Tuesday, June 26, 2007

University of Minnesota (2006)

Upon learning that I operated a website devoted to photographically documenting America's college campuses, my Texas Tech faculty colleague Kazuko Behrens sent me a couple of shots she took in 2006 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Campus entrances and other displays identifying the school are often very attractive, and this one at Minnesota is no exception.

The other picture is of the Institute of Child Development, which relates to Kazuko's research.

The University's presence in the Twin Cities is enormous. Just for the Minneapolis component (near downtown), there are East Bank and West Bank campuses on either side of the Mississippi River (here's a map of the division of the campus). Also, some academic units are in St. Paul.

My one trip to the Twin Cities was in 2001, for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) conference. This was before I developed my hobby of photographing campuses, so I'm grateful to Kazuko for providing these.

My main impression was that, even though Minneapolis is a big city, the area around the campus (East Bank) had a nice college-town feel to it. One of the surrounding communities has the cute name of Dinkytown.