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)

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

April ~ The Great Unknowns

April 7 ~ What They Don't Teach Us in History Classes

Dennis Challeen

In this UMR CONNECTS event on "The Great Unknowns" of historical events, Dennis Challeen will discuss history, psychology and the law touching on the Salem Witch Trials, how our Constitution came together, Lincoln and the Civil war, and how it all comes together today.

April 14 ~ Under a Watchful Eye: Child Abuse Prevention in Youth Serving Organizations

Alison Feigh, Program Manager at Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

Camps, retreats, faith communities, sports organizations, and arts organizations can provide wonderful quality experiences for youth to grow and thrive under the watchful eye of staff and volunteers with the best interests of the youth. The sad reality is that any organization that provides access to youth, time with youth, and the ability to build relationships with youth are targeted by offenders as places to find possible targets. Most people are in youth work for the right reasons, but one person engaging in a group to look for targets can destroy the legacy of a program and even worse, have detrimental effects to the lives of youth involved. There is no room for denial or minimization when the health of children and youth are at stake. This presentation will provide resources to both adults working within youth serving organizations who are diligently trying to keep their programs safe and community members wanting to learn more about warning signs and prevention. The good news is that we have come a long way in awareness and prevention in a short time. The challenge is that we still have far to go.

April 21 ~ Oneota Archaeology in the Lower St. Croix Valley: Current Research at the Sheffield Site

Ed Fleming, Curator of Archaeology at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Clusters of massive Oneota farming villages once dominated the river valleys and prairie landscapes of southern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa (AD 1100 – 1500). The Sheffield site is an anomaly as the only Oneota village currently known within the woodlands of the St. Croix valley, and differs from its southern cousins in a number of ways.  This lecture will discuss current archaeological studies of this and other sites in the St. Croix valley by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

April 28 ~ Hittin' the Road with a Ghost Hunter

Nancy Horvath

Join Rochester's premier ghost hunter as she takes you on the road to some of the many places she has investigated with her team, After Hours Paranormal Investigations.  Nancy, or as her friends call her, "Hawk", has investigated throughout the United States and as far away as Ireland.  She will share stories along with actual audio and video evidence of her investigations.

May ~ Conspiracy Theories, Revisited!

May 5 ~ Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at UMR! 

UMR's Spanish 4 Class