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Monday, October 3, 2016

9:30 – 10:30
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Real Life Forensics–Not as Seen on TV

Speaker: Dr. Lindsey C. Thomas, MD, Board Certified Forensic Pathologist and Assistant Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Minneapolis

We’re used to seeing forensic examinations on TV resolved within hours. Dr. Thomas will tell us what it is really like. She will describe the steps in a forensic examination, when and why it is performed, and why the multiple test results are not immediately available (even when the decedent is famous!). She will share her enthusiasm and love for her field of medicine.

10:45 – 11:45
CULTURES, CLANS, AND COMMUNITIES: Colin Woodward’s American Nation: What it Means for American Politics

Speaker: John Finnegan, PhD, Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and former Journalist

Author Colin Woodward published an excellent book about rival regional cultures in the United States. How does it explain our politics, and what are the prospects for the upcoming election?

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

1:15 – 2:15
EDUCATION: Building Safe and Supportive Schools in Minnesota

Speakers: Julie Hertzog, Director of PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center
Scott Dibble, Minnesota State Senator District 61

After years of work, legislation introduced by Senator Dibble, Minnesota’s Safe and Supportive School Act, passed into law in 2014. It is ironic that Hertzog and Pacer’s anti-bullying programs were successfully implemented in other states, but in Minnesota they continued at a stalemate. How did this bill finally succeed, and how is the need for safe schools continuing to change?

Monday, October 10, 2016

8:30 – 9:30
Passage Community Fall Shower
A truck will be parked in front of the Gale Mansion to receive your donations.

9:30 – 10:30
WRITERS AND READERS: Writing from the Unexplored Past

Speaker: Tessa Bridal, Novelist and Non-fiction Writer

Winner of the Milkweed Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Tree of Red Stars, Tessa Bridal’s newest novel, River of Painted Birds, takes one back to 18th century Ireland, the land of her ancestors, and then on to Montevideo, Uruguay, where she was raised. A grant allowed her to impeccably research a rarely explored time period for her fascinating tale of a strong Irish woman landing in South America.

10:45 – 11:45
MENTAL WELL-BEING: Crisis In Access to Inpatient Mental Health Care:
A Provider’s Perspective

Speaker: Eduardo Colon Navarro, MD, Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Hennepin County Medical Center

As reflected in media coverage over the last year, patients have experienced marked difficulties in access to acute care. This has resulted in prolonged waits in emergency rooms, delays in admission, increased distress for patients and families, and impact on the delivery of general care in emergency rooms. This talk will provide an overview of changes in the access to inpatient psychiatric care, role of coordinated care in the community, and potential solutions.

11:45 – 12:15 BUSINESS MEETING
12:15 – 1:15  LUNCHEON

1:15 – 2:15
PUBLIC POLICY: Whole Person Health and Clinical Aromatherapy

Speaker: Angela Smith Lillehei, PhD, MPH, RN, Integrator at Minnesota Personalized Medicine, Writer, Speaker

Lillehei’s interest in whole person health, integrative health, and wellness grew out of a career in traditional health care management and the desire to help lead a paradigm shift in health care. This includes a focus on the whole person rather than the separate parts; self-care wellness and healing rather than curing. She completed a randomized control trial on sleep and Lavender. Lillehei is currently working as an Integrator with Dr. Plotnikoff at a new micro-clinic where she sees patients and does program development with an ongoing focus on clinical aromatherapy, sleep, and overall optimal healing.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016



The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant



Hamline University’s Twentieth President

Speaker: Dr. Fayneese Miller, Hamline University President
dr-fayneese-millerMiller became Hamline University’s twentieth President on July 1, 2015. She is the first African-American president in the history of Hamline and the university’s second female president. Join us this evening, and welcome Dr. Miller to AAUW as she tells us about her life and her first year at Hamline University and the Twin Cities.


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