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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
This page lists only UMR CONNECTS events. Please check the Event Calendar for other events taking place at the University of Minnesota Rochester.
November ~ Terrorism
November 18 ~ University of Minnesota Marching Band, at Rochester Civic Center
UMR CONNECTS takes a week off to promote one of the most exciting and highly visible organizations on the UMTC campus! The Minnesota Marching Band provides enthusiastic support to the University's athletic programs, and represents the University with pride, at home and away. See them online here. UMR CONNECTS invites you to hear the Pride of Minnesota perform a selection of halftime show favorites and rousing traditional music, as they celebrate a band tradition since 1962! Free tickets will be available at UMR CONNECTS events in October. NOTE: Doors open at 6:00 pm. Please arrive at the Civic Center by 6:30. You must be in your reserved seat BEFORE 6:45 pm, or it will be forfeited.
November 25 Terrorism Recruitment Among Us: Protecting Minnesotans From Joining Radical Terrorist Groups
Mohamed Farah, Executive Director of Ka Joog
Over the past few years a striking number of Minnesotan men have been recruited to join radical terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab, the Al-Quaida militant group responsible for the 2013 Nairobi Mall shooting. Ka Joog, a nationally renown organization out of the Twin Cities, was founded with Somali youth in mind in order to allow opportunities for growth and education. Through arts and other cultural events, they are working to deter youth from jihadist ideology and instead embrace Somali culture. This presentation will discuss the motives behind men who have left to join Al-Shabaab and how Ka Joog's efforts are making a noticeable impact to put an end to this trend.
December ~ Natural Disasters
UMR CONNECTS Google Calendar