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April 16: 'What's Best for Baby?'

36th Annual Frontier Forum Lecture to be delivered by faculty member Laura Harrison.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-10-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Laura Harrison will discuss “What’s Best for Baby? Bed-Sharing, Co-Sleeping, and the Politics of Inequality” in a lecture at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 16 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium.

The lecture, the 36th Annual Frontier Forum Lecture sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

In her lecture, Harrison will discuss how one of the first decisions made by new parents is where their infant will sleep — in a new nursery or in the parents’ bedroom? In a crib or in the family bed? She will describe how many parents share a bed with their infant for a variety of reasons.

Harrison will describe how the city of Milwaukee, Wis., launched a campaign that aims to eliminate bed-sharing in order to reduce infant mortality. Her talk analyzes the race, class and gendered dimensions of the campaign, and argues that it holds individual families responsible for the problem of infant death.

Harrison is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, which is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For more information, contact Denise Thompson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at (507) 389-5699 or

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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