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April 10: Presentation, Discussion on Refugee Experience

Day and evening events are both in Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-4-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host two free, public events about the refugee experience Monday, April 10.

In the first event, the University’s Institutional Diversity division and Student Activities department have collaborated to bring a multimedia exhibition of “When Home Won’t Let You Stay” by James A. Bowey to the Centennial Student Union Ballroom from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The basis for the multimedia presentation is the rising number of globally displaced people as a result of ongoing world conflict, poverty and climate change and how these challenges lead to consideration of the basic human rights for all and one’s global responsibilities to others.

Bowey is a documentary photographer who explores issues of human rights and social connection. The multimedia installation re-packages Bowey’s contemporary photographic work, “When Home Won’t Let You Stay,” in a 15-minute image, word and music experience on 17 giant screens surrounding the CSU Ballroom. More information on the daytime multimedia event is available on Facebook.

The second April 10 event, “Refugees: Join the Discussion,” is an activity-based discussion on refugees that will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. The public and campus community are invited to attend and share opinions around common perceptions, hear stories of the refugee experience and more.

Bowey will speak and facilitate the program, and YWCA Program Manager Ayan Musse will speak and lead an activity. More information on the evening discussion event is available on Facebook.

Student Activities and the Minnesota State Student Association collaborated to sponsor the evening event, and the Office of the President and Office of the Provost provided funding support.

For more information on either event, contact Ashley Strom, assistant director of student activities at Minnesota State Mankato, by email at or by phone at 507-389-6076.

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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