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Oct. 20: 'Anti-Democratic, Proslavery Origins of the Electoral College'

Guest lecturer Paul Finkelman will address whether it's time for leaders of free world to have democratic elections.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-13-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Fall History Forum lecture will be presented by guest lecturer Paul Finkelman on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. on campus in Morris Hall, Room 102. The lecture is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.

Finkelman, the Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan Law School, will deliver a presentation titled “The Anti-Democratic, Proslavery Origins of the Electoral College: Is It Time for the Leaders of the Free World to Have Democratic Elections?”

Finkelman is an expert in areas such as the constitutional law, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, race and law, the law of slavery and legal issues surrounding baseball.

He was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case, and in the lawsuit over who owned Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball.

Finkelman has been the scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and a Senior Fellow in the Penn Center for Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism. He has also held endowed chairs at Duke Law School, LSU Law School, Albany Law School, and the University of Miami history department.

He received master’s and doctorate degrees in U.S. history from the University of Chicago (1972, 1976) and was a fellow in law and humanities at Harvard Law School (1982-83).

Finkelman is the author of about 200 scholarly articles and the author or editor of more than 40 books. His articles have appeared in many major law reviews, including Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Michigan, Penn, Cornell, Texas, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Supreme Court Review. In 2014 he was ranked as the nation’s fifth-most cited legal historian, in “Brian Leiter’s Law School Rankings.”

This event is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History, which is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Those who want more information about the lecture may contact the Department of History by phone at 507-389-1618 or send an email to

The History Forum Lecture Series is an opportunity for faculty, students, staff and community members to learn about the latest historical research from local and regional scholars. The History Forum Lecture is presented twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

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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