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Zoe Daniels, Stand-up Comedian. 2011 and 2015

Zoe Daniels was born and bred in Minnesota then took a roundabout route to find her fortune in Canada. She’s a graduate of Columbia College Chicago + Second City’s Comedy Studies program (Spring ’09) and the co-creator of the NXNE ’12 improv show Road Trip Mixtape. While living in Montreal, she performed countless shows at […]

Mark L. Winston, Scientist & Expert on Bees and Pollination. August 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Mark L. Winston is that rare individual, a scientist who can speak eloquently to the public. Recognized as one of the world’s leading expert on bees and pollination, Mark has had an illustrious career researching, teaching, writing and commenting on bees and agriculture, environmental issues and science policy. He […]

Dylan Ward, Producer of “An Autistic Life Through History”. July 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Dylan Ward speaks about his production in the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival, “An Autistic Life Through History“.

The Effects of Multicultural Education on Elementary School Children in Korea. Hyang Eun Kim, July 15, 2015

The Effects of Multicultural Education on Elementary School Children in Korea July 15, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop A talk by Hyang Eun Kim, Dept. of Social Welfare at Kosin University, South Korea Download: audio, small video, original. There has been a long history of acceptance that Korea consists of people of the […]

Shawny Anderson, Director of Justice, Community and Leadership. July 9, 2015

Download: audio, small video, original. Shawny Anderson is Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at St. Mary’s College of California. Since January 2002 (with a few breaks in between) Shawny has taken Jan Term trips that are now loosely connected under the title “DIRT.” DIRT stands for Dismantle, Immerse, Reflect, Transform. The DIRT trips have sent […]

Sharon Day, Director of the Indigenous People’s Task Force. July 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Sharon Day, Ojibwe, is executive director of the Indigenous People’s Task Force. Sharon is 2nd degree Midewin and follows the spiritual path of the Anishinaabe people; part of her spiritual practice is to care for water. In 2003 Sharon Day, Josephine Madamin and other Anishinaabe women began Mother Earth […]

Kate Brauman, Water Scientist at IonE. July 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Kate Brauman is the lead scientist for the Global Water Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, where she studies the coupled interaction of land-use change and water resources. Kate brings together the study of hydrology and plant-water relations with economics and policy to explore the […]

Ryland Angel, Countertenor and Composer, with Ann Waltner, Prof. of History. July 2, 2015

Download: audio, small video, original. Ryland Angel describes the beginnings of creating The Call, which began in the 2015 Spring semester at the Institute for Advanced Study. The project is headed up by Ryland Angel, Ann Waltner, and Nels Cline.

Robert Wallace, Evolutionary Biologist, on Agroeconomics of Disease. July 1, 2015

Download: audio, small video, original. Robert Wallace is an evolutionary biologist and public health phylogeographer, presently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. His blog, Farming Pathogens, follows agriculture, infections, evolution, ecological resilience, dialectical biology, and the practice of science. His current work explores the evolution and economics […]

Jonathon Wells, Artist and Geologist, on his Photo-geologic Composites. June 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Trained as both a fine art photographer and as a geologist, Jonathon Wells describes his work as an embodiment of his commitment to “fostering dialog about human interaction with the earth through surface/subsurface photo-geologic composites.” His process of creating these photo-geologic composites is both an artistic and investigatory process. […]

Patrick Hamilton, Global Change Initiatives, Science Museum of MN. June 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Patrick Hamilton, Director of Global Change Initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota, develops projects that explore the challenges and opportunities of humanity as the dominant agent of global change. In recent years, these projects have included Water: H2O = Life, an international traveling exhibition developed in partnership with […]

Eva Hudecova, Co-translator of “Danube in America”, May 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Eva Hudecova is a Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, and a co-translator of Slovak author Michal Hvorecký’s novel “Danube in America”. She also spoke about the collaborative translation project in a discussion in April 2015.

Hyang Eun Kim, Prof. of Social Welfare, with Alex Lubet, Prof. of Music. May 14, 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Hyang Eun Kim is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Welfare at Kosin University in Busan, South Korea. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Development from Korea University and was a 2010-11 Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Psychology, sponsored by Dr. […]

The Future of History: Would You Like Fries with That? A talk by Steve Elliott, MNHS. May 7, 2015.

