At the U, a record of upholding free speech, and dissent

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

By Daniel McDonald

As current chair of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, I read with great interest John Kass’ May 2 commentary, “How the left is silencing free speech” on campuses.

One might conclude, based on national news coverage, that the First Amendment has taken some hits on college campuses in recent years. I am pleased to note, however, that my personal experiences attending speeches on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota give alumni and all Minnesotans good reason to be proud of the way free speech is protected at the U.


President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct: Our next steps

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In a May 16 campus-wide email, President Kaler announced his President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct

Our determined efforts to combat sexual misconduct continue. We must take next steps to ensure safety, respect, and a culture that reflects our deeply held institutional values.


Chinese Language Cafe

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 24, 5:30 pm, University International Center, Room 101, 331 17th Ave SE

Chinese Language Cafe provides an informal gathering space for Chinese language learners and native speakers from the Twin Cities. The evening provides attendees an opportunity to speak Chinese, enjoy delicious bubble tea and meet new pengyou.


Gender, Sexuality, and Taxis: An Interview With Elliot James

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

by Amelie Hyams

Why should we pay attention to gender and sexuality in something as benign as setting up a business?

Elliot James, Assistant Professor of African History and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris, looks at how gender and sexuality are not typically factored into business models, and yet they play a significant part in normal operations.

Read the full story on the OED blog.


Amineh Safi's Remarks at 2017 Humphrey School Commencement

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Amineh Safi is a Syrian-French-Muslim-American who is active on campus and in the community as a champion of diversity, equity and civil rights. She has spoken frequently about Islam to help counter inaccurate and misleading portrayals of Muslims in the media and popular culture. She earned a BA in psychology and political science in 2014 from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and received her Master of Public Policy degree at the Humphrey School commencement ceremony Saturday [May 13, 2017]. 


On 'difficult names'

Friday, May 12, 2017

by UyênThi Tran Myhre

“give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” ― Warsan Shire

My parents didn’t plan on having me, their sixth and youngest child, but they did choose my name carefully: UyênThi. This name is special for a lot of reasons. For one, the letters in it echo the spellings of my five older siblings’ names. Its abbreviation, út, means baby of the family. Hidden in my name is my mother (turn the symbol on the “e” upside-down and you get a “v,” which is hugging the “en” of my name. Ven: my mother’s name). My dad is reflected in my name as well. He wanted it to be one word, no space: UyênThi, not Uyên Thi. Since Vietnamese is a monosyllabic language, this tends to confuse Vietnamese people outside my family. They want to shorten my name and call me Uyên or Thi.

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Lactation committee survey

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Lactation Advocacy Committee is preparing a white paper about lactation on campus and is seeking stories, good or bad, about your experience with breastfeeding on campus. The committee will use personal accounts from mothers to illustrate what women go through to provide milk for babies while studying, teaching, working, and visiting. You may choose to remain anonymous. Share your story.


Bias Response and Referral Network Year-One Report to the TC campus community

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN) has released a one-year report to the Twin Cities campus community. The report provides background information, an analysis of incidents reported to the BRRN, and recommendations for next year. A downloadable PDF of the report can be found here.

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