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February 7, 2015
A Conversation with George Latimer: A Life in Politics
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
U of M, Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105

George Latimer served six terms as mayor of St. Paul, arguably doing more to reimagine and redefine the city than any mayor before him. Join LearningLife for this special seminar during which Latimer will discuss, with typical wit and bravado, his life in Minnesota politics (and what Minnesota politicians still have to learn). Cost is $50.00. Get more details, call 612-624-4000 or register.

February 10, 2015
VAN FORUM: Taking Charge of our Energy Future
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Southdale Library
7001 York Ave South
Edina, MN 55435

Presenters:
Timothy DenHerder-Thomas,
Community Organizer and Social Entrepreneur

Join the Vital Aging Network and the Community Power for a discussion about shaping our energy system. Through organizing efforts by Community Power, the City of Minneapolis has just signed a national, award-winning energy partnership with utilities Xcel and Centerpoint. This partnership gives the city shared decision-making power over creating innovative programs that can help energy customers save potentially tens of millions of dollars through energy efficiency. 

Timothy Den Herder-Thomas will help us explore some of the crucial energy issues of our time:

  • Six components of our energy system, and its vulnerabilities.
  • Opportunities for cleaner and more local, equitable, affordable, and reliable energy systems.
  • How can we get to 100% renewables.
  • Actions we can take to make positive change.


This forum is free and open to everyone.

Download the flyer.

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March 27, 2015
The Price of Healing: Diversity Issues in Wellness, Health and Healthcare
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Givens Conference Room (120)
University of Minnesota, West Bank Mpls Campus
222 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The United States spends the greatest amount of GDP on health care per capita among the “most advanced” countries yet ranks 46th in the world regarding “most efficient” healthcare (Bloomberg, 2013).

This conversation examines health care research and treatment disparities while also exploring cultural knowledge and practices that communities use to maintain health.

One’s view about health can be influenced by race, ethnicity, sexuality, socio-economic status, gender, spirituality and other factors. How do our cultural lenses and experiences affect how we think about health and health care? Historically, how have health care professionals and providers delivered treatment to diverse individuals and groups? What groups have been considered “normative” for research about disease prevention and treatment? What can be learned from various cultures that may improve health and wellness in the U.S.?

The cost is free and more information is available on their website.

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