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Semester-Long Opportunities

Mondays, March 23 - April 13
9:00-11:00am
Racism in Duluth: An Interpersonal and Instititutional Exploration
Through this study group, we will explore racism and how it connects to individuals interpersonally and institutionally.
This course offers a series of in-depth conversations through the perspectives, viewpoints, and experiences of
people of color in Duluth. Various topics of discussion include interpersonal racism and its impact, historical
trauma, institutional policies and practices perpetuating racism. Led by Jordon Moses, coordinator of African-
American student programs in the Multicultural Center. Sponsored by University for Seniors.
To register, contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

Tuesdays, March 24 - May 12
8:30am-10:30am
"The Founding": The Individuals, Networks, Coalitions, and Splits as Seen from Today
This study group will examine the "Founding Story", what happened politically between 1774 and 1804 in the
United States with emphasis on certain individuals, their networks and political splits between coalitions, as seen
from today. Led by Craig Grau, an associate professor emeritus and published author. Sponsored by University
for Seniors. To register, contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

Tuesdays, March 24 - May 12
11:00am-1:00pm
Corporate and Government Crime
Street criminals do a lot of harm to society, but how much more harm can ensue when the wrongdoer is a
corporation or government? We will look at what sociologists call "organizational deviance", with examples from
our own society and around the world. Book: A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha
Power. Led by Bruce Mork, a retired sociology instructor from UMD. Sponsored by University for Seniors. To register,
contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

Tuesdays, March 24 - May 12
1:30pm - 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 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.

Wednesdays, March 25 - May 13
9:30am-11:30am
Race, Class and Power in the United States
We will examine two of the major forms of inequality in the United States, from the point of view of conflict theory.
Each week will involve remarks from the instructor, a film, and a class discussion. Book: A Different Mirror (rev),
ISBN 978-0-31602236-1. Led by Bruce Mork, a retired sociology instructor from UMD. Earn one hour of credit for
each session attended. Sponsored by University for Seniors. To register, contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

Wednesdays, March 25 - April 15
9:30-11:30am
Economic Theory
We will explore the theoretical foundations for conservative, liberal and radical economic arguments. The focus
will be on the history of thought for these various points of view. Both the micro and macro arguments will be
explored. The group will be encouraged to debate these issues, particularly at the last session. Led by Richard
Lichty, a former director of the UMD Center for Economic Education and retired 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, March 25 - May 13
Noon - 2:00pm
Great Decisions
Great Decisions is a Foreign Policy Association program with eight topics of current interest. Past topics have
included defense technology, Israeli-American relations, energy independence and more. A DVD with discussion
by a moderator and a special guest for each session, plus first-rate topic summaries in a supplemental reading
are supplied to engage intelligent discussion. It is not unusual to have visits from students from countries or
regions covered by the topics, whose perspectives are appreciated. The course is designed to deepen understanding
of important issues affecting US foreign policy. Participants are strongly encouraged to purchase the workbook
in order to be fully prepared to participate in discussion. Book: Great Decisions (2014), available at UMD Stores.
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, March 26 - May 14
8:30am - 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 retired nurse. Earn one hour of credit for
each session attended. Sponsored by University for Seniors. To register, contact Gerry Ralph at gerry226@gmail.com.

April

Friday, April 3
6:00pm
Kirby Rafters
Asian Awareness Month: Open Mic
Sponsored by APAA.

Saturday, April 4
5:30pm
Kirby Rafters
47th Annual Feast of Nations
Featuring a worldly selection of foods to feast on and performers from around the globe. Tickets $10 for kids 7+
and students, $15 staff/faculty/community, free for kids under 7. Tickets available March 23-27 from 10am-2pm in
Kirby Commons. For more information, contact Kamila Xiong.

Monday, April 6
4:00pm
Kirby 268
Leadership in International Careers
Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Residence

Join Tom Hanson to learn about opportunities and receive guidance in pursuing diplomatic careers, specifically
in the Foreign Service and State Department. Hanson says that since 9/11 and especially since 2009, the State
Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have been expanding, causing them to
recruit and hire more students. During his time as Diplomat in Residence, Hanson has guided two UMD students
to summer internships at the State Department. No registration necessary!

Monday, April 6 - Thursday, April 9
9am - 4pm
Kirby Student Center and Kirby Commons
Enough is Enough Week
Campaign to Stem Societal Violence Pledge

Numerous events will be held throughout the week. Topics include sexual assault awareness, bystander
intervention, self-defense training and information on services available on campus. Students who take the pledge
to do what they can to keep UMD safe and peacful will receive an Enough is Enough bracelet.
Sponsored by Office of Student Conduct, WRAC, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Housing and Residence
Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotaract and UMDPD.

Tuesday, April 7
Noon
Griggs Center
Enough is Enough!
Relationship Violence: It's Everyone's Business

Sponsored by Office of Student Conduct, WRAC, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Housing and Residence
Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotaract and UMDPD.

Wednesday, April 8
Noon
Kirby 268
Brown Bag: PAVSA
Learn more about PAVSA's services to victims of sexual assault. Sponsored by WRAC and Women, Gender and
Sexuality Studies.

