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April 10: Topic of Panel Discussion is 'Sanctuary Campus, Safe Spaces'

Event is fourth of five panel discussions in a spring colloquium series.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-6-2017

Mankato, Minn. – The fourth of five panel discussions in a Minnesota State University, Mankato spring colloquium series on “American Politics & Our Democratic Principles” will be held Monday, April 10 and address “Sanctuary Campus, Safe Spaces: What Can Our University Do?”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 1-2:15 p.m. Monday on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. A reception will follow in the University’s Multicultural Center, located in 269 Centennial Student Union.

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.

Monday’s moderator will be Gwen Westerman, professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of English, which is part of the University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

Monday’s panelists include Ian Bratlie, an ACLU Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project staff attorney, whose work focuses on protecting rural immigrants’ constitutional rights; state Rep. Carlos Mariani (District 65B) of St. Paul, Minn., who is also executive director of the Minnesota Education Policy Partnership; and Mariano Espinoza, a Latino community access and outreach specialist for the city of Minneapolis.

During Monday’s discussion, the panelists will share their views on defining “sanctuary campuses” and “safe spaces” and their views on how those terms affect the Minnesota State Mankato community.

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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