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Globetrotting Across Campus at the Small World Coffee Hour

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In the span of a couple of hours, University of Minnesota students can sightsee around a foreign country—experience its food, art, politics, and culture—without ever leaving campus.

Founded more than 20 years ago, the Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) hosts bimonthly events and commonly draws a couple hundred students. Its goal, says SWCH coordinator Yaeeun Shin, is to spark meaningful discussions, and hopefully new friendships, between international and U.S. students.

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Where is my Islam? The Identity Crisis of 21st Century Muslims

Thursday, September 10, 2015

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By Dr. Cawo (Awa) Abdi, associate professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts

We as sociologists are part of the society that we study. We use our ‘sociological imagination’ to delve deeper into multifaceted topics. In my own work, I attempt to counter the caricature of Muslims (radical versus moderate, or 'bad Muslim good Muslim') in our post-9/11 debates. 

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New U Card brings needed change with preferred names

Friday, September 4, 2015

The class of 2019 will be the first incoming class to have the option of using a preferred name on their U Card, the U of M’s primary identification card (as will faculty and staff). The change comes with the understanding that a person’s gender identity need not be tied to their legal birth name. The shift was made after a combination of the work of the U’s Transgender Commission, the GLBTA program office, the Ucard office and the Office of Information Technology.


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