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Award winning author, journalist Daniel L. Coberly to Speak

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Award winning author, journalist and public affairs officer, Daniel L. Coberly will speak at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. The presentation, in Kiehle Auditorium, entitled “How the West was Spun,” will take place at noon. All are welcome and parking is free on the south end of Lot G.

How the West was Spun, a presentation exclusive to the U of M Crookston, is based on a book in the works by the same name and begins with the way human beings have been shaped by people in power since the earliest times.  

It is important for us to understand ourselves, our own behaviors, and how others seek to manipulate us to support their personal or political agendas.  Today's world is made increasingly complex by social media, the blogosphere, and even oddities such as placebo buttons at crosswalks. Facebook likes, for example, are a form of herd response. What's real and what is merely an illusion? How much of what we are told can be believed?  Is this really any different from earlier times in history? 

Award winning author, editor, video producer, and historian Daniel L. Coberly is a leading expert on strategic communications with a unique international background. He grew up in Europe, South America, and the United States, living, working, and studying in 15 countries. A disabled veteran retired as an Army Captain, his experience includes military intelligence, public affairs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Coberly is an expert at helping others filter through the noise and discover the underlying truth for themselves so they can be the judge in a world made increasingly complex by social media, the blogosphere, and even oddities such as placebo buttons at crosswalks. 

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs, 25 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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