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April 4: 'The Role of the Media in a Democratic Society'

Panel discussion is third in a spring colloquium series.

2017-04-05
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-30-2017

Mankato, Minn. – The third of five panel discussions in a Minnesota State University, Mankato spring colloquium series on “American Politics & Our Democratic Principles” will be held Tuesday, April 4 and address “The Role of the Media in a Democratic Society.”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Tuesday on campus in Morris Hall, Room 102.

The event format includes a moderated panel discussion with an introduction, followed by three speakers for five-eight minutes each, questions and open discussion for 20-30 minutes and closing remarks. All views are welcome. Deliberative discussions and light refreshments will follow each event. The series will be live-streamed.

Tuesday’s moderator will be Matt Cecil, dean of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Arts and Humanities. Panelists will include Joe Spear, editor of the Mankato Free Press, and three Minnesota State Mankato faculty members. They will include Dan Cronn-Mills, professor, Department of Communication Studies; Amy Lauters, associate professor and chair, Department of Mass Media; and Rachael Hanel, assistant professor, Department of Mass Media.

Spear will provide an insider’s view of the media. Lauters and Hanel will bring the perspectives of former members of the media who now study and view it from the outside. Cronn-Mills will provide a broad, outsider’s view of media, politics, democracy and culture.

The complete schedule for Minnesota State Mankato’s spring 2017 colloquium series, “American Politics & Our Democratic Principles,” is as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 21, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, “Separation of Church & State: Constitutional Principles, Contemporary Issues”
  • Tuesday, March 28, 1-2:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, “Current Geopolitical Conflict Zones: Critical Issues for America”
  • Tuesday, April 4, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Morris Hall 102, “The Role of the Media in a Democratic Society”
  • Monday, April 10, 1-2:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, “Sanctuary Campus, Safe Spaces: What Can Our University Do?”
  • Wednesday, April 19, 1-2:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, “What Should I Say & How Should I Say It? Communication Strategies for Challenging Conversations”

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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