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Upcoming U of M events range from TEDxUMN to competition for the 'Golden Femur' award

April 17, 2013

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

Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21 – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
The University Opera Theatre presents Benjamin Britten's ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Britten's take on the Shakespeare classic offers music of breathtaking beauty and poignancy.

Four performances are scheduled for Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th Ave S., Minneapolis, for the following dates: April 18 at 7:30 p.m., April 19 at 7:30 p.m., April 20 at 7:30 p.m., and April 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online and range from $5 for students and children to $20 for adults.

Thursday, April 18 – ‘Something About a Bear’
Beginning April 18, the University Theatre presents the world premiere of "Something About a Bear," based on the popular Russian story "An Ordinary Miracle." This tale features a mischievous wizard, a bear turned man, a cross-dressing princess, an epic snowstorm and a tyrant king.

Five performances are scheduled for the Thrust Theater at the Rarig Center, located on the U’s West Bank, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, for the following dates: April 18 at 7:30 p.m.; April 19 at 7:30 p.m.; April 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and April 21 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available online and range from $5 for students to $10 for members of the public.

Saturday, April 20 – TEDxUMN
Ten U of M-affiliated speakers—including students, staff, faculty and alumni—will present and discuss advancements from all corners of the U on Saturday, April 20 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

The theme of this year’s event is "Where do we go from here?" Discussions will revolve around the latest advancements in research, business, politics, environmental issues and education, where these new discoveries will lead us, and how we should implement them.

Speakers and topics include:

  • William Durfee, "Robots That Make You Stronger: Assistive Robotics"
  • Adam Moen, "Choices, Suicide, and Apple Cores: Understanding the Purpose and Meaning Gap"
  • Emily Cassidy, "Meat’ing Future Food Demands"
  • Christiaan Greer, "Mental Health Care Delivery in the 21st Century"
  • Krystal Rampalli, "Medical Tourism: Your Health Can Now be Outsourced"
  • David Ernst, "Open Textbooks and Access to Higher Education"
  • John Moravec, "Rise of Knowmads - Individuals Whose Skill Sets Allow Them to Quickly Adapt to Changing Work Environments and Challenges"
  • Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, "Climate Change, Capitalism, and What's Next"
  • Jamie Millard, "Don’t Ask For Permission"
  • Walid Issa, "Entrusting Our Future to Our Youth: Crowdsourcing for a Better Tomorrow"

This event is open to the public. Tickets range from $15 to $35 and may be purchased online.

Monday, April 22 - Competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing
Since 2000, manufacturing employment in the U.S. has plummeted. Why is this happening, and how does it relate to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing? What roles do wages, transportation costs, environmental regulation and imports play?

A roundtable discussion will consider these questions and more, and will take place April 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the University Hall at McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis. Thomas J. Holmes, University of Minnesota Department of Economics, and Chad Syverson, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will provide presentations. 

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. It is sponsored by the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute and moderated by Zenas Hutcheson, HHEI Advisory Board Member and senior managing director, Vesbridge Partners, LLC.

Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24 - Trauma, Faith and Healing in the Community: Conversations with South Africa's Tutu Sisters
The University of Minnesota’s Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center will host public discussions April 23 and 24 – including one on-campus – with the daughters of renowned South African social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

"Trauma, Faith and Healing in the Community: Conversations with South Africa's Tutu Sisters" features Rev. Mpho Tutu, race and gender activist Naomi Tutu and researcher Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe. Attendees will learn how faith, consensus-building and communal reconciliation can heal community spirit. 

Both events are free and open to the public: April 23 at 6 p.m., Shiloh Temple International Ministries, 1201 W. Broadway Ave. N., Minneapolis; and April 24 at 2 p.m., Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

Wednesday, April 24 – Closing the Achievement Gap in Minnesota: Making a Difference with Leadership
The first in a series of policy breakfast events about closing Minnesota's achievement gap takes place April 24 at the Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:15 a.m; opening remarks are at 8 a.m.

