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Monday, October 31, 2016 Focus Day


A hearty, gut-busting laugh can engage all 43 of your facial muscles (not to mention the gut you just busted) suggests Jeanne Robertson, a humor expert. And we’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. A great sense of humor means that you are happy, socially confident, and have a healthy perspective on life.

9:30 – 10:30
Reflecting Our World through the Lens of an Editorial Cartoonist

Speaker: Steve Sacks, Editorial Cartoonist, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Sack, will share how he came to his career and the challenges and power of political cartooning. With the election only days ahead, we can fully appreciate his artistic skill and use of satire in order to question authority and draw attention to the foibles of the candidates.

10:45 – 11:45
Women are Not Funny! 

Speaker: Shanan Custer, Stand-up Comedian, Writer, Actor, Teaching Artist, and Director

Almost eight years ago, writer Christopher Hitchens sparked an on-going debate which still rages today, when he explained why women aren’t funny. Though Custer recognizes that, while on many levels, comedy is still skewed toward men, she will offer up several humorous arguments and examples that refute Hitchen’s biased claim.

11:45 – 12:00 ANNOUNCEMENTS
12:00 – 1:15 LUNCHEON

1:15 – 2:15
Spending the Gift of Laughter

Speaker: Lorna Landvik, Author, Entertainer, and Antic Dealer

In all of her books, including Patty Jane’s House of Curl and Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Landvik has been entertaining us with her humor. Having performed stand-up and improvisational comedy, Landvik will speak about her experiences navigating the world of comedy, and why Best to Laugh is both the title of her tenth novel and also her philosophy.

Monday, November 7, 2016

9:30 – 10:30 HEALTH: The Changing Face of Medicine

Speaker: Dr. John Tulloch, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota

Tulloch will review the evolution of medicine, the current transitional state of American medicine, and summarize the trends influencing the future of medicine.

10:45 – 11:45  WRITERS AND READERS: Forty Years and Counting,
or How to Have a Successful Book Club

Speaker: Toni McNaron, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota; Founder and Chair, Women’s Studies Program, Center for Advanced Feminist Studies and GLBT Studies

“In addition to sharing what I believe to be central to forming and maintaining a vibrant book group, I will share comments from members of the No-Name Book Group that has been functioning for over four decades. Notice in the preceding sentence a clue to one requirement I believe is necessary–don’t call the venture a book “club” at all. I hope that many who will be in attendance have belonged to a group devoted to reading books so that we can have some interaction between you and me.” -Toni McNaron

11:45 – 12:00 ANNOUNCEMENTS
12:00 – 1:15 LUNCHEON

1:15 – 2:15  CULTURES, CLANS, AND COMMUNITIES: Minneapolis Police Department: Then and Now

Speaker: Kristine Arneson, Assistant Chief of Police, Minneapolis Police Department (MPD)

In the more than 31 years that Arneson has been with the MPD, the culture has changed over and over again. The MPD is one of only two major city police departments to have two women at the top. Much of what goes on in the largest police department in the state is never reported to the general public by the local media. Arneson will share with us the changes which the MPD has experienced over the years, especially as it relates to women and cops of color within the Department.


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