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First Fridays March 2020

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Photo of a stable and corral under a cloudy sky from the Northwest Architectural Archives.

Animals, Vegetables, or Minerals? High-Tech Organisms

Presented by Amanda Wick, Interim Archivist, Charles Babbage Institute Archives

At first glance, computers and high tech gadgets seem the antithesis of organic members of an ecosystem. However, computers and advanced technologies are revolutionizing the way we think about the environment — from mining, agriculture and animal husbandry to complex human social interactions. This talk will look at the ways in which humans create and use technology to manage their environments and how these creations affect all members of our ecosystem.

Where Animals and Humans Meet

Presented by Cheryll Fong, Interim Curator, Northwest Architectural Archives

Photo of a table and corral under a cloudy sky from the Northwest Architectural Archives.We’ll look at the architects and spaces they designed for us to encounter domesticated and wild animals as found in the Northwest Architectural Archives.

Free and open to the public.

Event details

What: First Fridays March 2020
When: Friday, March 6 | noon to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
University of Minnesota, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

About the First Fridays Series

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

The 2019–2020 series theme is Roaring Good Tales: Animals in the Archives.

There may not be animals allowed in the archives, but that doesn’t mean our collections aren’t filled with them! From farm animals to beloved pets to mythical beasts, the Archives and Special Collections are teeming with creatures of all kinds. Join us for the 2019–2020 First Fridays season as we explore the wild side of history.


March 6
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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222 21st Ave. S.
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