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March 31: 'Political Activism in East African Communities'

Panel discussion set for noon in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-26-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of History will hold a panel discussion on the topic of “Political Activism in East African Communities” at noon on Monday, March 31 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The discussion is free and open to the public and is the second event in the Department of History’s spring lecture series.

Panelists include Mustafa Jumale, an aide to U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison; Nasser Mussa, director of the Cedar Riverside Adult Education Center in Minneapolis; and Hashi Shafi, the executive director of Somali Action Alliance (located in Minneapolis), which according to its website, seeks to educate Somalis in the United States on civic engagement, civil rights, responsibilities and full participation of democracy.

The discussion moderator will be Andy Wilhide, a doctoral candidate in the University of Minnesota’s Department of History.

For more information, please contact Cretia Welborn, office manager in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History, by phone at 507-389-1618 or by email at

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

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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