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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

There will be no classes on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day federal holiday. Administrative offices will also be closed.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

The Offices of Community Engagement and Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs invite members of the campus and greater community to participate in the fifth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20. This day marks the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday and serves as an opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through community service. All volunteers will be welcomed, although pre-registration is required. Additional information is available at

Disciplining Desires: Sexuality and Self-Interest in German Economic Thought

Marynel Ryan Van Zee, associate professor of history, will present “Disciplining Desires: Sexuality and Self-Interest in German Economic Thought” on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. This event is a part of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Works in Progress discussion series.

Careers in Biology Alumni Speaker Series

The Careers in Biology Alumni Speaker Series will feature Larissa M. Mottl ’96, central region scientific and natural areas program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Mottl will present “The Art and Science of a UMM Biology Major’s Career in Conservation” on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in Science 2950 (Auditorium). The Careers in Biology program 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.

Soup and Substance

There will be a Soup and Substance discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 111. Soup & Substance is an informal dialogue that discusses social issues of impact to the campus and community as a whole. This month's dialogue will focus on veterans and disability services and is co-sponsored by the Disability Alliance and the Office of Community Engagement. All are welcome. A free, light meal will be served.

Spanish Conversation Table

Please join us at La Mesa de Conversación en la Universidad de Minnesota, Morris, otherwise known as the Spanish Conversation Table at UMM, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Student Center’s Turtle Mountain Cafe. All are welcome. Students, faculty, staff, and community members have casual conversations in Spanish about a variety of topics. Meet new people and improve your Spanish.

"Kierkegaard in the Present Age"

Gordon Marino will present "Kierkegaard in the Present Age" on Wednesday, Jan. 22,  at 7 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. Marino is professor of philosophy and director of the Hong/Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield. He is author of Kierkegaard in the Present Age and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard. His new book, Ethics: The Essential Writings, will be published by Random House this summer. An active boxing trainer, Gordon covers boxing for the Wall Street Journal and is working on a book on boxing and philosophy.

CAC Films Presents: Pacific Rim

There will be a showing of Pacific Rim on Friday, Jan. 24, at 9:30 p.m. in Science 2950 (Auditorium). The event is hosted by CAC Films.

Performing Arts

Series: Speaking in Tongues—World Music

Speaking in Tongues will perform on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. Comprised of four astonishing musicians from four different cultures with four native tongues, the group features master drummer and multi-instrumentalist from Ghana Sowah Mensah, Chinese pipa master Gao Hong, virtuoso bassist from Mexico City Enrique Toussaint, and Minnesota-born master percussionist Marc Anderson. Prior to the evening performance, Speaking in Tongues will host both a Chinese pipa lecture and a “Drumming Around the World” workshop. The lecture will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall, and the workshop will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Both are free and open to the public.