Roseville Library’s Tuesday with a scholar

Join scholars from area colleges and elsewhere on Tuesdays in January and February at the Roseville Library as they share their specialized knowledge and enthusiasm. It’s like hearing your favorite college professors again without worrying about writing papers or taking finals. Co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minnesota; the library is located at 2180 Hamline Ave. N. All events are at 1 p.m. and are free, and there is no pre-registration required for community participants.

 

•  ‘Journalism and the Media Business: A Modern History’ – Jan. 16

“Fake News” is often treated as a recent product of the internet and social media use. Expanded digital networks have certainly facilitated the circulation of scams and political disinformation. But the failure of our media institutions has been underway for a long time. Join professor Michael Griffin of Macalester College for the history of media in the last half-century, and how the eroding relationship of journalism to public life has set the stage for our current political environment.

 

• ‘From Somalia to the USA’ – Jan. 23

The Minnesota History Theatre presents scenes from its new play “A Crack in the Sky” about one young man’s epic journey from war-torn Somalia to Minnesota. A discussion of the issues of Somali resettlement will follow the presentation.

 

• ‘Early Civil Rights History in Minnesota’ – Jan. 30

Minnesota is a state noted for having a progressive tradition, as well as one of the nation’s smallest black populations and the self-deprecating habit of “Minnesota Nice.” Join professor Bill Green of Augsburg College as he examines these seeming contradictions and explores their meaning for such early state civil rights pioneers as Roy Wilkins, Josie Johnson, Whitney Young and Frederick McGhee.  

 

• ‘Russia and the United States: History of a Relationship’ – Feb. 27

Few relationships in the history of foreign affairs are as contentious — or currently as important — as the links between Russia and the Unites States. Join historian and public TV commentator Nick Hayes for an overview of this fascinating international pairing.

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