Convocation

Bill Nye
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
7:30 p.m., UMM PE Center

Bill Nye—scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor—is a man with a mission:  to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.  Nye has starred in a number of award-winning television shows, including Bill Nye the Science Guy.  He has won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing.  He has written five children's books about science and hosts three currently running television series.

Tickets for Bill Nye are available at 320-589-6077 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or at tickets.umn.edu.


Piper Kerman
Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium

In her memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, Piper Kerman recounts the year she spent in a correctional facility for a crime committed ten years earlier in a brief, careless dalliance with the world of drug trafficking.  The stories of the women Kerman met in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the lack of guidance for life after prison.  The memoir has been adapted into a hit television show called "the best TV show about prison ever made" by the Washington Post.