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March 15: ACLU President Susan Herman to Deliver Kessel Memorial Lecture

Event will be held in the Ted Paul Theatre on campus.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-27-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Susan Herman (pictured), the national president of the American Civil Liberties Union, will deliver the 31st Annual Kessel Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ted Paul Theatre, located on campus in the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Herman’s presentation, “The Battle for Civil Liberties Never Stays Won,” which will include a discussion period after the lecture, is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The Ted Paul Theatre has general admission seating for approximately 500 people. A public reception will be held in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts following Herman’s presentation.

During the reception, Herman will sign copies of her most recent book, which will be available for purchase. The book, “Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy,” was the winner of the 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

Herman was elected president of the ACLU in October 2008 after having served on the ACLU national board of directors for 20 years, as a member of the executive committee for 16 years and as general counsel for 10 years.

Herman also holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she currently teaches courses in constitutional law and criminal procedure, and seminars on law and literature, and terrorism and civil liberties.

Herman writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics for scholarly and other publications, ranging from law reviews and books to periodicals and on-line publications.

Herman holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law.

The Kessel Memorial Lecture commemorates the life and work of the late Abbas Kessel, who taught for 19 years in the Department of Political Science and Law Enforcement (now the Department of Government). Kessel had a strong commitment to peace, human rights, and a sound energy policy. The annual Kessel Memorial Lectures are dedicated to advancing the highest ideals of peace, understanding and discussion from a multi-disciplinary point of view.

Sponsors of the event include Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Government and the Kessel Peace Institute, in collaboration with the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Women’s Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Division of Academic Affairs.

For more information, contact Scott Granberg-Rademacker, professor of government at Minnesota State Mankato, by email at or by phone at 507-389-6939, or Denise Thompson, assistant to the dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, by email at or by phone at 507-389-5699.

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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