There’s something for everyone in our programming and events! Please see below for our upcoming programs and…
TUESDAY EVENING MEETINGS RESUME APRIL 18, 2017
Speaker: Jackie Hoff, Collections Manager
Upcoming Monday Meetings
Monday, March 27, 2017
9:30 – 10:30 MONDAY INTEREST GROUPS Please see the Bulletin page 18
BOOK DISCUSSION The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
HANDWORK/CRAFTS Topic: Drawing
HOT TOPICS: Join us for lively interactive discussion on newsworthy events and more.
KNOW YOUR DEVICE: Members of this group will answer each others’ questions about smart phones, iPads, and general technology mysteries.
WRITERS’ GROUP: Join fellow members who enjoy writing of all kinds. No experience is necessary.
TRAVEL Topic: Travels Abroad
10:45 – 11:45 OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD
“Brexit”–How and Why
Speaker: Dr. Kelly Donahue, Adjunct Professor of History, University of St. Thomas
Since the shocking news broke that the British voted (51.9%) to leave the European Union, what can we learn about the broader international ramifications? The British have long believed themselves to be set apart from the continent in a geographical sense but also in a cultural and political sense. Is the Brexit just one more step in a very long, complicated history between the British Isles and the continent?
11:45 – Noon ANNOUNCEMENTS
12:00 – 1:15 LUNCHEON
1:15 – 2:15 PUBLIC POLICY
An Inside Look at a Women’s Prison
Speaker: Tracy Beltz, Warden, Shakopee Women’s Prison
Leading to her present warden position, Beltz first worked with the state as a security counselor. She will present background on the prison, makeup of the prison population, and the programs offered at the facility. Beltz will show what potential new construction projects offer for the future.
Monday, April 3, 2017
9:30 – 10:30 THE ARTS
Beyond Good and Bad
Speaker: Graydon Royce, retired Theater Critic, Star Tribune
“Is a theater critic a consumer-affairs expert for people wondering whether a show is any good? Well, you should have some clearly stated opinion, but the job requires something more of a writer and observer in putting theater into context and understanding.” Thoughts from Graydon Royce.
10:45 – 11:45 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The Cannabis Conundrum: Science and Politics of America’s Most Controversial Plant
Speaker: George D. Weiblen, PhD, Curator and Interim Scientific Director, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Hemp is a plant with strong fibers, nutritious oil, and potential in energy and industrial use. Unfortunately, because it is in the same plant family as marijuana, it was illegal to harvest hemp in Minnesota until mid-2015. Our speaker will talk about the politics and potential of a plant that grows wild all over Minnesota.
11:45 – 12:00 ANNOUNCEMENTS
12:00 – 1:15 LUNCHEON
1:15 – 2:15 WRITERS AND READERS
The Real World of War
Speakers: Ruth Welsh, BS, Author Laurel Means, PHD, Author, Editor, Publisher
From an idyllic boyhood in Minnesota, Dick Weissner, Welsh’s late husband, found himself at the outbreak of WWII, plunged into the unexpected career of becoming a P47 fighter pilot on the Western Front. In 2013, AAUW member Welsh compiled her husband’s candid words into a book, The Real World of War. It offers a graphically illustrated account of what war is really like, and how it changes lives. Her editor, Laurel Means, will join her, and together they will discuss the process of writing, editing, and publishing this compelling story.