The Future of History: Would You Like Fries with That? Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 4:00pm Northrop — Best Buy Theater Free and open to the public Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. Steve Elliott is Director of the Minnesota Historical Society. Prior to his Minnesota appointment, Elliott […]

Darlene St. Clair, Prof. of American Indian Studies. May 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Darlene St. Clair is Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at St. Cloud State University, which provides services and resources for students, faculty and community members to research, teach about, and broaden their knowledge of historically excluded racial and ethnic groups of color in the United States. She is […]

Spirituality After Darwin. Bron Taylor, Religion, University of Florida, April 30, 2015.

Spirituality After Darwin: ‘Dark Green’ Nature Religion and the Future of Religion and Nature Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 4:00pm Northrop — Best Buy Theater The Roetzel Family Lecture in Religious Studies. Free and open to the public. Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. New religions come and […]

Bron Taylor, Prof. of Religion, on Dark Green Nature Religion. April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Bron Taylor is Professor of Religion, Nature, and Environmental Ethics at the University of Florida, and a Carson Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich Germany. His research involves both ethnographic and historical methods, and much of it focuses on grassroots environmental movements, their […]

Warrior Mothers and Immunity Moms: Motherhood, Neoliberalism, and Autism. Jigna Desai, April 27, 2015

Warrior Mothers and Immunity Moms: Motherhood, Neoliberalism, and Autism Monday, April 27, 2015, at Noon Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room (240) A talk by Jigna Desai, Professor of Gender, Women, & Sexuality and Asian American Studies Download: audio, small video, or original. Q&A Download: audio, small video, or original. When the measles outbreak in Disneyland […]

Image as Levee: the Mississippi River before Mark Twain. Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, April 23, 2015.

Image as Levee: the Mississippi River before Mark Twain Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 4:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room (240) A presentation by Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. In the first half of the nineteenth century—decades before Mark Twain’s first […]

Disruption and Containment: Thinking about Tanyangzi in Comparative Perspective. Ann Waltner, History

Disruption and Containment: Thinking about Tanyangzi in Comparative Perspective Tuesday, April 21, 2015, from 4:30-5:45pm 140 Nolte Center The Religious Studies Program Annual Faculty Lecture, by Professor Ann Waltner, History Download: audio, small video, or original. Q&A Download: audio, small video, or original. Religious women are often disruptive: They may violate gender norms by refusing […]

Emma Marris, Writer, April 2015

Download: small video, audio, or original. Emma is a writer based in Klamath Falls, Oregon whose work focuses on complex intersections between conservation, ecology, energy, agriculture, food, language, books and film. Her stories help us understand how to increase the flourishing of both humanity and the rest of the planet’s species, and how to move […]

Day Two: Experiencing Mass Images. Jennifer Roberts, April 17, 2015

Day Two: Experiencing Mass Images Friday, April 17, at Noon Center for Early Modern History 1210 Heller Hall Day two of the conference on Experiencing Mass Images. This talk may be viewed upon U of M login. Currency as Metaprinting: the Case of Benjamin Franklin Jennifer Roberts, Art History, Harvard Scholars and numismatists of colonial […]

Day One: Experiencing Mass Images. Thursdays at Four, April 16, 2015.

Day One: Experiencing Mass Images Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4:00pm Northrop — Best Buy Theater Day one of the conference on Experiencing Mass Images. The talks and Q&A may be viewed upon UMN login. The Beginnings of Mass Visual Culture in the United States Michael Leja, Art History, U Penn Albert Newsam, “Lithography–P. S. Duval,” […]

Neoliberal Policy Reform and Food Security in West Africa. William Moseley, April 2015

Neoliberal Policy Reform, Rural Livelihoods, and Urban Food Security in West Africa: A Comparative Study of the Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali April 13, 2015, at 12:00 noon Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop A talk by William Moseley, Geography, Macalester, with comments by Tracey Deutsch, History; Emily Hoover, Horticulture; and Rachel Schurman, Sociology. Download: audio, […]

Michal Hvorecký, Writer, April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Michal Hvorecký, born in 1976, is a writer, translator and director of the library at the Goethe Institute in Bratislava. He has published several books, including Dunaj v Amerike (Danube in America) in 2010, which has been translated to English in collaboration with Profs. Eva Hudecová (U Minnesota – […]

Conevery Valencius, Professor of History, April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Conevery Valencius is Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she writes and teaches about U.S. environmental history, the history of science and medicine, and the American Civil War. Her recent projects have focused on the history of earthquakes and seismology, the history of the […]

Resilience and Sustainability of the River in an Era of Climate Change. Thursdays at Four, April 9, 2015.

