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First Fridays: December 2017

December 1, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm


Minnesota Nice:
Organic and Locally Sourced Tales from the Archives

The Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota contains more stories of nice and not-so-nice Minnesotans than you can shake a Pronto Pup at. From the selfless and heroic local innovators and activists to the insular recidivists throughout its history, Minnesota’s historical extremes will be highlighted in the 2017-2018 First Fridays season.

Event Details

What: First Fridays
When: December 1, 2017, (Light refreshments at 11:45 a.m. with the presentation at noon.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120 (parking and directions)

Free and open to the public

What’s fair at the Fair?

Kate Dietrick, Archivist, Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

The Minnesota State Fair is known as a place where a Great and diverse group of Minnesotans Get Together to enjoy food and fun. Yet over its history, not everyone has felt welcomed. So what happened in the late 1970s, when the Jewish Community Relations Council challenged the Minnesota State Fair to stop approving space rentals for discriminatory and Antisemitic organizations?

Do Unto Others?

Amanda Wick, Interim Archivist, Charles Babbage Institute

Minnesota’s Control Data Corporation (CDC) was a pioneer in corporate social responsibility initiatives. The moral ambivalence of these early initiatives is summed up by CDC’s founder, “We view the major unmet needs of society as opportunities to pursue profitable business.” This talk will examine one company’s complex relationship with marginalized communities, forged through an effort to “do good.”

About First Fridays

First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.


December 1, 2017
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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