A Changing People Who Live in This Place Called Minnesota: A rural/urban conversation with Minnesotans in Morris and North Minneapolis

Join rural and urban Minnesotans in a special UROC Critical Conversation about immigration, migration, and the impending “silver tsunami” of retirees set to change the demographic face of our state over the next 50 years.Topics include the shared and unique challenges and opportunities that changing demographics pose to the healthcare, employment, housing, and transportation needs of Minnesotans living in urban centers, small towns, and rural settings.

The conversation, A Changing People Who Live in This Place Called Minnesota, will be live-streamed via conference feed between participants in Morris, Minn. and North Minneapolis at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. The event will feature panelists and presenters in two locations—45 Humanities Fine Arts Building at the University of Minnesota, Morris and the University's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis. Attendees at both locations will have a chance to participate in small group conversations and share their thoughts.

Presenters include:

  • Kelly Asche, research associate, Center for Rural Policy and Development;

  • Minnesota State Senator Bobby Jo Champion, (59-DFL);

  • Joseph Gaugler, professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota;

  • Mary Ann Hennen, associate extension professor, Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota Extension;

  • Michael Oakes, associate vice president for research and professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; and

  • Cassie Williams, poet and academic specialist, Access Opportunity Success, Southwest Minnesota State University.

Event co-hosts are Minnesota State Senator Bobby Jo Champion (59-DFL) and Les Heen, president and general manager, Pioneer Public Television. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Morris' Center for Small Towns.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a reception
preceding the conversation at both locations.