The Weekly News
Pie With Professors
Don't miss this tasty way to connect with faculty outside the classroom -- it's the final Pie with Professors event of the semester! We’ll be in the Middlebrook Terrace Room on Wednesday, November 20th from 6-7pm. The concept is simple: Honors students and Honors faculty - sharing ideas & sharing pie. See you there!
Decolonizing Thanksgiving with the Honors Multicultural Network
Join HMN for our Decolonizing Thanksgiving event where we will be discussing the history of colonization in the United States and its lasting impact on indigenous peoples. We will be meeting in Nolte 140 on Thursday, November 21st from 6:30-7:30pm. To decolonize our palates this fall, we’ll be catering food from The Sioux Chef. RSVP here!
Science Court Mock Trial: This Saturday
At 9am on Saturday November 23rd, Science Court students will be presenting their final case at Hamline University (West Hall, Room 100) in front of our judge, Bill McGinnis, and our citizen's jury in an effort to decide whether the government should invest more resources into nuclear power. The members of our Science Team will get the chance to present the plentiful research they have found so far this semester to support their science domain and the Legal Team will make arguments to the jury using that research evidence. The jury will then have time to deliberate and on Tuesday November 26th at 6pm in Mondale 25, the court will reconvene and the jury will present their final decision. Will they decide that nuclear power is the future of energy or will they find that it is the wrong renewable to be investing our energy in? Join us to find out what happens and to hear the "powerful" jury decision! More Info.
Other News and Opportunities
Community Resilience Across the Disciplines Workshop
Resiliency has become a ubiquitous concept in the twenty-first century. However, the term has very different meanings across different disciplines and domains—from child development and emergency preparedness to engineering and ecology. Panelists will explore the sociocultural context for the emergence of resiliency as a key concept, discuss field-specific definitions in their own areas of research and practice, and consider the key characteristics of resiliency at a community scale. This event is part of the Community-Engaged Research & Practice Workshop Series, which is designed to build a toolbox of skills for engaging in community-based research and practice. This Thursday, November 21st at 1pm in 15 Mondale. Registration is requested.
James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program
The Gaither Junior Fellows Program supports one year of service at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to senior associates on international policy issues, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials. Applicants must be SENIORS and have strong academic records with substantial coursework in such areas as international affairs, political science, economics, or history. This program requires nomination from the Office of National and International Scholarships and campus deadline is December 2, 2019. Find more information on the ONIS website.
Campus and Community Events
Monday: Quie & Peterson Global Health Lecture
Monday, November 18th, 4:30pm, Weisman: Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility presents the third annual Quie & Peterson Global Health Lecture. The lecture will discuss six mega-trends and their implications for global health in the 21st century, and will be given by Dr. Dennis Carroll, a leading global health expert with over 30 years of experience. He recently retired from the US Agency for International Development where for the past 15 years he oversaw the Agency’s emerging infectious disease portfolio. More info.
Tuesday: Media Bias in the Age of Trump
Tuesday, November 19th, 12pm, Humphrey Forum: The media are under attack. Is the so-called mainstream media biased by the liberalism of editors and journalists, as President Trump and conservative critics claim? Has Fox News abandoned journalistic standards to become just the loudest of many right-wing mouthpieces for President Trump and corporate America, as Democrats charge? Are communities of color justified in complaining that their perspectives are marginalized by a media far less diverse than the society it covers? And amid it all, have the economic struggles of media businesses, the rise of the internet and social media, fragmented the media along ideological lines in a way that leaves America no common source of trusted information? Join a discussion of media bias with a panel of journalists and media experts. More info.
Tuesday: Toni Morrison Tribute
Tuesday, November 19th, 4pm, 120 Andersen Library: Join University professors and Twin Cities writers in celebrating the work of the late Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize-winning novelist and essayist. University Professors Zenzele Isoke (GWSS), Terrion Williamson (AAAS), and Professor Emeritus John S. Wright (AAAS/English), as well as writers Dr. Taiyon J. Coleman (St. Catherine University) and Chaun Webster, will share their thoughts about the author of The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved. University students will read excerpts from Morrison's work. Learn more.
Wednesday: Measuring Value -- Counting the Uncounted
Wednesday, November 20th, 7pm, Weisman: Allocating resources to causes and projects, finance plays a crucial role in shaping our world, whether positively or negatively. But what and who matters to financial markets? How can those who have been traditionally underserved by finance be heard? What influence can those who have been unaccounted for have, when accounted? In this evening of open discussion, we will explore how we may assign a monetary value to things that are invaluable or difficult to value, such as the environment, care, and art. We will examine the question of social value—how it is the crux of the social contract that enables and supports financial activities, and whether this may render finance into a more equitable force for empowerment. There is no cost for this event, but you must register.
Thursday: Transforming Energy Systems to Address Climate Change
Thursday, November 21st, 6:30pm, Mayo Auditorium: The Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series is pleased to present Dr. Lynn Orr, former Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Energy is the lifeblood of modern societies. A successful global future energy system will provide energy security, economic security, and health and environmental security. Addressing the challenge of climate change offers an opportunity to make progress on those broad goals with energy technologies that are clean, deployable at large scale, and fully cost-competitive. Lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served the day of the event. More info.
Friday: Small World Coffee Hour Takes You to Norway
Friday, November 22nd, 4pm, 125 Coffey: Join Small World Coffee Hour to learn how you can set sail for academic journeys around the world with the Learning Abroad Center. You're invited to take a breathtaking excursion to another snow wonderland, Norway, with Den Nørske Klubben, the Norwegian culture group. Sit back, take a sip of some freshly brewed coffee, and enjoy fun games and a complimentary meal from Afro Deli with friends! More info.
Saturday/Sunday: 58th Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert
Saturday, November 23rd, 7pm and Sunday, November 24th, 2pm, Northrop: An annual tradition for the entire family, don’t miss the Pride of Minnesota’s lively, joyful, and participatory indoor concert featuring halftime favorites and more. More info.