Scholarly Horizons: University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Journal


Although the title of this presentation may seem relatively straightforward, I encourage you all to think a little deeper about two important words in the title of this presentation: rural and activists. Questions that come to mind include: what does it mean to be rural? What does a rural individual look like? What is activism? Who can be an activist? Can you be rural and an activist? Does rural activism look different than other forms of activism? Maybe most importantly, can someone be an activist for more than one cause? If you asked Dick Hanson or Bert Henningson that question, I think they would tell you yes. What about those other questions? How would Hanson or Henningson answer those? I’d argue that would they answer those through their daily lives and interactions with people from rural Minnesota and politicians in Minneapolis and St. Paul.