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Chesley Center on Aging Presents: Kari Benson - MN2030 Looking Forward: Reimagine the Future of Aging

Chesley Center on Aging Lecture May 3rd, 2018


Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
The Chesley Center on Aging Presents:
Kari Benson - MN2030 Looking Forward: Reimagine the Future of Aging


Kari Benson

Kari Benson is the director of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Aging and Adult Services Division (DHS). And in that role she also serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA). Kari provides statewide aging services leadership and oversees planning for and providing sustainable service and support options to help older Minnesotans live well at home. Kari manages Minnesota’s state and federally funded home and community-based services programs and critical services such as the Senior LinkAge Line®, Adult Protection and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman.


Registration opens at 11:00 a.m.
Lunch is provided. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door Registration ends Friday, April 27th.
CE’s are available for Social Work, Nursing, and Nursing Home Administrators.


Sponsored by:
VINE Faith in Action
The Chesley Center on Aging
Minnesota State University, Mankato



April 3rd, 2018

The Department of Government and the Kessel Memorial Lecture Series
Present: Dr. Todd Gitlin - Democracy at Risk: The Urgency of Action

Dr. Todd Gitlin, media scholar, sociologist, novelist, journalist, and activist, was a leader of the student New Left in the 1960s as well as the move to divest from economic relations with apartheid South Africa in the 1980s. He is today a climate activist and a member of the board of Partners for Progressive Israel, and writes regularly for many newspapers and magazines. His most recent book is a forthcoming novel, The Opposition.

This lecture was hosted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
7:00 p.m. in Ostander Auditorium



Mar 15th, 2018

13th Annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture
Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Faculty Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.

Melissa hosted the television show "Melissa Harris-Perry" from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC and was Editor-at-Large for 2016-2017. She remains a sought after public speaker, lecturing widely throughout the United States and abroad.

Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University. Professor Harris-Perry has been awarded honorary degrees from many universities including Meadville Lombard Theological School, Winston-Salem State University, Eckerd College, and New York University.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband, James, their two fulfilling daughters, and a delightful flock of chickens and ducks.

The Carol Ortman Perkins lecture is named after retired Gender and Women's Studies faculty and chair, Dr. Perkins. The aim is to invite a distinguised feminist scholar/activist to campus each year to deliver an address to our community. We select lecturers based on their contributions to feminist scholarship and their ability to forge connections between theory and practice.

Lecturers have included Gloria Steinem, Wilma Mankiller, Dorothy Allison, Jessica Valenti, Susan Faludi, Jewel Woods, Kathy Najimy, Laverne Cox, and Anita Sakeesian.



Feb 15th, 2018

MSU, Mankato Antrhopology Department Joins 4th Annual Anthropology Day Celebration

This February the Department of Anthropology at MSU, Mankato celebrated Anthropology Day for the fourth year! "The anthropology Department looks forward to this every year,"" said department chair Dr. Kathleen Blue. "It demonstrates the commitment of MSU's anthropologists to support our community materially, in addition to the knowledge and understanding we share about humanity."

The main fesitivities will occured on Thursday, February 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. near 359 Trafton Science Center North and in the Centennial Student Union. Plans included a trivia contest, raffles for prizes, snacks (sweet and salty), a donation drive to benefit ECHO Food Shelf, a faculty-led department tour (11:00 a.m.), and a selfie contest.

This year we were pleased to announce that our Anthropology Department founder, Emeritus, Dr. Paul Brown, lectured on "Race and the Fallacy of white Supremacy" from 4:30 to 5:30 in the CSU 253/254.

The donation drive benefited the ECHO Food Shelf and was held from February 12-16th in honor of Minnesota State University, Mankato's Sesquicentennial Anniversay Celebration.



Feb 13th, 2018

The 2018 Career and Internship Day was held in the CSU Ballroom

Several employers, organizations, and companies visited during this event and a little over four hundred students participated!

Along with the career fair, several guest speaker panels were held as well including;

• Law Enforcement
• Psychology
• Urban & Regional Studies
• Social Work
• Georgraphy
• History
• Political Science
• Economics
• Non-Profit Leadership
• Corrections

Anthropology Day, celebrated on February 15th, 2018 is a day for anthropologists around the world to share their excitement about their discipline with the public around them.



