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Jakki Mohr, UM

7 p.m., Feb. 25

"Business Innovations by Nature: Biomimicry"

In the first lecture of this two-part series, we have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Jakki Mohr as she discusses biomimicry and its role in solving design problems. Biomimicry is the practice of learning from the processes in nature in order to innovate and find solutions in everyday applications. Mohr will also share the challenges companies face in seeking creative inspiration from nature and the keys to success. Be prepared to be awed and inspired!

Jakki is an award-winning Regents Professor of Marketing & Innovation, Poe Distinguished Faculty Fellow, and Fellow of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems at the University of Montana. Mohr received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the UM faculty, Mohr was an assistant professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Early in her career, she worked in Silicon Valley at Hewlett-Packard, now known as HP.

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Gretchen Minton, MSU

7 p.m., Mar. 11

"Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country’s Love Affair with the World’s Most Famous Writer."

In the second lecture of this two-part series, Dr. Gretchen Minton will trace Shakespeare's sojourns in a place that he never imagined: Montana. From the first moment that mountain men carried books to the Rocky Mountain West, Shakespeare was part of the story. Shakespeare's works made themselves at home with pioneers and miners, with suffragette women and educators, performers in opera houses, and parks. The story of Montana's love affair with the famous English writer reflects upon our diverse histories, showing how Shakespeare has given Montanans the language and the art to reflect upon their own sense of place. The topics covered in this presentation will focus especially on Montana's Shakespeare stories in and around Great Falls. 

Gretchen is a professor of English at Montana State University, where she has been teaching since 2006. Minton specializes in studying Shakespeare, the Early Modern Period, and the Anthropocene through the lens of drama. She is also active as a teacher in MSU's Middle East Partnership Initiative summer leadership program, leading discussions on human rights. She serves as a research resource for Montana Shakespeare in the Schools and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and works with actors, directors, and audience members at other Shakespearean companies, such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the American Players Theatre, and the Globe Theatre in London.

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The "Bringing the U to You" Lecture Series is a collaborative effort of the UM Alumni Association and the MSU Alumni Foundation.

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The U to You Committee is a group of University of Montana and Montana State University alumni committed to connecting the campuses to the Great Falls area through stimulating educational experiences.

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