Calendar

June

Tuesday, June 21, 1 pm - Climate Change and the Legacy We Leave

  • Presenter: Rick Baird Coordinator, Office of Environmental Sustainability for Mankato. He works to create a central hub for environmental sustainability initiatives, which include community education, resource conservation and regulation enforcement.

Location: North Mankato Police Annex, 1001 Belgrade Avenue, NM

Wednesday, June 22, 1pm - BookEnds

Thursday, June 23, 2-4pm - Impact of Original Native American Food Loss

From the intentional slaughter of the buffalo to force the Dakota peoples onto reservation, to the impact of commodity food from boarding schools, to the pollution of wild rice beds in Minnesota today, tribes throughout the United States are fighting daily battles to protect their original foods. We will take a look at these historic food losses and how the result is both cultural (as food is tied to stories/ceremony) and physical illness.

  • Presenter: Amy Magnus, Professor of Literature and Film, SCC

Location: Children's Museum, 124 Lamm St. Mankato

Saturday, June 25, 2pm - State of the World

Tom Hanson is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer who currently serves as the Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He formerly worked with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as a Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States.

  • Tom frequently speaks at international events including the annual "State of the World" event at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.
  • Tom will focus on the State of the World and U.S. Foreign Relations.
  • Question & Answer to follow presentation.
  • Presenter: Tom Hanson, Retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer who currently serves as the Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Location: Ostrander Auditorium, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

Tuesday, June 28, 2 - 4 pm - Current Drug Trends

  • Presenter: Lieutenant Jeff Wersal, MN River Valley Drug Task Force

Location: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1706 Lee Blvd, NM

Wednesday, July 13, 2pm - Great Decisions

Thursday, July 14, 2-4 pm - Astronomy: Extragalactic Discoveries

Paul will expand our minds with vivid imagery and engrossing current research that he has garnered from his special interest in extragalactic astronomy. His absorbing presentation on galaxies, other than our own Milky Way, will help us appreciate and further understand the formation, history, and evolution of this fascinating field of astronomy.

  • Presenter: Dr. Paul Estridge, Ph.D, Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Minnesota State University has been Professor of Astronomy in Mankato for 20 years. His rich background and experience in astronomy, in addition to research, teaching, and lecturing, includes 3 years as an Astrophysicist for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center.

Location: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1706 Lee Blvd., NM

Friday, July 15, 10-11:30am - Coffee & Current Events

Location: Zoom

Thusday, July 21, 2-3:30 pm - Brain Injury Basics

Participants will learn about brain injury basics, its relevance to the older population, where to get support, resources, and living with a head injury.

  • Presenter: Ntianu Carter, MSW, Education and Community Outreach Coordinator with the Minnesota Brain Injury and Minnesota Stroke Association

Location: Zoom Only

Thusday, July 21, 2pm - Coffee/Tea Group Gathering

Location: Curiosi-Tea House, 1745 Commerce Drive, NM (peach pie)

Tuesday, July 26, 1-3 pm - Stories from Antarctica

Antarctica is sometimes called "the last great wilderness." Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are home to iconic megafauna like whales, penguins and seals; this cold and majestic ecosystem also plays a vital role in regulating climate and driving ocean currents that affect weather patterns around the world. Julia Battern, a science teacher at Mankato East High School, recently traveled to Antarctica on a trip led by the 2041 foundation. Join us to hear Julia's story, and engage in conversation to better understand how Antarctica is a part of your story as well.

  • Presenter: Julia Battern is a life science teacher at Mankato East High School and has been teaching for 11 years. In March of 2022 she was sponsored by Onward Energy to travel to Antarctica with the 2041 Foundation to learn about the continent and how we can preserve it in the future. Julia is a Marshall MN native, attended Gustavus Adolphus College ('10), and lives in Mankato with her husband Ky and three-year-old daughter Ella. Her goal for the summer is to spend as much time as possible exploring Minnesota lakes and rivers with her family and friends!

Location: Pathstone Latitude, 115 Rogers Street, Mankato

Wednesday, July 27, 1pm - BookEnds

Thursday, August 4, 2-4pm - Perspectives of a Black Man

Manu, who received an Award by the United States Attorney’s office for Excellence in the Pursuit of Justice by reducing gun violence in Minneapolis, will address issues from the perspective of a black man who had engaged in felony behavior at a point in his lifetime: He will address: Root causes of felony behavior and what rehab means for a former felon; A Black man’s insight into what constitutes equality; What caused the George Floyd situation; Raising Black children in a White society.

