Podcast

Sisterhood is (Again) Powerful (2015 Women's History Lecture Series)

Fifty years after women won the vote, feminism once again grabbed public attention in the 1970s.  A wide diversity of women began to advocate for equality under the law, in public and private life. Initially ridiculed, “women’s lib” ended up remaking America.  Download the Presentation © 2015 Jill Zahniser >>

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Battle for the Ballot (2015 Women's History Lecture Series)

Minnesota suffragists were a civilized contrast to the discord which marked the American suffrage movement. We will discuss how women like Colvin and Ueland found ways to work together to win the vote and contribute to the national suffrage victory. Download PowerPoint (© 2015 Jill Zahniser) >>

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Minnesota’s Métis and French Canadians (Untold Stories 2015)

Virgil Benoit, Professor of French at the University of North Dakota, will introduce the audience to Métis and French-Canadian presence in Minnesota from 1800 on based on historical dates and the events that surrounded them, illustrating the process of how history and memory work to construct identity within social frameworks. His talk will include events…

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Inaugural Richard P. McDermott Fitzgerald Lecture (Fitzgerald in Saint Paul 2015)

Welcome to the podcast of a recent talk on “Romantic Relationships” given by leading F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar, Dr. Scott Donaldson.  The talk was the inaugural presentation of the annual Richard P. McDermott Fitzgerald Lecture, presented by the non-profit organization, Fitzgerald in Saint Paul.  The talk was presented on May 8, 2015 at the University Club…

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Linda LeGarde Grover (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

Linda LeGarde Grover closes the series by sharing her powerful debut novel of love, hardship, and family bonds: The Road Back to Sweetgrass. The book follows a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their lives intersect on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation. Grover connects the sense of place with the experience…

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Allen Eskens (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

The Life We Bury Author Allen Eskens adds some literary chills to the series when he reads from his twisting and evocative mystery The Life We Bury, called a “masterful debut” in a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly. When college-student Joe Talbert’s writing assignment introduces him to a convicted murderer, he has no idea that it will send…

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Lorna Landvik (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

Writer and comedian Lorna Landvik joins the series to read from her new novel, Best to Laugh, which follows her latest irresistible character, Candy Pekkala, from Minnesota to Hollywood as she pursues her dream of becoming a comedian. Landvik taps her own adventurous past as a comic performer and writes in her classic style—sometimes so funny,…

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Wang Ping and James Lenfestey (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

Wang Ping and James Lenfestey return to the Fireside Series for an exploration of China through poetry and prose. Wang’s latest collection of poetry, Ten Thousand Waves, gives us the voices of Chinese farmers and factory laborers, revolutionaries, writers, artists and craftsmen. Inspired by the work of a T’ang Dynasty poet, Lenfestey chronicles his trek to China’s…

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