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September 2020

Pankake Poetry featuring Wang Ping

September 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wang Ping

The Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries is proud to welcome you to an inspiring and thought-provoking new season of Friends Forum: A Series for Curious Minds. This season we are going virtual! All events will be held via Zoom for you to enjoy from the comfort of home The new season begins with a treasured event, the 11th Annual Pankake Poetry Reading featuring Wang Ping.

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October 2020

Behind the headlines: Reporters and news consumers in a 24/7 media world

October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Reading news on a smart phone

In today’s news media environment, we face choices about which voices to listen to. At a time when it’s not always clear who is providing the news, we want to know which sources are credible. And, in a 24/7 news cycle, those gathering the news have the pressure of time — who will get the story out first? Concerned about our media? Take a break from the news for this special event.

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February 2021

A Feast of Words: John Wright — the Unapologetic Omnivore

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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March 2021

John Berryman’s Selected Letters

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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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Mapping Prejudice: A reckoning with structural racism in the Twin Cities

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

"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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April 2021

Pankake Poetry featuring Deborah Keenan

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

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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