"Representative Government?
Minnesota's Political Elite, 1890-1920"

Knut Oyangen, 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.

Science and Technology 203
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: (507) 537-6226
Fax: (507) 537-6147

Last updated: March 21, 2006