2020 MLA Conference: Keynote and Featured Speakers
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Keynote Speaker


Jana Shortal

Thursday, October 1, 11:00am

Seventeen. That’s how many years Jana has worked as a journalist for KARE 11 news here in Minneapolis – it is also the same amount of time she has spent wondering if she could ever really be that much needed addition to the now defunct Destiny’s Child. But she’s for sure gonna name her first child, Destiny, just to get remotely close to that brand. 

Other tidbits. She is from a town you’ve never heard of but it’s a 40 minute drive from St. Louis. She once sold her ten year anniversary gift from KARE 11 to an ex so she could buy a pair of Air Jordan’s.

Jana graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia a very long time ago and had it not been for a persistent journalism professor would have spent her adult life driving the Wienermobile.

Jana has won six regional Emmy awards.

You can see Jana weeknights on Breaking The News, KARE 11, at 6:30 pm.



Featured Speakers


Linda LeGarde Grover

Sweetgrass & Storytellers: Creative Narratives of Ojibwe Women's Lives

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2:00pm 


Chris Monroe

Picture Books, Cartoon Monkeys, and Creating in a Pandemic

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3:00pm 


Julie Zaruba Fountaine

Resilience 101

Thursday, Oct. 1, 9:00am  


Margi Preus

A Series of Fortunate and Unfortunate Events: Writing, Life, and Programming During a Pandemic

Thursday, Oct. 1, 10:00am


Pat Reymann

The Life and Times of a Parliamentarian

Friday, Oct. 2, 9:00am