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Joseph Haj: A Conversation

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Joseph Haj, the Guthrie's eighth artistic director and his Associate Artistic Director, Jeffrey Meanza, discussed the value of the western canon, its continuing relevance, and its agency for social change May 2 at the University of Minnesota Friends of the Libraries' annual celebration. Haj also talked about the history of the Guthrie and its longstanding importance to Minnesotans.

Pankake Poetry Reading with Margaret Hasse

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Margaret Hasse read from her most recent publication, Between Us, as well as other works at the Pankake Poetry Reading on April 11, 2018 at the University of Minnesota's Andersen Library. 

Alan Page, in conversation with Gary Eichten

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Alan Page has had an extraordinary career trajectory. Discover his motivations and passions in this conversation with Gary Eichten, known and revered for his many years as an MPR host and news editor. The discussion took place May 9, 2017 at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center as part of the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries annual celebration.

3rd Kirschner Lecture with Beth Dooley and J. Ryan Stradal

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J. Ryan Stradal and food writer Beth Dooley embarked on a delightful excursion through today’s food scene with stories of farmers, cheese makers, butchers, home cooks, chefs, sommeliers, and restaurateurs at the 3rd Kirschner Lecture December 1, 2016 at Cowles Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. 

Joseph Ellis – The Second Founding: Four Men Who Created a Country

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Joseph Ellis presented 'The Second Founding: Four Men Who Created a Country' on September 28, 2016 at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall. Ellis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783–1789, discussed one of the most crucial periods in American history — the years between the end of the Revolution and the formation of the federal government — and the men most responsible for the creation of the United States: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. The event, attended by nearly 700 people, was sponsored by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Kevin Kling: Books Cast Their Spell on Me

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Kevin Kling takes a look at stories of stories, the role of stories in our lives, and memories as alibis or evidence. Why do we need stories? Are stories medicine? And, of course, there will be stories. All this and more at the University of Minnesota Friends of the Libraries annual celebration on May 4, 2016.

Pop Wagner: Rolling on a Winter’s Night

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Pop Wagner, a mainstay of the Minnesota music community, performed December 9, 2015 at a special event, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Friends of the Libraries. 

Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns

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Celebrated lion researcher and conservationist Craig Packer takes us into the complex, tooth-and-claw worlds of lion conservation and behavior in this September 30, 2015 event at Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota. 

Deborah Madison on Garden Paths, Recipes, and Building One’s Library

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Noted cookbook author and internationally acclaimed proponent of vegetarian cooking, Deborah Madison was the featured speaker at the University of Minnesota Friends of the Libraries annual celebration. Formerly the manager of the farmers market in Santa Fe and co-founder of the Monte del Sol Edible Kitchen Garden, Madison has a long-abiding passion for local/regional foods and those who produce them.

Pankake Poetry reading with Michael Dennis Browne

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Michael Dennis Browne, poet and University of Minnesota Emeritus Professor, read from his new book, “The Voices,” and Kathy Saltzman Romey led a musical performance by the University Singers at the annual Pankake Poetry Reading event on April 16.

Richard Moe presents Roosevelt’s Second Act

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Richard Moe presents Roosevelt's Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War on November 18, 2014 at the Paul and Joan Nagel Lecture in Cowles Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. 

My Life in the Theater: I Always Said Yes!

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

Will Shortz: An Evening with the Puzzle Master

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Will Shortz: An Evening with the Puzzle Master was presented September 12, 2013 by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries at Ted Mann Concert Center. 

Pankake Poetry Reading with Ed Bok Lee

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Ed Bok Lee was the featured speaker at the April 17, 2013 Pankake Poetry Reading at Elmer L. Andersen Library. 

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