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An Endowment, An Award, and a Certification

Randal Hanson HeadshotMany Duluthians know of Hanson’s work to revitalize land associated with the former Northeast Agricultural Experimental Station (from 1912–1976) by creating a 10-acre organic farm (the Sustainable Agriculture Project—SAP) where UMD students learn to grow organic vegetables served in UMD’s Dining Services.  The success of the project in turn evolved into developing a “land lab” where students and faculty could research sustainable food, water, and energy practices in collaboration with people and organizations in the western Lake Superior Region.  By Lori C. Melton

Food and Society

Pine Adam

Adam Pine’s new book, Confronting Hunger in the USA: Searching for Community Empowerment and Food Security in Food Access Programs, evaluates four Duluth food delivery programs for people experiencing food insecurity and discusses access to healthy food for all citizens. He doesn’t just discuss theory, Adam describes the activities in detail... By Cheryl Reitan and Michelle Paquette 


"Aisthesis" Journal Showcases Student Research

Honors Writing Class

These students are compiling selected articles and artistic submissions from honors program undergraduate researchers across the country to create the honors periodical called Aisthesis. The submissions for the online journal are reviewed by an editorial board of students assisted by faculty members. UMD students who in the honors program are invited to apply, and many are polishing their pieces for submission... By Michelle Paquette

UMD Ranks 19th in The 35 Best College Farms

University of Minnesota Duluth ranks 19th in The 35 Best College Farms

Today’s college farms are not simply research facilities as they have been in the past. College farms provide students with hands-on experience in the growth of crops and animals. Students are able to learn more about how plants thrive, what can damage their growth and how best to maximize yield in a crop. The life-cycle of animals is demonstrated first-hand, providing information for all types of career paths... Presented by

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Use Data to Make a Strong Case for the Humanities

Image of The Thinker contemplating Humanities Data Leaders in higher education often ask us how they might make a case for the humanities, when students and parents are so deeply concerned about their economic futures. The answers lie in the very numbers that are so often cited as admonitions against the field. Yes, humanities majors make less than engineers and graduates from the physical sciences; if a student’s aptitudes and interests point to those disciplines, they certainly should be encouraged to focus their energies there. But if their interests lean toward the humanities, the evidence is clear — majoring in the humanities is not a path to poverty...
The Chronicle of Higher Education  November 27, 2016

Social Change Through Community Solar - Panel Discussion

Thursday October 13th 5:00-6:30pm Griggs Center, UMDSocial Change Through Community Solar-In India's Villages and Minnesota's Northland

How is community solar part of the solution to the problems of inequality and climate change across the earth? In India where over 300 million citizens (roughly the population of the US) is still without electricity, community solar is arriving to electrify remote rural villages with solar microgrids that are packaged in new ownership and governance structures that empower women. In Duluth and Northern Minnesota, community solar is also newly arriving, but in what social forms and to what social ends? This panel-lead discussion will consider whether Minnesota's community solar is also emerging with new ownership and governance models that make this technology a vehicle for social change. What can our local community solar initiatives learn from the village solar model in India? And how might public art be engaged to help us better imagine the potential “community” and “social ecology” values of community solar?


UMD Students Join the Chinese Boom

All around the globe, the number of people studying Mandarin Chinese is growing. UMD students have joined the surge. Why? There are lots of reasons. Some are interested in Chinese culture; others want to travel or study abroad in China, and still others want to be able to work with a company doing business in China. The students in the Chinese Area Studies program are able to choose one of UMD's three study abroad programs in China. They also have many classes to choose from, such as Chinese History, Asian Philosophy, Chinese Traditions and Contemporary Values, Chinese Business and Economics, and Twentieth Century China Politics.

Two Teacher/Scholars Present Students with Challenging Offerings

UMD knows that building an inclusive group of faculty brings vibrancy to classes and departments. Through Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowships program, Ph.D. candidates, who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation, come to UMD to teach one course per semester while writing their dissertations. In the 2015-16 school year, UMD is hosting two fellows, Basit Hammad Qureshi and Alex Hermida.

Making Waves

The genesis for Hamdi Barre's leadership was dissatisfaction. She defied a status quo when she became a Bulldog but, once here, found the scene so stifling she nearly transferred. Fortunately, that's not her style. Instead of leaving, she dug into UMD and led a much-needed metamorphosis.

UMD's Kongmeng Vang: Exploring Southwest China

When Kongmeng graduated from Champlin Park High School in Brooklyn Park, Minn., he had no idea that just a few years later he would be buying lunch from tiny noodle shops and climbing Tibetan mountain ranges. He came to UMD to study environmental and water issues and then his world began to grow. He added the international studies major and started taking classes in Chinese, just for fun. When the opportunity to study in China was presented, he couldn't pass it up.

Veronica Kingbird Bratvold: Celebrating a Rich Anishinaabe Culture

It all made sense as Veronica got older. She never imagined that all of the rituals, prayers, and lessons she learned from her family would steer her toward a path of working in education...

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket

Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.

-Forbes August 17, 2015

Aprill Emig: My Journey to UMD

Aprill transferred to UMD in the Fall of 2013 after graduating from Anoka-Ramsey Community College with an AA in creative writing. She is a fifth year senior majoring in women's studies and philosophy with a journalism minor.