Tuesday, March 1
10:00am - 9:00pm
Kirby Lounge

Sponsored by Kirby Student Center
and the Inauguration Committee




















































































































Detailed Schedule and Speaker Information

Times and speakers are subject to change.
10:00am - 12:40pm   —   1:00pm - 4:40pm

5:00pm - 6:40pm   —   7:00pm - 9:20pm
10:00am Mindy Granley
UMD Sustainability Coordinator
Maybe We Should Sweat Some Small Stuff?
UMD has promised to reduce our campus carbon footprint. Mindy will present some small choices people can make on campus every day to make a big difference.
10:20am Ryan Jordan
Admissions Counselor
Music and Social Change
How can music change the social landscape? We'll discuss past and present musicians that have influenced Ryan's music. Ryan will also perform original songs to show how music can speak about social change.
10:40am Randel Hanson
Assistant Professor, UMD Geography & Environmental Studies
UMD as Anchor for Regional Food Systems Transformation
Anchor institutions like hospitals, educational institutions and other large employers are playing key roles in an all-around effort to bring about a more sustainable food system in the US. Explore how UMD can understand itself as an anchor institution that can use its economic, ecological and educational footprint to play that role in our region.
11:00am Olaf Kuhlke
Associate Professor, UMD History
Why We Walk: Pilgrimage, Movement and the Human Quest for Meaning
Investigate the universal human practice of pilgrimage, showing that it is perhaps the most important form of spiritual activity, allowing us to reconnect with and appreciate a way of movement and transportation that our civilization has steadily pushed to the sidelines of daily activity: walking.
11:40am Nandini Bhowmick
Graduate Student, EdD Cohort 2
Social Justice through Math Education: A Lesson Plan
Nandini explains her cross-disciplinary lesson plan that teaches elementary students basic math skills and heightens their awareness of world hunger.
12:00pm Susan Meyers
Graphic Designer, UMD Print Shop; MLS, UMD Graduate School, 2008
Healing through Art
Learn about North Central Windows Program, an art enrichment non-profit established to use art as a healing tool for women who are victims of domestic violence. Sue's organization offers the experience to women who might not otherwise get a chance to express their emotions in a creative fashion.
12:20pm Clayton Kuehl
Student, CEHSP
The Environment in Heart (and Mind)
Responsible management can maintain diversity in our environment, allowing for the diversity of our own species and continued growth of our human awareness. Clayton aims to inspire a renewed commitment to environmental responsibility through a discussion of potential.
12:40pm Mark Zmudy
Assistant Professor, HPER
Connecting Adventure to Research and Academics
Do you use communication, problem solving, or people skills in your department or major? Mark's concept ties retention, student mentoring, social justice, research and every major to the current effort to have a fully accessible low and high elements adventure challenge course on the UMD campus.

1:00pm Elias Mokole
Instructor, Department of Music
Stop, Look and Listen Before You Cross the Street!
Learn about the connection between your ears and your eyes as it relates to performance.
1:20pm Aydin Durgunoglu
Professor, Department of Psychology
A Virtual Classroom in Sweden, Uganda and Duluth
Students travel in virtual space to learn about cross-cultural psychology in a cour team-taught by three professors from Linnaeus University (Sweden), Makerere University (Uganda), and UMD. Explore the way they discuss their cultures and work on group projects online.
1:40pm Claire Drawe
Student, CEHSP
The True Meaning of a Gift
In our society driven by want and desire and presents, we have forgotten the value of a gift not only to the individual who receives it but to all who touch it.
2:00pm Cheryl Reitan
Director, Marketing and Communication
The Estonian Singing Revolution
When 300,000 people sang, united in one goal, they couldn't be stopped. Cheryl will share inspiring stories from the Estonian Singing Revolution, where Estonians protested the Soviet occupation through non-violent means: wearing traditional dress, speaking their own language, and using their strongest weapon--singing Estonian songs.
2:20pm Rob Wittig
Instructor, Department of Art and Design
Is Life Like a Book or a Smartphone? Why the Form of Fiction Matters
21st century fiction is evolving dramatically. More visual, more participatory, designed in multiple technologies--firction is migrating away from its traditional medium, the book. What do the new forms of electronic literature and digital storytelling show us about the sahpe of our lives and the nature of human experience?
2:40pm Molly Minkkinen
Associate Professor, Department of Education
Mothers' Dreams for their Children
All mothers want the best for their children, but what does "the best" mean to mothers from different socioeconomic classes? View Molly's interviews and photographs of 50 women and their children from around the world.
3:00pm Marshall Hampton
Assistant Professor, Department of Math and Statistics
Exploiting Chaos in the Solar System
The sun rises every day, and the moon waxes and wanes. But the solar system has plenty of surprises, including the chaotic motion of our moon. The science of celestial mechanics has made tremendous advances in our ability to understand and exploit the subtle dynamics of planets, moons, and satellites.
3:20pm Nathan Charbonneau
Student, CEHSP
Bulldog Buddies
Learn about this innovative program sponsored by the Department of Psychology and instructor Brenda Butterfield. Nathan will discuss its origins, its evolution, its effects on the UMD/Duluth community relationship, and how it has changed the lives of four students.
4:00pm Rajiv Vaidyanathan
Professor, Department of Marketing
Eat This, Not That: The New Consumer Research
At one time, marketing academics studied how you, the consumer, choose between Coke and Pepsi. Today's research, focused not on how you choose, but how to help you make a better choice
, has implications in public policy issues like literacy, obesity, poverty, and more.
4:20pm Danielle Rhodes
Student, SFA
Dancing Goats: A Brief History of Coffee
It's not just Starbucks and Juan Valdez. Danielle takes us on a trip through the fascinating--and funny--history of our favorite cup.
4:40pm Alicia Lebens
Student, CLA and SCSE
Internet Killed the Newspaper Star (But Created a New Media Maven)
How much longer will the daily paper be really made from paper? Alicia provides a short history of the newspaper and a vision of how newspapers directly translate into today's new media.

