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September 8, 2022 - 5:00pm

There is no better way to celebrate the beginning of a new UMRA program year than by taking a glorious sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River. Meet new members, reconnect with old friends, and enjoy a taco bar with two-for-one margaritas.

Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul
RSVP by August 26
Reservations are now closed -- the cruise is full

$35 per person
(includes taco bar)



August 9, 2022 - 11:00am

You are invited to an in-person, outdoor summer social and lunch for UMRA members and guests at the Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, catered by the Dock & Paddle restaurant.

Reservations are closed

May 24, 2022 - 11:00am

May 24 will mark UMRA’s return to in-person luncheon forums at the Campus Club for the first time in more than two years. Provost Rachel Croson will be our special guest and John Coleman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will be our keynote speaker. Reservations open April 28 and are due by May 16. 

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.


Past Living Well Workshops

May 31, 2022 - 12:45pm

The UMRA Living Well Workshop will return in September. Please check back later for program dates, times, and details.

May 17, 2022 - 11:00am

Our May workshop, via Zoom, will be about Minnesota’s state parks and how we can engage with this wonderful resource and use it to help ourselves and our families become healthier and happier.

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.