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  • 2021–22 Season: Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5
  • Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Online events are FREE; registration is required
  • Location: This year's series will be offered online via Zoom
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Go beyond the spin and soundbytes when you engage with this popular series in which University scholars and researchers share firsthand knowledge of today’s most intriguing stories. From medical breakthroughs and culture clashes to social trends, international affairs, and more, you’ll learn the who, what, where, why, and how from an insider’s point of view and then share your insights and pose your questions during a lively, moderated Q&A with Bob Stine, Dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

November 4, 7 p.m.

Portrait of Michael Silverman

Music Therapy in Mental Health and Addiction

Dr. Michael J. Silverman, Director, Music Therapy Program; Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished McKnight Professor, School of Music

How does music therapy work? Do you psychoanalyze people based on their music preferences? Are you a musician? Are your clients failed musicians? Do you sit around and play drums all day? Is Mozart really better for my health than Lynyrd Skynyrd?

These are just a few of the questions asked of the approximately 9,000 board-certified music therapists in the United States.

Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used as part of a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Board-certified music therapists are highly trained practitioners who provide clinical services to a broad range of people, from infants in the neonatal intensive care unit to patients in hospice.

Join us November 4 when Professor Michael J. Silverman will provide a brief introduction to the profession and discuss his more than 20 years of music therapy research and clinical work in mental health and addiction settings. He also will share video segments of therapy sessions conducted at the University’s Music Therapy Clinic, one of only a handful of on-campus clinics in the country.

Michael J. Silverman is the Director of the Music Therapy Program and a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished McKnight Professor in the School of Music at the University of Minnesota. A board-certified music therapist and the author of Music Therapy in Mental Health for Illness Management and Recovery (Oxford University Press, 2015), his recovery-oriented scholarship has formed the foundation of and increased access to evidence-based music therapy for adults with mental health and substance use conditions.

Headliners Archive

Dr Laura Niedernhofer and Dr Paul Robbins

Therapeutic Approaches for Healthy Aging
Dr. Laura J. Niedernhofer and Dr. Paul Robbins
October 7, 2021

 

Dr Ana Núñez

Intention and Action: Becoming a Change Agent
Dr. Ana Núñez
May 6, 2021
 

 

Dr Alik Widge

Engineering Brain Circuits to Treat Mental Illness
Dr. Alik Widge
April 1, 2021
 

 

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Xenophobia in America: How We Got Here and What's at Stake
Dr. Erika Lee
March 4, 2021
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Jaime Modiano

Of Dogs, Dinosaurs, Elephants, and Kids: Demystifying (and Curing) Cancer
Dr. Jaime Modiano
February 4, 2021

 

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Greased Lightning: How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation
Dr. Barry Kudrowitz
December 3, 2020
Audio not available

 

Portrait of Dr Kathryn Pearson

For the Ages: Election 2020
Dr. Kathryn Pearson
November 5, 2020
 

 

Portrait of Mark Hillmyer

Sustainable Solutions for Our Plastic Planet Predicament
Dr. Marc Hillmyer
October 1, 2020
 

 

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A Candid Conversation with Neel Kashkari (audio)
A Candid Conversation with Neel Kashkari (video)
Neel Kashkari
March 5, 2020

 

Fed official uncertain how economy will fare during the coronavirus crisis
Neel Kashkari (60 Minutes, CBS, air date: March 22, 2020)

 

Michael Georgieff profile

What’s on Baby’s Mind? The Developmental Origins of Adult Mental Health and Disease
Dr. Michael Georgieff
February 6, 2020

 

Kate Brauman

Beyond Extinction: On Nature’s Value, Biodiversity Trends, and Causes for Hope
Dr. Kate Brauman
December 5, 2019

 

Francis Shen

How Neuroscience Will Revolutionize the Law
Dr. Francis X. Shen
November 7, 2019
 

 

Timothy R Johnson

The US Supreme Court: Still the Least Dangerous Branch?
Dr. Timothy R. Johnson
October 10, 2019
 

 

Clem Pryke

Studying the Beginning of the Universe from the Bottom of the World
Dr. Clem Pryke
May 2, 2019
 

 

Jane Kirtley

“Believe Me”: Seeking Truth in an Age of Disinformation
Jane Kirtley, JD
April 4, 2019
 

 

Tom Hanson

The Waning of Pax Americana? 
Tom Hanson
March 7, 2019
 

 

maria Gini

Intelligent Machines: AI’s Present and Future 
Dr. Maria Gini
February 7, 2019
 

 