Prerecorded TEDTalks
5:00pm Sebastian Wernicke
Engagement Manager, Oliver Wyman
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (about TEDTalks)
In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebatian turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating "the optimum TedTalk" based on user ratings.
5:10pm Eric Burlow
Ecologist and Network Scientist, University of California
How Complexity Leads to Simplicity
More information can lead to a better, simpler solution. Illustrating the tips and tricks for breaking down big issues, Eric distills an overwhelming infographic on US strategy in Afghanistan to a few elementary points.
5:20pm Jonathan Harris
Artist, Storyteller and Computer Scientist
The Web's Secret Stories
Jonathan wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his project troll the Internet to find out what we're all feeling and looking for.
5:40pm J.J. Abrams
Writer, Producer and Director
The Mystery Box
J.J. traces his love for the unseen mystery--a passion that's evident in his films and TV shows, including "Cloverfield," "Lost" and "Alias"--back to its magical beginnings.
6:00pm Julian Assange
Editor-in-Chief, WikiLeaks
Why the World Needs WikiLeaks (graphic content--discretion advised)
The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who's reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished--and what drives him.
6:20pm Madeleine Albright
Former US Secretary of State
On Being a Woman and a Diplomat
Former Secretary of State Albright talks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women's issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being a "soft" issue, she says, women's issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death. A frank and funny Q&A with Pat Mitchell from the Paley Center.
6:40pm Imogen Heap
Composer, Instrumentalist and Singer
"Wait It Out"
Imogen Heap plays a powerful, stripped-down version of "Wait It Out" from her new record, "Ellipse".
6:50pm Jake Shimabakuro
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
To Jake, the ukulele means more than grass skirts and loud shirts. He's on a mission to revolutionize our perception of the four-string, two-octave instrument. He strums monster sounds as he delivers a spine-tingling cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".

7:00pm Matt Andrews
Professor, Department of Biology
How a Sleeping Gopher Could Save Your Life
Recently featured on PBS' Nova ScienceNow, Matt's research on hibernation has resulted in the development of a revolutionary treatment for trauma victims that is saving the lives in the field today.
7:20pm ElEd Block 2 Students, Nedra Hazareesingh, Christine Ridgewell & Tom Mitchell
Nettleton Family Night:
Celebrating Children and Families through Community Service Learning
What do you put in gift bags for 500 elementary school kids? In the fall of 2010, a service learning project for elementary education students at Nettleton Elementary School, one of the most diverse schools in Duluth, answered that question and many more at Family Night.
7:40pm Brian McInnes and Gordon Jourdain
Assistant Professor, CEHSP; Head Teacher, Enweyang Ojibwe Language Nest
The People: The Ojibwe Anishinaabe Creation Story
Brian and Gordon present the creation story and history of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe in its original language, using multimedia tools to enhance this powerful and beautiful story. In the Ojibwe language with translation.
8:00pm Students of DN3401 & Rebecca Katz Harwood
Department of Theatre
Why Grownups Need Playtime, Too
There is a time for critical analysis in formulating an idea, but initially it is more often useful to get your inner editor to just go away. Through concepts from Dance Composition, learn about the value of improvisation and play in exploring a concept, brainstorming ideas, and finding solutions.
8:20pm Sen. Roger Reinert
UMD as a Citizen of Minnesota
8:30pm Mayor Don Ness
UMD as a Citizen of Duluth
8:50pm Chancellor Lendley Black
UMD as a Citizen of the World