March 12, 2002, Volume 19 number 12

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Tweed Museum of Art Schedule
The “Here by Design/Made in Minnesota” exhibit runs through March 30. Part of this exhibition features an exhibit and publication developed by Lindsay Shen and James Boyd-Brent for the Goldstein Gallery, U of M Department of Design, Housing and Apparel, which displays the unique products of a variety of Minnesota designers, from beadwork to architecture and graphic design. The Here by Design exhibit and catalogue on the Twin Cities campus was funded by The Design Institute of the University of Minnesota.

An additional exhibition component, developed by the Tweed Museum of Art, focuses on the design process itself, exploring the way in which an idea is developed into a finished product, by presenting the work of five Duluth-area designers and manufacturers: Cirrus Design Corporation; Vulpine Adaptive; UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute; Damberg, Scott, Gerzina, Wagner Architects Inc.; and LHB Engineers and Architects.

The “Tibet: Pilgrimage, Practice, Sacred Art and Ritual” exhibit presented by Sarah Bauer, assistant professor of Art and Design at UMD, provides a glimpse of her research project and pilgrimage to Tibet in the summer of 2001. She presents the documentation of her experiences of the living sacred art and ritual of Tibetan Buddhism at noon on Wednesday, March 27, in the Tweed. Bauer’s research was funded by the McKnight Foundation.

Other events taking place at the Tweed include:
An Artist Lecture by Bounxou Chanthraphone in the Tweed Lecture Gallery on Wednesday, March 13, at 10 a.m.

The annual “UMD Art Student Exhibition” will be on display from April 13 - May 5. Design Historian, Victor Margolin and painter/gallery owner Jan Sivertson will juror this years exhibit.

An Artist Lecture by design historian, Victor Margolin will be presented at at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.

An Artist Lecture by painter/gallery owner Jan Sivertson, will be presented at 6 p.m on Thursday, April 4.

“UMD Art Student Exhibition” awards ceremony and opening reception will be held at 6 p.m on Saturday, April 13, .

For more information regarding the exhibitions and lectures mentioned above, call Mary at the Tweed Museum of Art at 726-7823.

music EVENTS

MD Symphony Orchestra Solo Competition Concert
Performances by UMD student solo competition winners are featured as well as Dvorak’s “Symphony #8 in G major” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 with Director Rudy Perrault in the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

Junior High Honors Band Festival
Mark Whitlock and Daniel W. Eaton will direct this concert at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

theatre EVENTS

Guthrie Theater will hold its residency at UMD from March 26 - 27. On those dates the Guthrie Theater will also perform Eugene O’Neill’s famous comedy, Ah, Wilderness! in MPAC. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on both evenings. Tickets are available by calling the UMD Box Office at 726-8561. This is an exciting collaboration for the University, as well as the community of Duluth.

The comedy The Movie Game by UMD alumnus Adam Hummel, is one of the four full-length plays selected by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on April 17 & 18.
If you missed the chance to see this romantic comedy there will be an encore performance in MPAC on Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. For more information call 726 - 8561. Congratulations to the cast and crew of The MovieGame.

EVENTS lectures/workshops

Tony Jurek, Korean War Veteran and former POW, will discuss his experiences from the Korean War from 2 - 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 in the SpHC Hall of Fame Room. For information contact the ROTC office at 726-7159 or email

Biology seminars are held at 3:30 p.m. in Life Science 175.

John Froehlich will give a presentation on April 5.

Andrew Klemer, Department of Biology, UMD, presents “Ecological Economics of Environmental and Public Health”on April 12.

Matt Grober, Georgia State University, will give a presentation on April 19.

Richard Rivkin, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Ocean Sciences Centre and Large Lakes Observatory/Biology Faculty candidate for a position in plankton dynamics presents “Biogenic Carbon Cycling in the Ocean: Linking the Microbial to the Meridional Scales”on Thursday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m. in room 200 of the Research Lab Building.

John Green, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presents “The Burgstahler Coincidence” on Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m. in 130 Solon Campus Center.

Sylvan Burgstahler, professor emeritus in the department of Mathematics and Statistics constructed a sequence of numbers based on rows of Pascal’s triangle and the Maclaurin expansion for tan(x). His sequence started 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13.04. This last term was surprising because until this point, the sequence looked like the familiar Fibonacci sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21...
In this talk, Green will describe Burgstahler’s construction and explain why his sequence starts out similar to the Fibonacci numbers.

