Upcoming Events

History Study Group

Curt Hillstrom
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
At your location, via

Zoom Link

We will begin the book In the Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos (2005) by Richard Lloyd Parry. A new paperback can be found for as little as $10, and an ebook is $8 - $11. For this meeting we will read the first two chapters, up to page 175.

Philosophy Study Group

Curt Hillstrom
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
At your location, via
Zoom Link

For this meeting we are going to have a discussion about aesthetics. We will be using the book Beauty: A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton. One can find a new paperback version of this starting at around $12 and an ebook starting around $7. For the first meeting we will read the first four chapters.

Copyright and Sherlock Holmes

Nancy Sims
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Location yet to be determined

How long does copyright protection for fictional characters last? Why are people still suing about Sherlock Holmes whose last appearance in an Arthur Conan Doyle story was in 1927. What is in the public domain and free to all and what can land you in court? Join us for an excursion into the wonderful world of intellectual property and the laws that seek to protect and control it.

Nancy Sims is the Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota and a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Racial Paradox of the Twin Cities

James Brewer Stewart
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Location yet to be determined

Why has our famously liberal political culture been at the same time so brutally hard on minorities? Looking at wealth gaps, incarceration, life expectancy etc. we vie with Mississippi, How to explain how the land of Humphry, Mondale, Wellstone, Gene McCarthy has turned out to treat dark skinned people the way it has? Answers date back to pre-Civil war days and have much to do with Swedes, Germans and Irish immigrants as well as Indian removal and the "great migration" of Black people from the South.