Videos of Past Lectures and Events

Alan Page, in Conversation with Gary Eichten

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.

Bao Phi at Pankake Poetry Reading

Saigon-born, Minnesota-raised Bao Phi — a spoken word artist, writer, and visionary activist who seeks to build community through the arts — was this year’s poet for the annual Pankake Poetry Reading, sponsored by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Phi has appeared on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, Paris By Night, and stages across the country. He has published essays on topics ranging from Asians in hip-hop to Asian representation in video games. He is the Program Director of the Loft Literary Center. The event took place April 18, 2017 at Cowles Auditorium at the University of Minnesota.

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

Joseph Ellis: ‘The Second Founding: Four Men Who Created a Country’ was presented 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: Trafficking in the Alphabet’ 

Kevin Kling presented ‘Books Cast Their Spell on Me: Trafficking in the Alphabet’ at the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries annual celebration on May 4, 2016 at the University’s McNamara Alumni Center.

Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis.

Ray Gonzalez: Pankake Poetry Reading 

Ray Gonzalez, Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, was featured at the 7th annual Pankake Poetry Reading on April 14, 2016 at the University of Minnesota’s Elmer L. Andersen Library.

The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World

Michael McConnell and Jack Baker were married in 1971 – the first gay marriage in America. On January 26, 2016 at the University of Minnesota, Michael and Jack were joined by Gail Langer Karwoski, the co-author of their book, “The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World,” and by Lisa Vecoli, for a discussion about their gay-rights activism. Vecoli is the curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies.

Pop Wagner: Rolling on a Winter’s Night

Pop Wagner — storyteller, songwriter, poet, and fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire — presented “Rolling on a Winter’s Night” December 9, 2015 at the University of Minnesota’s Elmer L. Andersen Library.

In this video, Pop performs: “Rolling on a Winter’s Night,” (traditional); “San Francisco Bay Blues,” (Jesse Fuller); “The Impressionists Two-Step,” (Pop Wagner & Jack Hansen); “Good Friday,” (Pop Wagner); “Old Paint,” (Charley Willis-Jess Morris version); “Bravest Cowboy,” (traditional-Tommy Jarrell version); “Candyman,” (Rev. Gary Davis); and “Shake Sugaree,” (Elizabeth Cotten).

Will Steger: Eyewitness to Climate Change

“Eyewitness to Climate Change” is Will Steger’s vivid account of the changes that he has witnessed firsthand, caused by global warming pollutants, in Polar Regions over five decades of polar exploration. He shares stunning photographs from his expeditions along with compelling data, satellite imagery, and multimedia videos to document the deterioration in the polar ice caps at a December 3, 2015 event at the University of Minnesota. 

Graywolf Press: A world of Voice

Graywolf Press: A World of Voices was held November 12, 2015 at the University of Minnesota. The event featured a conversation with Graywolf founder Scott Walker, Graywolf publisher Fiona McCrae, moderated by Cecily Marcus, curator of the University’s Upper Midwest Literary Archives. It also featured readings from authors and an exhibit viewing and reception in Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Lions in the Balance, featuring Craig Packer

Celebrated lion researcher and conservationist Craig Packer discussed the complex, tooth-and-claw worlds of lion conservation and behavior on September 30, 2015 at Coffman Memorial Union’s Great Hall. Packer is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota and the Director of the Lion Research Center and co-founder of Savannahs Forever, Tanzania.

A Celebration of the Michael McConnell Files

The University of Minnesota Libraries and President Eric Kaler celebrated the donation of the Michael McConnell Files to the University’s Tretter Collection for GLBT Studies at the University’s Elmer L. Andersen Library on October 26, 2015.

The event featured comments by President Kaler, University Librarian Wendy Lougee, Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrina Albert, Tretter Curator, Lisa Vecoli, and McConnell and Baker.

Let No Detail Go Unnoticed:
The Republication of the North American Indian

Chris Cardozo, the world’s leading authority on the work of photographer Edward S. Curtis, discussws the republication of Curtis’s master work, The North American Indian, on October 7, 2015 at Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Deborah Madison featured at Friends’ annual celebration

Noted cookbook author and internationally acclaimed proponent of vegetarian cooking, Deborah Madison, spoke at the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ annual celebration on May 5, 2015. Her presentation begins at 21:50. She is the author of 14 books, including Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from Americas Farmers’ Markets, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, and Vegetable Literacy.

Author Sharon Creech delivers Kerlan Lecture

Author and Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech received the 2015 Kerlan Award and delivered the Kerlan Lecture on April 18, 2015 at the University of Minnesota.

Pankake Poetry Reading 2015

Michael Dennis Browne, poet and University of Minnesota Emeritus Professor, read from his new book, “The Voices,” at the 6th annual Pankake Poetry Reading on April 16, 2015 at the University of Minnesota. Also featured were musical performances by Kathy Saltzman Romey and the University Singers, the flagship choral ensemble of the University of Minnesota.

Celebrating 50 years of social welfare history

The University of Minnesota Libraries held an opening reception Feb. 19, 2015 for the exhibit “The Job Is Never Done: Fifty Years of Documenting Social Welfare History” at Elmer L. Andersen Library. Featured speakers included Liz Richards, Executive Director, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women; Megan Morrissey, Associate Director, U of M School of Social Work; and Dave Klassen, former archivist, U of M Social Welfare History Archives. Kris Kiesling, Director of the U of M Libraries Archives and Special Collections, and Linnea Anderson, curator, of the Social Welfare History Archives, also made brief remarks. 

The Nagel Lecture: ‘Roosevelt’s Second Act’ featuring Richard Moe

Richard Moe, historian and preservationist and chief of staff to former United States Vice President Walter Mondale, presented the second Paul and Joan Nagel Lecture on November 18, 2014 at the University of Minnesota. Moe discussed his book, “Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War.”

‘My Life in the Theater’ featuring Wendy Lehr

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

May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Andrea Davis Pinkney

Best-selling children’s and young adult writer Andrea Davis Pinkney delivered the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture May 3 at the University of Minnesota. The title of her presentation was “Rejoice the Legacy!”

An Evening with Steve Berry

Steve Berry discussed his evolution as a writer, the writing craft, and his involvement in historic preservation at this event on February 26, 2014 at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union.

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of “The Lincoln Myth,” “The King’s Deception,” “The Columbus Affair,” “The Templar Legacy,” “The Romanov Prophecy,” “The Amber Room,” and many more. History lies at the heart of every Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation.

A Reading by Robert Bly

Robert Bly read from his latest collection of poetry, “Stealing Sugar from the Castle,” on October 16, 2013 at Willey Hall on the University of Minnesota west bank campus.

Will Shortz: An Evening with the Puzzle Master

New York Times and NPR puzzle master Will Shortz thrilled the nearly 700 in attendance September 12, 2013 at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Kate DiCamillo receives the 2013 Kerlan Award

On June 8, 2013, Kate DiCamillo received the 2013 Kerlan Award and provided the keynote lecture at the event.

2013 Pankake Poetry Event featuring Ed Bok Lee

The 2013 Pankake Poetry Event featured Ed Bok Lee on April 17, 2013 at Elmer L. Andersen Library. Bok Lee is an award-winning author. He won the 2006 PEN/Open Book Award, and the 2006 Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice) for “Real Karaoke People.” In 2012, he won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and an American Book Award for “Whorled.”

Talk Mystery to Me:
A conversation with Ellen Hart and R.D. Zimmerman

This event was held Nov. 29, 2012 at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota.