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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Travel Forum

Barnes & Noble in the River Hills Mall is hosting a benefit for Mankato Area Lifelong Learners on Friday, August 26. Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale made with a special Book Fair voucher to Mankato Area Lifelong Learners. A voucher is attached to this email. You can also support Lifelong Learners by shopping online at from August 26 through August 31. Include Bookfair ID 11852621 on the payment page during checkout.

We are pleased to announce a travel forum will be held that day. Three travel experts – Sheila Michels, Hometown Travel, Bonnie Thompson, Travel Center, and Dennis Sandersfeld, retired owner of All Seasons Tour and Travel – will present information and tips at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 26.

Please share this information and Bookfair ID 11852621 with family and friends. We look forward to seeing you at Barnes & Noble on Friday, August 26.

 [PDF] Download Book Fair Flyer Here (386 KiB)




Betsy Tacy-Maud Hart Lovelace and Her Illustrators

Thursday, September 8, 2-4 p.m.

A representative of the Betsy-Tacy Society will provide an introduction to Maud Hart Lovelace, her Betsy-Tacy series of books for children, and the two illustrators with whom she worked. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Betsy-Tacy homes, and refreshments will be served. Limit 20. Cost $7.

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Nobel Conference 52:  In Search of Economic Balance

September 27 & 28

The transition to a world economy has revealed a variety of tradeoffs that polarize economists and policy makers. Optimizing a business for efficiency often results in fewer and lower paying jobs. Regulating businesses for the public good may reduce their ability and incentive to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems.

Tickets are $75 for current members only. Ticket holders must sit in the designated reserved section.
Optional sandwich buffet lunch is available for $12.50 on both days. Optional closing banquet is $30.
Preregistration is required.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  Tickets purchased through Mankato Area Lifelong Learners were mailed Wednesday, August 24.  Please contact the office if you have not received your ticket.


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 Saturday, April 16, 1-3 pm - Ostrander Auditorium


Just returning from a trip to the Middle East, Tom will present his anyalysis of the latest foreign policy developments, trends and challenges facing the United States in the year ahead.

Tom Hanson is:

  • A 25-year veteran with Foreign Service
  • Worldwide speaker on Foreign Policy
  • Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Altlantic Council of the U.S.
  • Diplomat in Residence, Alworth Institute for Internatinal Affairs, UM, Duluth

Free parking in the Visitor's Lot across the street from Centennial Student Union on MSU Mankato campus - one block north of Stadium Road on Ellis Avenue

For more information, contact our office at (507) 389-2011.  Office hours are Monday - Friday 9 am to noon.



Mankato Area Lifelong Learners - Membership Dues

For information on special events or to be added to our mailing list send an e-mail message to: or call (507) 389-2011.

GUESTS accompanied by members are WELCOME at Special Events and do not need to pay the $25 annual membership fee (space permitting), with the exception of the The Nobel Conference which is only open to members.  Non-member (guest) fee may apply.

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling MALL at 507-389-2011 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact MALL at 507-389-2011 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least 30 days prior to the event.

Membership is valid for one year from date paid.

  • $25 single
  • $45 per couple
  • $130 bundle for a single plus 4 quarters of presentations
  • $250 bundle for a couple plus 4 quarters of presentations

Register Here

Refund Policy: There are no refunds unless an event is canceled by Mankato Area Lifelong Learners.