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Photo of Ora Itkin and Nerea Berraondo performing “Habanera” from Carmen by Georges Bizet at Poetic Worlds.

In Bone and Flesh: A Night of Languages, Poetry, and Music

Poetry is more than just text to interpret; it's about rhythm and emotion. This was the key idea behind a recent event called Poetic Worlds, in which over 100 students, faculty, alumni, and community members came together to perform and experience poems in different languages. It "emphasize[d] linguistic diversity on campus, languages being taught, [and] languages spoken in our community,” explains Assistant Professor Ioana Pribiag, who organized the event as a way to get her students fired up about poetry.
Portrait: Jane Sumner

Jane Sumner Creates Website to Help Diversify Syllabi

In order to make varied perspectives more accessible, Jane Sumner, professor of political science, created the Gender Balance Assessment Tool in 2016. The website generates an estimate of a syllabus' racial and gender makeup using a probability algorithm, making it easier and faster for professors to diversify their course content. Lorena Muñoz, an assistant professor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, is also quoted.
Portrait of Kari Campeau.

Classroom and Community Collide

“Intercultural communication skills are increasingly important as technical writing becomes more global, and intercultural communication skills are often handled reductively or insufficiently in technical communication textbooks and course design,” says UMN instructor Kari Campeau. That’s why she actively includes diverse communities in her classroom.
Portrait of Tia-Simone Gardner.

When Housing Isn’t for All: Working Toward a More Inclusive Housing Strategies

Did you notice what looked like a “tiny house” on campus last year? It was actually a “mobile artist residency,” part of Tia-Simone Gardner’s research on the relationship between large cities and small housing spaces. The project aims to make small, mobile housing become a feasible option for people who need affordable or temporary housing.
Paul Ryan speaking at a podium

The Old-School Trick That Pushed the House to Move on Immigration

TIME turns to Kathryn Pearson, professor of political science, to explain how discharge petitions were used in the mid-20th-century and how they're used today. "Nowadays, as Pearson sees it, discharge petitions have evolved from a tactic used to go over the heads of committee chairs, to a tactic used to go over the heads of majority party leadership."
Portrait of Namir Smallwood.

Trust the Process: Namir Smallwood on Acting for Stage and Screen

Namir Smallwood, an alumnus of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, shares stories about his experiences as an actor in theatre and on television. “The thing that I keep with me from my training is to do the work and trust the work. Just tell the story,” he says. “If you do the work, the work will eventually take care of you. Your only charge is this: Trust the process!”
Members of MLK Program

2018 MLK Program Immersion Experience

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) program is in its 49th year and in April 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of providing individualized, holistic, and culturally attentive advising that supports academic excellence, wellness, and professional development. This year with continued support of CLA leadership, the MLK staff planned and coordinated the 2018 Immersion Experience.
Portrait of Nayelli Guerrero.

Nayelli Guerrero: Undeclared to Unstoppable

Choosing a major is hard. When you’re interested in a variety of subjects, picking just one can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. For Nayelli Guerrero, whose interests include medicine, writing, history, and law, it’s no wonder she started off her college career as an undecided major. Now a sophomore, she has become a top-notch student who actively participates in important work in the community.
Portrait of Katherine Beane.

Colonialism to Sovereignty: The Restoration of Bde Maka Ska

In 1829, Dakota leader Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man) led a group of Dakota men on a hunt. The group became trapped in a blizzard for three days, buried under the snow. He later founded an agricultural community on the site, which he called Ḣeyate Otuŋwe, on the shores of a lake that Dakota people today call Bde Maka Ska. Nearly two centuries later, Cloud Man’s great-great grandchildren led the charge to reclaim the lake’s Dakota name, after having long been named after white secessionist John Caldwell Calhoun.” We don’t call it a change, we call it a restoration,” descendant Katherine Beane says when asked about the renaming of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska.
Portrait of Lily Obeda.

Choose Your Own Adventure

“Once you find your passion and the piece of you that clicks, everything else falls into place.” That’s the advice of 2018 graduate Lily Obeda, whose double major in GSD with a Scandinavian & Finnish emphasis and speech-language-hearing sciences has prepared her for an exciting career in academia.