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Past UMRA Forums

April 26, 2022 - 12:00pm

UMRA’s April 2022 Forum will feature Tim Marx, ’83 JD, long-time president and CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and a leading authority on the homeless crisis in the Twin Cities. Marx will comment on the causes of homelessness, its extent, its context in relationship to other major poverty-related challenges, and solutions.

March 22, 2022 - 12:00pm

What is the purpose of a campus when most universities worked almost entirely remotely for two years? Thomas Fisher, the influential director of the Minnesota Design Center and author of the new book Space, Structures and Design in a Post-Pandemic World, will share his thoughts on the question for the UMRA Forum on March 22. 

February 22, 2022 - 12:00pm

UMRA’s February 2022 Forum will address the basics of messenger RNA technology: how it works, what it can and cannot do, and the wide range of potential medical applications that are currently under study, including cancer treatment.

February 14, 2022 - 3:00pm

We are pleased to announce that Governor Tim Walz has accepted our invitation to speak to UMRA members on Monday, February 14, for an exclusive UMRA forum via Zoom. 

January 25, 2022 - 12:00pm

Phyllis Moen, PhD, professor and holder of the McKnight Endowed Presidential Chair in Sociology, our guest speaker for UMRA’s first Forum of 2022, will talk about “encore adulthood” and how this already challenging time of life has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and societal upheaval.

November 23, 2021 - 12:00pm

UMRA is pleased to welcome Garry Jenkins, JD, dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, to our UMRA Forum on Tuesday, November 23, to speak about the challenges and future of legal education.

November 9, 2021 - 9:00am

Study abroad programs are only one part of the larger picture of the robust international education program at the University of Minnesota. Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean of International Programs, will join us for UMRA A.M. on Tuesday, November 9, to provide an overview of the U’s Global Programs & Strategy Alliance, and explain why she believes international education should be relevant to the University as a whole.

Lee Frelich, PhD
October 26, 2021 - 12:00pm

Minnesota is one of the most interesting places on the planet because three biomes come together here: boreal forest, temperate forest, and grasslands. However, this confluence of biomes also means that our forests are highly susceptible to changing climate. Lee Frelich, PhD, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Forest Ecology, will explain why when he joins us as our guest speaker for UMRA's October Forum.


October 12, 2021 - 9:00am

UMRA is pleased to welcome Regent Emeritus Rick Beeson as our guest speaker for UMRA A.M. on October 12. He will speak on the current state of the University, including the U’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and share his reflections on his time as a member and chair of the Board of Regents. 


Past Living Well Workshops

April 19, 2022 - 11:00am

UMRA’s April 19 workshop will address changes in our eyes as we age. Erik van Kuijk, MD, PhD, chair of the U of M Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, will discuss what happens to the anatomy of the eye and offer preventive and preservation measures for taking care of our eyes.

March 15, 2022 - 10:00am

One of the benefits of the University’s choice of Fidelity Investments to manage retirement funds is that this association allows us to take advantage of some of the financial planning resources of one of the world’s largest asset managers. UMRA's March 15 workshop will be an overview of these resources.

February 15, 2022 - 11:00am

Julie Schumacher, Regents Professor of English and Creative Writing and winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, will discuss her writing process and the ways in which writing—whether fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—can become more enjoyable and even, at times, less of a personal trial.

January 18, 2022 - 11:00am

Pamela Schreiner, PhD, a professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health and director of the School of Public Health’s Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environments, will be the featured speaker for UMRA’s first Living Well Workshop of 2022. 

November 16, 2021 - 11:00am

Our strategic advantage as humans has been our ability to learn and innovate. Neuroscientist and Professor Emeritus Alice Larson, our guest speaker for UMRA’s November 16 Living Well Workshop via Zoom, will discuss how people of all ages can enhance their creative powers and why this is important, especially in challenging times. 

2022 Benefit Enrollment Guide, brochure cover
October 19, 2021 - 11:00am

Are you prepared for Open Enrollment? This year’s health insurance workshop will begin with a presentation by representatives from the international insurance broker and consulting firm Willis Towers Watson, followed by an overview of next year’s U of M retiree health plans by representatives from the Office of Human Resources.

September 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.

July 20, 2021 - 4:30pm

UMRA’s late-afternoon workshop on July 20 will be a free wine tasting with U of M research winemaker and enologist Drew Horton. He will speak with us about how to properly taste wine, what it takes to breed wine grapes in Minnesota, and what U of M grapes are being used to make the best local wines today.

May 3, 2021 - 11:00am

How are your hands holding up as you age? Our May workshop presenter, Ann Van Heest, MD, is one of the U’s top hand experts. She will talk about what happens to the complex anatomy of our hands as we age.