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April 2: Kessel Memorial Lecture

Visiting professor to discuss consequences of World War I for international peace.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-25-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Ralph Menning, an assistant professor of history at Kent State University Stark in North Canton, Ohio, is the featured speaker at the 2014-2015 Kessel Memorial Lecture, which will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in the Centennial Student Union Heritage Room at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Menning’s lecture, free and open to the public, is titled “The Great War 101: Outbreak of the Great War, Who Did What to Whom in July 1914, Why It Mattered Long After, and Why It Matters Still.”

This lecture will discuss flip sides of the same coin: how the fear of unleashing another world war has haunted decision-makers ever since 1914 and, conversely, on behalf of what agendas “1914” has been pressed into service.

After Menning’s talk, there will be an open floor for discussion. A short reception will follow. All perspectives and views are invited.

Menning teaches international history, Germany and Central Europe, and on the modern Middle East at Kent State University Stark. In his career, he has returned time and again to archives in Britain, Germany, France, and Austria to investigate the question of what went wrong in 1914. He is author of “The Art of the Possible: Documents on Great Power Diplomacy 1814-1914” (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996) and numerous articles on the international relations of the pre-World-War I decade.

The Kessel Memorial Lecture commemorates the life and work of the late Professor Abbas Kessel, who taught for 19 years in the Department of Political Science (now the Department of Government). Kessel had a strong commitment to peace, human rights, and a sound energy policy. The lectureship brings to campus scholars and activists who share these commitments.

For additional information, please contact Kevin Parsneau, associate professor in the Department of Government at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-5232 or by email at

The Department of Government is part of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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