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Oct. 20: Faculty Panel on 'American Democracy and the 2016 Election'

Four faculty members from University's Department of Government will discuss critical issues at stake in November election.

2016-10-24
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-13-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Four faculty members from the Department of Government at Minnesota State University, Mankato will lead a panel discussion on “American Democracy and the 2016 Election” on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. on campus in Centennial Student Union, Room 201.

The event is free and open to the public, regardless of any political viewpoint, and is intended to help attendees analyze critical issues at stake in the November elections.

The Department of Government faculty panelists (listed alphabetically), all of whom have doctorate degrees, include:

  • Josh Berkenpas, assistant professor, who will examine women’s participation in the primary process in Minnesota and the nation.
  • Scott Granberg-Rademacker, professor, who will discuss critical policy issues relating to the election.
  • Kevin Parsneau, associate professor, who will discuss why all votes matter in terms of the policy choices facing the American people.
  • Fred Slocum, associate professor, who will discuss race and racial issues in the 2016 election.

The event is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Government and the Kessel Peace Institute.

For more information, please contact Jackie Vieceli, director of the Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change and professor of government, by phone at 507-389-6938 or by email at jacqueline.vieceli@mnsu.edu.

The Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change is dedicated to advancing the understanding and the existence of peace at all levels, from the individual to the global community. It is named after the late Abbas Kessel, a lifelong peace activist who received a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1956 and was a Minnesota State Mankato political science professor for 19 years. Kessel died in 1987 of leukemia.

Activities of the Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change are coordinated by an advisory council that works through the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato.

The Department of Government is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato.

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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