of M students, faculty and staff, students with college ID, and children aged 3-18; and free for children under 3 years old. Purchase tickets online.

The ExploraDome uses Uniview, a 3D atlas of the universe that is completely interactive and lets the presenter - and the audience - determine where to go and what to see. All shows are 45 minutes.

For more information, please call (612) 624-9050 or visit

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