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September 25, 2008

10/08/08 Colloquium: Beyond Just Whiteness: Cultural Identity and European Americans

Janice Barbee, Director of European American Studies and Knowledge Production, Cultural Wellness Center
Sara Axtell, Community-Campus Health Liaison, University of Minnesota

Community organizers and scholars are recognizing that, while an analysis of whiteness is vital to racial justice work, it lacks the depth needed to sustain healthy cultural identity. This session will present a multi-layered model of European American cultural identity, and discuss the implications for health and justice work.

Join us on Wednesday October 8th, noon - 1pm at 278 McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus

September 24, 2008

10/01/08 Colloquium: Patricia Schaber, Understanding Family Interaction Patterns with Alzheimer's disease

Join us on Wednesday October 1 in 278 McNeal from 12 to 1 PM
Patricia Schaber, Ph.D., Licensed Occupational Therapist, Assistant Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy, and ‘04 FSoS Graduate discuss Understanding Family Interaction Patterns with Alzheimer's disease: A Modified Analytic Induction Study.

September 18, 2008

11/18/08 Minnesota Saves Network Presents Building Prosperity through Self-Employment

The goal of this conference is to arm professionals, who work with these individuals, with tools and resources for navigating self-employment to build family stability and prosperity.

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9/24/08 Colloquium: Sami Rasouli, Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project

Join us on Wednesday September 24 in 278 McNeal from 12 to 1 pm.
Sami Rasouli is the Iraqi-American founder and member of Muslim Peacemaker Teams, started in 2005 as a nonviolent response to the conflict and violence in Iraq. He will speak about the Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project which seeks to raise consciousness in the American public about the well-being of Iraqis, their daily lives and their culture in order to build bridges between the people in both countries.

10/30-11/2 AAMFT Annual Conference

The AAMFT Annual Conference
Ethical and Legal Challenges in Contemporary Family Therapy
Memphis, TN October 30-November 2, 2008

September 17, 2008

MC2= Multi Cultural Conversations


The purpose of MC2 is to create intentional time and space for informal, yet purposeful dialogue among all Family Social Science students, staff, and faculty about topics of culture and diversity.

MC2 involves showing films or reading articles or books and having follow-up discussions, or it might involve discussion of a current events, such as the post-election violence in Kenya or the immigration raids in rural Minnesota. The desired outcome is to create a multi-cultural community that values and demonstrates our commitment to inclusiveness and social justice.

Fall dates planned: Sept 30, Oct 21, Nov 18 and Dec 9.
Conversations will be in room 377 McNeal Hall from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

September 11, 2008

9/17/08 Colloquium: Marlina Gonzalez, Intermedia Arts

Join us on Wednesday September 17 in 278 McNeal from noon to 1 pm. Marlina Gonzales, programs manager at Intermedia Arts, artist and curator of Moving Perspectives: Art and the Immigrant Experience will discuss the diverse creative styles of immigrant artists who have come to live in Minnesota- living between two worlds- discovering new ways of life while keeping their cultures. Through photography, drawing and painting, folk art, sculpture and new media, they share their eclectic perspectives about their moving immigrant stories.

September 9, 2008

9/21/08 FSoS Potluck Picnic

Please join the Family Social Science community on Sunday, September 21 for a potluck picnic to celebrate the start of the new school year. Plan to arrive at 3:00 p.m. and enjoy the wonderful hiking/biking trails, exciting playground equipment, and beautiful natural surroundings of Central Park in Roseville. Tennis courts are available across the lake on the Victoria Avenue side of the park. We will gather at the Jaycees Shelter which is located just beyond the parking lot at 2540 Lexington Avenue North. Eating will begin around 4:00.

Hot dogs and all the trimmings, plates, cups and utensils will be provided. Please plan to bring something to contribute to the "quasi pot luck"; we suggest the following, but feel free to deviate from that suggestion!
1st year students: Chips/Snack-type foods
2nd year students: Sodas/Water
3rd year and beyond students: Fruit/Desserts
Staff: Salads
Faculty: Main dishes

Please RSVP to fsosrsvp @umn.edu and let us know how many people will be coming. We look forward to a great day of enjoying each other's company in the great Minnesota outdoors!

From your departmental organizers,
Shonda Craft, Cathy Solheim, and Liz Wieling

9/10/08 FSoS Colloquium

Join us on Wednesday September 10 in 278 McNeal from noon to 1 p.m. We will watch a short video from an Internet-based resource, TED, which brings together thought leaders and doers "who are challenged to give the talk of their lives." We will hear Tony Robbins discuss "Why we do what we do and how we can do it better." Then we will break into small groups to collectively reflect on the ideas he presented - the invisible forces that motivate our actions - and how they relate to our roles as people, students, faculty, staff, citizens, family members, etc.
Dessert provided!