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Morris, Minnesota

From March 3-5, 2005, I traveled with student Takehito Kamata to the University of Minnesota at Morris for the Midwest Undergraduate Political Science Research Conference.  Takehito presented a paper at the convention, while I was a chair and discussant on the "Values and Voting Behavior" panel.   Here are some photos from our Morris trip.


The convention began Thursday, March 3 with a dinner banquet.  Takehito and I are savoring our full stomachs after dinner - and contemplating the next day of panels and meeting students and faculty from other schools around the Midwest.


The keynote speaker at the banquet was Wy Spano, the director of the Center for Advocacy and Political Leadership at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.  Spano has studied and written extensively about public life in Minnesota since 1979, and was a founder and co-editor of the newsletter Politics in Minnesota.


The University of Minnesota at Morris has an attractive, modern campus.  This is the Science Building, where most of the conference panels were held.


My panel "Values and Voting Behavior" just after concluding, Saturday, March 5.  Left to right: Isaac Linehan-Clodfelter (University of Minnesota at Morris); Emily Loehr (University of Minnesota at Morris); Rebecca Stark (Carleton College); Fred Slocum (chair and discussant; Minnesota State University, Mankato).


This is Takehito's panel, "Non-State Actors and Ideas in the International System" on  Saturday, March 5.


Takehito is presenting his paper "Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): The Rise of Regionalization in Global Society."


While in Morris, I phoned David and Margaret Lanning, who now live in Willmar, Minnesota (directly on the route between Mankato and Morris).  I arranged to stop in Willmar on our return trip Saturday, March 5 and visit them.  Like me, David and Margaret are graduates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; David was my suitemate there, and was dating Margaret at the time.  This was the first time I had seen David and Margaret in person in 16 years.  Like me, they grew up in North Carolina.  So, all three of us qualify as "Minnesoutherners."

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