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 has been attended by nearly 9,000 people! 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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 2014 Schedule of Events

(Schedule is subject to change. * Denotes tentative information: 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.

September Reminder: Indoor Season Begins
(Events will be held indoors in room 417, 4th floor of University Square)

September ~ Spirituality and World Religion

September 9 ~ Transforming Preaching

Please NOTE: This is the first opportunity to hear from UMR's new Vice Chancellor!
-- Dr. Lori Carrell, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development

September 16 ~ Traversing the Light of the Christian East

-- Bette Ensign discusses Eastern Orthodoxy/Mysticism

September 23 ~ Old Order Amish: In the world, but not of the world

Drucilla lived on a farm near Harmony within the Amish community for many years. Living in close contact with her Amish neighbors enabled her to interact with families. She earned their trust, shared their humor, and learned about their struggles with their shunning practices. She also shared their heartwarming times as families and a community. Despite the changes that have taken place in the past 40 years, the Amish continue to live without modern conveniences, rejecting the world as we know it. They call attention to this separation by referring to this as "your world and/or our world." There are many ways they separate from the world at large and there are several Bible verses on which they base their practices and beliefs.
-- Drucilla Milne, Author, "Amish Voices of Harmony."

September 30 ~ Toleration and Intolerance of Other Religions in the Christian Bible

Toleration is not always a characteristic of religion, though it is an important value in today's society. Moreover, the definition of tolerance has changed considerably over the last fifty years. After defining what tolerance ought to mean, this talk will discuss ways in which the Bible in both Old and New Testaments is both tolerant and intolerant of other religions. This will lead to reflections on toleration between religions today.
-- Joe M. Sprinkle, Ph.D., Professor of Old Testament, Crossroads College

October ~ Bioethics

November ~ Terrorism

 December ~ Natural Disasters