The UMD Department of Philosophy presents a colloquium by Gary Payne, chair of the sociology department at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. A selection of photos taken on a trip to Columbia are of the subject of this March 13 presentation which will be held at 3 p.m. in ABAH 235.

In August of last year, in an effort to learn about U.S. support for what is known as “Plan Colombia,” sociologist Gary Payne and his son Sayer took a 2000 kilometer road trip through some of the most dangerous and least traveled territories in this hemisphere.

Jaime Pinkham, Fisheries Director for the Nez Perce Tribe, presents “Spirit, Soul, and Solace of Wilderness” at 7p.m on Thursday, March 14 in Life Science 185. Jaime is from Lapwai, Idaho and has worked extensively on wilderness and wilderness issues, including the return of the grey wolf to Idaho. His lecture will be based on his speech from the 2000 Wilderness Conference where he describes urban areas as wild, rather than natural areas.

American Foreign Policy
Walter Russell Mead will speak about “American Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism” Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the 4th Floor Rotunda of the UMD Library. Mead is a senior fellow for foreign policy for the Council on Foreign Relations. The lecture is free and open to the public and a reception will follow. For information contact the Alworth Institute at 726-8616 or email

Jim McGinnis, head of the Mayor’s Economic Steering Committee, will present “A Businessman’s Perspective on What’s Right and Wrong with Duluth” on March 27 in Kirby 323.

Urban Studies head, Larry Knopp, will present “Geographies of Sexuality in the Twin Ports” on April 10 in Kirby 355-57 with a tour to follow on April 13.

Superior Mayor Sharon Kotter will discuss “Why Superior? Perspectives on Urban Issues” on April 17 in Kirby 323. All sessions are from noon - 1 p.m. and include refreshments. The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Community and Regional Research.

Marshall Johnson, professor of sociology at UWS, will present “From West Street to South Street: Creative Responses to the Capitalist Road in China” at noon on Wednesday, February 27 in Kirby Ballroom A. He uses his research in two very different spaces to explore the institutional and representational possibilities in China today. “West Street” in idyllic Yangshuo with its cyber cafes, English schools and “authentic” Chinese countryside has built an economy around global tourist stimulation. “South Street” in gritty Henan Province responds to capitalist restoration by building a democratic and prosperous communist village.

Michael Linn, professor of linguistics, Department of Composition, presents “A Peace Corp Father’s View of Benin” at noon on Thursday, March 14 in the Kirby Bullpub. In the summer of 2001, Michael visited Benin where his daughter, Francis Linn, was a Peace Corp volunteer. He will present slides and discuss the time he spent with his daughter in the village of Bensego and the capital city of Porto Novo.

Sarah Bauer, assistant professor of art and design at UMD presents “Tibet: Pilgrimage, Practice, Sacred Art and Ritual” at noon on Wednesday, March 27, in the Tweed Lecture Gallery. Bauer provides a glimpse of her research project/pilgrimage to Tibet in the summer of 2001. She will document her experiences and the living sacred art and ritual of Tibetan Buddhism.

Pat Farrell, assistant professor of geography, presents “Seeing the Ancient Maya from the Ground Up,” a lecture about her Summer 2001 visit to Belize at noon on Thursday, April 4 in the Bullpub. Using soil analysis, Farrell seeks to answer environmental questions about the ancient Maya civilization. She shows slides and shares her findings.

For information contact the Alworth Institute at 726-8616 or email


Seth Sadofsky, UMD Department of Geological Sciences, will present a seminar at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 in Life Science 175. The topic is “Tracing Light Elements through Subduction-Zone Metamorphism: Implications for Global Geochemical Cycles.”

David J. Mayo, professor of philosophy, presents “Vitalism Revisited: Disability Voices and Physician Aid-in-Dying” at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, in ABAH 235.


The Duluth Writers’ Workshop on Lake Superior will be held June 12-18, at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The faculty include: Robert Olen Butler, fiction; Patricia Weaver Francisco, memoir and personal essay; and Henry Taylor, poetry. Classes, faculty and student readings will be held on the campus overlooking Lake Superior. The cost is $495 per person. English Professor Joseph Maiolo is the workshop director and UMD Publications Director Cheryl Reitan is the program coordinator. For information see: or call 218-726-8996.

EVENTS classes

Enjoy a rustic setting in a thoroughly modern resort as you and other Elderhostelers from all over the USA stay at the Superior Shores Resort in Two Harbors, May 19-24. Learn about the spring bird migration in the classroom and on field trips with local birder Dave Benson. Jamie Harvie will lead you into guided discussions of the most pressing environmental issues of our times: toxics, forest destruction, global warming and what is being done to protect future generation. Explore the Lake Superior shoreline with Andrew Slade, as you learn of the lake’s history of shipping, storms, lighthouses and its geology. Contact 726-6347 or for more information.

