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The Weekly News

A weekly digest of updates, opportunities, and events for UHP students

March 1, 2015

Honors News

FRIDAYS@NOON: Brass Quintet, Guitar Ensemble

Join us for the next FRIDAYS@NOON, this Friday at 12:15pm in 240 Northrop. Honors music students Alec Paquin and Todd Peterson will lead a brass quintet in a program including "Fugue Contrapunus #1" (from Bach's renowned The Art of Fugue), "The Colchester Fantasy" by Ewazen, and perhaps something by your favorite pop group! Also performing will be a guitar ensemble led by a FRIDAYS@NOON veteran, UHP senior Tyler Tracy. The ensemble's program will be announced at the performance. Refreshments will be served and you're welcome to bring a bag lunch. See you there!

UHP Research Series

Does undergraduate research seem like a daunting proposition? Not sure where to begin? Join us on Monday, March 9th from 3:30–5:30pm in 240 Northrop for the first event in the UHP Research Series. Our panel of experienced faculty and advisors are here to share their expertise, tips, and tricks on all things research! Faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines and perspectives will be present and ready to answer your research-related questions. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome, so bring a friend! Reserve your seat here.

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Other News and Opportunities

Sixth Annual English Undergraduate Conference

The sixth annual English Undergraduate Conference will include a session with English alums talking about their career paths, a special noon program on publishing careers, and many terrific presentations by current English majors, both creative and academic. The conference will be held on April 16–17 on the 4th floor of Walter Library, and conference submissions are due by March 30. For more information and submissions guidelines, visit the English website.

MPP and MURP Information Session

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is offering a joint info session on their Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) programs, this Thursday from 12–1pm in 215 HHH. The session will cover the basics of the program, including the admissions process. Questions will be welcome! More info.

AmeriCorps VISTA Position in North Minneapolis

Looking for an opportunity to serve in north Minneapolis, promote community partnerships, and support a healing movement? Apply to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center with their Trauma Recovery Project (TRP). The TRP’s goal is to build on the critical wisdom, knowledge and experiences of communities, develop solutions to challenging issues of mental health in an urban context and pair that wisdom with university, research-based evidence. More info & application.

Student Jobs with SMART Learning Commons

The SMART Learning Commons is hiring experienced Math and Chemistry students to serve as Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) facilitators in MATH 1031/1051 and CHEM 10151061 for fall 2015. The PAL program provides academic support through student-led peer learning sessions in select courses at the University of Minnesota. PAL facilitators do not teach; instead, they engage students in discussions/activities that promote a deeper understanding of course concepts. PAL facilitators use small group/pair work to encourage students to verbalize and expand on their thinking and to share it with the larger class. Facilitators plan learning activities that break down complex concepts into smaller parts and in easily accessible formats, such as diagrams and charts. They prepare practice sheets of problems that reflect the content of the week's lectures. Facilitators pose challenging questions and encourage students to consult their notes or textbooks for clarification. Students share study strategies, predict exam questions, and prepare answers to questions from lectures under the guidance of an experienced and accomplished peer. Being a PAL facilitator provides an opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, including the ability to self-reflect, work collaboratively with others, and think broadly about the learning process. More info.

Mini Medical School: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

For its 32nd session, Mini Medical School continues to explore how researchers and clinicians in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center (AHC) are advancing what we know about health. From common health issues to the most complex medical mysteries, the U of M is making an impact across Minnesota and around the world. This spring, Mini Medical School faculty will reflect on the evolution of early detection and prevention methods, examine the impact of health disparities in cardiovascular disease, share how pharmacists are changing the way we maintain heart health, explore how stem cells are advancing cardiac regeneration, and show the impact that looking inside the heart has on advancing new devices and therapies. The series runs on Monday evenings in the month of March from 6–8:30pm and is held in 2-650 Moos Tower. Registration is $65 for students. More info.

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Campus and Community Events

Monday: Charles Baxter Reading & Discussion

Monday, 4pm, U Bookstore, Coffman: Charles Baxter (author and Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing) will discuss his new book There’s Something I Want You to Do: Stories This collection of stories showcases Baxter's unique ability to unveil the remarkable in the seemingly inconsequential moments of an eerie yet familiar life. Set in Minneapolis, There’s Something I Want You to Do delves into the private lives of the characters while exploring their fears, fantasies, and obsessions in ten inter-related stories that are held together by an intricate web of cause and effect. More info.

