July 20, 2006

Conference Cancellation

It appears that this is not the right time for a Liberal Studies conference. We are postponing all current plans for the Liberal Studies conference. We may re-approach the subject in the Fall and see if we find new, and enlivened interest.

However, this does not reflect poorly on our group. We have a group of dynamic individuals all with uniquely busy lives with varying commitments across the board. This was a large undertaking and several members have given up valuable time and effort in an attempt to lift the conference onto its feet. For this, I greatly appreciate each of you! Thank you for your time, efforts, and commitments to the conference idea. I hope to continue to see you all at Vera’s to share your lives, your smiles, your intellectual endeavors, and your brilliance.

Posted by at 10:07 PM

June 26, 2006

LS Conference Meeting Update 6/25/06

After much speculation and concern, Roslye assures us that our agreement for the space with Hamline is still solid and we look forward to an update from her at our next meeting.

At yesterday's meeting we affirmed Donna Mae as our treasurer. She is curious to know what the activity level will be. We know that Joan is working on PayPal, but are unsure what that means for our treasurer. We assured her that we will need a treasurer as there will be bills to pay and hopefully some corporate donors to track on top of the PayPal issue. Donna Mae will begin checking into different types of accounts and begin signing us up for one.

Jan Marie mentioned that Joan was able to find someone to help us with PayPal. I do have a friend willing to work with us on the website, but we need to decide on adequate compensation to offer him. He will be able to set up PayPal, forms, and proposals to the link. We will also need to wait for our logo to be decided upon.

Although Diane was not present, we are looking forward to seeing her designs at the next meeting.

We are hoping that Joan and Gayle will soon be able to distill the call for proposals into a promotional flier to give to the MLS office soon. We are not sure when the MLS newsletter will come out, but they should be in touch with Connie on this issue.

At our next meeting we are hoping to find out more from Roslye about the space and possible food issues at Hamline. We are hoping to have a Logo review and also discuss the website cost estimate. We will also get a report from Donna Mae about the status of our bank set up.

We would very much like to reach out to the Hamline students. We would like to ask our Hamiline affiliates to suggest a coffee shop or space near Hamline and a better date/time for our next meeting. We have tentatively set the meeting for Sunday, 7/16/06 at 1pm at Vera's. However, we would very much like to accommodate the MALS students in feeling welcome and included. We are also finding that Sunday afternoons are not the best times for these meetings during the summer months. Perhaps a week-night or early Saturday morning would work better.

Please be sure to send us any feed back, ideas, offers of support, or concerns that you may have.

Posted by at 9:29 AM

May 22, 2006

Liberal Studies Conference Update

Many exciting things came from the conference planning committee meeting this past Sunday (May 21st, 2006). Although DonnaMae was getting on a plane for Ireland as we met, we could feel her there in spirit. The discussions surrounded many things and are broken down below. Please keep in mind that we are still welcoming volunteers willing to work on different portions of the project! Event Planners welcome!! We would love to have you all involved as our MLS & MALS student body and alums are the engines and drivers of this conference.

Food: Roslye will be checking with Hamline regarding options for us, (catering from within, catering from outside, and use of the deli). Becky will get a cost estimate from Kafe 421.

Performances: Sarah, Roslye and Donna Mae will try to contact specific students whom they know were involved in performance related Liberal Studies projects. We are hoping to have an opening performance on Friday night and an closing performance on Saturday night.

Gallery: Again, Sarah, Roslye and Donna Mae will try to contact specific students whom they know were involved in visual Liberal Studies projects to display their works in the entrance gallery.

Call for Proposals: Gayle, Joan, Roslye and Dianne will work on the call for proposals for the performers, the visual projects, as well as the presentations. A leaflet will be made and hopefully be inserted into the next Newsletters put out by MLS. We will also have these turned into the MALS & MLS offices for advertising. Becky will contact MLS to confirm then inclusion of the call of proposals in the MLS newsletter.

Website: Becky will search for a web developer to set up a website. We are hoping to have both the registration and proposals come through this website.

