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  • 2017-18 Season: Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7, Feb 8, March 1, April 5, and May 3
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center, Saint Paul campus
  • Cost: Individual tickets $20 | Series Pass $80 (7 events for the price of 4!)
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Go beyond the spin and soundbytes when you join LearningLife for this popular series in which University scholars and researchers share firsthand knowledge of today’s most intriguing stories. From medical breakthroughs and culture clashes, to social trends, international affairs, and more, you’ll learn the who, what, where, why, and how from an insider’s point of view and then share your insights in a moderated and lively Q&A.

LearningLife also offers an innovative portfolio of short courses, seminars, and one-day immersions and Encore Transitions, a series of courses designed to help you imagine and prepare for a vibrant post-career life.

October 5, 7 p.m.

From the Lab: Untangling Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Sylvain Lesné


Alzheimer’s disease is anything but rare and its toll on our aging population is about to reach cataclysmic proportions. It’s estimated that if the

course of the disease is not slowed or halted, the number of Americans affected will grow from 5 million (2017) to more than 16 million individuals by 2050. That’s one in three people over the age of 65 who will be living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The socioeconomic impact: a cost of one trillion dollars annually. Add to that a health care system that is already overwhelmed and ill-equipped to support families and caregivers, and you have a multifaceted crisis.

But according to Dr. Sylvain Lesné, things are not all doom and gloom! Like doctors Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur who discovered the principles of bacterial infection and were able to leverage their knowledge to treat and prevent infection, scientists throughout the world are working tirelessly to identify and understand the source of memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. 

“Knowledge is power and my University of Minnesota colleagues and I are using our expanding understanding of Alzheimer’s disease in hopes of preventing, curbing, and/or halting this memory-robbing disease.”

Join us October 5 when Lesné discusses recent developments in Alzheimer’s disease research, including what he and his team believe are missing pieces to the puzzle and where we may be headed in the near and more-distant futures.

Sylvain Lesné is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota where he also is an Institute for Translational Neuroscience Scholar and the Associate Director of the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care. Learn more

November 2, 7 p.m.

From ICE to Sanctuary Cities: The Myths and Realities of Immigration Enforcement

Linus Chan, JD


According to the Pew Research Center, there were 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the US in 2015, a small but statistically significant decline from the Center’s estimate of 11.3 million in 2009. And while these numbers differ slightly, depending on who is counting and how they are looking at and sampling the population, it’s clear that the US government’s plan for undocumented immigrants has changed dramatically with the new administration. But how does immigration enforcement really work—both conceptually and on the ground?

Join us November 2 when immigration lawyer Linus Chan will discuss how various immigration laws—city, county, state, and federal—interact and intersect when being enforced. Professor Chan, who received the University’s prestigious 2017 University Outstanding Community Service Award for his work with the Law School’s James H. Binger Center for New Americans, also will dispel the numerous myths that surround immigration and immigrants, including “sanctuary cities," "anchor babies," "criminal aliens,” and more. 

Says Chan, “Immigration law is diverse, rich, and an example of how to define what our country’s values are. Deciding who can be our neighbors, coworkers, teachers, and family often requires us to articulate our vision of the United States and whether it is to remain a shining light on a hill.”

Linus Chan, JD, Northwestern University School of Law; AB, University of Chicago, has practiced immigration law for more than 12 years. He is a Clinical Professor of Law in the University of Minnesota Law School’s James H. Binger Center for New Americans, where he created the Detainee Rights Clinic and the Legal Orientation Program, which trains students to help noncitizens who are detained at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities in Minnesota. Learn more.

