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Mariynne Robinson: The Arts and Humanities in the Public Research University

Thursday, October 13, 2016
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Tuesday, October 18 3:30-5pm, Bell Museum Auditorium (room 100).  Marilynne Robinson’s visit is sponsored by the Esther Freier Lectures in Literature, the Department of English, the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, the Religious Studies Program, the Institute for Advanced Study, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Provost. This event is open to University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students. Contact Lydia Brosnahan at with questions. 


Campus Climate Event a Missed Opportunity

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Last week, the Paint the Bridge event sparked controversy on campus. The University of Minnesota student group College Republicans painted a mural with the words, “Build the Wall,” featured prominently — in part as a promotional statement for their student group on a panel on the Washington Avenue bridge. After much protest, President Kaler sent out two emails: The first email condemned the panel’s subsequent vandalism and promoted the idea of mutual respect, despite the diverse microcosm of opposing cultures and ideas on the University’s campus.


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