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An unconventional week at the U

The Republican National Convention in St. Paul puts the U in the spotlight

By Deane Morrison

August 29, 2008

With 15,000 members of the national media coming to town for the Republican National Convention September 1-4, the University of Minnesota will become both source and subject of stories.

Calling all reporters

The University News Service is handing out flash drives to connect you to the U's special RNC Web site, where you'll find background on the University of Minnesota, as well as faculty experts in politics and related fields, campus maps and events, bus routes to campus, story ideas, photo ops, contact information, and more. Join us in being "Driven to Discover" what the state's flagship university has to offer. Pick one up at the convention or call the News Service at (612) 624-5551.

Here's a brief overview of what's going on at the U.

Exploring the political landscape

A national convention is the ideal backdrop for a forum on the character and direction of American politics and what the next president can look forward to. Those issues will be explored in "America's Future: Conversations about Politics and Policy during the 2008 Republican National Convention." The conference will run all day Monday-Thursday, September 1-4, in the Cowles Auditorium of the Humphrey Center, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Monday's topics are faith and politics, global climate change, the effectiveness of foreign aid, and conservatism today. Look for updates on the University home page starting Wednesday. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To register or view the entire program, visit the conference Web site.

The media and the messages

CSPAN and CNN will visit the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis early in the week. Crews from CSPAN will carpet the cobblestones of Church Street from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. Monday, and CNN will do likewise on the Scholar's Walk of Northrop Mall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Their purpose is to promote participation in the political process and hear what's on voters' minds. Look for the CSPAN Campaign 2008 Bus or the CNN "Election Express Yourself" Airstream trailer.