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Prairie Gate Literary Festival

The Second Annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival will continue all day on Saturday, March 31. The festival offers participants the opportunity to learn from writers, editors, and other literary arts professionals through author readings, workshops, and panel discussions. The full schedule of events may be viewed online at http://www.morris.umn.edu/prairiegate/.

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Midwest Science of Origins Conference

The Morris Freethinkers student organization will hold the Midwest Science of Origins Conference (MSOC) Friday through Sunday, March 30-April 1.Activities conclude on Sunday with a community service project led by Chris Stedman, the Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

For more information, visit the conference website at http://atheonomy.wordpress.com/the-midwest-science-of-origins-conference/.

"The Emperor's New Clothes" Spring Children's Show

The classic fairy tale, directed by guest director Shaune Wunder, will be performed for the general public on Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre. Tickets are $3 for the young and young of heart. Convenient, free parking is available evenings and weekends in all campus lots.

Prairie Gate Literary Festival Off Campus

Graphic novelists Brittney Sabo and Anna Bratton will read and discuss their work on Saturday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. in the Morris Public Library followed by refreshments.

18th Annual American Sign Language (ASL) Concert

Beginning Sign Language students will present the 18th annual ASL spring concert on Saturday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium, under the direction of Timothy Poore, sign language and deaf education instructor.

Free and open to everyone.

Neil Shubin Public Lecture

Neil Shubin, a participant in the Midwest Science of Origins Conference, presents a lecture on his 2008 best-selling book, Your Inner Fish, on Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. in the Morris Area High School Auditorium. Free and open to all.

Trombone Recital

Caitlin Drayna will present her senior trombone recital on Sunday, April 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Fall Course Registration

Registration for fall courses begins on Monday, April 2.

Break the Bonds Campaign

On Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. the International Relations Club will host representatives from the Break the Bonds Campaign in Humanities Fine Arts, Room 6, who will speak on Israeli-Palestinian issues.

Talk on the Public's Role in Government

Eric Schwartz, dean of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will deliver a talk on "Transforming the Public Dialogue on Government: 21st Century Challenges and the Role of the Public Sector" on Tuesday, April 3, at 2 p.m. in Imholte Hall 112.

Jane Addams Project Meeting

Bringing the University, Morris area, and Hispanic communities together, the community-building project "Jane Addams" will continue to meet on Tuesday evenings throughout the spring term. This week's meeting is on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 111.

Asking the Big Questions

On Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. (rescheduled from March 22) in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room, Argie Manolis, director of the Office of Community Engagement, will lead a discussion on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) culture and Minnesota. Snacks and refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. Contact Peter Bremer at pbremer@morris.umn.edu for more information.

Prairie Yard and Garden

The 25th season of Prairie Yard and Garden (PY&G) airs Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with encore broadcasts on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television through April 12. On April 5, PY&G discusses growing turf grass with Gary Thompson, owner of the Geneva Golf Club in Alexandria.

Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar

Sheng Xiao, assistant professor of management, will speak on "What Determines Firm Innovation around the World?--Finance, Politics, and Culture," on Thursday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. in HFA 6.

Film: Invisible Children

Invisible Children will be screened on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Science and Math 2950. The documentary depicts the plight of children who are abducted and trained as child soldiers in Uganda. Presented by the Black Student Union.

Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series

A themed film will be shown in on Thursday, April 5, in Edson Auditorium at 7 p.m.The goal of the Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo' amaadiwin Film Series is to challenge its audience through the use of film to examine and discuss the issues of culture, identity, and stereotypes of American Indian people.

Midwest Philosophy Colloquium

The 36th Annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium will be held on Friday, April 6, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. This year's theme is Honor and Ethics. The list of speakers and full schedule are online at http://www.morris.umn.edu/academics/philosophy/colloquium/.

UMMy Awards

The Campus Activities Council presents the 7th Annual UMMy Awards on Friday, April 6, at 9:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. In this campus tradition, short films created by UMM students are screened and an awards ceremony held that celebrates creativity and recognizes best actor, best actress, best director, and best script.

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