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April 22, 2012
An essential method of understanding decision making in economics, game theory is at the very core of this discipline. ECON 4109H is an absolute must for serious economics students. Taught by Professor Itai Sher, this course gives special focus to wars of attrition, games of timing, and bargaining applications in industrial organization, macroeconomics, and international economics. 30 seats are reserved for University Honors Program students. Prerequisites include ECON 3101 and 3102 and MATH 1271 and 1272. Full course details.
Apply to be a Special Projects Volunteer at The Aurora Center, an organization that provides a safe and confidential space for University members who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking. Initial training is Friday, May 18th from noon–6 pm (location TBA). Job description, application, and recommendation forms can be found on The Aurora Center's webpage or by contacting .
The Learning Abroad Center is hosting an information session on teaching opportunities around the world. Former and current teachers will share their own stories and approaches for finding teaching positions. Wednesday, 4 pm, 110 Heller Hall. More info.
The Rothenberger Institute is hiring Undergraduate Teaching Assistants for our undergraduate wellness courses: Alcohol & College Life (ACL); Sleep, Eat & Exercise (SEE); and (our newest course) Success Over Stress (SOS). Search requisition number 177345 on the UMN employment site.
Monday, 11:30 am, 25 Mondale Hall: Professor Dale Carpenter (Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, U of M Law School) will discuss and sign his new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas: How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans. Lunch will be provided. RSVP required to . More info.
Tuesday, 11:30 am–1 pm, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School: The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School will host a panel to discuss how states can best handle the challenges of disputed elections. More info.
Tuesday, 5 pm, 135 Nicholson: This Japanese stop-action animated feature film (released in 2005) explores the boundaries between religious devotion and sexual passion as experienced by a young woman of the Japanese imperial court in the 8th century. It's a must-see for students and faculty interested in Buddhism and Religious Studies. Join us! We'll provide the popcorn and sodas! More info.
Tuesday, 6 pm, Honeywell Auditorium, CSOM: Written in an engaging, narrative style, Good Derivatives will be of interest to both practitioners and general readers who want to better understand the creative process of financial innovation. In the middle of so much distrust of markets, it is also a recipe for how transparent, well-regulated markets can be a force for good in the environmental, health, and social areas. More info.
Wednesday, 9 am–3 pm, Coffman Front Lawn: Stop by for information and resources to reduce the stigma of mental illness and educate the campus community about mental health resources available on campus—and get a free t-shirt! Demonstration and spoken word performances at noon. More info.
Wednesday, 9–10:30 am, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School: Jan Malcolm, chief executive officer of Courage Center, presents "The Cost of Gridlock: Minnesota's creeping healthcare crisis." More info.
Wednesday, 7–9 pm, The Whole Music Club, Coffman Memorial Union: Ivory Tower is leaping off the press and into your waiting hands on April 25. Throughout the year we've sparked conversation and interaction in our University community, and the launch party will be the commemorating flame. We'll celebrate this year's outstanding Ivory Tower contributors with readings from authors, displayed artwork from the magazine, live music, and food. More info.
Wednesday, 7–8:30 pm, 175 Willey: In the IMA Public Lecture, Jeffrey Rosenthal, a professor of statistics at the University of Toronto and author of the best-selling book Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities, will offer a unique perspective on probabilities as he delves into an entertaining exploration of the nature of coincidence. More info.
Wednesday, 3:35 pm, 131 Physics: Physics and Astronomoy Colloquim. MIT's Professor Mildred Dresselhaus presents "My 50-year Adventures with Carbon." More info.
Thursday, 12:30 pm, 207a Lind: PhD candidate Katie Robison and MFAs Sarah Fox and Mary Feng Chen will read to celebrate the publication of their books. Chen's debut collection of poetry, Butcher's Tree, was recently published by Black Ocean Press. Robison just published her novel for young adults, Downburst (Quil Books, Inc.), and is working toward a PhD in medieval and early modern literature. Fox's second collection of poetry, The First Flag, will be published in spring 2013 by Coffee House Press, and her third, Mother Substance, is also forthcoming. Light refreshments served. More info.
Thursday, 3 pm, U Bookstore, Coffman Memorial Union: Danish-born author Peter Adolphsen will discuss his book Machine. More info.
Thursday, 4 pm, 125 Nolte: Anthropologists Karen Ho and Hannah Chadeayne Appel take a look at the Occupy Wall Street Movement. More info.
Thursday, 4 pm, University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center: The Institute for Health Informatics welcomes Dr. Latanya Sweeney, director and founder of Harvard's Digital Privacy Lab, for its Distinguished Lectureship Series. More info.
Thursday, 5–6:30 pm, 150 Tate Lab of Physics (Van Vleeck Auditorium): Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, winner of the 2012 Enric Fermi Award, presents "The Promise of Nanomaterials for Thermoelectric Applications." More info.
Thursday, 8 pm, Whole Music Club, Coffman Memorial Union: Dylan Hicks is a U of M alum who found success not only as a musician, but also as a writer. His first novel, Boarded Windows, is published this spring by Coffee House Press. His forthcoming album, Sings Bolling Greene, is a companion piece to his novel and will also be issued early in May. Hear what he has to say about his music and his writings, as interviewed by local musician James Everest. Co-presented with the Whole Music Club and Radio K. More info.
Friday, 3:30–5:00 pm, 1-132 CSOM: The University of Arizona's Jenann Ismnael presents "Why Causal Structure is More Basic than Global Laws." More info.
Friday, 4 pm, 120 Nicholson: Professor Elizabeth Belfiore (Classical and Near Eastern Studies; Philosophy) discusses her recent work on Socrates and Eros.
Friday, 5 pm, InFlux Auditorium, Regis Center for Art: Opening reception for the BFA art show. Reception follows from 6–8 pm in the Regis lobby. Among the artists featured are UHP students Caitlin Reynolds, Jill Burchill, Brandi Freitas, and Amanda Rezutek.
Friday, 6pm, Bierman Athletic Fields: 9th annual Relay For Life Hosted by Colleges Against Cancer, Relay For Life is a unique celebration of life in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer while raising money for research and programs for your American Cancer Society (ACS). Register here.
Friday, 7 pm, Como Planetarium, 780 West Wheelock Parkway, St. Paul: Enjoy a magical evening that blends stars and songs. "The Moon Belongs to Everyone" is a journey in space and song, covering the many ways American pop culture turns its attention skyward. Local astronomer Parke Kunkle will lead a tour of the stars while singer Maud Hixson and guitarist Dean Magraw perform. Cost: $10 for all seats, registration required. Purchase tickets online or call 612-624-9050.
Opens Saturday and runs through Sunday, May 6: Theatre Unbound presents an all-female production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at The Lowry Lab Theater, 350 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102. Pay-what-you-can performances on Thursday, April 26 and Thursday, May 3. More info.
by Billy Collins
I am the third one
from the left in the third row.
The girl I have been in love with
since the 5th grade is just behind me
to the right, the one with the bangs.
The boy who pushes me down
in the playground
is the last one on the left in the top row.
And my friend Paul is the second one
in the second row, the one
with his collar sticking out, next to the teacher.
But that's not all—
if you look carefully you can see
our house in the background
with its porch and its brick chimney
and up in the clouds
you can see the faces of my parents,
and over there, off to the side,
Superman is balancing
a green car over his head with one hand.