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

The Second Annual F-Word Conference

The Morris Feminists will hold the second annual F-Word Conference on Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the UMM campus. Conference sessions will address redefining gender and culture, expanding socio-cultural understandings in relation to gender, investigating intersections of feminism, and general empowerment and respect.

March Madness Concert Presented by KUMM

UMM’s student-run radio station, KUMM, will present its March Madness Concert on Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. The concert will feature Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Shinobi Ninja, and others. Tickets are available in advance or the day of the show.

UMM Concert Choir

There will be a UMM Concert Choir concert, directed by Christina Armendarez, on Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Following their recent tour to Costa Rica, the choir will perform a varied program of a cappella works. Tickets are available at the door.

Organic Food: Fact or Fiction?

The next Cafe Scientifique discussion will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Common Cup Coffeehouse. Brad Heins, assistant professor of organic dairy management at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), will lead the discussion, “Organic Food: Fact or Fiction.”

UMM Symphonic Winds—Maestro Factor III

There will be a Symphonic Winds concert on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Conducted by Simon Tillier, the concert will feature teaching specialist Ruth Aaseng performing Martin Ellerby’s atmospheric Neapolitan Serenade as well as student conductors and compositions. Tickets are available at the door.

Elder-in-Residence Poetry Reading and Reception

There will be an Elder-in-Residence poetry reading on Thursday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The Elder-in-Residence program features a Native elder who possesses a cultural knowledge and continues to provide leadership or service in their home community. This year’s elder, Denise Lajimodiere, has 35 years of experience in the field of education. A former elementary teacher and principal, she currently works as an assistant professor of educational leadership at North Dakota State University.

Round Table Forum

There will be a round table forum with biographical novelist and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Joanna Scott on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Oyate Hall. Professors Michael Lackey, Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Stephen Carey, and Michael Eble will ask Scott to clarify what kind of liberties a novelist can take with a factual figure.

Open Mic Night

There will be an Open Mic event on Thursday, March 27, at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Turtle Mountain Cafe. Students are welcome to participate and enjoy various performances.

Prairie Literary Gate Festival

The fourth annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF) will be held March 28 and 29 at UMM. Aspiring writers and literary enthusiasts are invited to enjoy free public readings as well as workshops and discussions with nationally and internationally recognized authors.

This year PGLF will welcome Pulitzer Prize-finalist and novelist Joanna Scott, fiction writer Debra Monroe, nonfiction and memoirist Rachael Hanel, poet Mart Hart, and filmmakers Jake Lloyd and Anthony Wayne. While all events are open to the public, pre-registration for the writing workshops is encouraged. Registration and a full schedule are available at