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Join CLA at the Minnesota State Fair

August 22, 2019 - 9:00am to September 2, 2019 - 9:00pm

Visit us if you're heading to the great Minnesota get-together! College of Liberal Arts departments and researchers will be in the U of M Central (Crossroads) building at Dan Patch Avenue & Underwood Street or in the Driven to Discover building on Cosgrove Street.

Thursday, August 22

School of Statistics, Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications 

9:00am - 9:00pm

U of M Central (Crossroads) building


Performance: Tim Gustafson

1:00pm, 3:00pm

U of M Central (Crossroads) building
Tim Gustafson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies on the Twin Cities campus where he teaches first-year and technical/professional writing courses. He has been writing songs for over 40 years and currently performs with several Twin Cities bands including The Hypoxic Punks (a U of M faculty band), The Fireroast Mountain Boys, and Brethren Bones. Stop by the U of M stage at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm for carefully crafted songs, energetic guitar playing, and occasional sing-alongs.
Friday, August 23

Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science 

3:00pm - 9:00pm

U of M Central (Crossroads) building
Sunday, August 25
Monday, August 26
Tuesday, August 27

The Religious Studies Program and the Center for Jewish Studies

9:00am - 3:00pm

U of M Central (Crossroads) building


Department of English 

9:00am - 3:00pm

U of M Central (Crossroads) building 
Wednesday, August 28

GIF Photo Booth by Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services

9:00am - 9:00pm 

U of M Central (Crossroads) building

The College of Liberal Arts is shattering expectations of what a liberal arts education can be. Stop by the photo booth and create a GIF selfie to share. 

Thursday, August 29
Friday, August 30

Institute for Global Studies

9:00am - 5:00pm

U of M Central (Crossroads) building


Performance: Hypnoxic Punks

1:00pm, 2:00pm

U of M Central (Crossroads) building
Four faculty from the Twin Cities campus will play their original and cover songs focused on environmental issues and community engagement. Come see them play on the U of M Central stage at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm!
Saturday, August 31

Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch

9:00am - 3:00pm

U of M Central (Crossroads) building 
Sunday, September 1

Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

9:00am - 3:00pm: Chinese and Japanese programs

3:00pm - 9:00pm: Chinese Flagship and Korean programs

U of M Central (Crossroads) building 


Performance: Minnesota Marching Band


Daily Parade Route
Hear the Minnesota Rouser, Hail Minnesota, and other UMN school songs from the 320+ member marching band in their first public performance of the 2019 season, under the direction of Betsy McCann. Ski-U-Mah!
Monday, September 2

Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

9:00am - 3:00pm: Hindi and Urdu program

U of M Central (Crossroads) building 


CLA-Sponsored Research 

CLA departments will be conducting four research studies at the State Fair this year in the Driven to Discover building. Some studies will be held on multiple days. Eligibility restrictions will apply.

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences: "Is that a yes or no?"

Is that a yes or no?

9:00am - 2:00pm: Monday 8/26

2:30pm - 9:00pm: Monday 9/2

Driven to Discover building

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences: "Are you going to the party?" "I have an exam tomorrow." When hearing this conversation, most of us know immediately that the person is indirectly rejecting the invitation. However, such seemingly straight-forward exchanges may be beyond the comprehension abilities of some children who have trouble understanding the message that goes beyond the literal language. Using an iPad, children will look at pictures, listen to short conversations, and judge whether the speaker meant yes or no.

Study candidate eligibility: Children aged 4-10 years with typical development.

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences: "Can you hear me? Check it hear!"

Can you hear me? Check it hear!

9:00am - 2:00pm: Thursday 8/29, Monday 9/2

2:30pm - 9:00pm: Monday 8/26

Driven to Discover building

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences: This study will assess the hearing status and conduct a survey of the general population in Minnesota. We aim to assess the following: 1) participants’ behavior with seeking and accessing hearing healthcare services, 2) their knowledge of their hearing status, 3) their needs and preferences for the best eHealth models for receiving hearing healthcare services. We also aim to evaluate the effectiveness of a streamlined eHealth hearing healthcare delivery model that improves access to and affordability of hearing services. The findings from this study will aid in our ongoing efforts to determine the best use of emerging technology to provide affordable hearing healthcare to everyone. 

Study candidate eligibility: Ages 18 or older.

Psychology: "Are you sure about that?"

Are you sure about that?

9:00am - 2:00pm: Monday 9/2

2:30pm - 9:00pm: Wednesday 8/28, Thursday 8/29

Driven to Discover building

Psychology: The goal of this research is to see how people make decisions when they are unsure. In this study you will be asked to complete three different decision-making tasks covering perceptual, social, and emotional judgements. You will also be asked to fill out a few questionnaires. You will receive a token gift as well as the chance of winning a prize raffle. 

Study candidate eligibility: Ages 18-80, normal or corrected-to-normal vision.

Psychology: "You be the judge!"

You be the judge! 

9:00am - 9:00pm: Saturday, 8/31

Driven to Discover building

Psychology: People are faced with numerous situations every day in which they have to make judgments and decisions. We want to examine factors that influence the way people make judgments in two scenarios: 1) in hiring, and 2) in interpreting research findings. We will explore how individuals make use of information about applicants' credentials and diversity in making hiring decisions. We will also examine how different ways in which research findings are presented will affect the audience's perception and judgment of those findings.

Study candidate eligibility: Ages 18 and older.


The 12-day run of the Minnesota State Fair is also a great University of Minnesota get-together!

Get information about all U of M events at the fair