Tuesday with a Scholar Series
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Join scholars from area colleges and elsewhere as they share their specialized knowledge and enthusiasm. It’s like hearing your favorite college professors again, without worrying about writing papers or taking finals!
This series is funded with money from the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries, unless otherwise noted.
January 12: COVID-19 in Context: The Historical Background of a Pandemic with Jennifer Gunn
Most of us were completely unprepared for the appearance of a world-wide pandemic last March, despite the fact that history offers all too many disturbing examples of societies ravaged by uncontrolled disease. Join University of Minnesota Professor Jennifer Gunn for a look at COVID-19 in context. What can we learn from the historical roots of the pandemic? How can the story of past disease help us prepare for the future of this one?
Jennifer Gunn is the director of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota with research interests in the History of Medicine and Public Health.
January 19: The Legal Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Timothy Johnson
The death of Supreme Court Justice and liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, coming as it did less than two months before the 2020 presidential election, had the potential to unleash a political firestorm. Join legal scholar Timothy Johnson for an appraisal of the congressional proceedings of the last few weeks—how do they reflect on Ginsburg’s judicial legacy and what do they mean for the future of the court.
Timothy R. Johnson is the Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Minnesota, and a nationally recognized expert on U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments and decision making.
January 26: Using Data Science to Understand Online Extremism with Megan Squire
Online hate groups and political extremists operate in the shadowed corners of the internet, but their influence is increasingly felt in mainstream America—including, some say, during the last election. Join data scientist Megan Squire as she talks about how she uses the tools of her profession to understand online radicalization, extremist group membership, the spread of dangerous propaganda, and clandestine financial networks.
Megan Squire is a professor of computer science at Elon University in North Carolina. Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine and CNN.
This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. After registration, participants will receive an email from the library approximately three days prior to class with additional instructions including a link (or URL) that will be used as an invitation to enter the online class. If registering within 72 hours of class start time, expect to receive an email with the instructions and link the morning of the event.