University for Seniors lectures are held on Wednesday afternoons. Questions and discussion follow each 45-minute lecture.

“Bell, Book and Casino: Indian Education and Gaming in the 21 Century” will be held at 1:15 on February 27. Robert Powless, retired UMD professor and former chair of Indian Studies, will talk about the ups and downs of the education of the American Indian people and take a look at the effects of gaming on the American Indians’ lives, especially education.

special EVENTS

March is Women’s History month.

The celebration includes: Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, performed from February 28 - March 1-3, 5-9 in the UMD Dudley Experimental Theatre at 8 p.m.

On February 28 the Duluth Women’s Health Center Community Meeting will discuss Minnesota’s Reproductive Health Issues at 3 p.m. in the Garden Room, Kirby Student Center, and at 7 p.m. at Building for Women, 32 E. 1st St.

The events for March begin on Friday, March 1 with the Northcountry Women’s Coffeehouse, “4-D-Yikes” at 7 p.m., at the Building for Women.

Guest speakers Gail Schoenfelder and Rosemary Guttormsson from the League of Women Voters will be speaking on “Making Democracy Work” at noon on Tuesday, March 12 in Kirby 323.

Also on Tuesday, March 12 guest speaker Sheila Bland will present “The Theatre of ‘Outrageous Women’ ” at
7 p.m. in the Garden Room.

A poetry reading by Mary Willett Hughes will be held at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in the Norshor Theater, 211 E. Superior.

A Health Fair will be held Wednesday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Kirby Student Center.

Bounxou Chanthraphone, Laotian weaver, will present an Artist Lecture from 10 – 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The speaker for Wednesday, March 13 is Blanche Wiesen Cook presenting “Eleanor Roosevelt, Women, and Power” at 6 p.m. with a reception at 7 p.m. at the UWS Katherine Oman Theater. A free bus will leave from Kirby Bus Turnaround at 5:45 p.m.

On Thursday, March 14 there will be an informal discussion on Eleanor Roosevelt with Blanche Wiesen Cook from 10 – 11:30 am at the UWS Danielson Room, in the Rothwell Student Center.

Clare Coss will host a dramatic reading: “Mary White Ovington (founder of NAACP)” at noon on Thursday, March 14 in the UWS Multicultural Center, Old Main 230.

A discussion of “Women in Power in Times of Crisis” based on the Blanche Wiesen Cook lecture will be held from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in the Kirby Garden Room.

An “Art of Peace” community event featuring workshops, programs, and art presentations will be held from 1 - 5 p.m. and 7– 10 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline, Saturday, March 23. Contact Sara or Paula at (218) 389-3220 for more information.

The film Chocolat will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23 at the College of St. Scholastica Science Auditorium.

Guest speaker Sheila Wellstone will present “Confronting Contemporary Slavery: The International Trafficking of Women and Girls” on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Ballroom.

Kaija Webster will be speaking on the “History of Women in Climbing and Mountaineering” along with presenting a slide show on Wednesday, March 27 at noon in Kirby Plaza 120.

The video A Hero for Daisy and a talk on Title IX will be presented on Wednesday, March 27 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in UWS Women’s Resource Center, 19 Rothwell Student Center.

Guest speaker Sally Zelen will discuss “Health Motivation and Eating Styles” from 6 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in Life Science 175.

Guest speaker Stephany Stromme, registered dietitian, will present “Weight Management Strategies for Busy People” at noon in Kirby 355-57 on Thursday, March 28.

UW-Superior Campus Writers present “Words on Women: A Poetry/Prose Reading” on Tuesday, April 2 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in the UWS Danielson Room, Rothwell Student Center.

Speaker Agate Nesaule presents “The Impact of War on Women”, Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m in the College of St. Scholastica, Sommers Lounge.

Hear poet Nancy Fitzgerald on Tuesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. at the Norshor Theater, 211 E. Superior.

Ellis, Singer and Songwriter performs on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at UWS Concourse, Rothwell Student Center.

Northcountry Women’s Coffeehouse “Dykling Dykosaurs, and Queergrrls: An Intergenerational Conversation for Feminists about Loving Women” with Ellis on Friday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. followed by Ellis performance at 7 p.m. at Building for Women, 32 E. 1st Street

Larry Knopp speaks on “Geographies of Sexualities in the Twin Ports” on Wednesday, April 10 at noon in Kirby 323.

