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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

2017-2018 Common Read Learning Activites

This LibGuide is an easy way to access all of the Learning Activities available for Out of Chaos, the 2017-2018 Common Read.

Abbas Kessel, Political Science Professor

For background on Abbas Kessel, Political Science Professor at Mankato State College, read the following sections in Out of Chaos

1. Scott P. Hagebak  (pp. 90-91)
2. Tom Hagen  (pp. 91-93)
3. Mehr Jay Shahidi  (pp. 130-136)
4. Scott Shrewsbury (pp. 136-143)

Abbas Kessel, his Influence at Mankato State College

A.  According to the readings during the Vietnam War what role did Abbas Kessel assume at Mankato State College?

B.  On pages 131-132 Mehr Jay Shahidi describes Abbas Kessel as a "Renaissance man." 

  1. Using the website Dictionary.com, explain what is a "Renaissance man."
  2. According to Shahidi in what ways was Abbas Kessel a Renaissance man?

C.  On page 141, Shrewsbury describes Abbas Kessel's message to the protesters at the Post Office. 

  1. Who was "the man in the White House?"
  2. What did Kessel think "the man in White House" would have liked protesters to do?
  3. How do you think protester's actions affect public opinion and response?
  4. Why do you think Kessel supported peaceful action over violence?

D.  It has been said that one person can make a difference in world.  Do you think this statement applies to the role Abbas Kessel played at Mankato State College?  Why or why not?

Kessel Peace Institute

E.  According to the above link, why was the Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change named after Abbas Kessel?

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