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Information for Housing Forum Presenters

Thank you for agreeing to speak at the upcoming CURA Housing Forum. This page contains useful information for forum presenters. If you have additional questions that are not addressed here, please contact Sara Bielawski, CURA Housing Forum coodinator, at 612-625-9040 or curahf@umn.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is the CURA Housing Forum?
  2. Who attends the CURA Housing Forum?
  3. How is the CURA Housing Forum organized?
  4. What sort of presentation equipment is available to speakers?
  5. What should I do if I want to use a computer for my presentation?
  6. Should I bring handouts for my presentation?
  7. Does CURA archive information about past Housing Forums?
  8. Where do CURA Housing Forums take place?
  9. How do I get to the Carlson Building?
  10. Where can I park?

 


What is the CURA Housing Forum?

The CURA Housing Forum is a monthly discussion of housing research and issues in the Twin Cities sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). The forum is free and open to the public. In addition to the Housing Forum, CURA supports more than a dozen programs that provide research support and technical assistance to community organizations and government agencies throughout Minnesota. More information about CURA is available at www.cura.umn.edu.

Who attends the CURA Housing Forum?

About 1,100 people in the Twin Cities metro area receive invitations to each Housing Forum event. The mailing list includes nonprofit organizations; city, county, and state officials; housing researchers and activists; college and university faculty; faith-based organizations; builders and builders’ associations; and interested citizens. Please be aware that information about each CURA Housing Forum is also sent to local news media, and members of the media may be present at the Housing Forum.

How is the CURA Housing Forum organized?

The general format for the CURA Housing Forum is a 40- to 50-minute presentation (this includes all speakers) followed by a 30- to 45-minute question-and-answer session. Typically a CURA representative introduces the speakers before their presentations.

NOTE: If you plan to use any of the presentation equipment below, please arrive early so you have time to test and familiarize yourself with the equipment before forum guests arrive.

What sort of presentation equipment is available to speakers?

  • Presenters have access to the following equipment for use during presentations:
  • A standard overhead projector for projecting transparencies
  • A computer (can be connected to an LCD projector)
  • A VCR (can be connected to an LCD projector)
  • A document camera, which will project a document onto the wall (can
    be connected to an LCD projector)

What should I do if I want to use a computer for my presentation?

Please load your presentation materials onto a PC-compatible CD-ROM or Zip disk for use on one of the computers available onsite—presentations loaded on personal aptops do not work well. Computers at the Carlson School of Management use the Windows 2000 operating system and include the following software:

  • Office 2000 (includes PowerPoint)
  • Internet Explorer
  • Minitab
  • Real Player
  • Windows Media Player

Should I bring handouts for my presentation?

Housing Forum attendees appreciate handouts if you are able to bring them. Attendance varies, but 40 is usually the minimum number, and it is not uncommon for 70 people to attend the forums. More controversial topics often draw more than 100 attendees.

Does CURA archive information about past Housing Forums?

Yes. CURA provides a brief summary of past Housing Forums on its Web site, along with links to handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and related Web sites provided by speakers. If there are any electronic documents or Web sites related to your presentation that can be posted on CURA’s Web site after the Housing Forum has taken place, please contact Sara Bielawski, the Housing Forum coordinator, 612-625-9040 or curahf@umn.edu.

Where do CURA Housing Forums take place?

Most Housing Forums are held at the Carlson School of Management on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus, 321—19th Avenue South, Minneapolis. The building, elevators, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Cafeteria and vending machines are located on the ground level of Carlson. The Housing Forum facilitator will provide a bottle of water for each speaker.

How do I get to the Carlson Building?

Going east on I-394: Follow I-94 east to I-35W north to the U of M West Bank exit, 17C. Take a right onto Washington Avenue and curve right onto Cedar. Turn left on 3rd Street S.

Going east on I-94: Follow I-94 east to I-35W north to the U of M West Bank exit, 17C. Take a right onto Washington Avenue and curve right onto Cedar. Turn left on 3rd Street S.

Going west on I-94: Take the Riverside Avenue exit and turn right at the stoplight. Take a right onto 19th Avenue S.

Going north on I-35W: Follow I-35W north to the U of M West Bank exit, 17C. Take a right onto Washington Avenue and curve right onto Cedar. Turn left on 3rd Street S.

Going south on I-35W: Follow I-35W south to the U of M West Bank exit, 17C. Take a left onto Washington and curve right onto Cedar. Turn left on 3rd Street S.

Going west on Highway 36: Take I-35W south to the U of M West Bank exit, 17C. Take a left onto Washington Avenue and curve right onto Cedar. Turn left on 3rd Street S.

Where can I park?

There is metered street parking near the Carlson Building. The nearest parking ramp is located directly across 19th Avenue from the Carlson Building at the corner of 3rd Street and 19th Avenue South. Entrances to the parking ramp are located on Riverside Boulevard and on 3rd Street. Get directions or view a map. Unfortunately, we cannot pay for parking for presenters.