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January 28, 2015

"Diseases on the 21st Century Map."

Over 150 years after the London cholera outbreak, pathogens still cause over 25% of all human deaths worldwide. New diseases are emerging and old ones are reemerging. At a time when one would think that we should be wiping them off of the map, they continue to expand their ranges, respecting no borders and adapting to new opportunities. The lecture will describe K-State’s Biosecurity Research Institute and provide examples of emerging diseases.

Presenter - Dr. Stephen Higgs

Sponsored by KSBN

November 18, 2014





"Mapping Manhattan: Using maps to reveal secrets in our community"

Mapping revealed the likely center of the cholera epidemic in the mid-nineteenth century. Our more sophisticated mapping technology can reveal other hidden truths about our community today. This lecture will present maps about bicycling, food access, business development and we will discuss what we should do with this information.

Presenter - Dr. Katherine Nesse

Sponsored by KSBN 

 November 6, 2014




"Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Sweeney Todd' is a musical thriller about a 19th century London barber who goes on a murderous rampage. Todd was unjustly incarcerated in a penal colony for 15 years. However, when the show begins, Todd has managed to return to London and has come seeking revenge. He rents a room over the shop of Mrs. Lovett, the proprietress of a struggling pie shop. Todd's thirst for blood soon expands to include not only the judge but also his unfortunate customers

Sponsored by K-State Theatre

October 28, 2014





“Ghostmapping: A Public Lecture Series" - What's so important about cities?

What are the connections between the “The Ghost Map” and city planning? This lecture will discuss why cities are important; particularly exploring some of the main opportunities and challenges facing cities today – how and why they developed, how they are organized, and their primary functions.

Presenter: Dr. Huston Gibson

Sponsored by KSBN 

 October 16, 2014

Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media: "Health Coverage in Community Media"
Jim McLean, executive editor of the Kansas Health Institute News Service, Topeka.

Sponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

October 16, 2014

Beyond 'The Ghost Map': Perspectives on Health Communication panel discussion

Panel discussion by journalists, a Kansas Department of Health and Environment official and other health specialists.

Sponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

September 30, 2014





“Ghostmapping: A Public Lecture Series" - The Blue Death: How The Cholera Epidemics Of The Nineteenth Century Shaped the History of the United States

The waves of cholera that broke across the United States in 1832, 1839 and 1866 were so horrific that no segment of society was left unchanged. One by one previously-held conceptions of race, class, science, religion and government were destroyed when arrayed against this merciless killer, and when the dying finally ended Americans found themselves living in a nation that had been changed forever.

Presenter: Dr. Charles Sanders

Sponsored by KSBN

September 25, 2014


"The Ghost Map" Community Book Discussion

Join members of the Manhattan community and discuss the K-State common book "The Ghost Map" at the Manhattan Public Library

Sponsored by the Manhattan Public Library

September 11, 2014



"The Ghost Map: How One Doctor Changed The World By Listening To His Patients" by Steven Johnson 

Based on the acclaimed 2006 bestseller, The Ghost Map, this talk tells the thrilling story of how two unlikely allies turned London's most deadly cholera epidemic into a scientific breakthrough that transformed human civilization. A gripping medical mystery, the story has an important lesson for today's health care industry: the need for "experts" to learn from wisdom of local communities.

Sponsored by the KSBN, K-State First, University Honors Program, K-State Housing and Dining

September 10, 2014


Science Saturday: Deadly Diseases

Ginny Barnard from Riley County Extension will help us conduct some hands-on experiments concerning diseases, germs, and water contamination.

Sponsored by the Manhattan Public Library

August 27, 2014


Choose Your Own Library Adventure 

All students are invited to join us for a fun night of games inspired by this year's common book, The Ghost Map. Visit multiple stations and learn about K-State Libraries as you go. The first 200 students to visit four stations will receive a free t-shirt and snacks.

Sponsored by K-State Libraries 

September 7, 2014

"Plagues and Progress"

"Plagues and Progress: A Showcase Inspired by 'The Ghost Map'" is a collection of video shorts discussing issues raised by in the 2014-2015 KSBN common read, "The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson.

This is part of the Movies on the Grass FREE outdoor film series.  

Sponsored by Movies on the Grass

Fall 2014




Mapping "The Ghost Map" Game

The future is happening now! Join in on the eight-week adventure GAME as everyone races to find Patient Zero.

Search for hints, clues, puzzles, and treasure all across campus and online. Grab your copy this year's common book The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson to get a head start on uncovering the answers. Build alliances, face challenges, and discover solutions before time runs out.

Sponsored by KSBN and K-State Libraries 

April 24, 2014



"The Ghost Map": 2014 Common Book Selection workshop

Wondering how you can incorporate the 2014 common book selection into your work with students this fall?

The K-State Book Network, or KSBN, will host a workshop for faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, and student leaders to discuss how Steven Johnson's "The Ghost Map" can be part of coursework and event programming.

Sponsored by KSBN

April 18, 2014



"Mapping The Ghost Map": Talking Points and Game Curriculum Workshop for the 2014-2015 KSBN Common Read 

Whether you'd like to do some creative brainstorming or have an interest in participating in a campus wide endeavor, join us as we share, discuss and play through ways to use "The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson in your classroom during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Sponsored by KSBN and K-State Libraries 

March 11, 2014 





2014 Book Launch

Remarks by K-State Book Network chair Tara Coleman and Steve Dandaneau, vice provost for undergraduate studies. Book Selection Committee member Dave Rintoul, associate director and associate professor of biology, and student representatives will then introduce the 2014 K-State Book Network selection to the campus community. The K-State Book Network committee also will present awards to students and faculty to recognize their inclusion of Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" in fall 2013 classes and programming.

The launch will conclude with a free raffle drawing for copies of Johnson's book for those in attendance.

Sponsored by KSBN