Headliners Archive

The Art of the Wasted Day 
Patricia Hampl
May 4, 2017
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Our Health Economy: The Undiscovered Country
Dr. Stephen Parente
April 6, 2017
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Cyber Crime: From Phishing to The Dark Net
Mark Lanterman
March 2, 2017
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Best of Class: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It? 
Dr. Jason Hill
February 2, 2017
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One for the Record Books: 2016 Election Results and the Implications for Governing
Dr. Kathryn Pearson
December 1, 2016
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Beyond Cecil: Lions, Conservation, and Controversy
Dr. Craig Packer
November 3, 2016
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Protecting Your Lunch: Food Fraud and Adulteration
Dr. Amy Kircher
October 6, 2016
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Radio K Interview with Dr. Amy Kircher
October 4, 2016
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The Anti-Campaign
Dr. Larry Jacobs
May 5, 2016
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The Growing Stickiness of Criminal Labels
Dr. Christopher Uggen
April 7, 2016
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News from Paris: Deciphering the UN Conference on Climate Change
Dr. Jessica Hellmann
March 3, 2016
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When Everyone is Above Average: Inflated Rhetoric in Higher Education
Julie Schumacher
February 5, 2016
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Mapping and Interfacing with the Human Brain
Dr. Bin He
December 3, 2015 
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Stronger, Faster, Brighter: Wearable Technology and the Future of Clothing 
Dr. Lucy Dunne
November 5, 2015
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Energy Evolution: Shaping the Future of Electricity
Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson
October 8, 2015 
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Contemporary Fiction and the Modern Security State
Charles Baxter
May 7, 2015
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Copper, Nickel, and Precious-Metal Deposits in Northeastern Minnesota: A Geological Perspective
Jim Miller
March 5, 2015
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The Shifting Tides of Global Terrorism
Dr. Jarret Brachman
Feburay 5, 2015 
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Paleofantasy: What Evolution Tells Us about Modern Life
Dr. Marlene Zuk
December 4, 2014
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Ebola: Rethinking Global Emergency Response
Dr. Jeffrey Bender
November 6, 2014
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Explore, Teach, Inspire: Taking Education and Innovation to the Next Level
Dr. Aaron Doering
October 9, 2014
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What's Next for Generation Next? R.T. Rybak Tackles the Education Achievement Gap
R.T. Rybak
May 1, 2014
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Stem Cell Research and the Frankenstein Complex
Dr. John Wagner
March 6, 2014
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Managing Global Crises and the Future of Our World
Dr. Eric Schwartz
February 6, 2014
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A Trillion Reasons to Care: Early Evidence and Expectations of the Affordable Care Act
Dr. Jean Abraham
December 5, 2013
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Galápagos Fragile Past, Brighter Future
Dr. Julia Ponder
November 7, 2013
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Big Data Landscape: Technology, Economy, Society
Professor Ravi Bapna
October 3, 2013
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Alleviating Global Poverty
Professor J. Brian Atwood
April 11, 2013
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The Secret World of the Body's Blood-Clotting System: An Inside Look at the Elusive Platelet
Professor Christy Haynes
March 7, 2013
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Seeing the Forest and the Trees: The Impact of Climate Change on Terrestrial Ecosystems
Regents Professor Peter Reich
February 7, 2013
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What's Next? Envisioning the U's Future
President Eric Kaler
January 10, 2013
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Fracking: Facts, Fiction, and Fixes
Professor Lawrence Wackett
December 6, 2012
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Election 2012 Recap
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 8, 2012
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Post-Revolution Egypt: The Struggle Continues
Professor Ragui Assaad
October 4, 2012
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The New Public Square
Professor Heather LaMarre
April 5, 2012
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Ramp Up to Readiness: Should College Be the Goal for Every Student?
Kent Pekel, executive director of the University of Minnesota College Readiness Consortium
March 1, 2012
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What's Past is Prologue: The Global Economic Crisis
Professor Tim Kehoe 
February 2, 2012
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Treating Man and His Best Friend
Professor John Ohlfest
January 5, 2012
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Seven Billion and Counting
Professor Jonathan Foley
December 1, 2011
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American Metropolitics: The New Suburban Reality
Professor Myron Orfield
November 3, 2011
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What's Next?: Debunking the Myths about Retirement in America
Professor Phyllis Moen
October 6, 2011
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The Important Life of Bees
Professor Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Entomology
March 3, 2011
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Easing the Economic Slowdown
Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
February 3, 2011
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Get Smart: A Power Grid for the 21st Century
Professor Massoud Amin
January 6, 2011
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Book Versus Nook (and iPad and Kindle and Kobo and...)
Douglas Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press
December 2, 2010
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Election 2010: Reading the Tea Leaves
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 4, 2010
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Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: The Controversy and the Science
Professor Jonathan Slack, director of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota
October 7, 2010
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The New Frugality
Chris Farrell, journalist and personal finance expert
April 4, 2010
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The Curious Culture of Wall Street
Professor Karen Ho
March 4, 2010
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Who Really Makes National Security Policy?
Vice President Walter Mondale and Larry Jacobs, director of the Center of the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
February 4, 2010
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A Way Forward in Afghanistan
Professor Iraj Bashiri 
January 7, 2010
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New Models for the News
Nora Paul, founding director of the University of Minnesota's Institute for New Media Studies
December 3, 2009
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The Journey of Solar Decathlon 2009: A View from the Trenches
Peter Hilger, architect and CCE Construction Management faculty
November 5, 2009
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Touching the Third Rail: The Politics of American Health Care
Larry Jacobs, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
October 1, 2009
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The Awful, Lawful Joyride: Minnesota's Budget Rollercoaster
Jay Kiedrowski, former state finance commissioner and co-chair, Minnesota Budget Trends Study Commission
March 5, 2009
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Living on a Shrinking Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future
Jonathan Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota
February 5, 2009
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A Culture in Peril: Hmong Grave Desecration in Thailand
Professor Mai Na Lee
January 8, 2009
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Where Do We Go From Here?: Transition in the White House
J. Brian Atwood, Dean, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
December 4, 2008
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Election 2008: History in the Making
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 6, 2008
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Petropolitics and the Middle East
Professor William O. Beeman
October 2, 2008
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The Foreclosure Crisis Hits Home
Professor Prentiss Cox
April 3, 2008
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The China Connection
Professor Yongwei Zhang
March 6, 2008
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On the Road in Search of Latino America
Professor Louis Mendoza
February 7, 2008
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Global Warming...Regional Impact: Minnesota's Role in an Environmental Crisis
Professor Deborah Swackhamer
January 10, 2008
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Game Theory in an Economic Maelstrom
Professor Varadarajan V. Chari
December 6, 2007
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A Discovery of Cosmic Proportion
Professor Larry Rudnick
November 1, 2007
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Bridges Fall Down
Professor John S. Adams
October 4, 2007
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How "Free" Is the Freedom of the Press?
Professor Jane Kirtley
April 5, 2007
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Understanding the Conflict in Somalia
Professor Abdi Samatar
February 1, 2007
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The Next Generation of Biofuels
Professor David Tilman
January 11, 2007
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The Science, Politics, and Ethics of Stem Cell Research
Professor Meri T. Firpo
December 7, 2006
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The Social Web
Professor John T. Riedl
November 2, 2006
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The Prospects for Peace in the Middle East
Professor Michael Barnett
October 5, 2006
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