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Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community -- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types -- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Read an article in Minnesota Daily about the Banned Book Exhibit in Wilson Library at

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Or come visit our exhibit in Wilson Library and vote for your favorite banned book.

Upcoming Event: NOMMO African American Authors Series

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What: Ninth Annual NOMMO African American Author Series -
Featuring E. Ethelbert Miller, literary activist

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When: Feb. 6, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center

Cost: $15*; purchase at or call 612-624-2345.

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Poet, professor, and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller will read from his work and, with host and moderator Alexs Pate, will engage in spirited dialogue about the state of the art of African American literature.

* University of Minnesota students and members of the Givens Foundation and the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries (FOL) are eligible to receive up to two complimentary tickets for this event. U Card or FOL membership number must be provided when tickets are ordered. Complimentary tickets are available by phone at 612-624-2345 or in person only.

Box office hours and locations for the U of MN Tickets and Events Office can be found here.

U of M Holidazzle Parade: Saturday, December 15th 2012

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The 2012 U of M Holidazzle Parade will take place Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., between 12th and 4th streets on Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The U community is encouraged to put on maroon and gold and cheer for parade grand marshal President Eric Kaler, as well as Goldy Gopher, the U of M Marching Band, and more than 150 student and staff volunteers who will be wearing illuminated costumes and marching in the parade. RSVP on Facebook. For more information, see Holidazzle.

It's International Education Week! November 12-16, 2012

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International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.

A calendar of events across the University of Minnesota can be found here.

Oct. 7-14th is Homecoming Week

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IT'S HOMECOMING 2012: Participate in events like the Wednesday blood drive, the Friday parade, and more to help celebrate this legendary University. For more information about events, visit the U of M Homecoming website.

Farmers Market on Church Street Opens Today

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The University of Minnesota Farmers Market opens its eighth season today, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The market features Twin Cities-area vendors who travel 2.5 hours or less to deliver and sell everything from berries to sweet corn to tomatoes to squash. As is the tradition, the market will be held rain or shine, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. through October 10th. It is located on the Church Street pedestrian mall, East Bank campus.

Upcoming West Bank Event: It's Even Worse than It Looks: A Conversation with Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein

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Date: 06/25/2012

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: Cowles Auditorium Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Cost: Free


It's Even Worse than It Looks: A Conversation with Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein
June 25, 4 - 5:30 p.m. | Cowles Auditorium

The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance will host Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein on Monday, June 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium. In their new book, titled It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, Mann and Ornstein argue that the political system faces what the authors call "asymmetric polarization," and until voters learn to act strategically to reward problem solving and punish obstruction, American democracy will remain in serious danger. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at A reception will follow the program.

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