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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
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?


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.


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


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.



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