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March 22: Jeffrey Horner History Lecture

Wayne State University professor will discuss “The Detroit Rebellion of 1967: Causes, Events and Outcomes.”

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-16-2018

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of History will hold the second of three lectures in a spring 2018 series Thursday, March 22 at 5 p.m. when Jeffrey Horner, professor and director of urban studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., discusses “The Detroit Rebellion of 1967: Causes, Events and Outcomes” on campus in Armstrong Hall, Room 101.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

According to a preview of Horner’s lecture, the 1967 Detroit rebellion (recently depicted in the 2017 Hollywood film Detroit) prompted U.S. President Lyndon Johnson to create the Kerner Commission, which subsequently concluded that the United States was becoming “Two Societies, Separate and Unequal.” Horner has taught and written extensively on various aspects of the Detroit Rebellion. He recently edited a comprehensive anthology titled “The Straight Detroit: America's Premier Legacy City” that was published in 2016.

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of History’s spring 2018 lecture series is titled “Urban America: Emerald City or Arkham Asylum, Projecting the Urban Past into the Future.”

The three events in the series examine how Americans have long viewed urban life with a mixture of admiration and revulsion. The series explores how important episodes in recent history have led to policy changes, debate and fictional depictions of the American city and how the urban present might provide signs for the future ahead.

Those who want more information about the history lecture series may contact the Department of History by phone at 507-389-1618 or send an email to

The final event in the series is Wednesday, April 11 from 5-8 p.m., when the public is invited to attend a free showing of the 1982 science fiction classic film, “Blade Runner.” After the movie, a panel of Minnesota State Mankato professors will discuss the context and inspiration for the movie, which occurs in a dark and imposing future version of Los Angeles. The long-awaited sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” appeared in cinemas within the past year.

The first lecture in the spring 2018 history series was Feb. 26. Brian Tochterman, a professor at Northland College in Ashland, Wis., gave a presentation titled “Fear City on Film: Fight or Flight in Seventies New York.”

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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