Artist Lecture Series presents photographer Andrea Hoelscher, on Thursday, April 11 at noon in the Tweed.

A Tour of Gay/Lesbian places in the Twin Ports will take place Saturday, April 13. For registration information call 726-6246.

Sharon Kotter, Superior Mayor speaks on “Why Superior? Perspectives on Urban Issues.” Wednesday, April 17 at noon in Kirby 323.

Thursday, April 25 is Take Our Daughters to Work Day!

Watch Currents for more information on upcoming women’s history events. For information contact Kathryn Fuller, or call 726-7829.

The five UMD colleges will host a Major/Minor Expo on Wednesday, March 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Kirby Student Center. Undecided students, students considering a change of major, and students who have not yet chosen minors can stop by to pick up major/minor planning sheets and talk with college and academic department representatives from CLA, SBE, CEHSP, CSE, and SFA.

Planetarium shows will be offered every Wednesday, at 7 p.m. in 130 Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. For more information contact or 726-7129.

Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Events will be held the week of April 15-18.

The theme for this year’s Baeumler-Kaplan events focuses on the experiences of child survivors. The keynote speech by Marion Blumenthal Lazan, is at 4 p.m. on April 17 in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom. Lazan was born in a small town in Germany in 1934, a year following Kristallnacht, a pivotal moment in the history of the murderous campaign of anti-semitism. She has co-authored a children’s memoir of her experience entitled, “Four Perfect Pebbles.”

Lazan speaks to “as many students and adults as possible so they hear the story from a Holocaust survivor.” Her talk is a first-hand account of the Blumenthal family’s life in Germany from events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration campus and liberation in April of 1945.

On April 15 a sales event to fund the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Endowment will be held at Barnes and Noble in the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth. Lazan will read from her book, talk to visitors, and to promote the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust program.

On April 16, the Academy-award winning film, “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport,” will be shown at 7 p.m in Bohannon 90. A post-film discussion will be moderated by Professor Tom Isbell of the film department, with Alexis Pogorelskin of the History Department, and Karl Bahm of the UWS History Department. Lazan will also be present to make comments.

A brown bag presentation entitled, “Reflections of Life & Death: Remains of Jewish Life, the Ghettoes and the Death Camps in Eastern Europe,” will be given by Karl Bahm, assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin Superior, on Thursday, April 18 at noon in the Tweed Lecture Gallery.

Finally, on Thursday, April 18 from 6- 8 p.m. in the Rotunda of the UMD library, Carol Wirtschafter, formerly of the Minnesota Jewish Community Relations Council, will lead a workshop on selecting literature of the Holocaust for Young People.

Copies of Mrs. Lazan’s book, “Four Perfect Pebbles,” will be sold by the UMD Campus Bookstore at the April 16 and April 17 events and on April 18 at the workshop.

Learn more about the inspiring yet complex issues surrounding stem cell research by coming to the University of Minnesota Duluth’s live telecast of Great Conversations on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in 458 Humanities.

This is the third in a series of conversations pairing University faculty members with world-renowned experts. The March 26 live telecast from the Twin Cities campus focuses on the Stem Cell Revolution, with discussion provided by Catherine Verfaillie, director of the University of Minnesota’s Stem Cell Institute, and Austin Smith, Director of the Centre for Genome Research at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Future topics include the Media with speakers Jane Kirtley, director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, and Brian Lamb, Founder and CEO of C-SPAN, on April 2 and Black Intellectual History with speakers John Wright, professor of Afro-American Studies and English at the University of Minnesota, and Cornel West, Harvard Professor and best-selling author on May 7.

All Great Conversations telecasts are free and open to the public. Please e-mail or phone 726-7810 for further information.

glensheen EVENTS

The Glensheen Historic Estate announces a B & B Fine Dining Series to be held on February 16, March 16 and April 20. Each event includes a tour that begins at 4:30 p.m., and dinner that follows at 5:30 p.m. Receive a coupon to stay a night (M-Th) at any of the 11 historic Duluth Bed and Breakfasts.

The Glensheen Historic Estate will be hosting a dinner theater on April 18 and April 25. There will be a tour at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the Change of Pace Production from 8 - 9 p.m. Call 218-726-8910 or toll-free: 888-454-GLEN (4536) for more information.

The Glensheen Historic Estate will be hosting a free Easter egg hunt and grounds tour on March 24, beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Buffet reservations are requested.

Call 218-726-8910 or toll-free: 888-454-GLEN (4536) for more information.

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