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

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 1–2 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall, and the workshop will be held from 2:30–3:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Both are free and open to the public.

7th Annual Morris Festival of French and Francophone Films

This year’s film festival includes four new, award-winning features. Subtitled in English, the films will be screened at 7 p.m. on Mondays for four weeks beginning on Monday, Jan. 27. The campus and the public are invited to these free screenings in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. On Jan. 27, the festival will feature Les Adieux à la reine/ Farewell, My Queen. Directed by Benoît Jacquot, 2013, 101 minutes, rated R. Benoît Jacquot’s nimble, lush adaptation of Chantal Thomas’s 2003 novel portrays Versailles on the eve of the 1789 revolution as told through the eyes of Sidonie, the besotted reader to Marie Antoinette. Compressed to four tumultuous days, the film follows Sidonie as she tries to make sense of the rumors spreading in the royal palace. Rendered blind to the queen’s caprice by love, Sidonie both thrills under her affections and seethes with jealousy for the queen’s prized pet, Gabrielle de Polignac, giving rise to the discreet yet heated passion that unfolds in Farewell, My Queen.

Convocation with Chris Hedges

The University of Minnesota, Morris will host Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer Chris Hedges in a convocation on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. The title of Hedges’s talk is “The New Atheists as Secular Fundamentalists.”

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. 29, from 6–7 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.

Artist Lecture: Anne Barber/Jess Larson

There will be an artist lecture featuring Anne Barber, assistant professor of studio art, and Jess Larson, professor of studio art, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 12 p.m. in Humanities Fine Arts 150. The lecture corresponds with the Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery’s ARTIST, TEACHER, SCHOLAR, an exhibition featuring the work of Morris studio art faculty members.

Spring Festival

The International Student Association, 3C Club, and International Student Programs will host a Spring Festival celebration on Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Student Center. Spring Festival dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Spring Festival celebrates the lunar New Year. This holiday originated in China, but is also widely celebrated in Hong Kong, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Tickets for the dinner and/or performances are available at or at the Student Activities Office.

 Open Mic Night

There will be an Open Mic event on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Turtle Mountain Cafe. Students are welcome to participate and enjoy various performances.

Four on the Floor Tuba-Euphonium Quartet

Four on the Floor Tuba-Euphonium Quartet will perform on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Founded in 2013, Four on the Floor is west central Minnesota’s newest tuba-euphonium quartet, consisting of Wes Flinn and Caitlyn Drayna on euphonium, and Mike Odello and Nate Pederson on tuba. The group plays standards, new works, and jazz pieces with flair and a sense of humor as big as the open prairie. Free admission; no ticket required.