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A weekly digest of updates, opportunities, and events for UHP students
October 19, 2014
Our first Pie with Professors event of the semester will be held this Thursday from 6–7:30pm in Middlebrook Hall's Terrace Room. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of your professors outside the classroom, so come share your ideas and a slice of pie! All UHP students are welcome.
Join us for the next installment of fridays@noon! Kieran McCabe, a University Honors Program senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering, is president of Gopher Motorsports, which builds open-wheel sports cars for the Formula SAE competition. Friday, 12:15pm, 169 Mechanical Engineering (please note the new location!). Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!
The University Honors Student Association is excited to announce that it will be partnering with Minneapolis Public Schools in a brand new tutoring program, exclusively for UHP Students. Ramsey Middle School is located in South Minneapolis, and they are focused on getting students excited to go into STEM fields. They offer many classes specifically on STEM topics, and want talented U of M Honors students to assist in their classrooms. You don't have to be studying a STEM discipline to join the program. This is a fantastic opportunity to serve the community surrounding the U of M, as Minneapolis has one of the largest achievement gaps in the country. Minneapolis Public Schools knows UHP students are bright, and wants to capture their enthusiasm by bringing them into Ramsey Middle School. Additionally, this opportunity will count as a non-course honors experience, so there's an added bonus. If this sounds like it's for you, please RSVP for the Information Session to be held on October 30th at 4:30 pm in the Middlebrook Hall Terrace Room. Questions? Please send them to
Are you a sophomore with a cause? The Mount Vernon Fellows program is a new summer opportunity for rising juniors. Selected students will spend five weeks at the George Washington Presidential Library near Washington D.C. next summer building leadership skills and developing tools for public service. Contact the for more information.
Are you looking for a growth opportunity that will set you apart in terms of leadership and interpersonal skills? Do you want to develop as a leader and get paid for it? Orientation & First-Year Programs is now recruiting students to be 2015 Orientation Leaders! Further details, including required qualifications, info sessions, and an online application, can be found on the OFYP website.
If you would like to learn more about how a graduate degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs can prepare you for a lifetime of impact, consider attending the Humphrey Preview Day on Saturday, November 1 from 8:30am–2pm in the HHH building. During this half-day event, attendees will learn about the school's five master’s degrees in public policy, urban and regional planning, and international development, as well as science, technology, and environmental policy.
ISSS is currently looking for undergraduate students to apply for the Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat, to be held on Friday, November 7 from 5–9pm and Saturday, November 8 from 9am–5pm. This interactive, high-energy retreat is for undergraduate students who want to become more effective in international environments. Participants start friendships with people from all over the world and discover their own leadership potential. A cutting edge cross-cultural leadership model, Personal Leadership, will be used to develop participants' cross-cultural skillset that is needed for professional and personal lives in the 21st century. Space is limited and you must apply online by noon on Monday, October 27. Questions? Email or call 612-624-7381.
Monday, 6pm, 100 Rapson: During the last two hundred years, architectural toys have echoed full-scale experimentations, reflecting stylistic inclinations and incorporating technological changes in their "systems of construction." Designed by adults for children, these toys—Froebel Blocks, Meccano, Erector Sets and others—have presented an intersection between generations and a meeting point between pedagogy and means of production. This lecture explores how lightness of building materials, modularity, systematization, and greater versatility were parts of a new architectural language that the toys exemplified. In the intimacy of the domestic environment, architectural toys eradicated formal habits, re-conceived visual orders, and hence intimated notions of the modern. More info.
Tuesday, 5pm, Amundsen 240: Pre-Law Society is proud to host Steve Wolfe from Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS). Steve will be coming in to offer his perspective on Legal Aid. SMRLS is a Legal Aid organization charged with serving low-income residents of Southern Minnesota and the East Metro with legal problems. SMRLS helps with a variety of cases, including those involving housing, government benefits, family law, and immigration issues. Steve has spent 20+ years as a Legal Aid attorney and currently manages SMRLS’s largest office in Downtown St. Paul.
Tuesday, 7pm, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis: Drawing on his work for the Einstein Papers Project and his collaborations with scholars at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin, Michel Janssen will explain, in layperson's terms, the scientific methodology behind the spectacular successes of the young Einstein (special and general relativity and early contributions to quantum theory). He will then show how some of Einstein's personal experiences during World War I played a key role in making the older Einstein adopt a very different methodology, one no longer driven by empirical data but by mathematical elegance. This Café Scientifique promises to be an entertaining mix of history, philosophy, and physics. Tickets $5–7. More info.
