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Clinton decries growing U.S. political polarization

Ex-president, in Humphrey school speech, sounded alarm that we are ‘drifting apart’
 

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

Barack Obama, or for that matter Jimmy Carter, or even former president Bill Clinton himself would not have been elected U.S. president if it wasn’t for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, said Clinton during a June 9 speech last week at the University of Minnesota Northrop Auditorium. The school’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, named after the late senator and vice president Hubert H. Humphrey, has co-sponsored a yearlong series of events to reflect on the 50th anniversary year of the law’s passage that’s largely believed to have ended de jure segregation in this country, primarily in the South. University of Minnesota Trustee Emeritus Dr. Josie Johnson, who introduced Clinton, told the audience that everyone should “challenge misinformation and seek truth.” She reiterated afterwards to the MSR that “the focus on justice, equity, civil rights, etcetera” must continue. “I wish we could create an environment where we could talk together,” she said. “Until we can pass legislation that opens opportunities for all of our children, and when our children understand their place in history and in society, until we do that I don’t think the future of our civil rights resonates with our children. Continue Reading →

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‘New’ Northrop multi-purpose cultural center ‘open to all’ by spring 2014

U of M officials say urban community engagement a top priority 
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium, for most of its 90-plus life, has been the annual home for graduation ceremonies, concerts and speaking engagements, but in recent years it has fallen into “serious disrepair.”

Using computer-generated images and input from other consultants, James Moore of HGA Architects and Engineers, during a November 21 press conference at Coffman Union, explained that his firm designed and carried out “a very complex…expansion” of the historic building that is expected to be fully completed in April 2014. “The construction has been done in a very careful way with lots of respect for the existing fabric,” Moore pointed out. The “new” Northrop will have 2,174 fewer seats but 1,200 more seats closer to the stage, and the building’s square footage will

be doubled from 15,000 to 30,000. Other new features include doubling the number of concessions stands and public restrooms along with installing an additional elevator. The building also will have over 10,000 more square feet for two new conference rooms, seven multi-purpose rooms, and a new 168-seat lecture/recital hall that will serve as home for two school programs.

When finished, it will be “a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art cultural center,” proclaimed U of M Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson, adding that it also will house three school programs: the University Honors Program, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the College of Design’s Travelers Innovation Lab. Continue Reading →

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