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Sept. 17: Guest Lecture on National Civil Rights Hero

Lecture on Fred T. Korematsu is featured event in annual Constitution Day observance.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-3-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold its annual Constitution Day observance on Thursday, Sept. 17 with a schedule of events that includes a presentation by guest lecturer Karen Korematsu titled “Korematsu v. United States (1944): The Growing Legacy of Fred T. Korematsu, National Civil Rights Hero.”

All events are free and open to the public. Karen Korematsu’s lecture is scheduled for 12-1:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

Her lecture will focus on the Supreme Court case involving her father, the late Fred T. Korematsu, who was imprisoned during World War II by the United States. The court held that wartime internment of American citizens of Japanese descent was constitutional. The decision has never explicitly been overturned, and Fred Korematsu was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1998.

More on Constitution Day events at Minnesota State Mankato is available online at

Scheduled events (all in Ostrander Auditorium) include:

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Susan Burum (Department of Government at Minnesota State Mankato), and Georgia Holmes (Department of Accounting at Minnesota State Mankato), will be presenting on “Corporate Personhood and the Effects of Obergell v Hodges.”

Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Karen Korematsu will discuss “Korematsu v. United States (1944): The Growing Legacy of Fred T. Korematsu, National Civil Rights Hero.”

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Angela Jill Cooley (Department of History at Minnesota State Mankato) will discuss her recently published book, “To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South.”

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Patricia Nelson (Department of Government at Minnesota State Mankato) will discuss “The Law Enforcement Balancing Act: Protecting 1st and 5th Amendment Rights.”

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is traditionally observed on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.

To get more information about events held on the Minnesota State Mankato campus, visit the University Events Calendar.

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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