, current Rural and Regional Studies Fellow, will present
on Thursday April 7, 12:00 to 1 p.m. in IL 214. Mr. Oyangen will
examine the social backgrounds of those who served in the Minnesota
legislature at the turn of the 20th Century and evaluate whether
the composition of the legislature reflected the composition of
the electorate. He will discuss status hierarchies of ethnicity
and class and their influence on the selection of political candidates
leading into a broader discussion of the meaning of representation
and representative government.
Knut Oyangen is a doctoral student in Agricultural History &
Rural Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is a
native of Lensvik, Norway and holds an MA in political science
from Wichita State University.