Adventures in Learning 2021 Past Events

Author Sheila O’Connor will discuss writing her book entitled Evidence of V

When:  Monday, January 11th, 2021 2:00 PM CST
Zoom information to follow. Marlene Goldberg and Saralee Mogilner

Sheila O’Connor is a professor in the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University. She received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa. She is the author of six award-winning novels for adults and young people. You will learn about yet another shameful chapter in American history as Ms O’Connor speaks about her writing of Evidence of V.

In an ambitious blend of fact and fiction, including family secrets, documents from the era, and a thin, fragmentary case file unsealed by the court, novelist Sheila O’Connor tells the riveting story of “V”, a talented fifteen-year-old singer in the 1930’s in Minneapolis who aspires to be a star. This is the story about the grandmother (“V”) Sheila O’Connor never knew. “V” becomes pregnant by a 35-year-old Jewish manager of the Cascade Club in Minneapolis. Records that Professor O’Connor uncovered in 2001 at the Minnesota Historical Center revealed that “V” was sent to a home in Sauk Center when she was 15 years old. O’Connor will tell us what happened to “V”, the baby and the family. You will want to hear her story.

–  A Virtual Tour with Minneapolis Institute of Art docent Emily Shapiro

When: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM via Zoom
*Zoom Information will be sent to you before the event

AEL-Feb2021Emily’s tour will explain how memory helps us keep important things “close to our hearts”. We will use the art works on this tour to explore how memories are evoked, formed, and retained through one’s imagination and physical senses, both our own and those of the artists whose works we will examine.

The art above is Sylvia Fein, “The Tea Party”, 1943, Egg tempera and oil on board, Mia, 2017.49

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART –  A Virtual Discussion with Minneapolis Institute of Art docent Ginny Wheeler a of works of art related to the novel “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See. When: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM via Zoom *Zoom Information will be sent to you before the event
The novel takes us on a journey spanning generations on the Korean island of Jeju, which leads us to a theme of inspiration for discussing works of art within MIA’s collection. Novelist Lisa See excels at story telling, and the tour will seamlessly weave the art of the pen with the art of the paint brush. Try to read the novel if you haven’t already; you won’t regret it! To receive the Zoom information, contact Saralee Mogilner, or 952-935-2156 or Marlene Goldberg, or 612-743-9120