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Sept. 18: Panel Discussion on 'Controlling Borders and Policing Race'

Event is in Halling Recital Hall.

2018-09-19
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 9-4-2018

MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato's Department of Sociology and Corrections, the Kessel Peace Institute and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series offers the opportunity for University faculty, students and community members to attend a Tuesday, Sept. 18 panel discussion titled "Controlling Borders and Policing Race: The Lived Experiences of Xenophobia and Racism in the United States."

The discussion takes place Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 4-5 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall, Room 250, Earley Center for Performing Arts. Free parking will be available in Lot 16 Gold. The event is free and open to the public.

Musical artist, activist and humanitarian Aar Maanta and other local panelists will discuss the lived experiences of those who are impacted by racism and xenophobia in the United States. The discussion will cover a range of issues from profiling to visa denials to microagressions and more. Panelists will discuss the impact on individuals and the community.

As an artist with a mission, Aar Maanta has prioritized education and mentorship of young people through workshops and music-focused educational programs throughout his career. As a singer and songwriter, Aar Maanta has embraced an eclectic mix of styles including influences from rock and reggae blended with traditional Arabic and Somali music. As a humanitarian, Aar Maanta’s efforts in North Africa refugee camps led him to become a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees.

The event is supported by the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity grant program with funding from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The program serves as a unique medium for the funders to support mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America.

For more information on this event, contact the Performance Series Office at 507-389-5549 or email dale.haefner@mnsu.edu.

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