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Kirby Leadership Institute

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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.

January


Thursday, January 29
4:00pm
Solon Campus Center 22
Getting Ready for the Job Fair
Career and Internship Services Staff

Find out what to do ahead of time, proper attire, making a good impression, questions to ask, and what to do to
follow up after the fair. GET A JOB! Sponsored by Career and Internship Services.

Thursday, January 29
3:00pm
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.

February


Monday, February 2
1:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
Walking in Two Worlds
Chip Beal

Prepare to take a journey through the upbringing of America, and your own upbringing. You will learn how a nation
has a bent toward racism, sexism and more. Sponsored by UMD Human Resources.

Thursday, February 5
10:00am-1:00pm
Kirby Ballroom
Community Involvement Fair
Learn about different volunteer and community-based learning opportunities in the greater Duluth community.
There will be organizations to connect you to opportunities that serve through education, environmental sustain-
ability, health care, animal welfare, youth, social justice and the arts. Sponsored by Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs and Kirby Student Center.

Thursday, February 5
7:00pm
Library 4th Floor Rotunda
Enslaved Underwater Divers:
Challenging Concepts of Race and Slavery in the Atlantic World
Kevin Dawson, University of California, Merced

Dawson is an award-winning historian whose research explores how Atlantic Africans and members of the
African diaspora used water as a cultural space. Sponsored by the Department of History, African and African
American Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Alworth Institute, Office of Cultural Diversity
and the College of Liberal Arts.

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.


 

 

 


 
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