The Weekly News

Monday, February 18, 2019

Honors News

Why Go to the Moon? Honors Lecture Series Continues This Thursday

What is it about the Moon that captures the fancy of humankind? A silvery disk hanging in the night sky, it conjures up images of romance and magic. It has been counted upon to foreshadow important events, both of good and ill, and its phases for eons served humanity as its most accurate measure of time. Join us for a lecture by Roger Launius (Retired NASA; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum), this Thursday, February 21st at 3:30pm in the Best Buy Theater, 4th floor Northrop. This presentation discusses the Moon as a target for Human exploration and eventual settlement. It explores the more than 50-year efforts to reach the Moon, succeeding with space probes and humans in Project Apollo in the 1960s and early 1970s, as well as the space race with the Soviet Union. It will then also discuss the rationales for spaceflight, and ideas for returning to the Moon in the twenty-first century. More info!

Pie With Professors

Join us for Pie with Professors, next Wednesday, February 27th from 6-7pm in the Middlebrook Hall Terrace Room. You know the drill: Honors students and UMN faculty, sharing ideas and sharing pie. See you there!

Other News and Opportunities

Innovation Challenge: Register by Wednesday

Students from all colleges with a passion for sports are invited to work with Sportradar’s expansive data to create new uses and products, discuss these with mentors, then pitch these ideas to a panel of judges for a chance at $3,000!  Sportradar’s first US-based Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity to learn about sports data and connect with industry innovators.  Find out more about this event and register online no later than Wednesday, February 20th.

Sustainability and Energy Expo: Submissions Due Friday

Calling all students! Do you have a project or research with a sustainability angle? Present your work at the 2019 Sustainability and Energy Expo on Friday, April 5th in Rapson Hall! Presentations can take the form of lightning talks, posters or multi-media/creative works and there's a chance you could win $150! Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 22nd. Questions? Email Mikaela Isaacson.

This Friday: Job and Internship Fair

On Friday, February 22nd, all University of Minnesota campuses will partner to host the 2019 Job and Internship Fair from 10am-4pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event connects U of M students and recent alumni with nearly 350 employers and organizations. This is the largest student career fair in the state, and is FREE for UMN students. Learn more now!

This Saturday: The Anthropology of Science Fiction

The UMN Anthropology Club is proud to put on their 40th annual Undergraduate Anthropology Conference, "The Anthropology of Science Fiction." This conference is a one day event on Saturday, February 23rd from 10am-5pm in the Humphrey Forum of the Hubert H. Humphrey Center. Keynote speakers: Professor Grace Dillon of Portland State University, Professor David Valentine of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and interdisciplinary geoscientist Ben W. McGee. Students from the University of Minnesota will additionally be presenting their own original research. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the event. Open to all, the Anthropology Club hopes that the conference offers both University of Minnesota students and the wider Twin Cities community an opportunity to approach science fiction and popular culture through an anthropological lens. Reservations required. More info.


Campus and Community Events

Tuesday: When Ideology Matters More Than Party Identification

Tuesday, February 19th, 2:30pm, 1314 Social Sciences: Many past studies have investigated how ideology and party identification (PID) shape citizens’ political attitudes and behaviors. Little research has investigated how citizens’ ideology and PID differentially shape their evaluation of politicians based on how they are mapped onto politicians’ ideology and PID. (Max) Hui Bai of the Center for the Study of Poitical Psychology will present evidence from three studies that investigates this question. More info.

Tuesday: Critical Conversations Series Presents -- A Report by El Colegio

Tuesday, February 19th, 3:30-5pm, 117 Bruininks: El Colegio High School and the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies proudly present a special Critical Conversations Series event: "Latina Immigrant Youth Fighting for their Education in Times of Deportation: A Report by El Colegio's YPAR Girls Group." More info.

Wednesday: Celebrate 50 Years of the MLK Program

Wednesday, February 20th, 6pm, Coffman Theater: As part of the MLK Program's 50th anniversary kickoff event, all are invited to a concert featuring  Ms. Bettie Mae Fikes - "Touching Hearts While Healing Mine: Storytelling and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement." Featuring: The Wayman A.M.E. Church Men's Profit of Praise, Minneapolis, MN - Batume Gingery, Black Panther Chicago 1969 & Jazz Drummer, and Pierre Lewis, Keyboardist Commodores. Registration required. More info.

Wednesday: Film Screening, Anna Karenina

Wednesday, February 20th, 6pm, Best Buy Theater, Northrop: This 1935 film version of Tolstoy’s tragic tale of passion, revenge and social status in 19th-century Imperial Russia stars Greta Garbo as Anna, Fredric Marsh as Count Vronksy and a pre-Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone as Karenin. Dripping with the opulence of MGM's golden age, legendary producer David O. Selznick spared no expense. This version was considered a "neat and faithful" adaptation by critics of the day. More than 80 years later, it has achieved cult classic status as a master class in scenery chewing courtesy of Garbo and Rathbone. Free and open to the public. More info.

Wednesday: The Weisman Presents "The Feminist Strip Club"

Wednesday, February 20th, 7pm, Weisman Museum: What do you know about the historical and social context of erotic dance in the Twin Cities? Hear from artist-in-residence Monica Sheets; Beth Hartman, a lecturer in the UMN Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department; and Jayne Swift, a PhD candidate in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department, whose scholarship and activism focus on the history of commercial sex economies and on enhancing the political, social, and economic power of sex workers. Supported by Stardust. More info.

Friday: Enjoy the Lantern Festival with Small World Coffee Hour

Friday, February 22nd, 4-6pm, Yudof Hall Clubroom: Have you ever experienced the fantastic Lantern Festival? Come to this Small World Coffee Hour event to enjoy beautiful lanterns, guess lantern riddles, and eat Tangyuan (a Chinese dessert made from glutinous rice flour)! The Lantern Festival is also called Yuan Xiao Festival, a holiday celebrated in China and other Asian countries that honor deceased ancestors on the 15th day of the first month (Yuan) of the lunar calendar. According to China's various folk customs, people get together on the night of the Lantern Festival to celebrate with different activities. Made of paper, the lantern, called lampion here, is the main focus of attention of the celebration as it symbolizes the wish for a bright future. In addition, the Chinese believe that while red is a symbol of happiness, gold is a symbol of wealth!