Fall programs at Roseville Library

Tuesdays with a Scholar

Join scholars from area colleges and elsewhere as they share their specialized knowledge and enthusiasm on Tuesdays at Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave. Tuesdays with a Scholar is cosponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minnesota.

Nick Hayes will present “Russia and the United States: History of a Relationship” Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 12:30 p.m. Hayes is a historian and public television commentator.

Robert Warde will present “Vietnam and the Representations of War” Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 12:30 p.m. Join Warde as he considers representations of war in general, and of the Vietnam War in particular, both in terms of collective national narratives and accounts both fictional and autobiographical by individual combatants.

The programs are free, and there is no registration required.

Great Decisions is new Friday series

The Roseville Library, the Osher Lifelong Learning Center of the University of Minnesota, Global Minnesota and the Foreign Policy Association have joined forces to present Great Decisions, a new series at the Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave., at 12:30 p.m. Fridays Sept. 22 to Nov. 10.

Participants will study some of the most critical issues facing the United States each year and then join discussions led by expert speakers. Ten copies of the “2017 Briefing Book” for this series are available for checkout at the library. The program is free and preregistration is not required.

Here is a list of the discussion dates, topics and speakers:

Sept. 22: Trade and Politics, Ross Wilson

Sept. 29: Foreign Policy and Petroleum, Jeffery Anderson

Oct. 6:Nuclear Security, Margo Squire

Oct. 13: The Future of Europe, Mary Curtin

Oct. 20: Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Gary Provost

Oct. 27: Saudi Arabia in Transition, Ellen Kennedy

Nov. 3: Latin America’s Political Pendulum, Bruce Campbell

Nov. 10: Conflict in the South China Sea, Tom Hanson

And there’s more

Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave., is offering a number of talks throughout the fall outside of the series mentioned above. All of the programs are free and registration is not required. Here’s a list of upcoming talks:

The Great London Fire of 1666: Destruction and Rebirth—Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 12:30 p.m. It was an unimaginable calamity in its time, laying waste to the commercial heart of Britain. But out of the ashes of the fire of 1666 rose the great St. Paul’s Cathedral and the contours of the city of London as we know it today. Join historian J.B. Andersen for a look at the Towering Inferno of the 17th century.

A Guided Tour through Flyover Country with John S. Adams—Tuesdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 17, at 12:30 p.m. Join Prof. John S. Adams for a short tour of the Twin Cities from a geographic perspective. You’ll learn how land forms and natural conditions, local resources and social capital helped produce the Twin Cities as we know them today. You’ll also find out why we have two cities in the metro area, what the historic and modern differences are between them and what the geography of tomorrow will look like.

Fake News: a History—Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 12:30 p.m. What explains the recent rise of fake news and wily accusations of “fake news”? Is there an antidote or alternative to the post-truth politics inspired by fake news? Join University of Minnesota scholar Harshit Rathi for a different look at the news media and how we got here.

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