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The Weekly News - Archive

February 26, 2018

Honors News

Today at 4:30pm: Honors Lecture Series!

The Honors Lecture Series is pleased to present alumna Carol Becker's lecture "The Butterfly Effect and My Left Foot" TODAY, Monday, February 26th at 4:30pm in the Best Buy Theatre, Northrop. Carol Becker graduated with a B.A. in Geography in 1986, completed an M.A. in Public Affairs at the Humphrey School (1991), and earned a Doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University (2008). She is President of the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation and a member of the DFL Executive Committee and DFL Feminist Caucus. Becker is is a teacher, politician, policy wonk, and mom. She has 100 lawn signs that say, "Vote Becker: Geek is Good." She got $250 million dollars for something she wanted. She helped design the light rail system. She was laid off in the Great Recession and survived. Her life continues to be complicated.

Wednesday: STEM PhD Panel

Are you thinking about a PhD in one of the STEM disciplines? Not sure how to select a university, which questions to ask in interviews, and how to navigate the application process? Join us on Wednesday, February 28th from 4–5pm in 240 Northrop for a panel discussion with professors who will offer advice, answer your questions, and discuss their own decisions to pursue a PhD. This panel is geared toward first- and second-year students. Please let us know if you can come!


Beat the winter doldrums with UHP! This time of year can be stressful, so it's important to remember to take a break and decompress. Join us on Thursday, March 1st from 7–8:30pm in the Middlebrook Terrace Room as we relax and recharge. Stop by to plant your own lucky bamboo in a cup that you can paint and design—and stick around as we watch our favorite cute and funny internet videos!

Saturday: Volunteer with UHSA at HCMC Food Shelf

Want to help out in the Minneapolis community? Come join UHSA on Saturday March 3rd from 2–4pm to volunteer at the Hennepin County Medical Center food shelf. We will take the light rail over to HCMC where we will be organizing and packing meals that the hospital gives out to any patient who indicates a need. We will be meeting in Keller 3-210 at 1:30pm. Food for volunteers and transportation fares will be provided. Please complete this brief form if you are interested! And don't forget to invite your friends through our Facebook event. Contact Jarred Paquin if you have any questions.

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Other News and Opportunities

Apply now for WomenWinning's Political Leaders of Tomorrow Program

WomenWinning is seeking candidates for its Political Leaders of Tomorrow Internship Training Program, which trains the next generation of political leaders in Minnesota. WomenWinning gives interns in-depth training and helps connect them with candidates for real-life, hands-on campaign experience. Learn more and apply by April 30.

Reminder: Students Today Leaders Forever, Spring Break Trip

Do you want to travel to new places and do meaningful service over spring break? Consider signing up for Students Today Leaders Forever's Pay-it Forward Tour to either San Antonio or Atlanta! The Pay-It Forward Tour is a cross-country volunteer bus trip over spring break that gives students the opportunity to volunteer in different cities while making life-long friends. Learn more on their website, or send an email to

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Campus and Community Events

Thursday: Afro-Futurism: Thank You For the Funk!

Thursday, 5:3pm, 223 Appleby: Join Tongues United, a discussion group focusing on issues related to race, sexuality and gender, for an interactive workshop addressing the history of Afrofuturism. In the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, this exploration of Afrofuturism will allow participants to discuss the current sociopolitical landscape and imagine radically different literary futures. This event will include food and is open to all University of Minnesota students.

Thursday: Farmers for America Free Film Screening

Thursday, 6pm, Tate Hall: Join the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and community members for light refreshments, a panel discussion, and a film screening of Farmers For America. This documentary examines the changes coming to America's food system as more consumers flock to farmer's markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles, and insist on knowing where their food is coming from. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday: Next Generation of Parks Lecture Series with Bruce Chamberlain

Thursday, 7pm, 100 Rapson: The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and MPR News present the Next Generation of Parks Lecture Series. Inaugural Minneapolis Parks Fellow Bruce Chamberlain will share how the RiverFirst vision to restore 11 miles of Mississippi Riverfront with a network of parks like Water Works and connecting trails is an innovative model for resurgent cities. This event is free and requires advance registration.

Friday: Reformation Series Lecture: Prophets, Astrologers, and Radicals in Collusion

Friday, 12:15pm, 1210 Heller: Join the Center for Early Modern History for part six of its Remembering the Reformation Series. Jonathan Green from the University of North Dakota will present a lecture titled, "Prophets, Astrologers, and Radicals in Collusion." This event is free and open to the public.

Friday: De-stress with Small World Coffee Hour

Friday, 4pm, 120 Coffey: Feeling stressed with exams and assignments? Relieve your stress with Small World Coffee Hour! Have coffee, tea, enjoy free food, meet new people from around the world, and enjoy other activities!

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