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Videos of Past Lectures and Events

‘My Life in the Theater’ featuring Wendy Lehr

Wendy Lehr, Twin Cities actor, director and teacher, presented “My Life in the the Theater: I Always Said Yes!” on May 12, 2014 at the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries Annual Celebration.


May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Andrea Davis Pinkney

Best-selling children’s and young adult writer Andrea Davis Pinkney delivered the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture May 3 at the University of Minnesota. The title of her presentation was “Rejoice the Legacy!”


An Evening with Steve Berry

Steve Berry discussed his evolution as a writer, the writing craft, and his involvement in historic preservation at this event on February 26, 2014 at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union.

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of “The Lincoln Myth,” “The King’s Deception,” “The Columbus Affair,” “The Templar Legacy,” “The Romanov Prophecy,” “The Amber Room,” and many more.┬áHistory lies at the heart of every Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation.


A Reading by Robert Bly

Robert Bly read from his latest collection of poetry, “Stealing Sugar from the Castle,” on October 16, 2013 at Willey Hall on the University of Minnesota west bank campus.


Will Shortz: An Evening with the Puzzle Master

New York Times and NPR puzzle master Will Shortz thrilled the nearly 700 in attendance September 12, 2013 at Ted Mann Concert Hall.


Kate DiCamillo receives the 2013 Kerlan Award

On June 8, 2013, Kate DiCamillo received the 2013 Kerlan Award and provided the keynote lecture at the event.


2013 Pankake Poetry Event featuring Ed Bok Lee

The 2013 Pankake Poetry Event featured Ed Bok Lee on April 17, 2013 at Elmer L. Andersen Library. Bok Lee is an award-winning author. He won the 2006 PEN/Open Book Award, and the 2006 Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice) for “Real Karaoke People.” In 2012, he won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and an American Book Award for “Whorled.”


Talk Mystery to Me:
A conversation with Ellen Hart and R.D. Zimmerman

This event was held Nov. 29, 2012 at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota.