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

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. The campus and the public are invited to these free screenings in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. On Feb. 3, the festival will feature Couleur de peau: Miel / Approved for Adoption. An enchanting hybrid of animation and live-action, this adaptation of co-director Jung’s autobiographical graphic novel recounts his childhood and adolescence after a Belgian couple adopts him from a South Korean orphanage in the early 1970s. Though raised by loving parents and supported by his four older siblings, he often feels like an outsider, and endures many painful episodes, some self-inflicted, in his struggle to understand his identity. Approved for Adoption poignantly traces one man’s interrogation of the definitions of ethnicity, culture, and the concept of “home.”

Blood Drive

There will be a blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Oyate Hall. The drive will continue on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m.

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, Feb. 5, 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!

"Ennobling Self-interest: German Historical Economics and the Challenge of Liberalism"

This week’s Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar is presented by Marynel Ryan Van Zee and is titled "Ennobling Self-interest: German Historical Economics and the Challenge of Liberalism." The seminar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Humanities Fine Arts 6.

Meiningens Student Theatre Presents: Bent

Meiningens Student Theatre will present Bent by Martin Sherman on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m.; on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The production will take place in the Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre. For more information, please contact Meiningens at This production contains mature content and language. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

Prism Concert

The Music Discipline will present a Prism Concert on Friday, Feb. 7, and on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 4:15 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Proscenium Theatre. This will be the first “Prism Concert,” a performance experience that, like a prism revealing varied colors of light, displays the many facets of musical experience in a seamless presentation of non-stop music performed from various locations within the auditorium. The sounds of music from throughout the world by UMM’s performing groups will surround the audience from all angles.