PayPal: Joan will look into PayPal and will work with the web developer in attaching the PayPal option to the website for registration purposes.

Finances: Joan and Donna Mae will work to set up an account as well as don the finances for the event.

National Audience: Becky will notify and confer with AGLSP on advertising for this events. We are hoping to get some proposals nationally as well as attendees.

Corporate Sponsorship & Support: Anyone with possible connections to corporations who might be interested in supporting, advertising and/or helping to sponsor the conference should contact Becky Mooney (misty_blue_moon@hotmail.com) to connect.

Schedule: Friday, February 23rd & Saturday, February 24th, 2007
Friday -
6:00pm Registration
7:300pm Performance

Saturday -
8:30 - 9am Registration
9am-10:15am Session I
10:15am - 10:35am Break
10:35am - 11:40am Session II
Noon - 1:30 LUNCH
1:30pm - 2:45pm Session III
2:45pm - 3:05pm Break
3:05pm - 4:25pm Session IV
6pm - 7:00pm DINNER
7pm - 9:30pm Performance & Closing

If you have any suggestions or would like to offer your assistance or expertise, please feel free to contact me at: misty_blue_moon@hotmail.com

Posted by at 9:58 AM

April 9, 2006

Conference Update 4/9/06

Regarding the "ACADEMIC & CREATIVE CONNECTIONS: The World of Liberal Studies" Festival:

The site is set for Hamiline University. This space will allow us to have free access to a large lecture hall that has a stage, approx. 150 seats, AV Equipment, & a large screen. We will also have access to a lunch room that can be set up according to our needs. We will also have access to at least 8 break-out rooms.

The dates are Friday night 2/23/07 & all day on Saturday 2/24/07. The schedule for Saturday has been set which allows for registration/gathering in the morning, 2 break out sessions in both the morning and afternoon, good conversation times between sessions, lunch, and a dinner with performance.

Darcy LaVigne is our official photographer for the event and Joan Gilmore will be senting out the call for proposals soon.

Next Meetings will be Sundays from 1pm-2pm on 4/23/06, 5/7/06 & 5/21/06

Posted by at 9:57 PM

March 2, 2006

Notes: Feb 19, 2005 1-2pm

"ACADEMIC & CREATIVE CONNECTIONS: The World of Liberal Studies" is the name chosen for our winter 2007 conference to showcase and celebrate the work of students in the University of Minnesota's MLS program and those in Hamline's MALS program. Seven folks gathered at Vera's to continue planning for an event to begin with Friday evening performance art, continue with Saturday presentations and round tables, and conclude with a Saturday evening party. This is seen as the premier of an annual interdisciplinary conference that will help student and alum participants connect with each other and integrate their ideas. It will also demonstrate the joy of intellectual inquiry to friends and community. The MLS Student Association has agreed to be a sponsor and hopes to contribute some funds (to be determined, but not major). Mary R. indicated to Sarah that the Hamline group will also sponsor; Roslye will reconnect and clarify their commitment.

After brainstorming and choosing a name, we indicated desire for a logo that shows connections, perhaps in a collage. Location is seen as an important determiner of dates and cost of the event. We are looking for space for 200-300 for plenary sessions and 5-6 breakout rooms. Parking are food requirements will also be considered in the decision. No Hamline representative was present; Roslye will check on space availability. She reported that the Weisman Museum will not work, but will check out Metro State and Open Book on Washington Ave. Joan G. will look into Hennepin Avenue Methodist, Plymouth Congregational and St. Thomas spaces. Linda L. will assess First Univeralist Church suitability. Jan Marie will contact the Continuing Education Center on St. Paul campus of the U. Melissa will survey the Textile Center on University Ave. Someone will check on the Playright Center.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 19 at 1pm at Vera's to determine best location and preferred dates, draft a tentative budget, and begin a timeline. All are welcomed in the planning process!

