Day: September 16, 2017

Calling all communicators: Plain Language workshop

Speaking Your User’s Language, an interactive workshop focusing on the benefits and challenges of communicating directly and authentically with your audience, will be presented by Nick Rosencrans, User Experience Analyst at the University of Minnesota, and self-described champion for the end user.

The workshop is on Tuesday, September 19, 9:30-11 in Walker 120A.

Participants will identify issues of voice and tone in their communications, consider the consequences of prioritizing specific users or audiences over others, and share their experiences with other participants.

Sponsored by the Department of Humanities


James Livingston and “No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea”

Finlandia University Campus Read 2017 Presents James Livingston and “No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea”  7PM Wed Sept 20 Finnish American Heritage Centerno more work

Dr. Livingston’s most recent book, No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea, challenges the long held imperative for reaching full employment levels. Amazon.com summarizes the book’s theme as such:

For centuries we’ve believed that work was where you learned discipline, initiative, honesty, self-reliance–in a word, character. A job was also, and not incidentally, the source of your income: if you didn’t work, you didn’t eat, or else you were stealing from someone. If only you worked hard, you could earn your way and maybe even make something of yourself.

In recent decades, through everyday experience, these beliefs have proven spectacularly false. In this book, James Livingston explains how and why Americans still cling to work as a solution rather than a problem–why it is that both liberals and conservatives announce that “full employment” is their goal when job creation is no longer a feasible solution for any problem, moral or economic. The result is a witty, stirring denunciation of the ways we think about why we labor, exhorting us to imagine a new way of finding meaning, character, and sustenance beyond our workaday world–and showing us that we can afford to leave that world behind.