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Race, immigration to be discussed April 28

Ethnic Studies Conference

Nou Yang will headline a day of multicultural discussions at an Ethnic Studies Conference Thursday, April 28.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-18-11]

Nou Yang will headline a day of multicultural discussions at Minnesota State Mankato’s Ethnic Studies Conference Thursday, April 28.

Yang will talk about “Hmong Women as Double Agents: a Discussion of Hmong Feminism” as the luncheon keynote speaker. The free noon luncheon and Yang’s 12:30 p.m. talk will be in Centennial Student Union Room 284.

Other conference presentations – also free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public – will be in Ostrander Auditorium:

  • Francisco Gonzales, attorney for the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, will discuss “Immigration and the Dream Act” at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tamrat Tademe, professor of multicultural education at St. Cloud State University, will talk about “Race and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century: Who Benefits?” at 11 a.m.
  • Jackie Vieceli, political science faculty member at Minnesota State Mankato, will talk about “We All Could Win” at 2 p.m.
  • Sebastian “Bronco” LeBeau of the Bureau of Indian Affairs will discuss “Native American Voices in Cultural Resource Management” at 3:30 p.m.

Yang is the leadership consultant for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

Tademe, an internationally known speaker on racism, xenophobia, imperialism and pan-Africanism, has been recognized multiple times as “professor of the year” at St. Cloud State.

Vieceli teaches African politics, politics of developing nations, public policy-making in the world, and related courses.

LeBeau is a Lakota who is an expert on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

Those who want more information about the conference may contact the Department of Ethnic Studies at (507) 389-2798.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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