Tuesday: The Lives of Chang and Eng

Tuesday, 4pm, 207A Lind: Joseph Andrew Orser (History and English, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire) is the author of The Lives of Chang and Eng: Siam’s Twins in Nineteenth Century America, a cultural biography of the famous conjoined twins and the large families they raised in rural North Carolina. The book explores what their fame reveals about the changing racial and cultural landscape of the United States, but also the ways in which evolving discourses of physical difference shaped the experiences of these two brothers, their wives, and their 21 children. More info.

Tuesday: EF! The Musical Opens in Rarig

Tuesday, 7:30pm, Nolte Xperimental Theatre, Rarig: The environmental activism organization, Earth First! (EF!) has been at the forefront of the direct action movement to save the planet since the 1980s. With the slogan, "No compromise in defense of Mother Earth," EF!'s most visible actions have included tree-sits, road blockades, and activists chained. With a recycled cardboard old growth forest set, choreographed zip-lining and campfire smoke, EF! The Musical will blend the seemingly disparate worlds of primitivist environmental action with the grandiose American musical tradition. Through this unpredictable marriage of content and form, EF! The Musical will ask audiences to personally consider the impact and implications of a "No Compromise" stance to save the planet. More info.

Wednesday: Crime in 113 Features Swedish Film

Wednesday, 5:30pm, 113 Folwell: Crime in 113, a six-part series of detective movies from the North of Europe, kicks off on Wednesday with a film from Sweden, The Hidden Child. In a chest in the attic, Erika Falck finds an old Nazi medal that her mother had kept hidden away. She can’t stop thinking about the discovery, and goes to see an elderly history teacher, hoping that he can answer her questions about the medal and about wartime. Two days later he is found beaten to death. Patrik Hedström is on paternity leave; will he be able to stay away from the case, which has links to Erika’s family history? All films shown with English subtitles. Light refreshments served. More info.

Thursday: The Ukraine Conflict—Contested Past, Contested Present

Thursday, 4pm, 1210 Heller: The world’s attention has not been far from Ukraine since the eruption of violence in 2013. Three Ukraine experts will contextualize this delicate regional conflict, which is unfolding amidst the minefields laid down by the interests of global super powers. This event is part of a three-day conference sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study's Collaborative on Reframing Mass Violence. The collaborative explores the particular developments and transnational entanglements of social memories in societies revisiting their legacies of dictatorship, state terror, and grave human rights violations. More info.

Thursday: Is America Still the Land of Opportunity?

Thursday, 5:30pm, University Hall, McNamara: Is upward mobility a thing of the past? Is the middle class shrinking? Is the top 1% becoming more entrenched? Economists will use new data to tackle these questions and more at this Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute roundtable featuring Fatih Guvenen (Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota) and Raj Chetty (Bloomberg Professor of Economics, Harvard University), and moderated by Chris Farrell (Economics Journalist, Bloomberg Businessweek, Minnesota Public Radio, and Star Tribune). Event is free, but registration is required. More info.

Thursday: Sustainability Film Series—A Place at the Table

Thursday, 6:30pm, Bell Museum: The 5th annual Sustainability Film Series continues with A Place at the Table. Fifty million people in the US—one in four children—don't know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity, ultimately showing that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. Refreshments follow at 6:30pm. Film is free with Bell Museum admission. More info.

Thursday–Sunday: 7 Dwarfs

Thursday–Sunday, various times, Whiting Proscenium Stage, Rarig: Kevin Kling's 7 Dwarfs, directed by Michael Sommers, comes to life on the Whiting Proscenium stage this week. 7 Dwarfs turns the classic story on its head as Kling sets his play in a post-Snow White era and presents the story from the point of view of the dwarfs themselves. Student tickets are $6. More info.

Friday: Author as Designer—30 Years of Books by Steven McCarthy

Friday, 5pm, 210 Rapson: Since his MFA thesis project at Stanford University in 1985—a book object about people and their oldest possessions—University of Minnesota graphic design professor Steven McCarthy has created many books. He has designed publications for various clients, created artist’s books that are widely exhibited and collected, and written a commercial book that has received critical acclaim. His primary interest is in visual and literal narrative—the book’s ability to convey the artist’s and author’s content to readers. "Author as Designer: 30 Years of Books by Steven McCarthy" will display a lively variety of works by McCarthy, ranging from limited edition, handmade works printed on letterpress and desktop technologies to offset books that viewers can handle. More info.

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