This week: umlauts, empathy and robots


Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Mayor Ness will deliver the State of the City via video tonight. People are gathering to view the virtual mayor at Clyde Iron. Rumors of the mayor doing the Harlem Shake during the State of the City are unconfirmed.

Osmo Vänskä has little else to do being shut out of his orchestra, so he’s bringing his clarinet and umlauts to Mitchell Auditorium on Tuesday.

You can cultivate a little empathy at UMD on Wednesday and learn about diversity from two white women. Clearly I need to take this workshop.

I, for one, plan to welcome our new robotic overlords at the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition, running Thursday through Saturday at the DECC.

Text, a text based art exhibition, opens at the Prøve on Friday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.



about 10 years ago

If we are to have a Virtual Mayor, could we have a menu of mayoral avatars to choose from?


about 10 years ago

Double Dutch has an opening reception for new artwork by Brian Ring & Ryan LeMahieu Friday the 8th from 6-9. 
Performances by De Se, Bob Monahan, and Steve Sola.

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about 10 years ago

Support your local Wildlife Rehabilitators by buying warm winter reading.  Join us at Barnes & Noble for a bookfair on Saturday, March 9.  A portion of all sales will support Wildwoods.  We will also be doing some education work -- talking about ways to prevent bird strikes, ways to relocate nuisance animals humanely, without the often-fatal lifetrapping method, and more.

More info at our Facebook page.


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about 10 years ago

As a coordinator of the Empathy event, I can say:  there is an immense variety of speakers and presenters, from our invited keynote speaker from Montreal and our local consultant running workshops in nonviolent communication (who is also a speech pathologist), through the local poets, faculty members from CSS, from across the UMD campus, the North Central Windows Project for survivors of domestic violence, the Echoes of Peace choir, the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial board, and the UMD Multicultural Center.

Several dozen people from across the campus and community have organized this conversation.  We can't promise to "teach about diversity."  We want to begin to understand the way to approach diversity with respect as we move forward.  None of us knows the answers to move us forward until we begin the conversation, and empathy seems a good starting point.  We hope that a diversity of voices will join us.

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