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Driggs Lecture

W. J. Rorabaugh, professor of history at the University of Washington, will give the 26th annual O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, Sept 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The lecture, "Hippies in the 1960s," is free and open to the public. A panel discussion, audience questions, and a reception follow the lecture. At the University of Washington, Rorabaugh teaches 19th Century United States History and United States Social History. His lecture topic reflects his current research area. He also studies Early Republic Period (1780-1830) social movements, the United States in the 1960s, and alcohol and drug history. He is the author of The Real Making of the President: Kennedy, Nixon, and the 1960 Election, Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties America: A Concise History, co-authored with Donald Critchlow, Berkeley at War: The 1960s, The Craft Apprentice: From Franklin to the Machine Age, and The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition. Rorabaugh has served as managing editor of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly and as president of the Alcohol and Drug History Society. Presented by the Division of the Social Sciences and the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association, the annual lecture brings distinguished visitors to the Morris campus to speak on topics relating to history, the liberal arts, or public affairs. This year, the Driggs Lecture complements the yearlong 2010 Celebration recognizing the University of Minnesota, Morris's 50th birthday and the campus's opening in Sept 1960.

Tournees French Film Festival

"Panique au village"/ "A Town Called Panic" will be shown on Wednesday, Sept 22, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. This 2009 film was directed by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar. The giddy, chaotic pace in Aubier and Patar's first feature, a marvelous fantasia made using meticulously detailed stop-motion animation and a cast of 1,500 plastic-toy figures, never lets up for a second. Seemingly inspired by the manic energy of the Marx brothers and old Warner Bros. cartoons, A Town Called Panic, which originated as a cult-favorite TV show, is ultimately in a class of its own. Its playful, nonstop anarchy is bound to appeal to children and adults alike. For more information, contact Tammy Berberi at

Briggs Library Associates guest speaker

Sharon Stewart Reeves '68 will speak on "Memories to Metadata" as the Briggs Library Associates 2010 Fall Event guest speaker on Wednesday, Sept 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte 109 (Cow Palace). Her 31-year career as a librarian for a prominent daily newspaper, The San Diego Union-Tribune, demonstrates a passion for researching, collecting, organizing, and preserving history. She will also share memories of Morris.

2010 Founders Weekend: celebrating campus history

Saturday, Sept 25

Campus history panel

"Blooming Where We're Planted" will take place at noon in Imholte Hall, room 109. The panel will feature Steve Granger, retired assistant to the chancellor and founding faculty member, Gary McGrath '68, former vice chancellor for student affairs, Bettina Blake, retired vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, David Johnson, retired chancellor, and Sam Schuman, retired chancellor. They will respond to questions about Morris "spirit," student life, the value of the liberal arts, economic challenges and opportunities, and Morris's identity within the University of Minnesota. Each panelist will also offer words of wisdom as Morris embarks upon its next 50 years.

Street Dance on the Mall

Free music throughout the afternoon and evening:

Work of Cunning Giants at 1:30 p.m.

The Upfuls at 2:30 p.m.

Monroe Crossing, an award winning Minnesota group, will play classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and original music from 4 until 6 p.m. Monroe Crossing is known for "airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport."

The Johnny Holm Band takes the stage at 7 p.m. A high-energy performer, Holm has been called "the most entertaining entertainer performing today." His band is comprised of exceptional rock and roll musicians.

Vendors will provide food items streetside all day--you won't miss a minute of the music.

Green Campus Tours

Tours will depart from the new Welcome Center from 2 until 4 p.m. The tours provide an opportunity to view the Welcome Center, a state-of-the-art green building, and to learn about wind, biomass, and solar energy initiatives and projects on campus.

Morris campus documentary

A public screening of Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts will be held in Edson Auditorium at 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 26

Green Campus Tours

Tours depart from the Welcome Center between 11 a.m. and noon.

Community Meal

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., a free Community Meal on the Mall will be held.

Welcome Center dedication

At 1 p.m. the Welcome Center will be formally dedicated. Everyone is encouraged to participate in honoring the transformation of this building constructed during West Central School of Agriculture years and continuously utilized throughout UMM's 50 years. In addition, the Robert B. DeWall Memorial Courtyard, a gift to the campus, will be dedicated in honor of one of the original members of the West Central Educational Development Association, the grassroots community organization that persuaded the University of Minnesota Board of Regents to establish the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Founders Day Program

At 2 p.m. in Edson Auditorium "Songs and Stories: Morris Past, Present, and Future," will officially commemorate the University of Minnesota, Morris's 50th birthday--the exact day UMM's first students began in 1960--and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station. In recognition of the campus's origins as an American Indian boarding school, an American Indian Honor Song will be performed as a program prelude. Music and storytelling will be key features of the program, and a celebratory reception follows.