UMR CONNECTS

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 andersnj@r.umn.edu 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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 2014 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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December ~ Natural Disasters

December 16 ~ The Sea Wing Disaster: Tragedy on Lake Pepin
Fred Johnson, Author
The July 13, 1890, capsizing of the steamer Sea Wing and death of 98 of its passengers horrified Minnesota and the nation. Author Frederick L. Johnson’s book The Sea Wing Disaster: Tragedy on Lake Pepin captures the terror and desperation of the vessel’s 215 crew and passengers as the accident unfolded and the four days anguish that followed. Johnson’s presentation makes use of the research he carefully gathered—documents, letters, maps, interviews, newspapers, magazines—to inform listeners of exactly how and why the accident occurred. He also shares the remarkably complete and graphic photographic record developed at the accident scene. The many personal stories of victims and survivors, an important part of the book, provide greater understanding of the accident’s terrible human toll.
 
December 23 ~ ***NO EVENT*** Happy Holidays!
 
December 30 ~ ***NO EVENT*** Happy Holidays! 

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.

January ~ Adapting Today to Protect Our Future

January 6 ~ The Future of Health Insurance Reform
(video of Health Insurance panel and moderated discussion)
This presentation will feature a pre-recorded video of a recent U of M - Twin Cities Health Insurance panel regarding the progress and future impact of health insurance reform, and will be followed by a moderated discussion among the audience.
 
January 13 ~ Climate Change: Will the state bird leave Minnesota?
Matthew Anderson, Executive Director of Audubon Society MN
Matthew Anderson explains how climate change is threatening to pushed the loon out of the state within the next 50 years.
 
January 20 ~ The Evolution of Business: Adaptation or Extinction
Stephen Troutman, Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Facilitator, and Community Volunteer.
Free Professional Speaker Series Businesses, and all organizations, must change over time or they risk losing relevance and going out of existence. Understanding the future and preparing for it has become a critical capability. In this original presentation, we will look at some adaptive changes from history, using some IBM and the Mayo Clinic examples, and then turn our sights on what futurists today are saying about the future. We will briefly touch on the ways organizations go about doing foresight work (i.e. Futuring).
 

January 27 ~ Responding to the Ebola Crisis
Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH

An extremely timely topic following the national worry concerning Ebola, this presentation brings to Rochester one of the nation's leading experts on the public health risk of infectious disease. Dr. Osterholm will discuss how epidemics spread so quickly, as well as touch on the likelihood of whether an epidemic could actually 'end' the world. For more information, click here.

 UMR CONNECTS Google Calendar