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K-State Today

September 25, 2015



Faculty/staff lecture series on 'The Other Wes Moore' begins Tuesday, Sept. 29

By Karin Westman

The Other Wes Moore

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the K-State Book Network launches a three-part faculty/staff lecture series for the 2015 common book, "The Other Wes Moore."

"The Other Wes Moore: A Public Lecture Series" draws upon the collective knowledge of the campus community to help everyone understand more about the issues raised in Moore's book. All events are free and open to the public.

"Our campus experts will help our community consider connections between the personal experiences of 'The Other Wes Moore' and our own cultural landscape," said Karin Westman, PR/Event Committee chair and department head of English. "We're glad that we can provide a venue for conversations about key themes in Moore's book."

The lecture series will include the following presentations:

"The Depth of Devotion: Examining the Space Media Give to a Black Man's Story" by Kimetris Baltrip, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Hemisphere Room of Hale Library. 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.

"A Contrast of Parallelisms and Confrontations: 'The Other Wes Moore' Experiences on a Predominately White Institution (PWI) Campus" panel discussion, led by Be Stoney, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the McVay Family Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building. The panel will discuss their parallelisms and confrontations based on "The Other Wes Moore" and PWI experiences.

"Privilege and the Intersectionality of Identities: A Complicated Reality" by Jenna Tripodi and Jessica Haymaker, coordinators of the Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education, will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the McVay Family Town Hall of the Leadership Studies Building. 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.

Visit the K-State Book Network for more information about Moore's book, event programming for the 2015 selection and the K-State Book Network program.