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April 11: Movie 'Blade Runner,' Panel Discussion

Event is in Taylor Center, Room 80.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-5-2018

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of History will conclude its spring 2018 lecture series Wednesday, April 11 with a showing of the 1982 science fiction film “Blade Runner” from 5-8 p.m. in the University’s Taylor Center, Room 80.

After the movie, which is free and open to the public, a panel of Minnesota State Mankato professors will discuss the context and inspiration for the movie, which occurs in a 2019 future version of Los Angeles. The movie’s sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” appeared in cinemas within the past year.
Those who want more information about the history lecture series may contact the Department of History by phone at 507-389-1618 or send an email to

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of History’s spring 2018 lecture series is titled “Urban America: Emerald City or Arkham Asylum, Projecting the Urban Past into the Future.”

The three events in the series have examined how Americans have long viewed urban life with a mixture of admiration and revulsion. The series has explored how important episodes in recent history have led to policy changes, debate and fictional depictions of the American city and how the urban present might provide signs for the future ahead.

The first lecture in the spring 2018 history series was Feb. 26. Brian Tochterman, a professor at Northland College in Ashland, Wis., gave a presentation titled “Fear City on Film: Fight or Flight in Seventies New York.” The second lecture in the series was March 22. Jeffrey Horner, a professor and director of urban studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, discussed “The Detroit Rebellion of 1967: Causes, Events and Outcomes.”

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities. 

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