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April 18: 'Combatting the Evil of Torture'

Sister Alice Zachmann of School Sisters of Notre Dame will give presentation.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 4-12-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Sister Alice Zachmann of the School Sisters of Notre Dame will lead a discussion titled “Combatting the Evil of Torture” from 7-9 p.m. Monday, April 18 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Room 201.

The event, sponsored by the Kessel Peace Institute at Minnesota State Mankato, is free and open to the public.

According to a Kessel Peace Institute preview of the presentation, Zachmann will describe how the question of torture has surfaced again in public discourse and in the presidential race. She will discuss the nature of torture, the reasons governments employ it, the effects on victims and survivors and the inspiring stories of people who have recovered their lives after the nightmare of torture. She will also share her insights on how torture may be eradicated.

Zachmann has worked for more than 30 years to combat the use of torture and to support the empowerment of torture survivors.

More information on the Kessel Peace Institute is available online. The institute is named for 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. More information on Kessel is available online.

For additional information, please contact Jacqueline Vieceli, director of the Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change and professor in the Department of Government at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-6938 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 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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