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28th Annual Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) Powwow

The 28th Annual CNIA Powwow will be held on Saturday, March 24, in the Physical Education Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. The powwow officially begins with the Grand Entry, a ceremonial procession of Native dancers dressed in the full traditional regalia of their tribal nations accompanied by drum groups, entering the dance arena. Grand Entry will occur at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Authentic Native arts and crafts may be purchased directly from noted jewelers and artisans. This is a free public event and parking is readily available at the South Parking Lot near Big Cat Stadium. For additional information, call 320-589-6097, email, or visit the CNIA Powwow website The powwow heralds the beginning of the 39th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week, a celebration of American Indian and other cultural heritages. All events are free and open to all.

Café Internacional

World Touch Cultural Heritage Week continues on Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center's Turtle Mountain Café with Café Internacional, an evening of creative flair where individuals showcase their talent through spoken word, poetry, song, and/or artistic performance. Free and open to all.

March Community Meal

A hotdish theme will highlight the last Morris Community Meal of the spring semester on Monday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Morris Senior Community Center. The project serves warm, made-from-scratch meals each month offered to all members of the Stevens County community free of charge. Food options for people with special diets, such as gluten-free, diabetic, vegan and vegetarian, are always available, as are child friendly options. Meals are served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. one Monday each month while the University is in session. This month, volunteers will collaborate with Kiwanis and Bank of the West.

Proactivism and Art: Live Art Show

As part of World Touch Cultural Heritage Week, on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in Edson Auditorium proACTIVE ARTist Bunky Echo-Hawk, Pawnee and Yakama, will speak on how he uses art for activism and community outreach. Echo-Hawk will transform a blank canvas into a contemporary work of art inspired by the discourse with the audience. Using a technique he calls Live Art, Echo-Hawk interprets the audience's sentiments by discussing the issues the community identifies and extracting them into the artwork. Echo-Hawk also writes plays, poetry, and music, and is working with Nike on a design for their new line.

Edith R. Farrell French Poetry Reading Contest

The 26th Annual French Poetry Reading Contest will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall. Providing a showcase for students to share the beauty of the French language and verse from across the francophone world, the evening includes songs and poems personally chosen by each contestant, French music, and the induction of new members into the French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, which honors students committed to mastering the intricacies of the French language. Everyone is invited to this free event.

Jane Addams Project Meeting

Bringing the University, Morris area, and Hispanic communities together, the community-building project "Jane Addams" will continue to meet on Tuesday evenings throughout the spring term. This week's meeting is on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 111.

Mixed Student Recital

Several student musicians will perform at this free event on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Film: Dakota 38

The film Dakota 38 will be shown on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium. This World Touch Cultural Heritage Week free event features guest speaker Jim Miller and Oglala Lakota. A reception follows the screening.

We Are All Related: An Evening of Storytelling

Another World Touch Cultural Heritage Week free event occurs on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall Alumni Room. Celebrating how, throughout time, people have preserved their culture, values, and beliefs, storytelling gives voice to the human experience, allowing families and communities to pass on their history to future generations.

World Touch Cultural Heritage Week Closing Dinner

All are invited to the dinner on Thursday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall, featuring guest speaker Susan Power of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Call 320-589-6097 or email Tracy Peterson for more information.

Film: Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington

The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) student organization will screen Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium. The 2007 film documents the findings of Jonathan Neil Schneider who, frustrated by his government and his apathy towards it, goes to Washington. Free and open to all.

Prairie Yard and Garden

The 25th season of Prairie Yard and Garden (PY&G) airs Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with encore broadcasts on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television through April 12. On March 29, PY&G explores UMore Park, a University of Minnesota display and trial garden located in Rosemount that is fast becoming a destination for gardening enthusiasts and researchers. Barbara Stendahl, Minnesota Extension Service Master Gardener emeritus, gives a tour of the different aspects of the park and its current programs.

Prairie Gate Literary Festival

The Second Annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival will be held on the evenings of Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30, and all day on Saturday, March 31. The festival offers participants the opportunity to learn from writers, editors, and other literary arts professionals through author readings, workshops, and panel discussions. Presenters include award-winning poets Ilya Kaminsky and Simone Muench; award-winning author Susan Power; author, humorist, and indie-country musician Michael Perry; and graphic novelists Brittany Sabo and Anna Bratton. All events are free except for the Saturday workshops. Scholarships are available. The festival opens on Thursday, March 29, with a reading by poet Michael Dekel at 7:30 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room followed by an open mic reading. The full schedule of events may be viewed online at

Open Mic Night

Everyone is invited to use this monthly opportunity to share their talents with the UMM community on Thursday, March 29, at 9:30 p.m. in the Turtle Mountain Café.

Midwest Science of Origins Conference

The Morris Freethinkers student organization will hold the Midwest Science of Origins Conference (MSOC) Friday through Sunday, March 30 - April 1. The conference, featuring a diverse panel of experts, seeks "to inspire the rural communities of the Midwest--its students, its parents, and community leaders--to contemplate the scientific origins of the universe, of life, of humans and what it means to be human." At 7 p.m. on Friday night, a presentation by PZ Myers, associate professor of biology, opens the conference, which concludes on Sunday with a community service project led by Chris Stedman, the Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. The MSOC conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For conference registration and more information, visit the conference website at

The Emperors New Clothes Spring Children's Show

The classic fairy tale, directed by guest director Shaune Wunder, will be performed for the general public on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre. School matinees will begin March 28 and run through April 5. Convenient, free parking is available evenings and weekends in all campus lots. For more information, including group rates or advance ticket sales, email the Theatre Box Office at or call 320-589-6249.

Film: The Room

The Campus Activities Council presents The Room on Friday, March 30, at 9:30 p.m. in the Science and Math Auditorium, Room 2950.

Prairie Gate Literary Festival Off Campus

Graphic novelists Brittney Sabo and Anna Bratton will read and discuss their work on Saturday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. in the Morris Public Library followed by refreshments.

Neil Shubin Public Lecture

Neil Shubin, a participant in the Midwest Science of Origins Conference, presents a lecture on his 2008 best-selling book, Your Inner Fish, on Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. in the Morris Area High School Auditorium. Shubin tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. Free and open to all.

Trombone Recital

Caitlin Drayna will present her senior trombone recital on Sunday, April 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall.