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March 29: 'Disaster Capitalism: What it Means For You'

Paul Prew, associate professor of sociology, to give Kessel Peace Institute presentation and lead discussion.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-21-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Paul Prew, an associate professor in the University’s Department of Sociology, will explain the concept of disaster capitalism, which is the use of natural disasters or other crises to privatize economies and enhance corporate power, in a Kessel Peace Institute discussion on Tuesday, March 29 from 7:30-9 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Room 201.

The event is free and open to the public, and there will be time for questions and discussion. All opinions are warmly invited.

Prew’s presentation will address questions such as:

  • Would you like to pay $300 per month for water, or not get any clean water to drink?
  • Would you like to have no public schools for children? No unions?

Prew will describe how the phenomenon of disaster capitalism occurred in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in numerous other places around the world.

Prew earned his doctorate degree in sociology in 2005 from the University of Oregon. His dissertation was titled “Position in the World-Economy and Environmental Impact: A Renewed Dedication to the Interplay of Theory and Method.”

Prew also has a master’s degree in sociology from Minnesota State Mankato and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

For more information about the event, contact Jackie Vieceli, director of the Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change, by phone at 507-389-6938 or by email at

The presentation is sponsored by the Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change,, which 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.

The Department of Sociology is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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