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April 8: 35th Annual Frontier Forum Lecture

Associate professor Beth Wielde Heidelberg will discuss “Managing Ghosts: Local Government Involvement in Dark Tourism.”

2014-04-09
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-31-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Beth Wielde Heidelberg will discuss “Managing Ghosts: Local Government Involvement in Dark Tourism” in a lecture at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium.

The lecture, the 35th Annual Frontier Forum Lecture sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

In her lecture, Wielde Heidelberg will discuss how some cities cannot shake their “ghosts.” Examples of infamous tragedies include the lingering ghost of a family’s murder in Amityville, Mass.; the Borden murders in Fall River, Mass., and the Clutter homicides in Holcomb, Kan., that were made famous by writer Truman Capote.

Wielde Heidelberg will discuss how tragic events give cities a level of notoriety they did not anticipate or sometimes want. With that notoriety, Wielde Heidelberg will explain, comes public interest and dark tourism, adding ethical and logistic questions along with the discomfort of being known for tragedy.

Wielde Heidelberg’s talk discusses the role of local government in dark tourism and why cities may want to add their voice to the interpretation and stewardship of their ghosts.

Wielde Heidelberg is an associate professor in the Urban and Regional Studies Institute, which is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For more information, contact Denise Thompson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at (507) 389-5699 or denise.thompson@mnsu.edu.

Those with a disability who need reasonable accommodations to attend the lecture should contact the Office of Disability Services at least five days before the event at (507) 389-2825 (V/TTD), (800) 627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD).

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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