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The Weekly News - Archive

January 23, 2018

Honors News

Reminder: Northrop Access During Super Bowl Week

Due to Super Bowl events and activities, there will be no student access to Northrop next week, from Monday, January 29th through Friday, February 2nd, 2018. In order to continue to serve the needs of our students:

  • Honors Advisors will be available in 101 Walter Library as follows: 8am–4:30pm on Monday 1/29; 8am–2pm on Tuesday 1/30; 8am–11am & 1pm–4pm on Wednesday 1/31. No appointment is necessary during this time; students will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have an emergency during this time, please contact your advisor to make other arrangements.
  • The front desk phone in the UHP Office (612-624-5522) will be monitored all week from 8am–4:30pm. Please call with questions or to schedule future appointments with your advisor.

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Other News and Opportunities

WorkArt Summer Fellowships in Germany

The WorkArt summer fellowship program in Germany is accepting applications for students interested in an immersive arts and culture experience abroad. The program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with a strong interest in art to gather valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector at one of Germany’s 300+ community-based nonprofit art associations and galleries (Kunstvereine). WorkArt offers unique insights into Germany’s art world, exhibiting and organizing art events, and cultural politics. WorkArt fellows also enjoy opportunities to develop social and professional networks in Europe as building blocks for future careers that revolve around the arts and arts management. The program is not a studio art program and students from any discipline are invited to apply by February 26th!

Minnesota Consulting Group Info Session

If you are interested in gaining consulting experience, join the Undergraduate Consulting Club this Thursday, Janaury 25th at 5:30pm in CSOM 2-233 for an information session on spring recruiting for the Minnesota Consulting Group; the UCC's practical consulting group. Snacks will be provided!

Jobs with ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring! ACR provides residential support to people with physical and developmental disabilities. Working with ACR is an opportunity for students who are interested in making a positive impact in their community and build their résumé. The job offers flexibility, up to $17.40/hr, paid training, and an employee transportation program for students without cars. Custom internships are available, as well as letters of recommendation from the CEO! Please contact Madison Duffy for more information and an application!

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Campus and Community Events

Tuesday: Where Race and Sports Intersect

Tuesday, 6pm, 130 Murphy: Race and sports have long crossed paths—from Muhammad Ali being stripped of the heavyweight boxing title after taking a stand against the Vietnam War to players’ "Hands Up Don't Shoot" protests following the death of Michael Brown. Today, numerous athletes have protested by kneeling during the national anthem, attracting support and opposition from all corners of America. As Minnesota prepares to host the Super Bowl, join The Minnesota Journalism Center, Twin Cities Black Journalists, and the Society of Professional Journalists for a panel of local sports journalists and athletes to discuss how race, culture and sports have intersected and how it should be covered by the news media.

Thursday: Auditing, Explaining, and Ensuring Fairness in Algorithmic Systems

Thursday, 3:30pm, 240 Northrop: Machine learning models are becoming increasingly opaque to human examination, even to their designers. Yet these models are also increasingly used to make high-stakes decisions; who goes to jail, what neighborhoods police deploy to, and who should be hired for a job. But how can we practically achieve accountability and transparency in the face of increasingly complex models? And how do we know if the algorithmic decisions are fair or discriminatory—what does it mean for an algorithm to be fair? This talk will discuss recent work from the new and growing field of Fairness, Accountability, Transparency in machine learning, and more!

Friday: "Recovery" as Concept, Model, and Movement in the Mental Health Field

Friday, 3:35pm, 155 Nicholson: Since the 1980s, the recovery concept has become central to efforts to empower people with severe and persistent mental illness. Advocates of the recovery model stress the importance of non-medical measures, such as supported employment, supported housing, strong community networks and perhaps most importantly, the support and leadership of other people with lived experience of mental illness. This talk will explore both the history and the historiography of the recovery model in the mental health field, discussing how the approaches that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s differed from previous attempts at "after care" for ex-mental patients, and looking at their overlap with contemporary developments in addiction treatment and the disability rights movement.

Friday: Small World Coffee Hour

Friday, 4pm, Yudof Club Room: Join Small World Coffee Hour for its first event of the semester. In collaboration with the Chinese Culture Club, Small World Coffee Hour will discuss the topic of pastries in China. Chinese activities, games, music, performances and decoration will be available, as well as free Chinese food and pastries. Join us for an intercultural experience and a chance to make friends from all across the globe.

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