Kathryn Pearson profile

Another Year for the Record Books? 2018 Election Results and the Implications for Governing
Dr. Kathryn Pearson
December 6, 2018
 

 

Dr. Sophia Vinogradov

Investigating Suicide, Self-Injury, and Psychosis: The Importance of the Research, the Risks to the Researchers  
Dr. Sophia Vinogradov
November 1, 2018
Audio not available
 

Mark Seeley

Climate Change in Our Own Backyards: Evidence and Implications
Dr. Mark Seeley
October 4, 2018
 

 

Overprescribed: Moving Beyond Opioid-Centered Care
Dr. Erin Krebs
May 3, 2018
 

Net Neutrality: Then, Now, Later
Christopher Terry
April 5, 2018
 

Astronomy’s Golden New Age: Observing the Universe with Gravitational Waves 
Dr. Vuk Mandic
March 1, 2018
 

Hidden Harms: The Supply and Demand of Sex Trading and Trafficking in Minnesota
Dr. Lauren Martin
February 8, 2018
 

Augmenting You: 3D Printed Bioelectronic Devices
Dr. Michael C. McAlpine
December 7, 2017
Audio not available

From ICE to Sanctuary Cities: The Myths and Realities of Immigration Enforcement
Linus Chan, JD
November 2, 2017

From the Lab: Untangling Alzheimer’s Disease 
Dr. Sylvain Lesné
October 5, 2017

The Art of the Wasted Day
Patricia Hampl
May 4, 2017
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Our Health Economy: The Undiscovered Country
Dr. Stephen Parente
April 6, 2017
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Cyber Crime: From Phishing to The Dark Net
Mark Lanterman
March 2, 2017

Best of Class: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It? 
Dr. Jason Hill
February 2, 2017
Audio not available

One for the Record Books: 2016 Election Results and the Implications for Governing
Dr. Kathryn Pearson
December 1, 2016

Beyond Cecil: Lions, Conservation, and Controversy
Dr. Craig Packer
November 3, 2016

Radio K Interview "Beyond Cecil" with Dr. Craig Packer
November 2016

Protecting Your Lunch: Food Fraud and Adulteration
Dr. Amy Kircher
October 6, 2016

Radio K Interview with Dr. Amy Kircher
October 4, 2016

The Anti-Campaign
Dr. Larry Jacobs
May 5, 2016

The Growing Stickiness of Criminal Labels
Dr. Christopher Uggen
April 7, 2016

News from Paris: Deciphering the UN Conference on Climate Change
Dr. Jessica Hellmann
March 3, 2016

When Everyone is Above Average: Inflated Rhetoric in Higher Education
Julie Schumacher
February 5, 2016

Mapping and Interfacing with the Human Brain
Dr. Bin He
December 3, 2015 
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Stronger, Faster, Brighter: Wearable Technology and the Future of Clothing 
Dr. Lucy Dunne
November 5, 2015

Energy Evolution: Shaping the Future of Electricity
Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson
October 8, 2015 
Audio not available

Contemporary Fiction and the Modern Security State
Charles Baxter
May 7, 2015

Copper, Nickel, and Precious-Metal Deposits in Northeastern Minnesota: A Geological Perspective
Jim Miller
March 5, 2015

The Shifting Tides of Global Terrorism
Dr. Jarret Brachman
February 5, 2015 
Audio not available

Paleofantasy: What Evolution Tells Us about Modern Life
Dr. Marlene Zuk
December 4, 2014

Ebola: Rethinking Global Emergency Response
Dr. Jeffrey Bender
November 6, 2014

Explore, Teach, Inspire: Taking Education and Innovation to the Next Level
Dr. Aaron Doering
October 9, 2014

What's Next for Generation Next? R.T. Rybak Tackles the Education Achievement Gap
R.T. Rybak
May 1, 2014

Stem Cell Research and the Frankenstein Complex
Dr. John Wagner
March 6, 2014

Managing Global Crises and the Future of Our World
Dr. Eric Schwartz
February 6, 2014

A Trillion Reasons to Care: Early Evidence and Expectations of the Affordable Care Act
Dr. Jean Abraham
December 5, 2013

Galápagos Fragile Past, Brighter Future
Dr. Julia Ponder
November 7, 2013

Big Data Landscape: Technology, Economy, Society
Professor Ravi Bapna
October 3, 2013

