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Join CLA at the Minnesota State Fair

August 24, 2017 - 9:00am to September 4, 2017 - 9:00pm

University of Minnesota Building
Dan Patch Ave & Underwood Street

Visit us if you’re heading to the Great Minnesota Get-together. College of Liberal Arts departments and researchers will be in the University of Minnesota building and the U of M Central Crossroads building on the schedule below.

Thursday, August 24

Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies 

9:00am - 3:00pm

Are you interested in the Spanish and Portuguese languages and the cultures and countries in which they're spoken? Stop by our exhibit to learn more about Spanish and Portuguese in general and about the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies specifically.

Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD)

Department of Psychology

9:00am - 9:00pm 

Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development is a landmark study on brain development and child health supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This project will increase our understanding of environmental, social, genetic, and other biological factors that affect brain and cognitive development and that can enhance or disrupt a young person’s life trajectory.

Unique in its scope and duration, the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development study will:

  • Recruit 10,000 healthy children, ages 9 to 10 across the United States, and follow them into early adulthood.
  • Use advanced brain imaging to observe brain growth with unprecedented precision.
  • Examine how biology and environment interact and relate to developmental outcomes such as physical health, mental health, and life achievements including academic success

Department of French & Italian 

3:00pm - 9:00pm 

The Department of French & Italian will be presenting at the state fair. 

Friday, August 25

Department of Asian Languages & Literatures and Arabic Language Program 

9:00am - 3:00pm 

The Department of Asian Languages & Literatures (ALL) and the Arabic Program will be showcasing their degree programs, course offerings, and year-round cultural activities that are open to the public. Visit the exhibit to chat with instructors and administrators about study and career options, hear our Arabic and Asian languages spoken, play trivia, learn some proverbs, and have your name written in Arabic!

Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World

3:00pm - 9:00pm

The James Ford Bell Library, the Center for Medieval Studies, the Center for Early Modern History, and the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World will host fun, interactive activities focused on the premodern world.

Saturday, August 26

Let's Learn Asian Languages!

Department of Asian Languages & Literatures 

9:00am - 9:00pm 

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Hindi/Urdu, Japanese
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm Chinese, Korean

Language experts from the Department of Asian Languages & Literatures will teach you some simple words, phrases, and/or sentences, and share fun facts with you about Asian languages and cultures.

Sunday, August 27 - Tuesday, August 29 

Ojibwe People's Dictionary 

Department of American Indian Studies 

9:00am - 9:00pm 

Listen to the voices of Minnesota Anishinaabe elders in this free online Ojibwe language resource for students, teachers and other Minnesotans interested in our indigenous languages. We'll show you how to find the names of animals, trees, and traditional and contemporary objects, as well as basic and advanced descriptive and action words, many illustrated in spoken and written sentences.

Wednesday, August 30 

Department of Anthropology

9:00am - 3:00pm 

Come learn about the latest research being conducted by the Department of Anthropology. There will be a number of hands on activities including, stone tool puzzles and the opportunity to create your own ceramic designs.

CATSS: Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

3:00pm - 9:00pm 

We will have demos and descriptions of the sensory science research happening within CATSS. These will include: vision loss, hearing loss, sensory aids, balance disorders, and tinnitus. State fair goers can participate in some activities on site, such as simulations of cochlear implants and macular degeneration.

Friday, September 1

Institute for Global Studies

9:00am - 9:00pm 

Play global trivia! Learn about international education opportunities and international research in CLA.

Research and Innovation in the College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Technology and Innovation Services

9:00am - 9:00pm 

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is shattering expectations of what a liberal arts education can be. Liberal arts researchers and alumni are tackling society's biggest challenges. Come explore our story.

Saturday, September 2

Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications

School of Statistics

9:00am - 9:00pm 

At the fair we will be informing state fair goers of the School of Statistics recently established Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications.

Sunday, September 3

Department of English 

9:00am - 3:00pm 

The Department of English has been presenting free literary author readings for more than 50 years. Come discover our fall 2017 author line-up, and enter to win a free book! The Department of English instructs nearly 6,000 students a year in reading comprehension, critical thinking, and effective communication. Our graduates go on to practice law, teach, build businesses, make movies, create advertising, produce radio shows, and edit and write books. In 2016-17 alone, alums and students from our MFA program in Creative Writing are publishing 20 books and 8 chapbooks.

Monday, September 4

Religious Studies Program 

9:00am - 9:00pm 

Learn about the academic study of religions. Test your knowledge of the religions of the world with the religious literacy quiz! Bookmarks and highlighter pens will be awarded. 

CLA Sponsored Research 

U of M Central Crossroads Building (1673 Dan Patch Ave, Falcon Heights, MN 55108)

Friday, August 25 / Saturday, September 2 / Sunday, September 3

The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences will be conducting two research studies at the State Fair this year in the Driven to Discover Building. Both studies will be held on multiple days. Some eligibility restrictions will apply. 

Beyond Rain Man: Understanding Autism 

9:00am - 2:00pm

Many people think of the 1988 movie Rain Man when they hear the word “autism.” We want to find out: what do you know about autism? Where does this knowledge come from? Through a 20-30 minute survey, you will have the opportunity to share your understanding and opinions of autism. We will also help you grow your understanding through a short video about autism.

Study candidate eligibility: Age 18 or older.

Friday, August 25   /   Sunday, August 27   /   Monday, August 28   /   Saturday, September 2   /   Monday, September 4

Kid Talk Study

9:00am - 2:00pm

How do kids think about language? Can they make up a language? Can they use words they’ve never heard before? Can they spot bad sentences? Come help us find out so we can help children who have trouble learning language. Using an iPad, children will look at pictures, listen to sentences, and answer some questions about our funny sentences. 

Study candidate eligibility: Children aged 3 - 9 years; typical development; child and one parent must speak English.


See U at the Fair 
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.