Wednesday, April 8
6:00pm
Montague 80
Africa Week Movie Night
In preparation for BSA's Africa Night, we will be showing a documentary titled "Pray the Devil Back to Hell". The film
is about the peace movement that led to the election of the first female president of Liberia, who is also the first
female president on the African continent. Sponsored by WRAC and BSA.

Wednesday, April 8
8:30pm
Griggs Hall Conference Room
Enough is Enough!
Self-Defense Training

Join UMDPD to learn basic self-defense knowlege and skills to help keep yourself safe on campus and in
the community. Sponsored by Office of Student Conduct, WRAC, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Housing
and Residence Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotaract and UMDPD.

Thursday, April 9
3:00pm
Garden Room
Enough is Enough!
BEST Party Model

Parties are mostly populated by well-intentioned men. These are men who respect and care about women,
want them at parties, and want them to have a good time. Unfortunately, most men have deferred to the socially
accepted party environment where some men represent a continuous threat to women's safety, comfort and ability
to have fun. That isn't right--and it's time for a change. The BEST Party Model normalizes a process for campus
men to join women in taking responsibility for the process of preventing violence against women at parties.
Sponsored by Office of Student Conduct, WRAC, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Housing and Residence
Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotaract and UMDPD.

Thursday, April 9
TBA
Montague 70
Enough is Enough!
Film: "The Hunting Ground"

UMD presents a special sneak preview of "The Hunting Ground," a startling expose of the epidemic of sexual
assaults on US campuses, institutional cover-ups, and the brutal social toll the crimes take on survivors and
their families. Like the student activists featured in the film, we all need to get involved in a big way. Talk about the
issues. Organize an event. Take action.
Sponsored by Office of Student Conduct, WRAC, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Housing and Residence
Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotaract and UMDPD.

Saturday, April 11
5:30pm
Kirby Ballroom
African Night
A celebration of the different cultures and nations of Africa. For more information, contact Jordon Moses. Sponsored by BSA.

Monday, April 13
5:30pm
Kirby 268
Art Enrichment Workshop
Join Susan Meyers and psychology student Abby Splittstoesser in an art enrichment group for students, staff,
faculty and community members who are victimes or sturvivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, and
PTSD. All are welcome, regardless of creative ability or experience. Use art as a healing tool.
Sponsored by WRAC and North Central Windows Project.

Friday, April 17
5:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
APAA Asian Awareness Month
Guest Speaker Phil Yu

Phil Yu is the founder and editor of the popular Asian-American news/culture blog Angry Asian Man. He is also
co-host of the web talkshow Angry Asian America on ISAtv, and host of Sound and Fury: The Angry Asian Podcast.
Building a steady, loyal readership since 2001, Angry Asian Man has been called "a daily must-read for the media-
savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American." Mixing humor with criticism, Phil's commentary has been
featured and quotes in the Washington Post, New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, Wall Street Journal and more.
Sponsored by APAA.

Saturday, April 18
5:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
26th Annual Fiesta
This event features lively entertainment that represents all Latin American cultures. Enjoy an authentic Latin
American buffet. Have snacks at the silent auction beginning at 5pm, featuring Latin American items. Proceeds
go to sending members of LCSA to leadership conferences next year. For more information contact Chris Davila.
Sponsored by LCSA.

Monday, April 20
9:00am-3:00pm
Kirby Commons
Beautiful U: Love Your Body, the World and Consent
Come to the tabling area for sex educaton, learn what consent is, and take a photo to show support and love for
your body, the world, and of course consent. Together let's make a #BeautifulUMD!
Sponsored by WRAC and the Beautiful U Committee.

Monday, April 20
5:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
Mock Rape Trial
The purpose of this trial is purely educational. The realities of an actual trial are often misunderstood due to
sensationalized media presentations of victim-survivors, perpetrators of rape, and rape trials. St Lous County
Judge Tarnowski will preside over a mock rape trial, based on actual events. Student volunteers from the audience
will comprise the jury.
Sponsored by WRAC.

Monday, April 20
5:30pm
Kirby 268
Art Enrichment Workshop
Join Susan Meyers and psychology student Abby Splittstoesser in an art enrichment group for students, staff,
faculty and community members who are victimes or sturvivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, and
PTSD. All are welcome, regardless of creative ability or experience. Use art as a healing tool.
Sponsored by WRAC and North Central Windows Project.

Tuesday, April 21
5:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
APAA Asian Awareness Month
Food Festival

Sponsored by APAA.

Wednesday, April 22
Noon
Kirby 268
Brown Bag: Liz Olson, Take Action! Duluth
Sponsored by WRAC.

Saturday, April 25
8:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
Proud Prom
Bring your date to UMD's Proud Prom--the prom for all genders and sexual orientations. This year's theme:
Panem Culture! Roll out your finest Capitol chic. Sponsored by QASU.

Monday, April 27
5:30pm
Kirby 268
Art Enrichment Workshop
Join Susan Meyers and psychology student Abby Splittstoesser in an art enrichment group for students, staff,
faculty and community members who are victimes or sturvivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, and
PTSD. All are welcome, regardless of creative ability or experience. Use art as a healing tool.
Sponsored by WRAC and North Central Windows Project.



 

 

 


 
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