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March ‘Women of Action Month’ Events at Minnesota State Mankato Begin March 14

Documentary film "He Named Me Malala" to be shown March 14.

2017-03-30
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-2-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Kessel Peace Institute and Women’s Center are sponsoring three “Women of Action Month” events in March in an effort to educate about women who take action to make the world a better place.

The first event is a documentary film, “He Named Me Malala,” that will be shown from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. This documentary film is about Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by the Taliban for speaking her rights as a woman on education. The film screening is free and open to the public.

The next event is also a documentary film, “American Revolutionary,” that will be shown from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 20 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. This documentary film is about Grace Lee Boggs, whose activism has been central to labor, civil rights, black power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements. The film screening is free and open to the public.

Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff are then invited to attend a “Women of Action Community Conversation” about all the women of action month events. The community conversation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in the Women’s Center (located on the second level of Centennial Student Union in Room 218). Local activists will facilitate the conversation, which will include a discussion of the upcoming April 3 Carol Ortman Perkins lecture by Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

For more information on any of the events, please contact Carol Glasser, an associate professor of sociology at Minnesota State Mankato and the coordinator of the Social Justice Lecture Series, by email at carol.glasser@mnsu.edu or by phone at 507-389-1345.

The Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change is dedicated to advancing the understanding and the existence of peace at all levels, from the individual to the global community. It is named after the late Abbas Kessel, a lifelong peace activist who received a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1956 and was a Minnesota State Mankato political science professor for 19 years. Kessel died in 1987 of leukemia.

Activities of the Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change are coordinated by an advisory council that works through the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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