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Faculty Member Starts Social Justice Lecture Series

This spring's series addresses violence against women.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-21-2016

MANKATO — A lecture series at Minnesota State University, Mankato is addressing violence against women this spring.

When she came to the university as an associate professor of sociology in fall 2014, Carol Glasser felt called to start the Social Justice Lecture Series.

The initiative sponsors presentations about a range of social justice topics that are free and open to everyone on campus and to the greater public.

“Our goal is to have a bridge between what we do in the classroom and what is happening in our community,” Glasser said.

The series aims to bring in scholars and advocates who are well-respected in their fields but not broadly known, the Minnesota State Mankato assistant professor said.

“We find people who are doing good work in academia and the nonprofit sector and are taking it one step further to promote social justice,” Glasser said. After occasional lectures last year and this fall, growing financial and volunteer support allowed Glasser to program a series of lectures revolving around efforts to end violence against women.

The second of three discourses about the topic is planned Monday. From 6:30-8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, a visiting assistant professor will speak about how men have joined in the fight against female violence. Kris Macomber from Meredith College will talk about the benefits and challenges of male involvement.

Before the lecture, Macomber also will lead a workshop about improving equality on college campuses. The 12:30 p.m. session is also open to the public, but seating is limited to 30 and an RSVP is required.

Next month, the lecture series will host Sarah Deer, law professor and co-director of the Indian Law Program at William Mitchell College. At 5:30 p.m. April 20 in the Ostrander Auditorium, she will speak about sexual violence against Native American women.

The first event of the series was a Feb. 9 screening of a documentary about violence against women of color who are transgendered and have other alternative sexual identities. Two activists came to campus to lead discussion on the topic before and following the film.

Sponsors of the current series include the Minnesota State Mankato’s Women’s Center, Sociology and Corrections Department and President’s Commission on the Status of Women, as well as the Committee Against Domestic Abuse, based in Mankato.

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