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Feb. 9: Documentary Film, 'Treasure'

Film addresses violence against trans* women of color. Question and answer to follow film.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-8-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Three events intended as an effort to end violence against women are scheduled for February, March and April at Minnesota State University, Mankato. All the events are free and open to the public.

The first event is a documentary film, “Treasure,” that addresses violence against trans* women of color. “Treasure” will be shown from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Ostrander Auditorium, located in the University’s Centennial Student Union. (Note: Trans* is a word intended to encompass a variety of diverse identities.)

Following the film, there will be a conversation and question and answer session with activists Andrea Jenkins and Emani Love.

According to the website,,“Treasure” is a feature documentary about 19-year old black trans woman Shelly “Treasure” Hilliard, whose murder involved police coercion, Jim Crow drug laws, the criminalization of sec work and transphobia. It is about a young Detroit trans community activated by her death, and her family, who sued a suburban police department for justice.

In March, guest speaker Kris Macomber, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., will present a lecture, “Male Allies in Anti-Violence Activism, Lessons Learned and Next Steps.” Macomber’s presentation is scheduled for Monday, March 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

In April, guest speaker Sarah Deer, a professor of law and co-director of the Indian Law Program at William Mitchell College, will present a lecture, “The Beginning and End of Rape: Sexual Violence in Indian Country.” Deer’s presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the University’s Ostrander Auditorium.

University groups co-sponsoring the three monthly events include the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Social Justice Lecture Series and the Women’s Center. Numerous community organizations are also co-sponsoring the events.

For more information on any of the events, please contact Carol Glasser, an associate professor of sociology at Minnesota State Mankato and the coordinator of the Social Justice Lecture Series. Glasser can be reached by email at or by phone (cell: 949-278-5583; office: 507-389-1345).

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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