Pillsbury Hall Grand Reopening

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Event Date & Time
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Event Location
Pillsbury Hall

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Join us to celebrate the grand reopening of Pillsbury Hall 

This event is open-house style. You are invited to stop by anytime between 11:30am and 1:30pm. 

  • Learn about the literary magazines produced by English, The Tower and Great River Review
  • Discover current English class offerings and mingle with faculty
  • Dive into the history of the Pillsbury Hall renovation project
  • Meet the students behind Fellowship of Undergraduate Students in English (FUSE)
  • Explore the work being done by English graduate students
  • Connect with the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub 
  • Take a student-guided tour or explore the space on your own!
  • Listen to readings and presentations by faculty, students, and artists in the attic event space 
  • Snap a photo with Goldy Gopher
  • Pick up a commemorative Pillsbury cookie 

For students, faculty, staff, and visitors, wearing a face covering is required indoors on University campuses, regardless of your vaccination status. 

Attic Event Space Schedule

ASL interpretation provided

  • 11:30am Navigating the Briar Patch: Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Douglas Kearney looks at instability and discomfort in poetry and the collision of texts (film)
  • 11:45am Opening program with CLA Dean John Coleman; Professor and Chair of Department of English Andy Elfenbein; Interim Director of the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub Amelious N. Whyte, Jr., PhD
  • 12:00pm Reading with Assistant Professor and novelist V. V. Ganeshananthan 
  • 12:15pm Professor Elaine Auyoung on "Moral Action and the Arts"
  • 12:30pm Mixed Blood Theatre artist, Ansa Akyea, reads works by English creative writing professors
  • 12:45pm Senior Lecturer Eric Daigre shares about English department community engagement classes
  • 1:00pm English PhD alum Jenna Dreier discusses her new role as the University’s College in Prison Program Coordinator
  • 1:15pm Creative Writing Nonfiction reading with Associate Professor Kim Todd and Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence Kao Kalia Yang

Parking is available in the nearby Church Street Garage or 4th Street Ramp. 

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Pillsbury Hall is the new home for the Department of English, our top-ranked Creative Writing Program, and the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub. Nestled in the heart of the humanities district, Pillsbury Hall is a place where campus and community partners collaborate on solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. 

Learn more about the Pillsbury Hall Renovation

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