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Bell Museum event Sept 21: "Coffee Story: Ethiopia"

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Wednesday, September 21; 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 public; $8 members, UMN students and employees

Join Minnesota native, Majka Burhardt, a world-traveling writer, climber and guide - and most recently, author of Coffee Story: Ethiopia, for an evening on the heritage and potential of coffee in the African nation where it was discovered. Burhardt will share her tale in a presentation that combines discussions of food anthropology, development, adventure and the impact of coffee on world politics and global understanding. A panel discussion with Burhardt and representatives from Peace Coffee and Cafe Imports will follow the presentation, as well as a book-signing of Coffee Story: Ethiopia.

Majka Burhardt is the author of Coffee Story: Ethiopia and Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa. A widely published magazine writer, Burhardt is a frequent speaker on the intersection of adventure, culture and environment. Burhardt's work has been featured on national news programs and radio shows, and in magazines and newspapers throughout the world.

Minnesota Native Majka Burhardt To Share Tale of Coffee and Hope in Ethiopia at Bell Museum of Natural History

Contacts: Andrea Klaassen, aklaasse(at)umn.edu, (612) 624-7389; Jeff Falk, UM News Service, jfalk(at)umn.edu, (612) 626-1720

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (9/12/11) Can a nation with a history of famine, drought and war, change its global image into one of power and prosperity? Majka Burhardt believes Ethiopia can do so, by embracing the heritage and potential of its defining crop--coffee.

Burhardt will share her message at the U of M's Bell Museum of Natural History in a presentation that combines discussions of food anthropology, development, adventure and the impact of coffee on world politics and global understanding. The event, held Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. is part of a series of events supporting the museum's current exhibit, "Coffee: The World in Your Cup" and marks the release of Burhardt's latest book, Coffee Story: Ethiopia.

A world-traveling writer, climber and guide originally from Minnesota, Burhardt's interest in Ethiopian coffee culture was piqued during her many climbing trips to the country. According to Burhardt, "I truly believe that if you take this crop that is the most valuable thing Ethiopia has and you attach it to richness, whether that's cultural richness or commodity richness, then Ethiopia is going to be better off in the long run." Burhardt's writing on Ethiopia has appeared in Forbes.com in addition to her work being featured in national news programs, radio shows, magazines and newspapers throughout the world.

A panel discussion with Burhardt and representatives from Peace Coffee and Café Imports will follow the presentation, as well as a book signing of Coffee Story: Ethiopia.

What: Coffee Story: Ethiopia presentation by author Majka Burhardt, followed by panel discussion
When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7:00 p.m., Cost: $10 public, $8 members and UMN students/faculty
Where: Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota East Bank, 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; www.bellmuseum.org, (612) 624-7083.

The Bell Museum is part of the University's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and strives to advance the quest to discover, document and understand life in its many forms and to inspire curiosity, delight and informed stewardship of the natural world. For details, visit bellmuseum.org

"Coffee: The World in Your Cup" has been organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle. Major sponsorship has been provided by The Boeing Company, Microsoft Corporation, Starbucks Coffee Company and the University of Washington.

Hosted by the Bell Museum of Natural History. This event is sponsored by Peace Coffee, with additional support from Osprey Packs.

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