Alleviating Global Poverty
Professor J. Brian Atwood
April 11, 2013

The Secret World of the Body's Blood-Clotting System: An Inside Look at the Elusive Platelet
Professor Christy Haynes
March 7, 2013

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: The Impact of Climate Change on Terrestrial Ecosystems
Regents Professor Peter Reich
February 7, 2013

What's Next? Envisioning the U's Future
President Eric Kaler
January 10, 2013

Fracking: Facts, Fiction, and Fixes
Professor Lawrence Wackett
December 6, 2012

Election 2012 Recap
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 8, 2012

Post-Revolution Egypt: The Struggle Continues
Professor Ragui Assaad
October 4, 2012

The New Public Square
Professor Heather LaMarre
April 5, 2012
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Ramp Up to Readiness: Should College Be the Goal for Every Student?
Kent Pekel, executive director of the University of Minnesota College Readiness Consortium
March 1, 2012

What's Past is Prologue: The Global Economic Crisis
Professor Tim Kehoe 
February 2, 2012

Treating Man and His Best Friend
Professor John Ohlfest
January 5, 2012

Seven Billion and Counting
Professor Jonathan Foley
December 1, 2011

American Metropolitics: The New Suburban Reality
Professor Myron Orfield
November 3, 2011
American Metropolitics: PowerPoint Presentation

What's Next?: Debunking the Myths about Retirement in America
Professor Phyllis Moen
October 6, 2011

The Important Life of Bees
Professor Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Entomology
March 3, 2011

Easing the Economic Slowdown
Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
February 3, 2011

Get Smart: A Power Grid for the 21st Century
Professor Massoud Amin
January 6, 2011

Book Versus Nook (and iPad and Kindle and Kobo and...)
Douglas Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press
December 2, 2010
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Election 2010: Reading the Tea Leaves
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 4, 2010
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Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: The Controversy and the Science
Professor Jonathan Slack, director of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota
October 7, 2010
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The New Frugality
Chris Farrell, journalist and personal finance expert
April 4, 2010
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The Curious Culture of Wall Street
Professor Karen Ho
March 4, 2010
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Who Really Makes National Security Policy?
Vice President Walter Mondale and Larry Jacobs, director of the Center of the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
February 4, 2010
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A Way Forward in Afghanistan
Professor Iraj Bashiri 
January 7, 2010
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New Models for the News
Nora Paul, founding director of the University of Minnesota's Institute for New Media Studies
December 3, 2009
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The Journey of Solar Decathlon 2009: A View from the Trenches
Peter Hilger, architect and CCE Construction Management faculty
November 5, 2009
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Touching the Third Rail: The Politics of American Health Care
Larry Jacobs, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
October 1, 2009
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The Awful, Lawful Joyride: Minnesota's Budget Rollercoaster
Jay Kiedrowski, former state finance commissioner and co-chair, Minnesota Budget Trends Study Commission
March 5, 2009
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Living on a Shrinking Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future
Jonathan Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota
February 5, 2009
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A Culture in Peril: Hmong Grave Desecration in Thailand
Professor Mai Na Lee
January 8, 2009
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Where Do We Go From Here?: Transition in the White House
J. Brian Atwood, Dean, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
December 4, 2008
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Election 2008: History in the Making
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 6, 2008
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Petropolitics and the Middle East
Professor William O. Beeman
October 2, 2008
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The Foreclosure Crisis Hits Home
Professor Prentiss Cox
April 3, 2008
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The China Connection
Professor Yongwei Zhang
March 6, 2008
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On the Road in Search of Latino America
Professor Louis Mendoza
February 7, 2008
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Global Warming...Regional Impact: Minnesota's Role in an Environmental Crisis
Professor Deborah Swackhamer
January 10, 2008
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Game Theory in an Economic Maelstrom
Professor Varadarajan V. Chari
December 6, 2007
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A Discovery of Cosmic Proportion
Professor Larry Rudnick
November 1, 2007
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Bridges Fall Down
Professor John S. Adams
October 4, 2007
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How "Free" Is the Freedom of the Press?
Professor Jane Kirtley
April 5, 2007
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Understanding the Conflict in Somalia
Professor Abdi Samatar
February 1, 2007
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The Next Generation of Biofuels
Professor David Tilman
January 11, 2007
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The Science, Politics, and Ethics of Stem Cell Research
Professor Meri T. Firpo
December 7, 2006
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The Social Web
Professor John T. Riedl
November 2, 2006
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The Prospects for Peace in the Middle East
Professor Michael Barnett
October 5, 2006
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