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Oct. 22-23: 35th Annual Women & Spirituality Conference

This year's conference will be held on Minnesota State Mankato campus for the final time.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-12-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s annual Women & Spirituality Conference, which has been held on campus since 1981, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 at Minnesota State Mankato for the 35th and final time, as the conference will move to Rochester, Minn., in 2017.

The annual conference will feature two days of workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebration. Scholarships and college credit are available. Registration information on the conference, including costs and a full conference program, can be found online here.

(EDITORS NOTE: Media interested in more information or covering the conference may make requests through the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at 507-389-2077.)

This year’s keynote speaker is author and feminist Daisy Hernández, who writes and speaks about the intersections of faith, feminism and progressive politics.

Hernández (pictured) will deliver her keynote address, “A SHARED LANGUAGE: A Talk on Memoir, Feminism, and Spirituality,” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom. A book signing will follow her presentation until 12:30 p.m.

Hernández is currently an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is the former editor of ColorLines, a news magazine on race, politics and the arts, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times and numerous other publications. She is the author of the memoir, “A Cup of Water Under My Bed,” and co-editor of the anthology, “Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism.”

The Women & Spirituality Conference was born in 1981 with the purpose to provide a supportive and nurturing setting for a dialogue of caring and mutual respect between and among people from many spiritual and religious traditions. The conference does not advocate or exclude any view and continues to foster an understanding and celebration of similarities and differences.

The event, co-sponsored by the University’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Institutional Diversity and Women’s Center, is expected to attract hundreds of participants.

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

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