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Nov. 1: World Premiere of Documentary Film 'Two Weeks in May'

Event will be held in Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-25-2017

Mankato, Minn. – The world premiere showing of the documentary film, “Two Weeks in May,” will be Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom, with a panel discussion to follow the film.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Visitors Pay Lot across from the Student Union.

The documentary film showing is the keynote event in this year’s Minnesota State Mankato Common Read.

The film, created by students in Minnesota State Mankato’s Film Studies program, uses historic photos, documents, newspapers, film footage, and recorded interviews to tell the story of student protests at Mankato State College in 1972. A trailer of the film is available on YouTube.

The film is based on the book, “Out of Chaos,” which is a collection of the late James F. Nickerson’s personal reminiscences about events that occurred while he was president at Mankato State College during the 1960s and 1970s.

Event organizers encourage attendees to wear 1970s-styled clothing in celebration of the evening. DVDs of the film will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Monika Antonelli, Common Read chair, associate professor and outreach librarian, by phone at 507-389-2507 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato’s Library Services provided financial support for the film, with additional funding provided by the Department of English and a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Film Studies program – part of the Department of English – is in the University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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