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2010 Founders Weekend: celebrating campus history

Saturday, Sept 25

"Blooming Where We're Planted" will take place at noon in Imholte Hall, room 109. The panel will feature former UMM faculty and staff members Steve Granger, Gary McGrath, Bettina Blake, David Johnson, and Sam Schuman. Each panelist will also offer words of wisdom as Morris embarks upon its next 50 years.

Free music will be provide throughout the afternoon and evening. Work of Cunning Giants will perfrom at 1:30 p.m. followed by The Upfuls at 2:30 p.m.

Monroe Crossing will play classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and original music from 4 until 6 p.m.

The Johnny Holm Band takes the stage at 7 p.m.

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

Green Campus tours will depart from the new Welcome Center from 2 until 4 p.m. The tours provide an opportunity to view the Welcome Center and to learn about wind, biomass, and solar energy initiatives and projects on campus.

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

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

At 1 p.m. the Welcome Center will be formally dedicated. In addition, the Robert B. DeWall Memorial Courtyard 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.

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.

Morris Community Meal

Morris Community Meal is continuing its tradition of offering free, freshly prepared meals on the last Monday of each month. A Mexican-themed meal will be served on Monday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at the Morris Senior Community Center located at 603 Oregon Avenue in Morris. Volunteers are needed for the Sept. 27 meal from 6 until 9 p.m. on Sunday and from 1 until 9 p.m. on Monday, spending any amount of time convenient for them.

Asking the Big Questions Discussion Series

The monthly Asking the Big Questions campus/community discussion series begins on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in the library's McGinnis Room. The first discussion topic for the group will be Chinese Philosophy. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Tournées Film Festival La Belle personne/The Beautiful Person, directed by Christophe Honoré, 2008.

Loosely based on La Princesse de Clèves, Madame de Lafayette's 1678 novel about forbidden passions and unrequited love among the aristocracy, Honoré's pleasingly tart La Belle Personne plays like a Gallic Gossip Girl. Honoré's wry look at teenage lust and bad adult behavior, filled with dark love songs by Nick Drake, is a pitch-perfect exercise in mood and style, completely besotted with the beauty of its comely cast.

A Confucian Colloquium: Learning from Chinese Philosophy

Now in its 35th year, the 2010 Midwest Philosophy Colloquium, "Learning from Chinese Philosophy," will be hosting two of the most prominent names in philosophy. On Wednesday, Sept. 29, Roger T. Ames, professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii, will present "Confucian Role Ethics: Does Blind Justice Need Moral Imagination?" at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte 109.

Soup and Substance

UMM will host its first monthly Soup and Substance of the fall semester in the Student Center's Alumni Room on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. The event provides an open forum for members of Stevens County and UMM communities to discuss issues of local, national, and international importance. The September edition will focus on the issue of food ethics.

Banned Books Event

The Rodney A. Briggs Library and Sigma Tau Delta student organization will sponsor a Banned Books Event on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in the McGinnis Room. The event will include readings of excerpts from banned or challenged books such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple, The Kite Runner, Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter and the Twilight series. Banned Books Week is observed during the last week of September each year. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Peter Bremer at

Jazz Concert

A jazz concert directed by Joe Carucci, Morris assistant professor of music and jazz ensembles and combos director, will be performed on Friday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Recital Hall. Admission will be charged.

Dr. Catherine Verrilli, soprano, Ann DuHamel, piano, recital

On Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall, there will be a recital featuring guest artist Dr. Catherine Verrilli, soprano, from St. Cloud State University, and Ann DuHamel, piano, UMM head of keyboard studies. There will be no admission charged for this performance.

Spanish Language Film Festival

Bienvenidos al Festival de Cine de 2010! Welcome to the 2010 Festival of Spanish Language Cinema! The third annual festival includes four feature films. Subtitled in English, the films will be screened on successive Sundays at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 3 through Oct. 31, pausing on Oct. 17 when the University observes fall break. The free viewings are in the Morris Theatre at 12 East Sixth Street. The first film, El secreto de sus ojo/The Secret in Their Eyes, will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 3. Rated R. 127 minutes.