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Kessel Peace Institute Accepting Nominations for Community Peace Maker Awards

Nominations are due by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Kessel Peace Institute is accepting nominations from the Mankato-area community for its 2017 Community Peace Maker Awards.

  • Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 1
  • Who may be nominated: Any individual or group in the greater Mankato area who promotes social justice and peace.
  • Who may nominate: Anyone may nominate a candidate.
  • How to nominate: Nominations should include the name and contact information for nominees and include a description of no more than 250 words on how the nominee fosters a more just and peaceful community. A flyer with these instructions is available online
  • Where to send nominations: Email nominations to by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Carol Glasser, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology & Corrections and director of the Kessel Peace Institute, by email at or by phone at 507-389-1345.

The awards will be presented in honor of Ruth Miner Kessel on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato in Centennial Student Union 201.

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.

Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change activities 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 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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