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Yusra Hassan in front of Coffman Union

Finding her place

Yusra Hassan is a first-generation student preparing for a career where she’ll have the skills to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

Adrian Davis with grand piano in background

Let's sing!

Adrian Davis is a music educator who brought back the University of Minnesota Gospel Choir and with it, a powerful message of peace and joy.

The four subjects of the 2024 edition of Where it Starts series

Where it starts

Lives and identities are shaped by decades and centuries. They can be forever altered in minutes or seconds. For the individuals and communities who continue to make Black history at the University of Minnesota and beyond, change starts wherever the powers of creativity, vision, and joy meet.

Three children’s books on a wooden table. The books are: “We are Branches,” “I'm From,” and “Paul Bunyan: The Invention of an American Legend.”
Expert Alert

Best books to give for the holidays in 2023

If you plan to follow the “four-gift rule” this holiday season — something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read — experts from the University of Minnesota Libraries recommend choosing books from a wide range of new releases. 

Holiday baking pamphlets published by gas and electric companies from the Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection. Photo courtesy of Megan Kocher.
Talking with U of M

Talking holiday baking with U of M

As the holiday season approaches, bakers across the state are bringing out their cookbooks in search of traditional favorite recipes and potential new desserts that could delight friends, family and neighbors. 

Aiden Bettine holding a hockey puck from the Twin Cities Gay Hockey Association in the Tretter Collection.
Expert Alert

The history of Twin Cities Pride

Soon, people will gather for the 51st Annual Twin Cities Pride Festival from June 23-25, just one of many local celebrations for Pride Month this June. 

The Met in New York

Encountering art across America

Viewing world-famous art without the filter of a screen or a print is an experience not everyone can have, but for one student, it was life-changing.