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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.

 

March

Wednesday, March 9
7:00pm
Bohannon 90
Film Series: "Iron Jawed Angels"
Katja von Garnier's sexy exuberant tour de force tells the amazing story of fierce young suffragettes fighting for a
constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Headlining the stellar cast are Hilary Swank as
brainy, charismatic Alice Paul, and Frances O'Connor as smart, cheeky Alice Burns--real life women who
mobilized a defiant vanguard that gave Congress a run for its money. Sponsored by WRAC and WGSS Department.

March 12-14 and 24-29
7:00pm (2:00pm on 3/29)
Dudley Experiemental Theatre
"Detestable Madness"
Adapted by Jenna Soleo-Shanks and the cast from the plays of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim
"Detestable Madness" uses modern dance, pop music, and puppetry to bring to life stories of female strength,
struggle and sacrifice. This original collaboration explores modern themes, and is based on the thousand year
old works of Hrotsvit of Ganderheim. Tickets at http://tickets.umn.edu. Sponsored by UMD Theatre.

Monday, March 16
Monday, March 23

5:30pm
Kirby 268
Art Enrichment Workshop
Join Susan Meyers and psychology student Abby Splittstoesser in this art enrichment group for students, staff,
faculty and community members who are victims/survivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, and PTSD.
Creative experience or ability isn't important. Come use art as a healing tool in a safe setting. Sponsored by
WRAC and North Central Windows Project.

Tuesday, March 24 1:00pm Kirby 268
Wednesday, March 25 5:30pm Mon70


Film: "She's Beautiful When She's Angry"
"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who
founded the modern women's movement from 1966-1971. "She's Beautiful" takes us from the founding of NOW,
with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation; from intellectuals
like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH. Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival
imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a
worldwide revolution. Sponsored by WRAC and WGSS Department.

Wednesday, March 25
Noon
Kirby 268
Brown Bag: Women and Disabilities
Join us in learning more about women and disabilities in this discussion facilitated by Judy Breuer.
Sponsored by WRAC, Access for All and WGSS Department.

Thursday, March 26
6:00pm
Garden Room
Life of Hmong Women
Hmong women speak about their history of immigration and what it's like to live as an immigrant now in the US.
Come discover how culture has influenced and impacted Hmong women's everyday experiences. Panel discussion
with question and answer session to follow. Translators will be available. Sponsored by WRAC, WGSS
Department and Hmong Living in Unity and Balance.

Friday, March 27
Noon
Garden Room
Speaker: Carmen Nora Hernandez Chavez
Martin Luther King Center, Havana, Cuba

Sra. Hernandez Chavez is a popular educator, an expert on gender issues, and one of the founding members
of the MLKC. As part of the MLKC, she coordinates and imparts training workshps to people involved in
community projects throughout Cuba. Sra. Hernandez Chavez has also worked as a consultant, researcher, and
advisor on gender issues and the implementation of community projects for the United Nations Development
Program and other international NGO's in Cuba and other Latin American countries. Sponsored by the Office of
Cultural Diversity, WRAC and WGSS Department.

Tuesday, March 31
7:00pm
Montague 80
Film Series: "Makers: The Women Who Make America"
This film tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have
asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy.
Sponsored by WRAC and WGSS Department.



 

 

 


 
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