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March 27: 'The Ghosts and Hauntings of Everyday Life'

Faculty member Dennis Waskul will deliver 38th annual Frontier Forum lecture.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-20-2017

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Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Dennis Waskul will discuss “The Ghosts and Hauntings of Everyday Life” in a lecture from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday, March 27 on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The lecture, the 38th Annual Frontier Forum Lecture sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

In his lecture, Waskul will discuss how, for over a century, scholars in the social sciences and humanities have confidently predicted that beliefs in the supernatural will fade into historical memory because of advancements in science, education and technology.

Waskul will illustrate that these predictions have never proven true. He will draw from his recent book, “Ghostly Encounters: The Hauntings of Everyday Life” (2016, with Michele Waskul), to illustrate how people experience uncanny happenings, how those strange events are made into ghostly experiences, the functions of those ghosts in the everyday life that people live, and to what consequence.

Waskul is a professor of sociology in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Sociology & Corrections, which is a part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information about the presentation, contact Waskul by phone at 507-389-5673 or by email at

For more information about the Frontier Forum, contact Denise Thompson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, by phone at 507-389-5699 or by email at

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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