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Tuesday with a Scholar Series


February 2, 2021
1-2:30 p.m.

February 9, 2021
1-2:30 p.m.

February 16, 2021
1-2:30 p.m.

February 23, 2021
1-2:30 p.m.


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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.

February 2: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Minnesota with Joe Mahon
The Coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic, but its effect on economic life will likely vary from one country to another and may differ even from state to state. Please join economist Joe Mahon for a look at what we can expect here in our own area. How will Minnesotans feel the impact of the pandemic in the days ahead?

Joe Mahon is a regional outreach director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

February 9: China Rising—Pros and Cons with Edward L. Farmer
China’s record of economic expansion since 1989 has been remarkable; by some measures, it is now the world’s largest economy. In an era of trade wars and pandemic, its global position is even more important. Join Professor Emeritus Edward L. Farmer for a discussion of China’s emerging role in the 21st century and what China’s rise means for Americans.

Edward L. Farmer is a retired professor of history at the University of Minnesota with expertise in China and non-Eurocentric perspectives on world history.

February 16: LGBTQ+ History in Minnesota with Robert Frame
Same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota in 2013 (and nationwide in 2015), as the result of two decades of work. Many feel that battle was the final victory, but the struggle for equal treatment is far from over. Join scholar Robert Frame for an overview of history of the gay rights movement in the modern era and a look at what still needs to be done. 

Robert Frame is a history professor at Normandale Community College. This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

February 23: The 2020 Census: Taking Count amid Controversy with Susan Brower
The Constitution mandates a national head count every 10 years. At the best of times, this represents a major governmental undertaking, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic—not to mention an unusual amount of political controversy—the 2020 census turned out to be one of the most challenging in our history. Join Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower for a discussion of the background and the politics of the national census, along with a look at what the 2020 count will mean for our state and our community.

Susan Brower has been the State Demographer since 2012. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and an additional master’s in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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. 

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