Past Programs

Past UMRA Forums

January 12, 2021 - 9:00am

Rajean Moone, PhD, will be joined by UMRA member Lynn C. Anderson for a presentation on what joining the AFU Global Network will mean in terms of exciting new opportunities at the U for lifelong learners, retirees, and older adults, 

November 24, 2020 - 12:00pm

In her third presidential election debrief for UMRA, Kathryn Pearson, PhD, an associate professor of political science well known for her incisive analysis of elections at both the federal and state level, will help us to understand the outcome and implications of the 2020 elections.

November 10, 2020 - 9:00am

Timothy Schacker, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the U of M Medical School, will talk about the multifaceted approach that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent COVID-19, and he will highlight the current efforts underway to develop, test, and distribute a vaccine that can help to free us from the grip of the coronavirus pandemic.

October 27, 2020 - 12:00pm

Psychiatrist Kaz Nelson, MD, will explore and help us understand today’s mental health crisis in our youth and how it is impacting families across our state and country. Read more >>

October 13, 2020 - 9:00am

How can you see prejudice on a map of a city? Join public historian Kirsten Delegard, PhD, to find out how geographers, historians, and thousands of citizen volunteers are making it possible. 

September 29, 2020 - 12:00pm

UMRA looks forward to welcoming author, activist, and Regent Emerita Josie Johnson for our September forum and to learning more about her life, her legacy, and her hopes for the future of the civil rights struggle. 

September 8, 2020 - 9:00am

Will vergangenheitsbewältigung become the next German loanword in American English? It means “working through the past” and it will be the topic for discussion when we welcome guest speaker Henning Schroeder, PhD, director of international programs in the College of Pharmacy for UMRA’s first morning forum on Tuesday, September 8.

Dean of the MSU College of Social Science, Rachel Croson, 2018.
August 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

We are pleased to welcome Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel Croson as our guest speaker for an UMRA forum by way of Zoom. Dr. Croson began her appointment just as the coronavirus outbreak was gaining recognition as a global pandemic. She has already distinguished herself by helping to shape the University’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and by working on the U’s reopening plans for September. 

July 21, 2020 - 12:00pm

Chief of Police Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo is widely believed to be the right person at the right time to lead the Minneapolis Police Department. Since the arrest, restraint, and death of George Floyd, the chief has responded with calm, visible leadership and continued to model the principles he espouses. His mission and objectives could not be more prescient.


Past Living Well Workshops

January 19, 2021 - 11:00am

Our Living Well Workshop for January, the month when people traditionally head back to the gym, will focus on building physical fitness and activity into our lives, an especially challenging task in a pandemic winter. 

November 17, 2020 - 11:00am

With people living longer than ever before, the post-retirement stage of life can be almost as long as the working years. In this workshop, Lucy Rose Fischer, author of I’m New at Being Old, and her husband, Mark Fischer, will show how these years can be the best time of our lives.

October 20, 2020 - 11:00am

Medica Chief Medical Officer John Mach, MD, will be among the presenters for UMRA's October workshop focused on U of M retiree health plan options for 2021. Open enrollment begins November 1. 

September 15, 2020 - 11:00am

Are you concerned about the safety of your digital data? If not, you should be. This one-hour presentation by U of M Security Analyst Jenny Blaine will provide an overview of cyber threats and best practices for protecting ourselves from them. 


September 15, 2020 - 11:00am

UMRA’s monthly Living Well workshops will continue in September with a presentation on internet security previously scheduled for March 11. 

July 7, 2020 - 11:00am

Maintaining resiliency and hope for self and others while growing older can be challenging, even in the best of times. But it is especially challenging now that we are dealing simultaneously with a pandemic, economic recession, and community upheaval.

May 24, 2020 - 10:15am

Our recent Survey of Future UMRA Programming and Use of Zoom told us that many members would like to participate in online versions of our Living Well workshops. We welcome your suggestions.

May 19, 2020 - 12:00pm

With the closing of the Campus Club and cancellation of our May luncheon, UMRA’s annual election will be conducted by email. Frank Cerra (pictured above), retired dean of the Medical School and senior vice president for health sciences and services, tops the slate of candidates put forward by the Nominating Committee. 

April 28, 2020 - 1:30pm

By Ron Matross, chair, UMRA Cares Committee
Our April Living Well Workshop has been canceled. In place of the article that would normally appear in this space, I thought it would be fun to find out how people are “making lemonade” to cope with the coronavirus situation.

March 24, 2020 - 1:30pm

In light of the University’s cancelation on March 11 of in-person class meetings, and concerns about transmission of the coronavirus, UMRA has canceled the meeting and workshop that were scheduled for March 24. We believe this is the only prudent course of action to avoid risk to our members.

We will take appropriate actions to reimburse those individuals who have already paid for the luncheon. Thanks for your understanding and concern in this difficult time. If you have questions, please email me.

—Bill Donohue, president