Upcoming Events

The Power of Landscape Art

Robert Brusic
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Minnesota Public Radio frequently mentions the power of classical music. Bob Brusic will adapt this theme and talk about The Power of Landscape Art.  He will discuss the various ways in which the genre of landscape painting has been used to communicate ideas and evoke emotions. The talk will be illustrated.
 
Brusic has been a docent at MIA for ten years. Previously he was the pastor at Luther Seminary. He has degrees from Dartmouth and Harvard and is a longtime member of MISF.

Ignatius Donnelly: Ultimate Independent Scholar

Patrick Coleman
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Ignatius Donnelly; poet, promoter, politician, orator, and author; was arguably the most interesting figure in Minnesota history. Although today he is largely dismissed as a crank, Donnelly was an indefatigable champion of the nineteenth century's underdogs. His writings were both a reflection of the times and of his moods. His 1890 Caesar's Column was the first great dystopian novel and a best seller in spite of its populist pessimism. Donnelly's non-fiction ceded no field to the experts.

The Writing Life

Emilio DeGrazia
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

As someone who has been an active writer for more than half a century, I have benefited from the prestige and authority conferred on the general culture by the invention of the printing press.  Since that time books have had a short 500-year run, and a mixed success, as cultural influences.  While the book’s influence seems to be in decline since the advent of the digital age, we ironically have more books being published today than at any other time in history.  What roles do contemporary writers now fulfill, and how should a “serious” writer define this role?  I hope to address these issues from my own pers

Scholars without Walls:  How our book came to be and why

Lucy Brusic
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

We will introduce our new book, Scholars without WallsThe History of the Minnesota Independent Scholars' Forum.  This book, due out in October 2018,  tells how a group of unemployed academics became a current-day organization with monthly meetings, study groups, a regular newsletter, and fiscal agency assistance.  In addition to a history of the organization, this new book includes examples of writing by independent scholars—on subjects from health insurance to history.

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