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Armchair Traveler: A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama!


with Jane Phillips

Calendar Jul 8, 2021 at 1 pm

Armchair Traveler: A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama!

Thursday, July 8 • 1–2:30 PM via Zoom

Join me in exploring Panama and the Panama Canal based on a trip in 2018. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort taking side trips to learn more about Panama and to explore wilderness areas. We took a boat ride up the Panama Canal, one of the most impressive feats of engineering in the 20th century. We were awed by the size of the ships going by us, but were even more awed by what the ships paid, in cash, to take this short cut from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean! We explored the Gamboa Rainforest where we saw monkeys, crocodiles and caimans, sloths, turtles, and capybaras. And out of necessity, we visited the largest shopping mall in all of Central America in Panama City (a very different shopping experience, even though many of the shops were the same as in the Mall of America!). A fun trip.

Presenter: Jane Phillips, Lyngblomsten volunteer and retired biologist and educator, University of Minnesota.

Registration preferred by July 5.

Author! Author! "Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota's Greatest Public Historian" with author Jay Weiner


with Jay Weiner

Calendar Jul 15, 2021 at 3 pm

Author! Author!
Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota's Greatest Public Historian with author Jay Weiner

Thursday, July 15 • 3–4:30 PM via Zoom

Professor Hy Berman was, by most accounts, the face of public history in Minnesota for decades—a popular university professor, political observer, and familiar presence on PBS’s Almanac. In Weiner's Professor Berman, readers encounter the Berman that audiences and students loved through stories that are a close-up view of Minnesota history and a conversational self-portrait of a man in the middle of that history. Jay will detail how he came to know Professor Berman, how the book came about, how his death affected the completion of the book, and the impact of Berman's life, public persona, and scholarship.

Presenter: Author Jay Weiner

Registration preferred by July 12. 

Meet the Mayor of Saint Paul


with Mayor Melvin Carter

Calendar Jul 21, 2021 at 9:30 am

Meet the Mayor of Saint Paul

Wednesday, July 21 • 9:30-10:30 AM via Zoom

A fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Mayor Melvin Carter leads an unapologetic equity agenda. Since taking office in 2018, his accomplishments include raising the city’s minimum wage; tripling free programs in rec centers; eliminating late fines in public libraries; reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund; expanding immigrant and refugee support resources; and launching an Office of Financial Empowerment. One signature initiative is CollegeBound Saint Paul, Mayor Carter’s plan to start every child born in the city on or after January 1, 2020, with a $50 college savings account. Mayor Carter commonly recites his administration’s mantra: “Building a city that works for us all means we all must do the work.”

Prior to his election in 2017, Mayor Carter has served as a Saint Paul City Council member; founding board chair of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood; director of the Minnesota Office of Early Learning; and executive director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet.

A proud graduate of the Saint Paul public schools, Mayor Carter holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University and a master's of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. 

He currently resides in Saint Paul’s historic Rondo neighborhood with his wife, Dr. Sakeena Futrell-Carter, and their children, just a few doors down from his childhood home.

Registration preferred
by July 19.

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