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May 05, 2019

Brandeis Faculty in the Field Prof Don Katz

Brandeis Faculty in the Field Prof Don Katz

May 05, 2019
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Amore Coffee, 879 Smith Ave S, West St Paul
Free

People are comfortable in the belief that their sensory systems tell them what is out there in the world. An apple looks like an apple and tastes like an apple, and so we know that it’s an apple. In reality, however, this belief (while comforting) is misguided: The information that we get from our eyes and tongue is in fact highly ambiguous; far from reporting “what’s out there,” the job of our sensory brain is to GUESS what’s out there, a job that it performs by putting together as many different sources of ambiguous information as it can.  Professor Don Katz will show this process in action, demonstrating how easy it is to change what something tastes like and even looks like. These demonstrations are not merely parlor tricks — they reveal that illusions, which we like to think represent our sensory systems malfunctioning, are in fact the very basis of perception!

Admission is free.  Light refreshments will be served.  

Open to all TCAN clubs

May 18, 2019

La Traviata: To Live and Die for Love

Join us for a performance of this classic opera! Generously discounted tickets available through May 3. Preceded by dinner at...

La Traviata: To Live and Die for Love

May 18, 2019
7:30pm - 10:30pm
Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul
Seats available at $40, $50, $60

Join us for a performance of this classic opera! Generously discounted tickets available through May 3. Preceded by dinner at Sakura.

Verdi’s sumptuous melodies and timeless depiction of tragic love have made La Traviata an undeniable favorite for generations. Violetta, a glamorous courtesan, gives up everything for her devoted lover Alfredo—only to have their idyllic affair shattered by the stern demands of Alfredo’s father. From the frenzy of Violetta’s pleasure-filled life to her heart-wrenching decision to leave her beloved, Verdi’s treasured opera is a captivating tribute to what it means to live and die for love.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. This event is co-sponsored by the Yale and Harvard clubs.


Purchase your own tickets to the opera. The Minnesota Opera has reserved seats for us at the May 18, 7:30 PM performance at generous discounts:

  • $60 in Section B (normally $130)
  • $50 in Section C (normally $100)
  • $40 in Section D (normally $75)

Refer to the seating chart for details.

Call the Minnesota Opera ticket office at 612-333-6669 by May 3 and mention the Yale-Harvard event. The office is open Mon-Fri 10AM-5PM.

Join us for dinner beforehand at Sakura Restaurant, 350 St. Peter Street (at 4th Street) St. Paul, at 5:15 PM. We will order off of the menu, separate checks. There will be a short presentation from a member of the Opera. Then we'll walk over to the Ordway for this wonderful performance of one of opera's great classics.

RSVP for the dinner by May 16 via email to james_p_richardson@msn.com. Include the attendee's names.
Alternatively, you may wish to attend Opera Insights at 6:30 PM in Ordway Music Theater’s Marzitelli Foyer. Enjoy a free, fun and informative half-hour session which includes an overview of the characters and music, historical and cultural context for the opera and highlights to watch for during the show.

Our Mission

Twin Cities Alumni Network (TCAN) is a collaborative network of bona fide local alumni organizations affiliated with select small and midsize colleges and universities located outside the Midwest. Its mission is to facilitate social interaction and professional networking among members through the coordination, communication and sponsorship of special events.

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Become a TCAN Member

Interested alumni organizations must meet each of the requirements listed below to qualify for membership in TCAN. All new applications are reviewed by the TCAN membership board. To learn more about our association or to request affiliation, please contact us.

New to the area? We invite interested alumni to contact their local affiliated clubs for membership and to receive upcoming TCAN event notifications. You're also invited to join our TCAN LinkedIn Group.

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Nationally Ranked

We believe that the overall ranking number is a sufficient surrogate for a measure of quality. Therefore the college or university must have been nationally ranked as a top‐50 college or university, according to U.S. News and World Report, within each of the last three years.

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Located Outside of Minnesota

TCAN was founded as a support group for university alumni organizations from colleges located primarily outside the Midwest. A geographical eligibility criterion ensures that alumni groups with a significant membership base will not dominate TCAN events.

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Undergrad Population of Less than 10,000

We believe that the size of a college's undergraduate program offers a surrogate measure of not only the quality of the school, but also the type of cultural experience that embodies a program of liberal arts education and instills a love of learning.

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Alumni Org. must be a Bona Fide Club

We feel it is important that all member clubs are sanctioned, well‐established, and able to contribute to the Network upon admission. Therefore all organizations seeking membership must typically have at least 10 members and 2 years of operating history.

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