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A preview of public events at the University of Minnesota, Morris and elsewhere.

Symphonic Winds Concert

On Sunday, Sept. 22, there will be a Symphonic Winds performance at East Side Park on East Seventh Street, beginning at 2 p.m. The UMM Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Simon Tillier, represents the premier large instrumental ensemble on campus. It is comprised of music majors and non-majors who perform up to six concerts during the academic year.


Primer Opening Reception

The Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery begins its 2013–2014 exhibition schedule with a new look and name as well as a large-group exhibit of Twin-Cities artists curated by a University of Minnesota, Morris alumni. The exhibit opens on Monday, Sept. 23, and runs throughThursday, Oct. 17. An opening reception will take place on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Humanities Fine Arts.


Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market

The Morris Healthy Eating team encourages you to visit the Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market, where farmers, growers, producers, and artisans sell their own products directly to the public, allowing customers to have a direct relationship with the producer of the items they purchase. The market will be held this week from 1–5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, on the campus mall.


Cafe Scientifique

Peter Wyckoff, associate professor of biology, will present the next Café Scientifique discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at Common Cup Coffeehouse (501 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267). The title of Wyckoff’s talk is “The impact of climate, deer, earthworms, and the invasive European buckthorn tree on the forests of western Minnesota.” Café Scientifique is an ongoing series that offers a space where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology for the price of a cup of coffee. It is supported in part by a grant to the University of Minnesota, Morris from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program.

‘Stakes Is High:’ Educating New Century Students”

The University of Minnesota, Morris will host Gloria Ladson-Billings, an American pedagogical theorist and teacher-educator on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, as the 2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts. Ladson-Billings will visit area K–12 schools and provide lectures, workshops, and discussions to Morris students Sept. 23–27. She will deliver an opening keynote address titled “‘Stakes Is High:’ Educating New Century Students” onTuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


“The Problem of Evil: Can Theistic Commitment Be Rational Given the Magnitude of Moral and Natural Evil?”

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109, Robert Audi will present his lecture “The Problem of Evil: Can Theistic Commitment Be Rational Given the Magnitude of Moral and Natural Evil?”. Audi is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he also is professor of management for the Mendoza College of Business. He is author of 16 books, including Moral Perception (Princeton University Press, 2013), Rationality and Religious Commitment (Clarendon Press, 2011), The Good in the Right: A Theory of Intuition and Intrinsic Value(Princeton University Press, 2004) and Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge (Routledge, 1998). He also has written more than 200 papers and has served as general editor of the First Edition (1995) and Second Edition (1999) of The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.


Open Mic Night

On Thursday, September 26, there will be an Open Mic event beginning at9:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Turtle Mountain Cafe. Students are welcome to participate and enjoy various performances.


Powder Puff and Tug-o-war

Traditional homecoming activities such as the Powder Puff Football game, Residence Hall Tug-o-War, will take place on Thursday, September 26. The Powder Puff Football game will take place at 7 p.m. at Big Cat Stadium, followed by the Tug-o-war at 8 p.m.


Performing Arts Alumni Reunion/Jam Session

Friday’s Homecoming events will conclude with a Performing Arts Alumni Reunion and jam session. The reunion will be held in the VFW Room at Old No.1 (412 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267), beginning at 8 p.m.


Cougar 5K

The Homecoming 2013 weekend opens with the Cougar 5K on Saturday, September 28. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Regional Fitness Center, with the race starting at 9 a.m.


Cougar Homecoming Game and Tailgate Party

The University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association tailgate party will take place west of Big Cat Stadium on Saturday, September 28, at 11:45 a.m.. The Cougar football team will take on Eureka College at 1 p.m.


Green Prairie Community Dedication

A dedication ceremony for the new Green Prairie Community will commence on Saturday, September 28, at 4 p.m. Providing housing for 72 students within an engaged community, the new residence hall extends Morris’s liberal arts mission and expands its thriving sustainability initiatives.


HomeKUMMing Concert

On Saturday, September 28, the annual HomeKUMMing Concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Student Center’s Oyate Hall. The concert features music from Ranger Ranger, J Rush and DJ Ti Guy, and Soulcrate.


Homecoming Concert

There will be a Homecoming concert featuring Symphonic Winds, Concert Choir, and Alumni Concert Band on Sunday, September 29, at 2 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall.