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Mark Engebretson

Mark Engebretson is the director of communications at the University of Minnesota Libraries and editor of continuum.

Previously, Mark served as director of digital media strategy for the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and before that as electronic communications manager for the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center Office of Communications.

Mark is a former journalist who has written about politics, health, business, and sports for a number of newspapers and magazines.

Mark has a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in health journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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51st James Ford Bell Lecture, featuring Andrew Lawler

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51st James Ford Bell Lecture, featuring Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler will present at the annual James Ford Bell Lecture on October 23, 2014, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Lawler is an award-winning writer/journalist. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discovery and Columbia Journalism Review, among others. He is a contributing writer to Science Magazine, a contributing editor to Archaeology Magazine, and author of the forthcoming book “Why Did the Chicken Cross the World.”

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Books at the ‘U’ Libraries

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Books at the ‘U’ Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries holds thousands of books on Hispanic history and culture. This collection includes books published by academic presses as well as by commercial publishers. Some of the publishers whose books are included in this collection specialize on Hispanic themes or authors, like Arte Publico.  Today Hispanics are the second largest minority [...]

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‘Read This Book!’ – Back to School

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‘Read This Book!’ – Back to School

In this special Back to School episode of “Read This Book!,” Lisa Von Drasek discusses “The Pilot and the Little Prince,” by Peter Cis, “Park Scientists,” by Mary Kay Carson, and “The Story of Buildings,” by Patrick Dillon (Author) and Stephen Biesty (Illustrator).

Von Drasek is curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

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Come to the Table: Food Security and Sustainability as a Social Justice Issue

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The Critical Conversations about Diversity and Justice series will feature, “Come to the Table: Food Security and Sustainability as a Social Justice Issue” on Friday, September 26, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., at Elmer L. Andersen Library, Givens Conference Room (120).

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Our Global Table: Food, History, and Culture

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Our Global Table: Food, History, and Culture

Our Global Table: Food, History, and Culture, an exhibit at the T.R. Anderson Gallery in Wilson Library, will explore the global history of the foods we eat in the United States and also the American origins of foods that have become staples elsewhere in the world. The exhibit will feature items from the James Ford Bell Library.

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U of M students love libraries!

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U of M students love libraries!

University Libraries took part in Respect U Day, part of Welcome Week for incoming students, on August 29. Students who attended learned about programs, resources, and tools to help them succeed and also about resources to support equity and diversity on campus.

Watch the video and see what incoming students think about libraries.

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The joys of reading aloud

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The joys of reading aloud

Kate DiCamillo and Lisa Von Drasek discuss the value of reading aloud in this 25-minute video.

DiCamillo, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, said that she believes reading aloud is an important communal activity for people of all ages, not just kids. She and Von Drasek, head of the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Literature Research Collections, take turns sharing excerpts from some of their favorite books, both classic and contemporary.

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Isabel Wilkerson kicks off Friends’ speaker series

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Isabel Wilkerson kicks off Friends’ speaker series

Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson kicks off the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries speaker series with a special lecture, “The Warmth of Other Suns: Telling the Human Story of an Epic Migration.” The event will be Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m., at Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union

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Year in Pictures 2013-2014

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Year in Pictures 2013-2014

The Year in Pictures at the University of Minnesota Libraries, 2013-2014. Speakers included Will Shortz, Wendy Lehr, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Steve Berry, Kevin Young, and more.

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U of M acquires Adath Jeshurun Congregation records

U of M acquires Adath Jeshurun Congregation records

The Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the University of Minnesota has recently acquired the Adath Jeshurun Congregation records. Comprised of more than 96 cubic feet worth of administrative materials, this collection is now the largest and most comprehensive archival collection of a Jewish congregation in the state. The materials have already [...]

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