Are you looking for something to do in Rochester on a Tuesday night? Please join us for these FREE Professional Speakers every Tuesday at 7:00 pm. During June, July, and August you can enjoy these presentations or performances outside on the Peace Plaza, and the rest of the year (or inclement weather) we head inside to University Square room 417, on 4th floor of the University of Minnesota Rochester (downtown Rochester, MN). Get directions here.

UMR CONNECTS is committed to supporting the University's overall mission of public engagement and outreach by fostering connections between the University, its students, and those who live in or visit our community. In support of this, UMR launched a weekly professional speaker series for the Rochester community and visitors in 2011, entitled "UMR CONNECTS," which just celebrated the 10,000 attendee milestone! The University of Minnesota Rochester strives to sustain an open exchange of ideas in an environment that embodies the values of academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and cooperation. Please check the Google Calendar for up-to-date cancellation or location-change information, and contact Nick Anderson at 507-258-8053 or with any other questions.

Following a specific theme each month, this weekly professional speaker series will connect you to speakers, authors, panels, etc. on a variety of engaging topics. No pre-registration is required, and we hope you will join us!

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2015 Schedule of Events

(Events will be held indoors in room 417, 4th floor of University Square)

(Schedule is subject to change. * Denotes tentative information, with final details still to come)

Would you like to easily add the UMR CONNECTS events you're interested in to your own Google calendar? Click here!

This page lists only UMR CONNECTS events. Please check the Event Calendar for other events taking place at the University of Minnesota Rochester.

February ~ The Often Forgotten: Prisons, Poverty, and Homelessness


February 24 ~ Humility Ability

Sanni Brown-Adefope, Radio/TV Personality, Behavioral Therapist, and Speaker
Sometimes we forget that as human beings, we really have a lot more in common than we think...regardless of the circumstances. As a result, I believe this negatively effects our ability to connect with each other on a deeper level...a human level. During a month of "The Often Forgotten: Prisons, Poverty, and Homelessness," this UMR CONNECTS event can help us to remember those who've fallen on hard times. It also gives us a chance to feel and find inspiration that will move us to take action on it. My goal is to use my experience with homelessness to help make that happen.


March ~ The Amazing Human Brain

April ~ The Great Unknowns

May ~ Conspiracy Theories, Revisited!