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New exhibit reveals U's dark history of segregation and anti-Semitism

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What’s in a name?

A new exhibit chronicling a controversial period at the University of Minnesota raises the question.

“A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, and Anti-Semitism at the University of Minnesota, 1930-1942” unearths long buried information about the efforts of university administrators to segregate housing, spy on mostly Jewish students and quash student activism.

The names behind the most egregious acts are some of the best known at the U, including former President Lotus D. Coffman and Edward Nicholson, who served as the U’s first dean of student affairs. Both served during a turbulent time when issues of race, equality, war and students’ rights roiled the campus. Both have prominent campus buildings named after them.

Read the Star Tribune story.

Read more about the exhibit.

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