  • Presenter: Manu Lewis, ManUcan Consulting LLC. Coming from a life of felonious behavior, he is now a charismatic speaker who recently served as a facilitator and case manager for the African American Men’s Project (AAMP) at NorthPoint Health & Wellness as well as case manager for participants in the Group Violence Intervention program funded by the Department of Health to prevent gun violence in Minneapolis. Now working for the University of Minnesota, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with a focus is on the African American Community

Location: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1706 Lee Blvd., NM

Wednesday, August 10, 2pm - Great Decisions

Thursday, August 11, 2-4 pm - Fish Guy

Working 10 years for the DNR from the most northern to the most southern parts of the state, Tyler will chronical a tale of what has been learned as it pertains to fish and fisheries. Included are his projects past, present, and the most recent things learned about fish. There will likely to be some fish stories along the way.

  • Presenter: Tyler Fellows, Fisheries Specialist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Location: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1706 Lee Blvd., NM

Thursday, August 18, 2pm - Coffee/Tea Group Gathering

Location: Diamond Dust Bakery, 320 Sunrise Drive, St. Peter

Friday, August 19, 10-11:30am - Coffee & Current Events

Location: Zoom

Wednesday, August 24, 1pm - BookEnds

Tuesday, August 30, 2-4pm - The Real History of Pirates

What Is a Pirate?; Pirate Facts and Fiction

  • Great Courses Lecturer Manushag N. Powell of Purdue University exposes you to new ways of thinking about pirates and their role in world history

Location: Pathstone Latitude, 115 Rogers Street, Mankato

Tuesday, September 6, 2-4pm - The Real History of Pirates

Buried Treasure and Pirate Economics; Pirates and Enslavement

  • Great Courses Lecturer Manushag N. Powell of Purdue University exposes you to new ways of thinking about pirates and their role in world history

Location: Pathstone Latitude, 115 Rogers Street, Mankato

Thursday, September 8, 2-4pm - History and Science Book Club

Tuesday, September 13, 2-4:30pm - The Real History of Pirates

The Sea Dogs of Elizabeth I; The Corsairs of the Maghreb; The Buccaneers of America

  • Great Courses Lecturer Manushag N. Powell of Purdue University exposes you to new ways of thinking about pirates and their role in world

Location: Pathstone Latitude, 115 Rogers Street, Mankato

Wednesday, September 14, 2pm - Great Decisions

Thurday, September 15, 2pm - Coffee/Tea Group Gathering

Location: Neutral Grounds, 229 Belgrade, NM

Friday, September 16, 1-2:30pm - Minnesota’s Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days

Mankato history teacher and historical reenactor Arn Kind will be doing a costumed presentation for us on Minnesota’s Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days. When Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, supporters believed it would create a better, stronger nation. Instead, it began an era of lawlessness. Meet the drys, wets, gangsters, flappers, lawmen and suffragists of America’s most colorful, complex constitutional hiccup in this lively presentation on Minnesota’s Prohibition era.

  • Presenter: Arn Kind, an educator for 45 years. Arn's unique performances are popular in a multitude of venues: from library and classroom seminars at elementary, middle, and high schools to immersive lectures at the university level, as well as summer camps, historical reenactments, and festivals. His goal: get people excited about their past by making history come alive. This is one presentation you will not want to miss! This event is free to members of Mankato Area Lifelong Learners.

Location: North Mankato Fire Station 2, 1825 Howard Drive

Friday, September 16, 10-11:30am - Coffee & Current Events

Location: Zoom

Tuesday, September 20, 2-4 p.m - The Real History of Pirates

Life on a Pirate Ship; She-Pirates; A Woman as Pirate Commander

  • Great Courses Lecturer Manushag N. Powell of Purdue University exposes you to new ways of thinking about pirates and their role in world

Location: Pathstone Latitude, 115 Rogers Street, Mankato

Tuesday, September 27, 2-4pm - The Real History of Pirates

Pirate Music and Performances; Pirates in Pop Culture and Beyond

  • Great Courses Lecturer Manushag N. Powell of Purdue University exposes you to new ways of thinking about pirates and their role in world

Location: Pathstone Latitude, 115 Rogers Street, Mankato

Wednesday, September 28, 1pm - BookEnds

Tuesday, October 4, 1-4pm - The Real History of Pirates

Film: Captain Phillips (2 hr., 14 minutes)

Wednesday, October 12, 2pm - Great Decisions

Friday, October 21, 10-11:30am - Coffee & Current Events

Location: Zoom

Wednesday, October 26, 1pm - BookEnds

Wednesday, October 26, 2pm - Great Decisions

Wednesday, November 9, 2pm - Great Decisions

Friday, November 18, 10-11:30am - Coffee & Current Events

Location: Zoom

Wednesday, November 23, 1pm - BookEnds

Friday, December 16, 10-11:30am - Coffee & Current Events

Location: Zoom

Wednesday, December 28, 1pm - BookEnds