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Feb. 8: Motivational Speaker Greg Bennick

Bennick will discuss how he formed his nonprofit group One Hundred for Haiti.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-6-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Motivational speaker Greg Bennick, founder of the nonprofit group One Hundred for Haiti, which supports long-term social development and human rights programs in rural Haiti, will discuss how he founded his nonprofit group in a presentation Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public and is the first of two Social Justice Lecture Series events sponsored by the Kessel Peace Institute scheduled this month.

In his presentation, “Changing the World without Having a Clue,” Bennick will speak about how he went from touring the world with his band to founding a human rights nonprofit group.

Bennick has more than 30 years of experience as a keynote speaker at worldwide events.

After the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Bennick was on the crew of the Liberty Schooner, an all-volunteer mission that sailed from Miami to the southern coast of Haiti to bring 10,000 pounds of medical supplies and food to the people in need. This crew was the first independent relief boat to reach the southern coast of Haiti from the United States.

The second event, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium, is titled “Factory Farming in Minnesota: Time for Change?”

The event, also free and open to the public, will include a panel discussion about the social justice, environmental and animal welfare impacts of factory farming in Minnesota. Panelists include a lawyer, family pig farmer, philosopher and more.

For more information on either event, please contact Carol Glasser, an associate professor of sociology at Minnesota State Mankato and the coordinator of the Social Justice Lecture Series. Glasser can be reached by email at or by at 507-389-1345.

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.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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