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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120

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222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States

The Elmer L. Andersen Library is located on the West Bank of the Twin Cities Campus of the University of Minnesota.

This state-of-the-art facility houses many of the University’s special collections and archives units, the Digital Library Services’ digitization center, the central office of the MINITEX Library Information Network, and the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC).
Elmer L. Andersen Library exterior

April 2022

Pankake Poetry Reading featuring David Mura

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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Free
David Mura

Join us April 7 at Elmer L. Andersen Library for the 13th Annual Pankake Poetry reading featuring David Mura and moderator Ed Bok Lee. Mura has written four books of poetry, has won numerous awards for his writing, and has taught at several colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. The event is free and open to all. Please register to join us.

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July 2022

Celebrate ‘Flora and Fauna Illustrata’

July 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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Monarch caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly by Mary Anderson (watercolor and gouache, 2018)

Join us on July 27 to celebrate the art and artists who have so beautifully captured the plants and animals that make the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum their home. The event takes place at Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota’s west bank campus in Minneapolis.

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September 2022

Panel discussion with artist Adger Cowans

September 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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Join us for a panel discussion on Thursday, Sept. 22, 9:30-11 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.), with artist Adger Cowans, and 21st Editions publisher, Steven Albahari. Moderated by the exhibit curator Deborah Ultan, joined by Howard Oransky, director at the U of M’s Katherine E. Nash Gallery; and Herman Milligan, Jr., Managing Partner with The Fulton Group, LLC, and co-curator with Oransky of the Nash Gallery’s current exhibit, “A Picture Gallery of the Soul.” Please register to attend the panel discussion.

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‘Keep Your Food Safe & Fresh’: Simple Canning & Preservation Tips

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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canning jars filled with pears

Are you looking for a way to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for longer? Do you want to extend the shelf life of summer and fall foods from your garden?

If so, join USDA’s National Agricultural Library and the University of Minnesota Libraries Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection for a free webinar and cooking demo at 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Sept. 29.

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October 2022

‘Minneapolis: The Curious Twin,’ A Reexamination

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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“Downtown Skyline from Loring Park” from the City of Minneapolis Collection in the Hennepin County Library Digital Collection.

Journalist Carey McWilliams wrote a famous article in 1946 called “Minneapolis: The Curious Twin.” It established an enduring impression of Minneapolis as the “capital of antisemitism” in mid-20th-century America. Join historian Laura Weber as she takes a close look at the “Curious Twin.” What was the article’s genesis? Who was its author? What was its contemporary reception? The discussion is based on her recent article in Middle West Review, which demythologizes McWilliams’ characterization of Minneapolis as the U.S. capital of antisemitism. The event is free and open to all. Registration requested for this event, Wednesday, Oct. 19, noon-1 p.m. at Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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Conflicted Histories: Archiving Human Rights Activism

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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Minnesota Human Rights Archive | Preserving Memory for Research and Activism

The Minnesota Human Rights Archive is a new and exciting initiative seeking to capture, preserve, and publicize Minnesota’s rich and complicated history of human rights activism and scholarship. This emerging archive contains unique collections of primary sources unavailable anywhere else. We invite faculty, staff, students, and external partners to learn more about this dynamic resource, plans for its ongoing development, and how you can support these efforts. Register now to join us Monday, Oct. 24, 4-5:30 p.m. at Elmer L. Andersen Library, room 120.

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Meet Ellen and Yalile: A Conversation about Universities and Power

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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Historic view of Washington Ave. Bridge

How can we better understand universities and their power? Come hear Yalile Suriel, Assistant Professor of Universities and Power, and Ellen Holt-Werle, Institutional Archivist, talk about this question here at the University of Minnesota. This event in the Friends Forum: A Series for Curious Minds is brought to you by the Friends of the University Libraries on Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at Elmer L. Andersen Library and ONLINE.

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The James Ford Bell Lecture, featuring Michael Gaudio

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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Michael Gaudio

Michael Gaudio, U of M Professor, Art History, presents the James Ford Bell Lecture, ”Speaking Images: The Art of Travel Literature in Early Modern Europe.” Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at Elmer L. Andersen Library. The event is free and open to all, but space is limited. Please register.

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November 2022

First Fridays: Dressed to Move and Impractical Sports

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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Black and white lace-up boots from the Goldstein Museum

Join us on Friday, Nov. 4 at noon for two archival talks in the First Fridays series. Jean McElvain, Goldstein Museum of Design, presents “Dressed to Move: Women’s Activewear” and Ryan Bean, Kautz Family YMCA Archives, presents “Wide World of Impractical Sports.” Presentations resume in person this year with the option to attend online.

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December 2022

First Fridays: Food! Glorious Food!

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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A woodcut image showing a king being served food at a table, from a Pre-modern book in the James Ford Bell Library collection

Join us on Friday, Dec. 2 at noon for a First Fridays archival talk. Marguerite Ragnow, Curator of the James Ford Bell Library presents “Food! Glorious Food! Food and Feasting in the Pre-modern World.” Presentations resume in person this year with the option to attend online.

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