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September 11, 2015

Explore Morocco and Minnesota Connections Sept. 15-17 at U of M


Media contacts: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension, ced@umn.edu, (612) 625-0237 (week of Sept. 7); Allison Sandve, U of M Extension, ajsandve@umn.edu, (612) 626-4077 (week of Sept. 14)

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (9/10/2015) — Morocco and Minnesota Connections is three days of events and activities to highlight the historic relationship between the University of Minnesota and Morocco and build more connections.

Conference activities are intended for community and business leaders, educators, students, and others interested in learning about the special relationship between Morocco and the state of Minnesota. During the conference, the Moroccan visitors will visit with University leaders, Minnesota companies, Lt. Governor Smith and economic development officials.

Public events include

Sept. 15
10:30 a.m.: Current Issues in Morocco, Presentations by Moroccan visitors
Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium, U of M Twin Cities East Bank campus
Watch live stream

U of M Bookstore sale of Moroccan literature
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. U of M Bookstore in Coffman Union, East Bank campus
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. U of M Bookstore in St. Paul Student Center

Sept. 16
Noon: Luncheon presentation by Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal
Windows on Minnesota, 50th Floor IDS Center, Minneapolis
Registration required

1:30 p.m.: Presentations from U of M faculty and Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture
U of M St. Paul Student Center
RSVP at www.cfans.umn.edu/grand-chall-morocco

4 p.m.: Alumni awards presentation and reception: Honoring Mohammed Sadiki, class of 1990
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, U of M St. Paul Student Center
RSVP at www.cfans.umn.edu/grand-chall-morocco

6:30 p.m.: Reception hosted by University Arab Language and Culture Club
U of M Molecular and Cellular Biology building, room 3-120, 420 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis

7:15 p.m.: Le Grand Voyage, A Moroccan film
U of M Molecular and Cellular Biology building, room 3-120, 420 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis

Sept. 17
6-8 p.m.: Opening reception: Bridges to Morocco, photo exhibit of Lhouceine Aamar, U of M Humphrey Fellow
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, U of M St. Paul Student Center

For detailed schedule and more information, visit www.extension.umn.edu/about/global-initiatives.

Background

]The collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Morocco began in the 1960s. Over the next two decades, exchanges of students, educators and researchers took place predominantly in the areas of agriculture and veterinary medicine. Although sustainable agriculture is still a key area of the partnership, areas such as leadership, community development and tourism, Arabic language learning, and business continue are growing fields of cooperation.

University of Minnesota Extension recently implemented grant-funded leadership programming with Morocco’s National School of Agriculture in Meknes, pairing Minnesota farmers and agriculture leaders with Moroccan farmers in a Farmer-to-Farmer program. University of Minnesota Extension leads Cooperative Extension nationally on globalization, international development challenges and intercultural skill-building.

Event Partners

  • University of Minnesota: 
  • University of Minnesota Extension 
  • Global Programs and Strategy Alliance 
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 
  • College of Veterinary Medicine 
  • College of Liberal Arts 
  • Carlson School of Management 
  • U of M Morris 
  • U of M Duluth 
  • Student Unions & Activities 
Other U.S. partners:
  • Minnesota International Center 
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
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