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Courses and Events Listing

Summer Short Courses

The History of Here: Exploring Local Neighborhoods
Who lived in your house before you? Before them? Where did they buy candy and milk, worship, nurse a glass of ale? There is a story wherever you live and the best way to learn that history is to use the most essential resource at your disposal: your curiosity. In this unique course, part walking tour, part instructional guide, you'll learn simple tools to discover the unique world in which you live.

Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota
Anthony Yoerg, John Orth, August Schell, Jacob Schmahl? You may not know their names, but if you live in Minnesota, you surely know their beers. Minnesota's beer tradition is a storied one that continues to this day with our hopping craft beer scene. Join historian Doug Hoverson and Certified Cicerone Michael Agnew, for this lively exploration of the state's beer history and three craft breweries.

The Chemistry of Taste: Exploring Food and Wine Pairings
The rule is: pair white wine with fish and red wine with beef, right? Are you certain? This course begins with a comprehensive study of the chemistry of flavor before delving into a blind taste experiment featuring a variety of select wines and small plates of the harvest. Join us as we sniff, taste, sample, tally, and share, all in the name of demystifying the complexities of pairing food with wine.

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One-day Immersions

Caving in the Cities
Let's go caving! The Twin Cities are home to numerous natural and man-made caves. So don your dirtiest jeans and sturdiest boots, because it's time to go underground in this adventurous one-day immersion led by popular Twin Cities caver and geologist, Greg Brick.

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Summer Morning Seminars

What Is the Green Economy and How Do We Grow One?
If it's true that the best things in life are free, why don't we value our most ready capital? Air, water, and land are intrinsically tied to the economy, but don't play a role in government policy. Yet. Simply put: we're drawing down our natural resources and it's time for a new economic structure. Learn what is meant by a "green economy," why it's important to our future, and how to grow such a structure.

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View all events by start date

Crime and Punishment: Noir, New Jersey, North Dakota
Starts: 06/17/2014. three-session course

Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota
Starts: 07/14/2014. four-session short course

Caving in the Cities
Starts: 08/04/2014. One-Day Immersion

What is A Green Economy and How Do We Grow One?
Starts: 08/07/2014. Summer Morning Seminar

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Because of the timely nature of Headliners, each month's subject and speaker is announced just weeks before the event. See the Headliners page for details on the next event.

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