Panel on Resilience and Sustainability of the River in an Era of Climate Change Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:00pm Northrop — Best Buy Theater River as Water. Part of the Sawyer Seminar Spring Symposium. Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. Resilience has emerged in the past few […]

Sawyer Seminar Symposium. April 8-10, 2015

The Once and Future River: Imagining the Mississippi in an Era of Climate Change April 8-10, 2015 The John E. Sawyer Seminar Spring Symposium. Free & open to the public. The Mississippi River is one of the best-known American landscapes, accessible through the writings of Mark Twain and imagery from painters and photographers for more […]

More than the Mississippi: the river as ‘here’, with Jim Rock and Sharon Day. April 8, 2015

More than the Mississippi: the river as ‘here’ Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 7:00pm Best Buy Theater, Northrop Featured speakers: Jim Rock and Sharon Day. Download: audio, small video, or original. The Mississippi is a river burdened by its history. The shadows cast by the writings of Mark Twain and celebratory accounts of westward movement […]

Christopher Morris, Professor of History, April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Christopher Morris lives in Dallas, Texas, and is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author of two books, Becoming Southern: The Evolution of a Way of Life, Warren County and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1770-1860, and The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the […]

Richard Mizelle, Professor of History, April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Richard Mizelle is Professor of History at the University of Houston. His research explores the historical borders and overlap between questions of race, environment, technology, and health in modern America. His book Backwater Blues: The 1927 Mississippi River Flood and the African American Imagination (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), […]

Women of Civil Rights Unionism. Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Women of Civil Rights Unionism: Organizing the Movement for the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in the Mid-1920s Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 4:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room (240) A staged reading of a play based on a community history project on the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters who worked and lived in the […]

Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster and African American Experiences. March 31, 2015

Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster and African American Experiences Tuesday, March 31, at 4:00pm 1210 Heller Hall Panel with Saje Mathieu, History; David Pellow, Sociology; Elliott Powell, American Studies; and Richard Mizelle, History, University of Houston (via Skype). Download: audio, small video, or original. What can studies of environment tell us about African American experiences? In […]

Michael Linick, Researcher at RAND Corp., March 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Michael Linick is a retired Army Colonel with extensive experience in the areas of understanding and managing change in force structure, in force development and equipping processes, in understanding the Army as an institution, and in linking strategy to force requirements and capabilities. Key positions included managing the Army’s […]

Strategy and Global Politics, Thursdays at Four, March 26, 2015.

Strategy and Global Politics Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 4:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room (240) Discussion with Michael Linick and Ronald Krebs. Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. Michael Linick is a retired Army Colonel with extensive experience in the areas of understanding and managing change in […]

Leslie Morris, Professor of German & Jewish Studies, March 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Leslie Morris is Professor in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, specializing in 20th- & 21st-century German & Austrian literature & poetry as well as Jewish studies. In Spring 2015, she is a residential faculty fellow at the IAS.

Emily Apter, French & Comparative Literature, New York University. Thursdays at Four, March 12, 2015

Not Translated, Non-Equivalent, Incommensurate: Rethinking the Units of Comparison in Comparative Literature Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 4:00pm Northrop — Crosby Seminar Room (240) A talk by Emily Apter, French & Comparative Literature, NYU. Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. In her book Against World Literature: On the […]

The Ukraine Conflict: Contested Past, Contested Present. March 5, 2015.

The Ukraine Conflict: Contested Past, Contested Present Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 4:00pm 1210 Heller Hall Part of a three-day conference by the IAS Collaborative Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in post-Stalinist Europe. Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. John-Paul Himka, University of Alberta: “The […]

The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe. John-Paul Himka, March 4, 2015

Bringing the Past Back to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 7:30pm Best Buy Theater, Northrop The beginning of a three-day conference by the IAS Collaborative Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in post-Stalinist Europe. Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, […]

Contested Past, Contested Present: Social Memories and Human Rights in Post-Communist Europe. March 4-6, 2015

Contested Past, Contested Present: Social Memories & Human Rights in Post-Communist Europe A conference organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence Collaborative Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30pm Best Buy Theater, Northrop “Bringing the Past Back to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe” Keynote Lecture by John-Paul Himka (University of Alberta). Welcome: Barbara […]