Special Events

A Free Community Event

Tom Hanson "State of the World" Address

Saturday, June 25 at 2pm

Ostrander Auditorium, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Free parking in the visitor’s lot off Ellis Avenue across from the venue

Tom Hanson

Tom HansonTom Hanson is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer who currently serves as the Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He formerly worked with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as a Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States.

  • Tom frequently speaks at international events including the annual "State of the World" event at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.
  • Tom will focus on the State of the World and U.S. Foreign Relations.
  • Question & Answer to follow presentation.

This FREE COMMUNITY EVENT is open to the public
With support from members Harley & Janet Goff and Richard & Tricia Nienow

Question-and-Answer will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact our office at 507-389-2011 or lifelonglearners@mnsu.edu. Office hours are Monday - Friday 9am to noon.

This event is sponsored by Lifelong Learners members Harley and Janet Goff and Dick and Tricia Nienow.

Download Tom Hanson Flyer

"Minnesota’s Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days”

Friday, September 16, 1:00-2:30pm

North Mankato Fire Station, 1825 Howard Drive West

Five prohibition gangsters posing with guns and cars for the lively presentation on Minnesota’s Prohibition eraMankato history teacher and historical reanactor Arn Kind will be doing a costumed presentation for us on Minnesota’s Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days. When Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, supporters believed it would create a better, stronger nation. Instead, it began an era of lawlessness. Meet the drys, wets, gangsters, flappers, lawmen and suffragists of America’s most colorful, complex constitutional hiccup in this lively presentation on Minnesota’s Prohibition era. Arn Kind has been an educator for 45 years, both in the classroom, teaching grades 4 through 12 and through his presentations to young people and adults of all ages. Arn's unique performances are popular in a multitude of venues: from library and classroom seminars at elementary, middle and high schools to immersive lectures at the university level, as well as summer camps, historical reenactments and festivals. His goal is to get people excited about their past by making history come alive. This is one presentation you will not want to miss!

Register for Special Events

For information on special events or to be added to our mailing list, contact our office at 507-389-2011 or lifelonglearners@mnsu.edu.

Note: Guests accompanied by members are welcome at Special Events and do not need to pay the $35 annual membership fee (space permitting), with the exception of the The Nobel Conference which is only open to members. Non-member guest fee may apply.

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling 507-389-2011 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact LIfelong Learners at 507-389-2011 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least 30 days prior to the event.


Weather Cancellation Policy

If Mankato schools are closed, Lifelong Learners activities are cancelled.