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Introduction to first annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival

The first of a series of five free public programs, dubbed Prairie Gate Previews, will be held in the Morris Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. The first program introduces Tom Hennen, a poet with family ties to the region who ran the Prairie Gate Press on campus for many years. The next preview takes place on Monday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., when Athena Kildegaard introduces poet Philip Bryant.

Choir Festival

Dr. Ken Hodgson leads the Choir Festival on Monday, Jan. 31, from noon until 10 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Asking the Big Questions

Director and documentary filmmaker Roger Nygard will participate in a special edition of Asking the Big Questions on Monday, Jan. 31, at 3:30 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Nygard recently completed a new work focusing on world religious leaders titled The Nature of Existence, which will be shown later in the evening. Sponsored by Briggs Library and the Philosophy Discipline.

Film and Discussion

Roger Nygard will present and discuss his recent film, "The Nature of Existence" on Monday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in Imholte 109. This film is a journey, according to its official press release, "to the source of each of the world's religions, philosophies, and belief systems, to find people who have influenced, inspired, and challenged humanity." This event is free and open to the public.

Film Series: Morris Healthy Eating Initiative

The Morris Healthy Eating project, funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, is working to expand the consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits on campus, within greater Morris, and in Stevens County. A related film will be shown on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109.

Prairie Yard and Garden: Munsinger and Clemons Garden Tour

"Prairie Yard and Garden" will explore the Munsinger and Clemons Gardens in St. Cloud on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. PY&G airs Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. January through April, with rebroadcasts Mondays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Series

The 2010-11 Performing Arts Series warms up the winter with Minnesota-based TU Dance. The 12-member company performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2011 in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium. Also on Saturday, at 1 p.m., the company will hold a master class in the Humanities Fine Arts Theatre/Dance Rehearsal Room 125. Tickets may be ordered by mail or in person at the UMM Student Activities Office. For more information, please contact the UMM Office of Student Activities or call 320-589-6080.

Symphonic Winds and Dance Ensemble Concert

The Symphonic Winds will present its first concert of spring semester on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall. Tickets will be sold at the door, and reserved tickets are available for purchase in advance at the information desk in the Student Center. For more information, please contact the Division of the Humanities Office at 320-589-6250.