Monthly Forums and Workshops

UMRA's monthly programs typically include a luncheon and guest speaker. The schedule is belowLearn more about our meetings. 

Luncheon & Forum:  11:15 - 1:00 pm (except where noted)
Campus Club West Wing

Living Well Workshop:  11:00 - 12:00 noon (except where noted)
By Zoom

 2022 - 2023 Forum & Workshop schedule:

Recorded meetings are available in the left column of this page.


August 9, 2022, 11:30 - 1:30 PM    In Person!
Como Lakeside Pavilion
1360 Lexington Pkwy N
Lunch will be served
Registration required

Month Event type
Date/Time Venue
September Social

9/8/2022 5 p.m.
River Cruise
Harriet Island

In Person
  Workshop 9/20/2022  11 a.m. By Zoom
    About UMRA interest groups and the University Retiree Volunteer Center  
    UMRA interest group and URVC Leaders  
  Forum 9/27/2022  11:30 a.m. In person
    Immigration in Minnesota  
    Jane Graupman,
Executive Director, 
International Institute of MN
October Workshop 10/18/2022  11 a.m. By Zoom
    Health Insurance Update  
Office of Human Resources, UMN
   Forum  10/25/2022 11:30 a.m. In person
    Environmental Issues  
    Jessica Hellman
Executive Director
Institute on the Environment, UMN
November Workshop 11/8/2022  11 a.m. By Zoom
    Brain plasticity and memory  
    Janet Dubinsky
Department of Neuroscience, UMN
  Forum 11/15/2022   11:30 a.m. In Person
    Midterm Elections  
    Kathryn Pearson
Associate Professor
Dept of Political Science, UMN
December Social TBD  
January Workshop 1/17/2023  11 a.m. By Zoom
    How to get the most out of your UMN library privileges  
  Forum 1/24/2022   11:30 a.m. By Zoom
    Regent Selection Process  
    Rick Beeson
Abdul Omari
Karen Schanfield
February Workshop 2/21/2023  11 a.m. By Zoom
    Aging and weakening of the bones  
    Susanne Trost
Assistant Professor of Medicine, 
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
  Forum 2/28/2022   11:30 a.m. By Zoom
    Minnesota Secretary of State  
    Steve Simon
Secretary of State, MN
March Workshop 3/21/2023  11 a.m. By Zoom
    Fraud/scams/elder exploitation  
    Marti DeLiema
UMN School of Social Work
  Forum 3/28/2022   11:30 a.m. In Person
    U budget request for the next biennium  
    Myron Franz or
Julie Tonneson
 April  Workshop  4/18/2023  11 a.m.  By Zoom
    College Admissions Today:  What your grandkids need to know  
    Keri Risic
UMN Director of undergraduate admissions
  Forum 4/25/2022   11:30 a.m. In Person
    Editorial page view of the University  
    Scott Gillespie
Editorial page editor of the StarTribune
May Workshop  5/16/2023  11 a.m.  By Zoom
    Digital Aging:  Technology for better health and wellness  
  Forum & Annual Meeting
5/23/2022   11:30 a.m. In Person
    Challenges and opportunities facing UMD  
    Dave McMillan  


See Forums and Workshops held in prior years

More about our meetings

Forums:  UMRA Forums include a meal and require reservations.  Reservations for the coming year will now open during the summer, and remain open all year-round, unless an event fills up.  Forums are scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of the month over lunch (except November and May, which are on the third Tuesday).

Invited speakers from within and outside the University address a variety of scholarly, informative, and entertaining topics. These gatherings allow members to renew long-standing friendships with former colleagues, make new acquaintances, and strengthen a sense of connection with the University community. Reservations and a $30 fee to cover food expenses (make reservations) are required. An optional coffee hour (no charge) begins at 10:30 on days of luncheon meetings.

Living Well Workshop: Living Well Workshos are currently held by Zoom, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except November and May, which are on the 2nd Tuesday), and are generally designed to be interactive. There is no fee for workshops. Sample recent workshop topics have included housing alternatives, financial planning, long-term care, photography, and caregiving.  

Annual meeting: The final monthly meeting of the year, in May, is considered to be our annual gala social event, an expanded menu and an especially entertaining program. UMRA officers conduct a brief business meeting, and the membership elects new association officers and board members to lead the next year’s activities.

Governance meetings: The Executive Committee and the Board meet most months during the academic year; other committees meet as needed.

Other: Clubs and special interest groups are informal, self-governing groupings of UMRA members who share a common interest. Our various groups can be found under Activities. Social events in addition to the luncheons are organized on an occasional basis and publicized through the newsletter or emails to the membership.