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Upcoming U of M events range from honoring student veterans to opera

Student Veterans Appreciation Day, a four-day run of Falstaff, a math and science fun fair, a symposium on design and guest lecturers highlight the next two weeks

November 8, 2012

Please find below a list of select University of Minnesota-related events for Nov. 8-20, 2012. For the full U of M events calendar, visit

Thursday, Nov. 8 – EconFest honors excellence in personal finance education
EconFest 2012, a celebration of economic and personal finance education, will take place Nov. 8 at the 3M Innovation Center, 2350 Minnehaha Ave E., Maplewood. The annual Minnesota Council on Economic Education (MCEE) event recognizes eight award recipients from across Minnesota and Wisconsin for teaching excellence and innovation.

First-place teachers will present their award-winning lessons at 4:45 p.m., followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. and awards ceremony beginning at 6:45 p.m.

MCEE’s programs are delivered through a network of university-affiliated Centers for Economic Education located at the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, St. Cloud State University and the University of St. Thomas.

MCEE provides Minnesota citizens with the economic and financial understanding they need to function effectively in a complex global environment.

For more information, visit or contact Sharon Bresson at (612) 625-1946.

Friday, Nov. 9 – Change the World by Design: 5 Ways to Create Social Impact
Join leading advocates of design thinking for a look at current trends in public interest design, solutions to difficult social problems, changing systems, and turning your passion for social change into a core component of your practice.

The university’s College of Design is a co-sponsor for Change the World by Design: 5 Ways to Create Social Impact from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in room 100 of Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. Admission is $10 for AIGA members and $20 for the general public.

Speakers and presenters include: Tom Fisher, dean, College of Design, University of Minnesota; Steve Kelly, Humphrey Senior Fellow and director, Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy, University of Minnesota; Molly McMahon and Gerry Greaney, designers/researchers, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation; Doug Powell, national president, AIGA and co-founder, Schwartz-Powell; Tara Pham, founder, BrainDrain; and Jay Coogan, president, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

For more information, visit or contact Sandy Wolfe Wood at

Sunday, Nov. 11 – Jay Walljasper: This Place is Your Place, This Place is My Place
Jay Walljasper, a popular writer, editor and speaker, chronicles stories from around the world that point us toward a greener, more equitable and more enjoyable future. He will give his lecture “This Place is Your Place, This Place is My Place” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in room 100 of Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. Sponsored by the university’s College of Design, the event is free and open to the public.

The recent rise of interest in public space is part a growing movement that recognizes the importance of the commons—valuable assets that belong to all of us like streets and parks, water and biodiversity, the Internet and human culture. Walljasper will discuss how ideas about the commons will have profound influence on how we view and practice design throughout the 21st Century.

Walljasper is author of The Great Neighborhood Book (2007) and All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons (2010).

Book sales and signing will follow the lecture. All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons will be available for purchase at 10% off the cover price during this event ($18.40, including tax), courtesy of the U of M Bookstores.

For more information, visit or contact Amanda Underwood at or (612) 626-6385.

Thursday, Nov. 15 – U of M observes Student Veterans Appreciation Day

University of Minnesota students, staff and faculty will celebrate the sixth annual Student Veterans Appreciation Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in honor of student veterans’ service to our country. Held at the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis, the event is free and open to the public.

University Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education Robert McMaster will speak during a brief program recognizing the contributions of university student veterans, military members and their families. McMaster will also introduce the university’s three Tillman Military Scholars for the 2012-13 academic year. A free lunch will follow at noon.

A part of One Stop Student Services, University Veterans services helps student veterans and their families discover educational as well as non-educational benefits including housing, medical, employment, family and transitional issues assistance.

For more information, visit or contact Julie Selander at (612) 625-6579.

Thursday, Nov. 15 – International expert discusses adolescent brain development and the law
Laurence Steinberg, one of the world’s leading authorities on psychological development during adolescence and best-selling author, will give his lecture, “Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Legal Policy?” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the theater in Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences, the event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Steinberg will offer an overview of the major changes in brain structure and function that take place during adolescence, and will discuss what neuroscience advances can tell us, if anything, about adolescent brain development beyond what we already know from behavioral science.

Steinberg was the lead scientist on the amicus curiae brief filed by the American Psychological Association in Roper v. Simmons, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the juvenile death penalty. He is the author of more than 300 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, and the author or editor of 13 books, including Adolescence (McGraw-Hill), the leading college textbook on adolescent development. Steinberg is a Distinguished University Professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University.

For more information, contact Martha Coventry at or (612) 625-2948.

Thursday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 18 – University Opera Theatre presents Giuseppi Verdi’s Falstaff
The University of Minnesota Opera Theatre presents a four-day run of Giuseppi Verdi’s Falstaff. Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday, Nov. 15 through Saturday, Nov. 17, with a 1:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 18. All performances are at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for U of M students and children. Two-for-one tickets are available for U of M faculty, alumni, staff and retirees. Pre-opera lobby discussions begin 45 minutes before each performance. Running time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, with two intermissions.

Inspired by Arrigo Boito’s brilliant text, which distilled Shakespeare’s three “Falstaff” plays into a vibrant, rollicking tale, Verdi create the greatest operatic comedy since Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Very rarely performed, Falstaff stands as a jewel not to be missed.

For more information, visit

Friday, Nov. 16 – CEHD Reads presents author Wes Moore
The university’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) will host the “CEHD Reads” public lecture and discussion with bestselling author Wes Moore at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at The Commons Hotel in Stadium Village, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

The Other Wes Moore was published in 2010 and is a New York Times bestseller. The combined autobiography and biography is an alternating narrative that tells the story of two boys—both named Wes Moore—growing up in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and the very different paths their lives take.

A book signing will take place after the event.

For more information, visit or contact Serena Wright at

Saturday, Nov. 17 – Math and Science Family Fun Fair
Math plus science equals a day of fun and learning at the University of Minnesota’s annual Math and Science Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, Nov. 17, at the university’s Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. Free U of M backpack giveaways at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Event parking is $6.

Hosted by the university's College of Science and Engineering, the Family Fun Fair features more than 30 entertaining, hands-on math and science experiences for kids of all ages. Attendees can hold a meteorite, make their own earthquakes, control robots, see brains of various animals, explore the night sky in the ExploraDome, and discover hidden microworlds.

Performances by the Physics Force and the Energy and U group highlight experiments where air pressure crushes a 55-gallon steel drum, ping pong balls can pierce through cans and energy is explained through screaming gummy bears, explosions and flames. A Mystery Science Lab explores the oddities of science with eggs that neither float nor sink, a levitating globe and water flowing with no source.

For more information, including directions, parking and a schedule of shows and exhibits, visit

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Wind Ensemble: Blockbuster Evening with Frank Ticheli

Guest composer Frank Ticheli joins the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble as guest composer for regional premieres of two new works, Concerto for Clarinet featuring Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, and Songs of Love and Life, featuring D.M.A. voice student Jennifer Olson. Also receiving its regional premiere will be Rio’s Convergence by Justin Freer.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis. There will be an open pre-concert talk beginning at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the university’s School of Music, the event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or contact Lisa Marshall at or (612) 626-1094.

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