~  Enjoy monthly speakers addressing scholarly, timely, and
          entertaining topics.
     ~  Dine, chat, renew friendships with former colleagues, and make
          new acquaintances.
     ~  Strengthen your connection with the University community.

View upcoming Forums and Workshops.  Watch recorded programs.

The Social Activities Committee identifies opportunities for gathering beyond luncheons, workshops, and involvement in UMRA governance. Wine tastings, local and regional tours, and events planned by other organizations are some of the activities offered to promote social interaction.


East Bank

Current interest groups include the armchair traveler, a book club, photo club, and the finance and legal group. Members of each gather monthly or periodically to share common interests, have fun, and learn from each other.



This month's UMRA Forum and Living Well Workshop is on the home pageReservations are required for the Forum and luncheon.  Workshops are held in conjunction with each monthly program.  Generally designed to be highly interactive, they are free and no reservation is necessary. Past topics have included housing alternatives, financial planning, long-term care, photography, and caregiving.

Our members share their professional and personal interests as they contribute to the broader community.

     ♦  Volunteering,
     ♦  Offering caring outreach to members facing serious illness or other
         life crisis,
     ♦  Providing Professional Development Grants for Retirees

Monthly meetings and workshops. Here you will find photos of members present and past.


Event date: Sep 17 2021 - 2:00pm

Joni Mitchell will lead the discussion of Marcel’s Letters by Carolyn Porter when the UMRA Book Club I meets via Zoom on Friday, September 17. More …

Event date: Sep 21 2021 - 11:00am

Humphrey School Senior Fellow Jay Kiedrowski will be joined by Professor and President Emeritus Robert Bruininks for this special forum to discuss the proposed amendments to the Minneapolis city charter that will be on the ballot in November.

Event date: Sep 22 2021 - 11:30am

Join UMRA members Charles Muscoplat and Lynn C. Anderson to learn about their personal journeys through Europe and Scandinavia when UMRA’s Armchair Traveler program resumes September 22. More …

Event date: Sep 24 2021 - 2:00pm

The Fourth Friday Book Club selection for its meeting on Friday, September 24, is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. More …

Event date: Sep 28 2021 - 12:00pm
Dean, Medical School; VP of Health Sciences

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, will share with us the story of how the faculty, staff, and students at the University of Minnesota Medical School responded to the coronavirus pandemic in an unprecedented effort of adaptation, collaboration, and service.

Event date: Oct 13 2021 - 10:00am

UMRA member Vicki Gaylord will share ways she has found to engage family members in the family history work she has done when the Family History Interest Group meets in October. More …

Event date: Oct 15 2021 - 2:00pm

Judy Helgen will lead the discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer when the UMRA Book Club I meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 15. More …

Event date: Oct 22 2021 - 2:00pm

The Fourth Friday Book Club selection for its meeting in October is A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. More …

Event date: Nov 19 2021 - 2:00pm

Mary Jane Towle will lead the discussion of Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde when the UMRA Book Club I meets via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 19. More …

Event date: Nov 26 2021 - 2:00pm

The Fourth Friday Book Club selection for its meeting in November is Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie. More …

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