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World Touch

Cultural Heritage Series

Co-sponsorship funding with World Touch Cultural Heritage series is a possibility, especially for student organizations. To submit a funding request, please complete this form at least 4 weeks in advance to allow for a committee-based decision, and, if funded, we can be included in marketing materials. This form goes to Gus Claymore, WTCH chairperson.

As part of the University of Minnesota Morris' World Touch Cultural Heritage Series, Chef Sean Sherman (founder/CEO of "The Sioux Chef") will be visiting the University of Minnesota Morris campus for two events that are free and open to the public.
On Monday, November 11, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Turtle Mountain Cafe (TMC), Student Center, the chef will hold an interactive discussion and cooking demonstration using indigenous foods.
On Tuesday, November 12, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center, Sherman will give a keynote address called The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems in North America with a book signing and reception to follow. Guest parking can be at the North Parking lot for free.
This year, WTCH's theme is "Renewing our Relations" and its focus is on the Native American cultures. Additional co-sponsorship is by the UMN Morris Native American Student Success (NASS) program with support from the U.S. Department of Education Title III Native American Serving NonTribal Institutions (NSANTI) program. The U.S. Department of Education recongnizes the University of Minnesota, Morris as a NSANTI - one of 24 colleges. Native students comprise over 24% of the student body.
For more information, contact:
Gus Claymore
(320) 589-6905
Past World Touch Cultural Heritage Week speakers have included:
  • Educator and activist Todd Yeary 
  • Author Sherman Alexie
  • Diversity consultant, Hmong storyteller, comedian, and rap artist Tou Ger Xiong 
  • American Indian activist John Trudell
  • Award winning author and poet Chitra Divakaruni
  • Author Christina Garcia
  • Social critic and political speaker Timothy Wise
  • Comedian Elliot Chang
  • Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills
  • Richard Montañez, inventor of the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto.

In 2018-19 the World Touch week of events became a series held throughout the year. The World Touch Series sponsors dance and theatre performances, the annual EDI Seniors Recognition Banquet, Circle of Nations Indian Association Powwow (established in 1984), and 5K Peace Run.

For information about World Touch events, see the campus events calendar or contact EDI at 320-589-6095.

*WTCH Logo created by Kriss Baye '19