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Upcoming U of M events range from 'Headliners' to Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute

January 9, 2013

Please find below a list of select University of Minnesota-related events for Jan. 9-23, 2013. For the full U of M events calendar, visit

Thursday, Jan. 10 – Headliners: What’s Next? Envisioning the U’s Future

U of M President Eric Kaler is the featured guest for this month’s "Headliners" event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul. Tickets are $15 apiece.

Held once a month from October 2012 to April 2013, "Headliners" is presented by the university’s College of Continuing Education.

The rising cost of a college degree is one of the most pressing issues facing higher education today. But while the demands to control tuition and institution-wide spending continue to grow, public financial support continues to dwindle.

So how, then, does a 21st century academic leader balance both the books and the competing priorities of today’s land-grant universities? In his presentation, "What’s Next? Envisioning the U’s Future," Kaler describes how he believes the process begins by renewing the historic partnership with the state’s elected officials, promoting the University’s economic and cultural value, and establishing research initiatives focused on the state's top problems and emerging industries.

For more information or to register online, visit

Thursday, Jan. 10 – Physics Circus offers large-scale stunts and physics lessons

If you’ve never seen a physicist drop 20 feet through thin air while a friend shoots a ball at him from a cannon, or grown men and women shooting streams of toilet paper over an audience with a leaf blower, the University of Minnesota Physics Force has a show for you.

The Physics Force, a successful and entertaining outreach program of the U’s College of Science and Engineering, will present its largest show of the year, the "Physics Circus," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S, Minneapolis.

The show is a unique mix of physics demonstrations and slapstick humor suitable for adults and children of all ages. The show is free, but registration is requested at

For more information and a video preview of the demonstrations, visit

Wednesday, Jan. 16 – The Rhetoric of Certainty

Art and policy intersect again as the Minnesota Opera and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs convene a public conversation inspired by the world premiere of "Doubt."

Librettist John Patrick Shanley and other distinguished panelists will explore the rhetoric and political implications of certainty and the natural human aversion to doubt, particularly in the context of the opera's setting (Vatican II and the Civil Rights movement) and the war in Iraq, the event which provided the playwright with his inspiration.

Join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at the Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis for this exciting conversation. Sponsored by the U’s Humphrey School, the event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required at

For more information, contact Sophia Ginis at

Saturday, Jan. 19 – Soil Saturday: Playing with Sand!

The U of M’s Bell Museum of Natural History invites families and visitors of all ages to the first in a monthly series of Soil Saturday events offering interactive activities and special programming in the "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil" exhibit.

"Playing with Sand!" will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Bell Museum, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. The event 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.

Sand is the largest particle in soil and it covers many beaches (including those surrounding our 10,000+ lakes!) and is often found in playgrounds. "Playing with Sand!" will focus on the wonders of sand. Make a miniature sand sculpture to take home, explore the surprising world of sand under a microscope, see artist creations made from sand, and learn about some of the secrets behind this not-so-ordinary-after-all particle.

The event 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

Sunday, Jan. 20 – 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute featuring Oleta Adams

The U of M will host the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute featuring the musical stylings of Oleta Adams plus performances by Walker West Music Academy’s Jazz Ensemble and Ahmad Lewis from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis.

Sponsored by the U's Office of Equity and Diversity and the School of Music, the concert is free of charge and open to the public; no advance tickets or reservations are required.

For more information about the program, or for disability accommodations, contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at or (612) 624-0594. Visit for more information.

Ongoing (beginning Friday, Jan. 18) – Redefining, Redesigning Fashion: Designs for Sustainability

Redefining, Redesigning Fashion: Designs for Sustainability is a juried exhibition that explores how designers create clothing and accessories with sensitivity to environmental, economic and social concerns. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Goldstein Museum of Design, 33 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul.

The exhibit will run January 19 - May 26, 2013. Sponsored by the U’s College of Design, the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

More than 200 submissions were received from students, faculty and apparel professionals in the USA, Australia, Europe and Asia.

For more information, contact Barbara Lutz at

Ongoing: "Hidden" – An exhibition by Chinese artist Zhang Meng

The work of Zhang Meng in traditional Chinese ink painting and new media explores the complexity of Chinese society, bridging historical traditions with new technologies.

The exhibit runs from Jan. 7 through Jan. 18 at the Quarter Gallery of the Regis Center for Art (East), located on the West Bank campus at 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Sponsored by the U’s Department of Art and the Katherine E. Nash gallery, the exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Rachel Kirchgasler at or (612) 624-7900.

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