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April 19: Mass Media Day Presentation on Camilla Hall, Symbionese Liberation Army

Faculty member Rachael Hanel to give 7 p.m. presentation in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-13-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Rachael Hanel will discuss St. Peter, Minn., native Camilla Hall and the Symbionese Liberation Army, a 1970s domestic terrorist group, in a presentation Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union (one block north of Stadium Road on the corner of Ellis Avenue and South Road).

Hanel’s presentation, titled “Filling in the Gaps: A Literary Journalism Approach to Camilla Hall and the Symbionese Liberation Army,” is free and open to the public and is part of the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Mass Media’s “Media Day” celebration.

Hanel is an assistant professor of mass media at Minnesota State Mankato. Her essays and articles have appeared in print and online literary journals, magazines and newspapers. The University of Minnesota Press published her book, “We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter,” in 2013. She has a doctorate in creative writing from Bath Spa University, which is based in and around Bath, England.

In 1999, Hanel stumbled across information on Hall, who had become involved in the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974. The SLA was a domestic terrorist group most famous for kidnapping newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. Hall, along with five other SLA members, was killed in a shoot-out with Los Angeles police in May 1974. After 16 years of research and writing, Hanel has tried as much as possible to recreate a written account of Hall’s life using a literary journalism approach. Hanel’s presentation will address her research and writing process.

For additional information, please contact Mavis Richardson, Minnesota State Mankato associate professor of mass media, by phone at 507-389-3299 or by email at

“Media Day” is sponsored by the Department of Mass Media. The Department of Mass Media is part of the College of Arts & Humanities 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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