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2014 themes include:
March ~ Law and Order
April ~ Wars and Conflicts
May ~ Food and Travel
June ~ Performing Live!
July ~ Arts and Communication
August ~ Invention
September ~ Spirituality and World Religion
October ~ Bioethics
November ~ Terrorism
December ~ Natural Disasters
Free Professional Speaker Series Events
- Every Tuesday at 7:00 pm -
(Downtown Rochester, MN)
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. You'll find us on 4th floor at University Square - 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." 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 contact Nick Anderson at 507-258-8053 or email@example.com with any questions.
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2014 Schedule of Events
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Minnesota has had its share of high profile missing child cases. Each case has brought its own challenges for the dedicated law enforcement officers working to find resolution for families and the community. This presentation uses case examples to show how far we have come in responding to missing children and how the past has helped to direct current efforts in case management.
In addition to exploring the nature and incidence of bias/ hate incidents and crimes in Rochester, we will also discuss several cases that have happened in the last few years, and the steps being taken to address this growing area of crime. We will also talk about Parallel Justice; a new concept of justice being proposed for Rochester which creates a new framework for responding to crime—two separate, parallel paths to justice–one for victims and one for offenders.
Joshua Page is associate professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota and a member of the Robina Institute faculty. His interests include crime, law, deviance, and punishment; labor and unionization; political sociology; qualitative research methods; and social theory.
His current research includes work with the Minnesota Corrections Officer Survey Project, research that analyzes the living and working conditions in adult state prisons. It also examines correctional officers’ attitudes and beliefs about correctional policies and practices. Amy Lerman, a political scientist in California, conducted a similar survey of correctional officers in that state, and Page adapted Lerman’s survey instrument for the Minnesota study. Based on their respective research, Page and Lerman will compare the experiences and dispositions of correctional officers in California and Minnesota.
Page’s other current research project is The Minnesota Juvenile Justice Transitions Project. This study analyzes the transition of young offenders from Minnesota juvenile justice institutions back into their communities. It investigates the following question: What factors impede or facilitate the “reentry” process for juvenile offenders after release?
Dr. Franz will be sharing stories and experiences from his recent deployment to Afghanistan as a Medical Corps officer and Surgeon. Additionally he will discuss war time through a medical perspective, accented with military history and highlighting his long history serving within the Army. He will also talk about the recent collaboration he created between the Mayo Clinic and the Army Reserve Combat Support Hospital teams to train at the simulation center at the Mayo Clinic.
As a family doctor at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Franz gained permission to use the clinic's multi-disciplinary simulation training center to train Army Reserve members of his FST team on nights and weekends. He was also instrumental in helping form a partnership between the Mayo Clinic and Army Reserve Medical Command that now allows for medical personnel from Army Reserve Combat Support Hospital (CSH) teams to train at the clinic.
We live in a world increasingly preoccupied with war. Since Homer's Illiad, wartime writing has been a major literary subject and has helped humanity analyze and understand the wartime experience. From soldiers to reporters to civilians, wartime writing helps to illuminate our connection to, and obsession with, war by expressing the variety of emotions, ideas, and experiences war provides. In this way, war belongs to everyone. This presentation will examine the different ways writers explore writing about the wartime experience through a panel of presenters, each with a different perspective on war writing.
J.A. Moad II is a former Air Force C-130 pilot with over 3000 flight hours and 100 combat sorties. He served as a professor of War Literature at the United Air Force Academy and as a fiction editor for the War, Literature & the Arts Journal (WLA). He writes online essays for WLA and has recently started a program to make October War Literature Month across the country – Reading, Writing and Talking War. His short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. In addition to writing, he has performed on stage at the Library of Congress and The Guthrie Theater as part of The Telling Project - giving a voice to the Veteran experience. He currently flies for Delta Airlines and is working on a novel about an American military in a not too-distant future.
Leah Cooper has been passionately devoted to making theater for over 25 years. She is currently a freelance stage director, Executive Director of the Minnesota Theater Alliance, an arts administration consultant, and a co-founder and partner at MinnesotaPlaylist.com. Leah is also Artistic Director of Footprints Collective, and is board chair for Live Action Set theater company. From 2001-2006, she was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She has directed several plays, including the Veterans Play Project, a collaboration between Footprints Collective and Minnesota military veterans, and the stage adaptation of Tim O’Brien’s war novel The Things They Carried.
Major Cavanaugh will share his experiences as a Military Strategist and Course Instructor at Westpoint Academy in NY and explore both military strategy and returning soldiers/veterans issues. As a native to St. Paul Major Cavanaugh was instrumental in establishing the Wounded Warrior Project in Minnesota and will discuss its inception and evolution.
MAJ Matthew (“Matt”) Cavanaugh is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is a 2002 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery, he served with Howitzer Battery, Second Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Iraqi Freedom I and III. After an assignment at U.S. Strategic Command – Integrated Missile Defense, Major Cavanaugh joined the FA59 Army Strategist community, enabling him to serve subsequently on the Army Staff at the Pentagon. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course, and the Basic Strategic Arts Program at the U.S. Army War College.
MAJ Cavanaugh is currently serving as the Course Director and Instructor of DS470: Military Strategy in the Defense & Strategic Studies Department at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He recently completed a Master’s in Strategic Studies (with Merit) at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He is proud to have been named the U.S. Army’s Athlete of the Year in 2009 (through the Association of the United States Army). He has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Action Badge, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Army Staff Badge.
One hundred years ago this August, Europe descended into a war that would take the lives of over nine million soldiers, including 2 million Germans, 1.8 million Russians, and over 2,000 Minnesotans. Even before the guns fell silent in November 1918, people around the world struggled for appropriate ways to commemorate a war like no other. Should memorials be patriotic or personal? Religious or secular? Grand or intimate? And who would make those decisions? In this talk, we'll discuss a wide array of memorials, stretching from Minneapolis to Munich, and consider the enduring challenge and importance of war remembrance.
Attendees will be challenged to ponder and discuss environmental, as well as nutritional, aspects of foods that travel great distances versus those locally produced and taste foods from the People’s Food Co-op that travel near and far. This joint effort between the UMR Nursing and Health Sciences departments will bring current UMR students to share with the community. This event will examine the foods grown with the help of migrant workers, the effects of transporting foods over great distances, and a comparison of nutrient content of local and remote sources of fruits and vegetables. Imagine nursing students from UMR someday consulting with local farmers on the finer points of crop production, especially the nutrient content of vegetables and fruits from the consumer healthcare perspective. UMR students will present a video produced by BSHS and BSN undergraduates, as well as share their respective professional points of view on this topic of vital health importance. Along with this, UMR health sciences students who study Spanish, consult with Latino members of the Rochester community, educating them about diabetes, for example; especially among the migrant worker population.