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33rd Annual Jazz Fest

The 33rd annual Jazz Fest continues through Saturday, April 9, on the Morris campus. Jazz fans can enjoy a concert performed by the Morris jazz ensembles and guest artists each evening at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the Student Center Information Desk or in the Office of Student Activities, or call 320-589-6080 for more information.

Student Recitals

On Sunday, April 10, in HFA 160, Samantha Chevalier gives her senior voice recital at 2:30 p.m., and Molly Kvam performs her senior piano recital at 5 p.m. No admission charge.

Ethical Emporium

The Ethical Emporium, hosted by the Morris chapter of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), is a great opportunity to support Fair Trade initiatives. Featuring Fair Trade goods from Cambodia, 10,000 Villages, and our very own Pomme de Terre Food Co-op, the Ethical Emporium will be located in Oyate on Monday, April 11, and Tuesday, April 12. On Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14, it will move to the Prairie Lounge.

Poetry Readings

Athena Kildegaard, poet and UMM lecturer, will celebrate the release of her new book, Bodies of Light, at two readings in Morris on Monday, April 11, and Thursday, April 14. Both are free and open to the public.

The April 11 reading, entitled "Inspiration . . . Perspiration . . . Publication," in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room on campus at 7:30 p.m. On April 14, Kildegaard will be joined by musician William Pelowski at the Common Cup Coffee House at 7 p.m. Kildegaard will be available for book signings at both readings.

Art Lecture

Steven Ostrow, chair of the Art History department at UMTC, will speak on "Merisi's Messengers: The Angels of Caravaggio," and how the Baroque painter of reality attempted to make the unreal real.

The presentation will take place Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in HFA 6. Everyone is invited and there is no charge.

Heads vs. Feds

"Heads vs. Feds: The Debate to Legalize Marijuana" rolls onto campus on Tuesday, April 12. Firmly advocating opposing viewpoints, Steve Hager, creative director of High Times magazine, and hard-hitting Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) veteran Robert Stutman will engage each other on the complex, contentious topic of marijuana legalization at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at or 320-589-6080.

Morris Healthy Eating Initiative Film Series

"The Organic Opportunity: Small Farms and Economic Development" by Chris Bedford will be screened on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Imholte Hall 111.

Prairie Yard and Garden

Daylilies is the topic of the April 14 episode. Karol Emmerich discusses with Larry Zilliox the varieties she grows and what to consider when growing these versatile perennial plants. The program airs on Pioneer Public Television on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. January through April, with rebroadcasts Mondays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

Jooinn Lee Lecture

Dr. Sarah A. Binder will serve as the 2011 Jooinn Lee Lecturer. Binder, a Brookings Institution senior fellow in governance studies and George Washington University professor of political science, specializes in Congress and legislative politics. She will speak on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. Her address, "Inside Congress: Legislating in Polarized Times," is free and open to the public. Free and convenient parking is available in the North Lot.

Children's Theatre

The Theatre Discipline's 2011 children's show is the world premiere of Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island. The play will be performed in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium as scheduled matinees for area school children. Sophie and the Adventure of Ice Island will be performed for the public on Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, at 1 p.m. The cost of a ticket is $2 for the young and young at heart. Convenient, free parking is available evening and weekends in all campus lots. For more information, please email the Theatre Box Office at or call 320-589-6249.

Rock Concert

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles rock band Rooney will perform on Friday, April 15. Doors open in Edson Auditorium in the Student Center at 7:30 p.m. with the opening bands Voxhaul Broadcast and Skybombers beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Student Center Information Desk.

Ground Quidditch Tournament

The University will host the Prairie Cup, the first intercollegiate Ground Quidditch tournament in Minnesota, on Saturday, April 16. Championship games will be played in Big Cat Stadium on Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon. Ground Quidditch, or "Muggle Quidditch" is the human version of the game played in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, differing in that the balls in play are the only things that fly through the air. For more information, visit, or contact or bruno026@

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 11th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) will be held on Saturday, April 16. The public is invited to attend the free event that celebrates the variety and quality of student scholarly achievement. This year, the symposium will be comprised of performances, oral presentations, and poster presentations. Presentations begin at 8 a.m. in Imholte Hall 109, and performances begin at 11 a.m. in HFA 170. The event ends at 5 p.m.

University Chorus Concert

The University Chorus will perform on Sunday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. in HFA 160. No charge.