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Women on the Air: Cokie Roberts

On September 17, 2019, award-winning broadcaster, journalist, and author Cokie Roberts passed away at the age of 75. In her memory, on this episode, we’ll share a recording of the speech that Roberts gave at the University of Minnesota Law School Commencement Exercises, held on Saturday, May 9, 1992 at Northrop Auditorium.
Students sit in groups, on strike for peace and protesting against the Vietnam war. Student protests. Strike. 1970. University of Minnesota Libraries, University Archives., Accessed 27 May 2020.

1970 Student Strike–50 Years Later

Throughout the spring of 1970, tensions were high among students and the campus community at the University of Minnesota in regards to the United States' military efforts, which ignited student strikes across the nation, including the University of Minnesota. Now fifty years later, we look back on the history of the student strike and the impact it had on campus.
A photograph of the ceremony for the conferment of an Honorary Doctorate (Law) on the Honorable Arthur E. Schneider. The date is unknown. Source: University of Minnesota Archives, Photograph Collection.

‘Sister Relationship’: Cooperative Project with Seoul National University

What started as an act of post-war technical aid led to the fondly known “sister relationship” between the University of Minnesota and Seoul National University (SNU) beginning in the mid-1950s. Spanning eight years, the partnership left a historic mark on both institutions
Marion English (Watson) was a member of the WLB Radio Guild while a student in the 1940s (with Del Dusenbury).

Marion Watson

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Marion Watson, a long-time station manager for the University of Minnesota's radio station – KUOM. 
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Women on the Air: Dr. Joyce Jackson

KUOM radio's Minnesota School of the Air series People Worth Hearing About first aired in 1969 with programs that featured biographies of prominent African Americans. In 1971, the program broadcast an interview with Dr. Joyce Jackson, the newly appointed Principal of Central High School in Minneapolis.

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John Butler

John: Advocate for collaboration

If you count his time as a student worker at Minitex, John Butler, Associate University Librarian for Data and Technology, has worked at the University of Minnesota Libraries for 36 years. His roots at the University, however, go back nearly a century.
Betsy Friesen

Betsy: Trajectory toward tech

She’s portrayed Paul Bunyan, Yoda, and one of the Blues Brothers, to name just a few characters. She’s sung riffs on Broadway show tunes to retiring colleagues. And she’s been quick with a quip. Yet Betsy Friesen, Director of Data Management & Access, has followed a serious career trajectory in the Libraries.
Kris Fowler

Kris: Lover of the Science Quiz Bowl

Kris Fowler joined the U of M Libraries in 1997 as the Mathematics Librarian. She founded the Science Quiz Bowl more than 15 years ago as a CSE Week intramural tournament. "It takes lots of work from a whole host of Libraries folks but the event day — with 32 teams of smart students dashing from game to game all over Walter Library — is really fun."

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