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

Asking the Big Questions

Come explore the topic "Building the Perfect Baby: The Ethics and Promise of Genetic Modification" on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. What are the ethical considerations of engineering babies? At its most positive, medical science can help screen out devastating illnesses. On the other end of the spectrum techniques can resemble eugenics. Dan Demetriou, assistant professor of philosophy, will offer opening remarks. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the Philosophy Discipline and Briggs Library.

Showing of Murderball

The Disability Alliance will present Murderball, a film about competitive quad rugby played by people in wheelchairs, on Monday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. The film defies stereotypes of the limitations of people with disabilities, masculinity, and ability in general. Quickly paced and action-packed, this film will entertain as well as educate.

Annual Edith R. Farrell French Poetry Contest

The 28th Annual Edith R. Farrell French Poetry Contest will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center’s Oyate Hall. The event serves as a showcase for students to share the beauty of French language and verse from across the francophone world. It also celebrates the induction of new members into the French National Honor Society Pi Delta Phi.

Science and Math Distinguished Alumni Series Lecture

Christian Borden ’00 will return to campus as part of the Science & Math Distinguished Alumni Series. Borden will deliver a general audience talk on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. as well as a more science-focused discussion on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Both talks will be held in Science 1020. Borden graduated with a degree in computer science and physics in 2000 and went on to get a master of computer science from Michigan Technological University. As senior manager for Atmospheric and Environmental Research. Mission Planning Technologies group, he integrates environmental models, scientific research, and cutting-edge software technology to produce weather impact tools for the government and private-sector industries.


Thursday Afternoon Seminar (TAFS)

There will be a Thursday Afternoon Seminar entitled "Tales of Research and Internships in Madagascar and Reunion Island" presented by Sarah Buchanan on Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in Humanities Fine Arts 6. This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

36th Annual Jazz Festival

The 36th annual UMM Jazz Festival will be held Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5. Featuring guest artists Kevin Harris on piano and Darren Barrett on trumpet, the festival promises to be a unique and soulful experience. Performances will be held nightly in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Tickets: Adult $18, Seniors and under 18 youth $12, UMM Students $5. Additional information at

Circle of Nations Indigenous Association 30th Annual Powwow

The Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will host its 30th annual CNIA Powwow on Saturday, April 5, in the P.E. Center. Dancers from all around the United States and Canada gather in Morris for this traditional social gathering. Doors open at 11 a.m. Grand Entry will occur at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the South Parking Lot near Big Cat Stadium.