Prairie Gate Previews
Free public programs, dubbed Prairie Gate Previews, are being held at the Morris Public Library to introduce the featured writers at the first annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival to be held on March 25 and 26. The last of a series of five Previews will be held on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. with an introduction to the work of novelist Eric Gansworth. See http://www.morris. umn.edu/prairiegate/ for more information.
Pianist and music faculty member Ann DuHamel presents "A History of the Piano Nocturne," illustrated by musical selections, on Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in HFA 160.
Asking the Big Questions
Barbara Burke will lead a discussion on Judaism on Wednesday, March 23, as the campus/community discussion series continues to explore faith and spirituality. Social time with snacks and refreshments starts at 6:30 p.m., and discussion begins at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library's McGinnis Room.
Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series
The "Films with Knowledge" series presents "A Thousand Roads" at 7 p.m. and "Search for the World's Best Indian Taco" at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in Imholte Hall 109. The goal of the Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series is to re-educate its audience through the use of film to examine and discuss the issues of culture, identity and stereotypes of American Indian people. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 589-6097 with questions.
Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception
The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the HFA Gallery. Art work by both art and non-art majors will be on display. The show runs from March 24-April 16. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, and 1 until 4 p.m. on Saturday. Contact Michael Eble at email@example.com or 589-6285 for more information.
Prairie Gate Literary Festival
The inaugural Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF) will be held on Thursday, March 24 through Saturday, March 26. The festival will bring together literary enthusiasts, aspiring writers, published authors, editors, and other professionals through public readings, workshops, and panel discussions designed to celebrate the literary arts. Many of the festival events are free of charge to the public, while a minimal registration fee will be required for workshop sessions.
Registration prior to the festival is appreciated. If space remains, walk-ins will be welcomed. Register online at http://www.morris.umn.edu/prairiegate/ or call 320-589-7002.
8th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week
The 38th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week (WTCHW) egins on Saturday, March 26 and continues through March 31. "Unweaving the Journey of Our Ancestors" will be a series of events celebrating the diversity of the ethnic minority groups on campus and throughout the country. Most events are free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 26
The 27th Annual Circle of Nations Indian Association Powwow will be held in the Physical Education Center. Grand entries are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 27
At 7 p.m. in the Student Center's Turtle Mountain Cafe, the Spoken Word/Open Mic/ International Cafe is open to individuals who would like to showcase their talents through spoken word, poetry, song, and/or artistic performance.
Monday, March 28
At noon, a special collaboration between the WTCHW and the Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF) will be held in the Student Center's Alumni Room. "Unweaving the Journey of our Ancestors: Exploring Identity through Writing (Culture, Gender, and Politics in Literary Arts)" will feature a panel discussion on the topics of harnessing the creative process, opportunities, and challenges in sharing your story, conflicts with identity, and current and future media representations.
Tuesday, March 29
For Colored Girls will be screened in Edson Auditorium at 7 p.m. The film is inspired by Ntozake Shange's choreopoem "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," which made its stage debut in 1974, combining poetry, dance, and music, and most significantly, placing the black female experience center stage. Following the screening, a student panel will discuss what it means to be a woman of color today.
Wednesday, March 30
Keynote speaker Sarah Culberson, stage, film, and television actor, will present "From African American to African Princess: One Woman's Search for her Roots," at 7 p.m. in the Student Center's University Room. Born in West Virginia to an African father and a white mother, Culberson was given up to foster care and adopted by a loving white family. She grew up contemplating her identity and biracial roots, and eventually learned that she is from a royal family in Sierra Leone, a Maholoi. She is a princess, the granddaughter of a paramount chief and daughter of the chief of Bumpe.
Morris Community Meal serves warm, made-from-scratch meals each month, which are open to all members of the Stevens County community free of charge. The March community meal will be held on Monday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Morris Senior Community Center. Contact Argie Manolis at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to get involved.
The Concert Choir presents its Home Concert on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall.
Soup and Substance
The monthly dialogue about social issues affecting campus and local community will take place on Wednesday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Moccasin Flower Room.
Morris Healthy Eating Initiative Film Series
"What Will We Eat? The Search for Healthy Local Food" by Chris Bedford may be viewed on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Cow Palace, Imholte 109.
Mixed Student Recital
Various music students will perform on Thursday, Marc 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. Free admission.