Jan 29-30th, 2018

The Department of Social Work presented Dr. Ron Manderscheid

Dr. Manderscheid was here for two days, during which we held be three events:

• Lecture: Changes and Constants: Behavioral Health Policy Trends and New Directions
• Special student conversation: Life after graduation – where will you be? #lifegoals.
Dr. Manderscheid welcomes speaking with students at all levels that are interested in behavioral healthcare and will share tangible networking connections for students interested in social and behavioral sciences. This conversation was based on a capstone course Dr. Manderscheid teaches.

Dr. Manderscheid defined and explored the twelve Grand Challenges articulated by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, of which Dr. Manderscheid is a fellow.



Dec 9th, 2017

Fall Graduation

Congratulations to all our graduating students!
A ceremony and reception was held for all SBS students graduating Fall 2017.



Nov 21st, 2017

The Lewinski Law Enforcement Lecture

The Lewinski Law Enforcement Lectures Presents:
The Think Blue Line Meets the Red Cross: The Interface of Law Enforcement and Prehospital Care
Presented by:
Matthew Sztajnkrycer - MD, Ph.D., FACEP, FAACT, FACMT


Nov 14th, 2017

The Kessel Peace Institute’s Peace Awards

The Peace Awards will honor individuals and organizations in our community who promote social justice and peace. The event will include speakers, a celebration of community peace keepers, and a screening of the documentary, Two Weeks in May, about the anti-war protests at MSU Mankato in the 1960’s.

Everyone is welcome to the event, and refreshments will be provided- please come! Please also consider nominating someone for a community peace maker award or entering the Peace Essay Contest.



Nov 9th, 2017

Hisory Fall Forum Lecture 2017

Presented by Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The voyages of Columbus and the religious changes of the Reformation are often seen as ushering in the modern world, but they are usually examined separately. My talk will bring them together, discussing religious changes around the world in the sixteenth century, some of which occurred because of interactions between cultures that resulted from the voyages of discovery, but many of which grew out of movements of reform within various religious traditions as highly-educated thinkers and ordinary people changed religious beliefs and practices and sought to redefine the relationship between the divine and human. These will include the creation of Sikhism by Guru Nanak, reforms in Confucianism, the spread of Kaballah, Shi’ite Islam in the Safavid Empire, among others. Seeing the Reformation within the context of religious transformations across the globe does not diminish its importance, but allows us to understand it in a new way.

Dr. Wiesner-Hanks is a leading scholar on religion and early modern Europe, especially the Protestant and Catholic Reformations with a primary focs on women, gender, and sexuality. She can be seen also as an expert of the current PBS documentary Luther: An Idea that Changed the World.

Sponsored by: The Department of History, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and the College of Arts & Humanities



Nov 8th, 2017

The Department of Government Presents a Kessel Lecture Series Event:
Gender, Poverty, and Welfare in Contemporary Russia - Presented by Dr. Esuna Dugarova

Dr. Dugarova is a Policy Specialist at the United Nations Development Program in New York. She holds a Ph.D. in Asian Studies from Cambridge University-United Kingdom. Her speciality areas are in poverty, gender and social protection issues in Eastern Europe/Centrail Asia along with broader sustainable development issues globally.



Oct 26th, 2017

Kessel Peace Institute Movie Screening and Panel about DACA

Movie: Life, Deferred (Vida Diferida) - The Uncertainties Haunting Undocumented Youth and Their Families.
The movie was followed by an information session explaining what DACA is and also included a student-led discussion.



Oct 11th, 2017

Kessel Peace Institute Lectures
Changing the World Without Having a Clue

Motivational speaker Greg Bennick, founder of One Hundred for Haiti, is returning to campus to speak about how he went from touring the world with his hardcore band to founding a human rights nonprofit. This talk is sure to inspire and empower the audience to start changing the world.

Immediately following the talk and Q & A, will be an interactive workshop where you will work with Greg to brainstorm ways to bring your ideas to reality.


Event is hosted by the Social Justice Lecture Series, an initiative of the Department of Sociology and Corrections and the Kessel Peace Institute.
This event is Co-sponsored by Library Services