Wednesday, 6–8pm, Regis Center: Beth Grossman's social practice revolves around using art and the creative process to advocate creatively, empower leadership, and build community. In her project, The Law of Seeds, showcased at the Nash Gallery, Grossman considers the question, "Can Art influence Policy?" She lobbied her local City Council in Brisbane, California to adopt this Seed Bill of Rights as a proclamation, setting an important precedent for other cities. Grossman will share a brief survey of her participatory art and performance projects that interact with government. The story of The Law of Seeds will serve as a sample methodology for "the art of influencing government with art." More info.
Wednesday, 4:30pm, 235 Blegen: Fran Quigley, Professor of Law at Indiana University, will discuss his new book How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: The Activists, the Lawyers, and the Grassroots Movement. Quigley looks at the post-earthquake work of the human rights movement in Haiti as it addressed the cholera epidemic, post-earthquake housing, rape crises, the Jean-Claude Duvalier prosecution, among other human rights emergencies in Haiti. Event is organized by Haiti Justice Alliance and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program.
Wednesday, 5pm, Memorial Hall, McNamara: In "The Road Ahead," John Coleman, new dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will articulate the agenda that will drive the forward momentum of CLA in the years ahead. Following his presentation, Dean Coleman will be joined by State Senator Scott Dibble, MinnPost CEO and Editor Joel Kramer, Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May (American studies), and Professor John Wright (African American & African studies and English) to tackle Big Questions. They'll kick off this new series asking, "Is the widely-held belief that society is becoming more polarized based in fact, or simply a matter of perception?" RSVP is requested.
Thursday, 4pm, 3-100 Mayo: Students, faculty, and staff are invited to enjoy pizza and watch the film Gen Silent. This award-winning documentary is the first film to examine the challenges faced by older GLBT adults as they navigate the healthcare system. After the film, there will be a group discussion led by Stef Wilenchek, director of the GLBTA Programs Office, and Judith Katz, regional academic adviser in the Department of English and the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. The event is free and open to all, but advance registration is requested.
Thursday, 5:30pm, 100 Rapson: The Design Student and Alumni Board invites you to attend an upcoming film screening of the documentary The Tents, the first ever behind-the-scenes look at NY Fashion Week, including a history of how it all began in the early 1990s. After the film, stay for a conversation with alumna Kayna Hobbs, Assistant Ready to Wear Patternmaker at J. Mendel, to hear her fashion week experiences. More info.
Thursday, 7pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall: The evening's program will be highlighted by composers Alan Hovhaness, Ronald Lo Presti, Charles Rochester Young, and John Philip Sousa. More info.
Thursday, 7:30pm, 120 Andersen Library: According to an ancient Greek legend, chickens found by the side of the road turned the tide in a conflict that may have saved Western civilization. With its mild taste and uniform texture, chicken offers a blank canvas for the flavor palette of almost any cuisine. The globe-spanning chicken is an epic story of evolutionary, agricultural, and culinary success, outnumbering human beings on the planet by nearly three to one. Chicken is the ubiquitous food of our era, crossing multiple cultural boundaries with ease. How did the chicken achieve such cultural and culinary dominance? Find out with 2014 award-winning author Andrew Lawler, who will talk about the research for his forthcoming book, Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization. Reserve your seat now!
Friday, 1–9pm, 120 Andersen Library: A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, poet John Berryman taught at the University of Minnesota from 1955 until his death in 1972. This conference will celebrate Berryman’s life and work. Over the course of three days, the conference will include readings featuring local and national poets, a panel discussion with Berryman’s former students, and seminars discussing academic papers on Berryman and more. Free and open to the public! Registration required. — More information and a full conference schedule.
Friday, 7pm, Bell Museum: The Sustainability Education department is excited to announce a film screening of Growing Cities, a film about urban farming in America. Preceding the film, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from Urban Ventures and Gardening Matters. These Minneapolis organizations focus on combating urban poverty and supporting urban community gardens, respectively. More info.
Friday, 7:30pm, Kilburn Theatre, Rarig: Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the explosive reunion of an Oklahoma family is presented by the BFA Sophomore Company in the intimate Kilburn Theatre. More info.
Friday, 9pm–1am, 1219 University Ave. SE: Students Against Hunger and the Wesley Foundation are teaming up again to offer the biggest haunted house ever seen at the U of M! Now held in the lower levels of the historic University Baptist Church, the experience will be bigger and better than ever! Admission is $5, and all proceeds will fund a November meal-packaging session to benefit Kids Against Hunger. More info.