The focus of the first breakfast, sponsored by the U’s College of Education and Human Development, is research showing it takes effective educational leaders to address the achievement gap and to support high quality classroom instruction. Karen Seashore and Kyla Wahlstrom, U professors and co-authors of the six-year, national study will be joined on the panel by:

  • Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Douglas Revsbeck, principal, St. Paul Harding High School
  • Carol McFarlane, former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Laura Bloomberg, director, U of M Center for Integrative Leadership, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Wednesday, April 24 – ‘Ivory Tower’ Literary Magazine Launch Party
The latest issue of the student-produced literary and arts magazine "Ivory Tower" is out and the staff and contributors are celebrating with a party April 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Whole Music Club, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 24 - Raise Your Voice: A Social Justice Recital Exploring Violence Against Women Through the Ages
A unique recital performance exploring issues of violence against women through the ages via art song, text, dance and staging takes place April 24 at 7:30 p .m. at the Stoll Thrust Theater at the Rarig Center, located on the U’s West Bank, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. 

Singers Laura Hynes, Beth Bayley, Elizabeth Windnagel, Sara Yoder and Lauren Feider will be joined by dancer Samantha Phillippi (the reigning Miss Minneapolis), guitarist Maja Radovanlija and pianist Mijin Choi.

Sponsored by the School of Music and the Aurora Center, the performance is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 25 - Robina Institute Annual Conference to Examine American Exceptionalism in Criminal Justice
The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice will hold its second annual conference, "American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment: Diagnoses and Solutions," April 25 at the University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Organized by U professors Kevin Reitz and Susanna Blumenthal, the all-day conference will bring scholars, legal practitioners and policymakers together to examine the phenomenon of American exceptionalism in criminal justice. The term "American exceptionalism" describes the tendency for U.S. policies to diverge sharply from other Western countries. For example, the United States has the world’s highest incarceration rate, has more severe racial and ethnic disparities throughout the system than other countries, and is the only Western country to impose capital punishment. 

Building on the research of speakers Nicola Lacey (Oxford University) and David Soskice (Duke University and London School of Economics), the conference will examine the causes of American exceptionalism and will compare U.S. criminal justice policies with those in other developed nations. It will also aim to develop proposals for how the U.S. system might be reformed moving forward.

The conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is available online.

Sunday, April 28 through Tuesday, April 30 – Minnesota State FFA convention
The 84th annual Minnesota State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention will bring more than 3,300 high school students to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, April 28-30.

Students will have a number of opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills, gain career and agricultural knowledge and to gather new ideas from prominent agricultural leaders and fellow FFA members.

A complete schedule of convention activities is available online.

Tuesday, April 30 – Competition for the ‘Golden Femur’
Nearly 600 juniors and seniors from 20 high schools across Minnesota will compete at the U of M on April 30 for the coveted Golden Femur award. As participants in "College in the Schools," a concurrent enrollment program between the University and Minnesota and Minnesota high schools, the students will show off their knowledge of public health issues through participation in a college-level human anatomy and physiology course.

Teams of students will present to judges via table-top displays on the relationships between food choices, obesity, and public health issues such as Type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis during the field day event, supported by a grant from the UCare Fund. Judges will award the Golden Femur to first-place winners. Second- and third-place finishers will be awarded the Silver Scapula and Bronze Ulna, respectively.

The all-day event, which starts at 9 a.m. in the Great Hall of Coffman Union, includes university speakers and other group activities on health, lifestyle and dietary choices. Students also have the opportunity to interact with students from urban, suburban and out-state schools.

The event is sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development, College in Schools and the UCare Fund.

Tuesday, April 30 – The Walpurgis Nacht
Walpurgis Nacht is an ancient festival celebrating the end of winter/darkness and the beginning of spring/light named after Saint Walpurga, canonized by the Catholic Church in 870.

A performance beginning at 8 p.m. on April 30 at the amphitheater between Anderson and Ferguson Hall on the U’s West Bank promises live music, giant puppets and possibly fire to welcome back the light. Sponsored by Theatre Arts and Dance and directed by U professor Michael Sommers, founder of Open Eye Puppet Theater, the event will take place rain or shine.

No reservations are necessary, and the event is free and open to the public.

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