Exploring exhibits at the Wangensteen Historical Library - UL First Fridays Online

Presented by Darren Terpstra and Lois Hendrickson

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Exhibits allow the University of Minnesota Libraries to share their collections and engage communities. Darren Terpstra, exhibit lead for Archives and Special Collections, and Lois Hendrickson, Curator at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine will share ideas on how to mount a successful exhibition, with particular emphasis on the opportunities of meeting the challenges of online/distance delivery.

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“A Campus Divided” exhibit Uncovered (Online Workshop)

Learn about the popular 2017 Libraries exhibit, “A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anticommunists, Racists, and Antisemitism at the University of Minnesota 1930-1942,” and how the archival documents that were uncovered led to a campus-wide conversation around changing the names of buildings on the University of Minnesota campus.

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Archivist Kate Dietrick will give a behind-the-scenes virtual look at the exhibit, share some historical documents that were important to the conversations surrounding name changes, and discuss the opportunities and limitations that archives provide when confronting the difficult histories of institutions.

A zoom link will be sent to those how register about 1 day before the event.




Disrupting the Narrative -  UL First Fridays Online 

Disrupting the Narrative: Documenting and Advancing Institutional Change Through the Archives 

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The event is free. Please make a reservation to receive instructions for connecting via Zoom.  Reservations open in February.

Presented by Linnea Anderson, Social Welfare History Archives, and Ryan Bean, YMCA Archives

Staff from the Kautz Family YMCA Archives and Social Welfare History Archives explore stories of the evolution of racial narratives in the social services. What narratives and voices are present in the records and what have past moments of disruption looked like? What is the role of archivists as caretakers of these documents and what role can these documents play in disrupting the narrative?



Spring 2021 Colloquium

Sigrid Schmalzer, Department of History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Title: "Connecting the Dots: A History of Systems Thinking in Chinese Agricultural Science and Politics"

Abstract: forthcoming

Computational Modeling

Featuring speakers from Medtronic and David Odde

  • Ruth Nicholson Klepfer, Medtronic
  • Troy Jackson, Medtronic
  • David Odde, Department of Biomedical Engineering

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We are delighted to announce the debut of UMN BME-Industry Grand Rounds, a new monthly event series that deepens the connection between the University of Minnesota Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Twin Cities’ thriving health technology industry.

Through these virtual events, local engineers, scientists, faculty, and trainees will share knowledge about critical biomedical engineering topics. Each talk features at least one presenter from our department and one from a local company.

We hope you can join us! We encourage you to keep an eye on the UMN BME-Industry Grand Rounds webpage for upcoming talks, and help spread the word among those within and outside of the University. All are welcome!

A Social History of Machine Learning

A CBI Tomash Virtual Lecture

Join CBI's 2020 - 2021 Tomash Fellow Aaron Mendon-Plasek, History Department, Columbia University presenting his paper on the topic of Social History of Machine Learning.

 Aaron Plasek

This virtual event is free and open to the public. 

Formal paper title, forthcoming.


The Flying Jewish Chaplain & Curt Carlson: The Ultra Entrepreneur - UL First Fridays Online

The event is free. Please make a reservation to receive instructions for connecting via Zoom.

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The Flying Jewish Chaplain

Presented by Kate Dietrick, Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

After serving as military chaplain for the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, Rabbi Harold H. Gordon became a Circuit Chaplain for the North Atlantic Division of the Air Transport Command. Learn more about Rabbi Gordon, nicknamed the “Flying Jewish Chaplain,” as he logged over 200,000 miles of flying (at a time when flying was still novel and not without peril) to bring spiritual guidance to members of the Armed Forces.

Curt Carlson: The Ultra Entrepreneur

Presented by Amanda Wick, Processing Archivist, Carlson Companies Corporate Records and Family papers

Curtis L. (Curt) Carlson and his ultra successful businesses are a homegrown Minnesota success story. This talk will delve into the personal and professional life of Mr. Carlson and the incredible social networks that he built and participated in as he rose in prominence.