-Jan Marie

Posted by at 8:54 AM

December 30, 2005

Visons for The Intellectual Fest

As we begin to get ready to start planning . . . well, you know what I mean, don't you? The Dangerous Chair Society and its friends at Hamline and around the Twin Cities will be gathering on Jan. 15th to envision just what the First Annual Intellectual Fest will be.

At our last gathering in December (where we spun great ideas and met equally great people), we came up with some preliminary ideas:

1) The Fest could/should begin on a Friday evening, continue on Saturday, and perhaps finish up with a great meal and celebration.

2) The Fest could/should encourage lots of engaging, participatory, and non-traditional sessions--Liberal Studies empowers students and faculty to question boundaries and traditions, and so should our Intellectual Fest, shouldn't it? So there we will find ways to showcase performances, creative work, readings of orignal work, and round table discussions. The door will be wide open to those who have done films, written poetry, plays, and/or curriculum. . .

3) The Fest will be organized to support conversations about topics/ideas at hand. The logistics will include ways for folks to easily find others of like interests, meet up regularly during the day to discuss and share what they've seen and heard, and ahare new ideas and resources.

4) The Fest will be focused primarily on student and alumni work.

Well, there certainly are a lot of questions we have to answer to make this happen--here are some of them and we will need to develop a plan that takes into account these questions--and the ones we haven't thought of yet.

a) How do we want to fund this? Registration fee? Grants? etc.

b) Where do we want to hold it?

c) Who all do we want to invite to present? To attend?

d) And what about food? Dates?

e) Who will be responsible for what?

Remember this is just the beginning and we have a year to make it happen--but only a year. I look forward to seeing you all on the 15th to further our plots and plans--


Posted by at 9:14 AM

November 7, 2005

Planning the February 2007 Intellectual Fest

We are excited to announce the planning stages of what we hope will be an annual Intellectual Fest that will be held in mid-February with its debut set for 2007. We are hoping to gather metro master's level liberal studies students & Alumni, invited faculty & staff, as well as members of the community for an event in which we share innovative ideas, performances, and projects, network with other liberal studies students throughout the metro area, and rejoice in our boundary-less and lifelong learning.

Please join us in the brainstorming stages of how this might emerge. We are hoping to create a festival of intellectual thought that is itself innovative in nature. So far we have thought of performances, presentations, and conversation spaces. Come share your ideas with us to help make this an event to remember.

The first brain storming session will be on Sunday, January 15th from 1pm-2pm at Vera's Cafe in Uptown. We apologize for taking up a portion of your weekend for this discussion, but we know that many of our involved students are working full-time and taking evening classes. We wanted to find time for us all to gather in a relaxed environment.

Sunday, 1/15/06
Vera's Cafe
Uptown (on Lyndale, just North of Lake Street on the East side of the street)

-Decide on a name for this innovative event
-Brainstorm about ways to fund the event
-Talk about where we might find a good space that will accommodate our expectations

We are hoping to get an idea of how large an area to reserve to accommodate all of our interested parties.
Please RSVP to: misty_blue_moon@hotmail.com or lundg026@umn.edu
Include: Your name, email, and your LS program (U of MN or Hamline)


KEY QUESTION: Given that we will have a couple of days to spend together as students and alumni, how would we like to make the best use of this time?

Some Answers that we came up with:
* Drumming group to sent the rhythm of the day
* Evenings of performances
* Conversation/networking spaces about key questions or presentations
* Speakers/presenters

We would like to include Liberal Studies students & alumni, invited faculty, community members and other interested individuals.

To advertise for this event we will be sure to post information on our blog as well as contacting student/alumni associations at both the University of Minnesota as well as Hamline University. We will also have an MLS student working on media publications to advertise for the event. We would be happy to have others who can assist with this portion of the planning.

Another MLS student will assist with the printing of T-shirts once a creative design is approved by those involved. We would appreciate input on this creative process.

Please send us any suggestions, offers, information that might be helpful for this event!! We want to hear from fellow Liberal Studies students and alumni!

Posted by at 10:59 AM