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A preview of 2024 Minnesota legislative politics

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Melissa Hortman, speaker of the Minnesota House and a 1995 graduate cum laude of the U of M Law School, will be the guest speaker for UMRA’s February 27 Forum. She will help us understand the 2024 legislative session and efforts at bipartisan cooperation.

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Melissa Hortman

Planning for the (un)expected end

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Pat Miles, former TV news anchor and journalist, lost her husband suddenly and found the financial and legal challenges to be overwhelming during her time of grief. She wrote a book about her experience, Before All Is Said and Done, incorporating wisdom from other unexpected widows, and will share her learnings for the first UMRA Forum of the New Year.

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Pat Miles

Beyond the classroom, the student experience today

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How are today’s students and their experiences different from when we went to college? Beyond grades, what are the greatest challenges they face to completing their degrees? Guest speakers Calvin Phillips and Maggie Towle from the U of M Office of Student Affairs will share their insights and the latest research on student life today for UMRA’s November forum. Don’t miss this eye-opening conversation.

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Calvin Phillips

The alarming movement in the U.S. to ban books

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To help us understand the growing movement in the U.S. to ban books, especially children’s literature, and the critical role of libraries to protect intellectual freedom, UMRA will welcome U of M Librarian Lisa Von Drasek (pictured) and Rochester Public Librarian Kimberly Edson as the guest speakers for our October luncheon forum at Midland Hills. 

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Lisa Von Drasek

The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 'blockbuster’ case decisions

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The U.S. Supreme Court has issued several contentious decisions over its past two terms, and the court’s conservative majority has left an indelible mark on American jurisprudence. Professor Jill Hasday, the guest speaker for UMRA’s September luncheon forum, will discuss the meaning and impact of what’s happened. 

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Jill Hasday

Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Minneapolis Queen

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Enjoy the golden close of summer on an evening cruise on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis with UMRA friends and colleagues.  The cruise fee includes a taco bar, and there will be a full service cash bar available on the boat.

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Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Minneapolis Queen

The future of intercollegiate athletics at the U of M

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Intercollegiate athletics is undergoing revolutionary changes that may alter the industry’s relationship to higher education. To help us understand the impact of the changes at the U of M, our May forum will feature Director of Athletics Mark Coyle and Jeremiah Carter, senior associate athletic director for name, image, likeness (NIL) policy and risk management.

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Mark Coyle

UMRA welcomes Star Tribune Editorial Page Editor Scott Gillespie to April luncheon forum

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UMRA members will have a rare opportunity to hear from and ask questions of one of the major thought leaders in Minnesota when Star Tribune Editorial Page Editor Scott Gillespie joins us for our April 25 luncheon forum at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville.

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Scott Gillespie

UMRA welcomes U of M Budget Director Julie Tonneson to March luncheon forum

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UMRA is pleased to welcome U of M Budget Director Julie Tonneson as the guest speaker for our first in-person forum of the new year, which will be held in a new venue for UMRA: Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville. She will speak about the U's funding request for the next two years and goals for obtaining funds from the state surpluses.

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Julie Tonneson

The history and future of elections and democracy in Minnesota

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If you are interested in the history and future of elections and democracy in Minnesota, then UMRA’s February 2023 Forum is a “don’t miss” event. Our featured guest will be Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon.

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Steve Simon

Special Forum: A merger, a medical school, and health care in Minnesota

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Medical School Dean Jakub Tolar will be the guest speaker for a special UMRA forum on February 14 via Zoom. He will address the proposed merger between Fairview Health Services (current owner of the University’s hospitals and clinics) and South Dakota-based Sanford Health, as well as the U’s recently announced MPact Health Care Innovation project.

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Jakub Tolar

What happened November 8? Understanding the 2022 midterm elections

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With U.S. Senate and House races across the country, as well as heated governor and state executive races, there will be a lot to unpack following the midterm elections. Guest speaker Kathryn Pearson, Ph.D., a rock star among UMRA presenters for her illuminating election analyses, will help us make sense of it all. Please note the early date; luncheon reservations and prepayment are due November 5.

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Kathryn Pearson

New Americans in Minnesota

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Jane Graupman, executive director of the International Institute of Minnesota, is a tireless advocate for new Americans in our community. As the featured speaker for our September Forum, she will provide a primer on their contributions and the challenges they face.

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Graupman

Tackling climate change and building a sustainable energy future

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Guest speaker Jessica Hellmann, Ph.D., is executive director and Ecolab Chair in Environmental Leadership at the U of M Institute on the Environment and a professor in the College of Biological Sciences Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. She will share with us the critical role that universities have to play in addressing the climate crisis.

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Jessica Hellmann

UMRA Autumn Riverboat Cruise

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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)

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