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Oct. 15-16: Richard Miller lectures

Rutgers professor to discuss changes in education.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-4-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Richard Miller (pictured), a professor of English at Rutgers University, will deliver a campus-wide lecture titled “Cultivating Curiosity in These Our Distracted, Polarized, Irate, Ill-Informed Times,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Room 201 of the Centennial Student Union.

Miller will give another presentation, “The Pleasurable Apocalypse: Teaching at the End of the World,” on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the CSU Heritage Room. He will lead a discussion following his presentation.

Both lectures are open to faculty, staff and students.

A lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants, and a copy of Miller’s book, “Writing at the End of the World,” will be provided for the first 15 registrants. Registration is required through STARS.

In his first presentation (Oct. 15), Miller will address how the shift from a paper-based world to a screen-based world requires a redefinition of both the form and the function of public education.

In his second presentation (Oct. 16), Miller will address the following questions:

  • What are we, as teachers, to make of the fact that many of our students believe that a zombie apocalypse is possible?
  • What does the desirable apocalypse suggest about the challenges we face as teachers in the 21st century?

The event is being sponsored collaboratively by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Arts and Humanities; Department of English; Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning; Honors Program; and Library. For more information, contact Heather Camp at 507-389-5512 or send an email to

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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