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Learning to listen: Students get together to — calmly — share their opinions

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Once a week, a group of students gathers at the University of Minnesota to listen — and, when it’s their turn, talk — about everything from politics to love, from happiness to humanity.

The students are part of the Round Table Discussion Groups, one of several organizations that bring together students from diverse backgrounds — be they political, racial, philosophical or religious — to share their perspectives. It’s a movement that is growing quickly across the campus and the nation.


Trang Bui: What Drives Your Curiosity?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CSE graduate Trang Bui overcame adversity to become the first in her family to earn a college degree

In her heart, Trang Bui knew the key to a better life was getting a college education. But her Asian cultural values of placing family obligations before individual pursuits turned a typical four-year journey into 17 years.

Life has not been easy for the recent electrical engineering graduate who came to the United States at the age of 17. Born in 1983, Bui grew up in Vietnam during a time when the country was still rebuilding after the war.


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