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March 28: 'Current Geopolitical Conflict Zones: Critical Issues for America'

Panel discussion is second of five in University's spring colloquium series.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-23-2017

Mankato, Minn. – The second of five panel discussions in a Minnesota State University, Mankato spring colloquium series on “American Politics & Our Democratic Principles” will be held Tuesday, March 28 and address “Current Geopolitical Conflict Zones: Critical Issues for America.”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesday on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The event format includes a moderated panel discussion with an introduction, followed by three speakers for five-eight minutes each, questions and open discussion for 20-30 minutes and closing remarks. All views are welcome. Deliberative discussions and light refreshments will follow each event. The series will be live-streamed.

Tuesday’s speakers will include three Minnesota State Mankato faculty members. Donald Friend, professor of geography, will discuss “Mapping the Holy Land”; Ginger Schmid, associate professor of geography, will speak on “Water in the Middle East”; and Cynthia Miller, associate professor of geography, will discuss “Sunni and Shiite, Where are They and Why?”

The complete schedule for Minnesota State Mankato’s spring 2017 colloquium series, “American Politics & Our Democratic Principles,” is as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 21, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, “Separation of Church & State: Constitutional Principles, Contemporary Issues”
  • Tuesday, March 28, 1-2:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, “Current Geopolitical Conflict Zones: Critical Issues for America”
  • Tuesday, April 4, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Morris Hall 102, “The Role of the Media in a Democratic Society”
  • Monday, April 10, 1-2:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, “Sanctuary Campus, Safe Spaces: What Can Our University Do?”
  • Wednesday, April 19, 1-2:15 p.m., Ostrander Auditorium, “What Should I Say & How Should I Say It? Communication Strategies for Challenging Conversations”

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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