Participants in Ted Bowman’s provocative “Resilient coping” workshop requested suggestions for books to help address the changes and challenges we’re all facing, from retirement to social upheaval.
Here are a few recommendations from Bowman and members of UMRA:
The Second Half of Life by Angeles Arrien. Boulder: Sound True, Inc. 2005
On the Brink of Everything by Parker Palmer. Oakland: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2018
The Way of Transition by William Bridges. Cambridge: Perseus Publishing. 2001
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2011.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibrahim X. Kendi. New York: Random House. 2019.
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press. 2016. Recommended by URMA Workshop Committee Chair Ron Matross, this collection of essays was chosen to be featured this summer for the statewide One Book | One Minnesota book club.
Free download offer from University of Minnesota Press
The University of Minnesota Press is offering a collection of antiracist books for free download through August 31: Reading for Racial Justice.
October 2020 Programs
At A Glance
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Kirsten Delegard, PhD
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Living Well Workshop
UMRA health plan options for open enrollment
Representatives from the Office of Human Resources and plan vendors
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Crisis in youth mental health
Kaz Nelson, PhD
The University of Minnesota Retirees Association’s response to COVID-19 developments is aligned with the University's Safe Campus guidelines.
Accordingly, all these events will be held via Zoom.
Like the classic Black Beauty, in which a horse is the narrator, The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by a dog named Enzo. The title of the book is a metaphor for the scary times we face in our lives. Read more >>
Security Analyst Jenny Blaine began our September Workshop with a cautionary note about cybersecurity: You may not think you have anything valuable to steal, but you do. Read more >>
UMRA, together with the University of Minnesota Foundation, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. Read more >>
The Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program is an annual competition that makes grants available to University of Minnesota retirees for professional development and research. All retirees from all five campuses in the University of Minnesota System may qualify to apply. Read more >>
UMRA held its biannual planning retreat on August 25, bringing together UMRA officers, board members, committee chairs, and interest group leaders for a half-day meeting via Zoom. It was clear from the outset that UMRA has an engaged and vibrant volunteer base. Read more >>
Are you avoiding interesting UMRA programs because you’re unsure how to join a Zoom meeting or attend a Zoom webinar? You’re not alone. But it is not all that difficult. Read more >>
The Bell Museum on the U of M campus in St. Paul is a favorite place for astrophysicist Lawrence Rudnick, and for good reason. Read more >>
UMRA members who want to keep up with events at the University and news about the University can easily do so. There are three news and information sources to which you can subscribe, all delivered by email for free. Read more >>
When Sally Schakel retired from the University of Minnesota’s Nutrition Coordinating Center, she wanted to have a purpose in retirement and to keep connected to the U. She found her “volunteer home” at the University Retirees Volunteer Center. Read more >>
The UMRA News is offering colleagues across the University an opportunity to share with us some of their experiences on being maroon and gold, and Black. Rahel Ghebre, MD, MPH, is a gynecologic oncologist and professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health. Read more >>
An enthralling memoir, “The Girl with Seven Names” describes author Hyeonseo Lee’s story as she defies all odds to live a life of freedom outside North Korea. Read more >>
In a warm and engaging exchange with UMRA members on August 18, Rachel Croson told us about her life as our new provost in the age of COVID-19 and a time of economic uncertainty. She is a quick study with a great attitude. Read more >>
The University of Minnesota’s Age-Friendly University (AFU) working group will have met three times by the end of August. The group, including UMRA representative Lynn C. Anderson, has sent a letter to President Gabel requesting endorsement and is looking forward to her response. Read more >>
UMRA has a long history of partnering with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Now it’s official. UMRA and UMAA have signed a formal agreement, effective September 1, 2020, with benefits for members of both organizations. Read more >>
As a result of the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University will not be able to fund the Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program for 2021–22. In order to keep the program growing, UMRA is launching a fundraising campaign. Read more >>
UMRA members continue to demonstrate their resourcefulness when it comes to coping with the coronavirus. Here is a sampling of the responses to our most recent informal survey. Read more >>
Meet UMRA member and Zoom webinar moderator Mary Koppel who, early in her career as a TV newswoman, reported farming and ranching news in Western Nebraska. Read more >>
Since 2009, UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees program has awarded more than 130 grants for a wide range of projects, to provide funding to retirees who want to continue their intellectual work. Strikingly, more than two thirds of the projects have benefited society at large, both in the United States and around the world. Read more >>
This is the first in a series of interviews being initiated by the UMRA News to offer colleagues across the University an opportunity to share with us some of their experiences on being maroon and gold, and Black. Our first guest, economist Samuel L. Myers Jr., PhD, is the Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Read more >>
Members of our Board of Directors are elected to three-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. The previous year’s president-elect automatically becomes president. Read more >>
Despite difficult times, Minneapolis Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo remains an optimist with a clear goal of transforming the culture of the MPD, reconciling with the community, and improving the quality of life for everyone in the city. Read more >>