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February 2021

First Fridays Online – February

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
First Fridays Online

Join us online for the 2020-2021 First Fridays season as we bring the archives directly into your homes. The February event features two archival presentations: “The Adventure of the Pandemic Posts,” presented by Tim Johnson, Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections and “Telling Trans Stories on the Radio: The Tretter Transgender Oral History Podcast Project,” presented by Tretter Collection staff. Make a reservation to receive instructions to connect via Zoom.

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A Feast of Words: John Wright — the Unapologetic Omnivore

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
John Wright

Join us online Feb. 18 for a conversation with Emeritus Professor Dr. John S. Wright about his intellectual forebearers and the African American renaissance men and women who inspire his work. Dr. Wright will be joined by Cecily Marcus, Curator of the University Libraries' Givens Collection of African American Literature, the Performing Art Archives, and the Upper Midwest Literary Archives. Event details A Feast of Words: John Wright — the Unapologetic Omnivore Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Central Standard Time…

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Fire+Flood film discussion

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Resilient Communities. Libraries Respond to Climate Change. American Library Association.

Join us online for a panel discussion with Dr. Marla Perez-Lugo and Cecilio Ortiz Garcia of University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. This free online event is open to all. Please register to receive the Zoom event link. Registrants will also receive a link to view the film “Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change” in advance of the event, which takes place Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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March 2021

John Berryman’s Selected Letters

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free
Book cover image, “The Selected Letter of John Berryman”

Please join the University of Minnesota Libraries for an international virtual book launch for “The Selected Letters of John Berryman,” edited by Philip Coleman and Calista McRae. Bringing together scholars and poets from both sides of the Atlantic, the launch will explore how the letters shed light on Berryman’s life and work. This online event takes place Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 3 p.m. CST.

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‘Transcripts’ Podcast Panel

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free
Transcripts podcast icon

Join the Tretter Transgender Oral History project and Virginia Commonwealth University on Wednesday, March 3 at 4 p.m. CST for an online panel discussion focused on episode two of the podcast “Transcripts.” The featured panelists are Cassius Adair, Aurora Higgs, Kayla Gore, Mariah Moore, Andrea Jenkins, and Myrl Beam (facilitator).

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First Fridays Online — March

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
A collage of past exhibit posters with a computer in the foreground

Exhibits allow the University of Minnesota Libraries to share their collections and engage communities. Darren Terpstra, exhibit lead for Archives and Special Collections, and Lois Hendrickson, Curator at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine will share ideas on how to mount a successful exhibition, with particular emphasis on the opportunities of meeting the challenges of online/distance delivery. March 5, noon-1 p.m. CST, online.

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‘The South Deserves Someone Like Me’

March 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Free
Transcripts podcast icon

Join the Tretter Transgender Oral History project and The Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project on Wednesday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m. Central Time for an online community panel discussion focused on episode two of the podcast “Transcripts.” The featured speakers are Dolly Davis, Tatiana Durant, Nathaniel Preston, with special guest Andrea Jenkins, and facilitated by Gregory Samantha Rosenthal.

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Mapping Prejudice: A reckoning with structural racism in the Twin Cities

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

"Whites Only" was embedded in thousands of property deeds across the Twin Cities. For most of the last century, racial covenants like these kept Black and brown people out of the neighborhoods deemed most desirable. These racial covenants are illegal today, but our community is still living with the consequences.

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‘This Land’ film screening and discussion

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
Resilient Communities. Libraries Respond to Climate Change. American Library Association.

Join us online for “This Land” — a film screening and discussion on Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m. Central Time. Following the film, join the director Faith E. Briggs for a panel discussion with Tamara Few, Volunteer Engagement Specialist with Mississippi Park Connection, and Hannah Legatzke, U of M Ph.D. candidate. This online event is free and open to all. Please register to receive the Zoom event link.

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Trans Life in Hampton Roads panel discussion

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
Transcripts podcast icon

Hosted by Myrl Beam, Ph.D., on Facebook Live, this panel on Wednesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. Eastern Time) will feature four transgender people of color discussing their experiences living in the 757 area code in Virginia along with a short Q&A. Join them for the debut of the podcast “Transcripts: The South Deserves People Like Me,” an exploration of home, family, and belonging through a trans of color lens.

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April 2021

First Fridays Online – April

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
First Fridays Online

Join us online for the 2020-2021 First Fridays season as we bring the archives directly into your homes. The April event is ”Disrupting the Narrative: Documenting and Advancing Institutional Change Through the Archives,” presented by Linnea Anderson, Social Welfare History Archives, and Ryan Bean, YMCA Archives. Make a reservation to receive instructions to connect via Zoom.

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Pankake Poetry featuring Deborah Keenan

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Join the Libraries on Wednesday, April 7, 4 p.m. Central Time, for the annual Pankake Poetry reading. This year's online event features poet Deborah Keenan, the author of 10 collections of poetry. The event is free. Please register to receive the Zoom link.

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Highlighting Minnesota Endangered Species on Earth Day

April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free
Rusty Patched Bumble Bee by USFWS, Midwest Region licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Join us online for an Earth Day event that highlights Minnesota endangered species, Thursday, April 22, 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time. This online panel discussion is free and open to all.

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May 2021

A Social History of Machine Learning

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

A Charles Babbage Institute Tomash Virtual Lecture Aaron Mendon-Plasek Join us as 2020 - 2021 Tomash Fellow Aaron Mendon-Plasek, History Department, Columbia University, presents his paper on the topic of the Social History of Machine Learning. Formal paper title, forthcoming. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Date/time: Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 1 - 2 p.m. Register today This event is sponsored by the Charles Babbage Institute.

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First Fridays Online – May

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
First Fridays Online

Join us online for the 2020-2021 First Fridays season as we bring the archives directly into your homes. The May event features two presentations: “The Flying Jewish Chaplain,” presented by Kate Dietrick, Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and “Curt Carlson: The Ultra Entrepreneur,” presented by Amanda Wick, Processing Archivist, Carlson Companies Corporate Records and Family papers. Make a reservation to receive instructions to connect via Zoom.

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Calculating Race : Racial Discrimination in Risk Assessment

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
History Book club with Benn Wiggins.

Please join us May 26, 6 to 7 p.m. for the May installment of "History Book Club," a a monthly event series that brings together alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the U of M Department of History to engage virtually with our faculty and graduates, and learn about their recently published books. This month's presentation is "Calculating Race : Racial Discrimination in Risk Assessment" by Benjamin Wiggins, director of the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) Program for University Libraries and…

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