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2017 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time






Understanding Christopher's math problems

The mathematical component of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” not only amazingly intertwines in the storyline, but is also remarkably deep and accurate, which is not that common in literary work. Moreover, with the presented mathematical content the author successfully raises the plot above the common stereotype that a math genius is a person who just can quickly multiply big numbers: the boy's culture in logic and scientific reasoning is of a very high intellectual level.

In the presentation, Dr. Rojkovskaia will discuss examples of math questions and proofs mentioned in the book, providing them with comments, illustrations, and historical background. Presenter: Dr. Natalia Rojkovskaia, Department of Mathematics.




#GetCurious: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Experience a fast paced journey through “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon. The evening will include four 10-minute lectures on the book's themes in contemporary life. Opening and in between the lectures, students from K-State's Forensics Team and K-State Theatre will present short scenes from Haddon's novel


Creativity and Craft in Mark Haddon's 'Curious Incident'

Through a combination of lecture and interactive exchange, Dr. Brimhall explores how creativity informs the narrative structure, reading experience, and themes of Mark Haddon's award-winning novel. Presenter: Dr. Tracy Brimhall, Department of English.

2016 Spare Parts



Joshua Davis Author Talk

Joshua Davis discussed the 2016 common book, “"Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream".

2015 The Other Wes Moore




The Depth of Devotion: Examining the Space Media Give to a Black Man's Story

When stories recur in news cycles, audiences may believe the fusillade of information is important. But an overdose of anything can have caustic effects. This presentation discusses the messages, meaning and coverage of black men in the media, using anecdotes from “The Other Wes Moore” as a basis for examination. Presenter: Dr. Kimetris Baltrip, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications



Wes Moore Author Talk 

Wes Moore gave readers a closer look at the alternating histories of "The Other Wes Moore" — his best-selling book



A Contrast of Parallelisms and Confrontations: The Other Wes Moore Experiences on a PWI Campus

The panel will discuss their parallelisms and confrontations based on the Other Wes Moore and PWI experiences. Presenter: Dr. Be Stoney, Department of Curriculum and Instruction




Privilege and the Intersectionality of Identities: A Complicated Reality

All of us identify with multiple identities that are associated with varying amounts of privilege and power. How do we make sense of the lived realities of each of the identities we occupy? This lecture will facilitate an examination of the ways race, gender, class, religion and sexual identity impact the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Presenters: Jenna Tripodi and Jessica Haymaker of the Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education office