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Semester-Long Opportunities

Tuesdays, January 13-March 3
1:30-3:30pm
Senior Forum
Using guidelines outlined by Christopher Phillips in his book Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy,
participants will engage in a questioning approach to explore topics of their choice, focus on productive dialogue,
and deepen their own philosophies. Led by Gerry Ralph, a US member, retired teacher and social worker who
regards this experience as the highlight of his week. Earn one hour of credit for each session attended.
Sponsored by University for Seniors. To register, contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

Tuesdays, January 13-March 3
8:30-10:30am
Energy 2015
This course will explore the latest developments and trends in energy sources, energy supply, the politics of
energy, and predictions for the future. Each session will have a visiting resource person from organizations such
as Minnesota Power, ComfortSystems (Duluth's natural gas distributor), UMD Sustainability, the first Tesla electric
car owner in Duluth, a ground source pioneer, a field trip to Kolar Auto, and two presentations from the 2014
Nobel Conference at Gustavus: Steven Chu, former Secretary of Energy; and Harry Gray, Caltech. Led by Tom
Boman, retired UMD professor. Earn one hour of credit for each session attended. Sponsored by University for
Seniors. To register, contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

Wednesdays, January 14-March 4
Noon-2:00pm
Great Decisions
Great Decisions is a Foreign Policy Association program with eight topics of current interest (defense technology,
Israel and the US, energy independence, etc). A DVD with discussion by a moderator and a special guest for each
section plus first-rate topic summaries in a supplemnetal reading are supplied to engage intelligent discussion.
The course is designed to deepend understanding of important issues affecting US foreign policy. Participants
are strongly encouraged to purchase the workbook in the bookstore in order to be prepared to fully participate
in discussion. Led by Gerry Ralph, a retired teacher and social worker. Earn one hour of credit for
each session attended. Sponsored by University for Seniors. To register, contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

Thursdays, January 15-March 5
8:30-10:30am
Senior Forum
Using guidelines outlined by Christopher Phillips in his book Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy,
participants will engage in a questioning approach to explore topics of their choice, focus on productive dialogue,
and deepen their own philosophies. Led by Margaret Cleveland, a member of University for Seniors and retired
nurse who is forever impressed with the depth of discussion that occurs in Forum. Earn one hour of credit for
each session attended. Sponsored by University for Seniors. To register, contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

Thursdays, February 12-March 5
8:30-10:30am
The Science and Politics of Mercury: The Element and the Pollutant
The focus will be the element mercury (Hg), including its unique properties, its history of human contact for both
beneficial uses and toxic polluting properties, and why it still poses a real health threat to our children and
grandchildren. Led by Gary E. Glass, retired research chemist. Earn one hour of credit for each
session attended. Sponsored by University for Seniors. To register, contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

 

February


Wednesday, February 11
4:00pm
Kirby 268
Introduction to Kirby Leadership Institute
Joie Acheson Lee

Join us for a very informal discussion about Kirby Leadership Institute, where all your questions from "Why join?"
to "How do I document my leadership activities?" to "Is this really free of charge?" will be answered. Joie Acheson
Lee will be on hand to welcome you. No registration necessary--just show up with your questions! You will
receive workshop credit for attending this workshop.

Monday, February 16
5:30pm
Kirby 268
Art Enrichment Workshop: Expression Masks
Susan Meyers and Abby Splittstoesser

Join this art enrichment group for students, staff, faculty and community members who are victims or survivors
of intimate partner or family violence and PTSD. Regardless of your creative experience or ability, come learn to
use art as a healing tool in a safe setting. Utilizing this mask process will allow you to think about violence in a
visual way. The mask will demonstrate how people look when they are in an abusive relationship. Sponsored by
WRAC and the North Central Windows Program.

Wednesday, February 18
Noon
Kirby 268
How to Date a Feminist
George Hoaglund

Join us to engage in the topic of feminism. Let's analyze how feminism works and is applied in our everyday life,
from power dynamics to socialization. Let's raise our consciousness!

Thursday, February 19
4:00pm
Griggs Center
BDSM, Kink, and Consent: A Sex-Positive Presentation on Consent
Join MPIRG and WRAC in creating a sex-positive consent culture at UMD. This hour-long presentation by students
will begin by discussing what consent entails, what current policies at UMD regarding consent look like, and
provide you with information on bystander intervention. Sponsored by WRAC; MPIRG; Department of Women's,
Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Kirby Program Board.

Thursday, February 19
5:30pm
SpHC 33
Self-Defense Workshop
Ever wonder where to learn some cool defense moves? WRAC invites you to this four session self-defense
workshop, taught by Officer Chris Shovein from UMDPD. Sponsored by WRAC.

Monday, February 23
5:30pm
Kirby 268
Art Enrichment Workshop: Watercolor Windows
Susan Meyers and Abby Splittstoesser

Join this art enrichment group for students, staff, faculty and community members who are victims or survivors
of intimate partner or family violence and PTSD. Regardless of your creative experience or ability, come learn to
use art as a healing tool in a safe setting. This workshop offers women and their children an opportunity to notice
their inner and outer worlds, and to express their sense of self-transformation. Sponsored by WRAC and the
North Central Windows Program.

Wednesday, February 25
8:00am-5:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
Kirby Leadership Institute 7th Annual Student Leadership Conference
2015 UMD Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism

Featuring keynote speaker/performer Michael Reyes and workshops on leadership and social justice topics
Click here to register for student workshops
Sponsored by UMD Diversity Commission, Office of Cultural Diversity and Kirby Leadership Institute

Thursday, February 26
5:30pm
SpHC 33
Self-Defense Workshop
Ever wonder where to learn cool self-defense moves? WRAC invites you to this four session self-defense
workshop taught by Officer Chris Shovein of the UMDPD.

Thursday, February 26
6:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
WorldQuest International Trivia Competition
This year's featured country: Germany. Sponsored by the Alworth Institute.

Saturday, February 28
7:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
Spring Drag Show
Enjoy performances by drag kings and queens from campus and community. Sponsored by QASU.


 

 

 


 
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