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2018 The Hate U Give

04-11-2019 The Hate U Give: "Finding Your Activism and Turning the Political into the Personal"

Angie Thomas, author of "The Hate U Give",  talk about activism and the themes of her best-selling novel. 

02-14-2019 19th Annual Boyd Lecture in Community Media 

Bonita Gooch, Editor and Publisher of the Community Voice - Wichita is the guest speaker at the Huck Boyd 19th Annual Lecture February 14, 2019 at 9:30a.m. in the K-State Student Union, Forum Hall. "The Grind: Using Journalism as a Community Builder" is the topic, followed by a panel discussion about "Minority Voices in the News".

Sponsors: Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media and A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

11-13-2018 Sharing Perspectives on The Hate U Give

At this interactive event, International students and American students will be paired together to discuss their perspectives on themes in The Hate U Give.

11-01-2018 Digital Media, Activism, and Ambivalence in The Hate U Give

“The Hate U Give”: A Public Lecture Series that will draw upon the collective knowledge of the K-State community to further explore and understand the issues raised in the book.

10-24-2019 T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.: Hip-Hop in "The Hate U Give"

“The Hate U Give”: A Public Lecture Series that will draw upon the collective knowledge of the K-State community to further explore and understand the issues raised in the book. Cameron Leader-Picone (Associate Professor, English) will talk about on hip-hop.

10-04-2018 Alumni Voices — Living in Two Worlds: Assumptions and Social Capital

Jessica Elmore, associate director of diversity programs, K-State Alumni Association, will moderate a panel discussion of K-State alumni who will discuss how assumptions and social capital influence experiences when operating in multiple spaces. Edgar Ramirez, interior architecture, '04; Mako Miller, journalism and mass communication, '04; Kelly Jones, psychology, '03; Jackie Huymh, hospitality management, ’18; and AbdulRasak Yahaya, civil engineering, '08 — members of the K-State Alumni Association Multicultural Alumni Council — will provide real-life experiences.

09-27-2018 What are you listening for?: Code-switching, language, and access to justice in Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give

“The Hate U Give”: A Public Lecture Series that will draw upon the collective knowledge of the K-State community to further explore and understand the issues raised in the book. Mary Kohn (Associate Professor, English)  will talk about code switching.

09-23-2018 Movies on the Grass Film Series - Step

Join us at 7 pm before the film event to see performances from several campus and community dance groups!

Step is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so.

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Sponsor: Movies on the Grass Film Series 

09-20-2018 Community Policing Panel Discussion

This moderated panel discussion is inspired by the 2018 KSBN common book, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Representatives from Riley County Police Department and K-State Police Department will join Kevin Steinmetz, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and social work, and student representatives for the discussion. Be Stoney, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, will serve as moderator.

09-12-2018 Public Debate: Body-Mounted Police Cameras

The K-State Debate team will be hosting a public debate, September 12, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, in the McVay Family Town Hall Room 114, The Leadership Studies Building. In conversation with the K-State Book Network’s 2018 Common Book, The Hate U Give, the K-State Debate team will be debating about the value of body-mounted police cameras, followed by an audience discussion period. Come join us for a thought provoking debate, and to learn more about the K-State Debate team.

Sponsors: Department of Communications Studies

09-06-208 KSU Student Welcome | Common Book and Work of Art Open House

Immerse yourself in Angie Thomas’ book The Hate U Give, which is loaded with contemporary cultural references. References to contemporary music, television and movies, food, shoes, and sports provide a vivid background to her story. Activities and features of this free event include:

  • Viewing and discussion of the Common Work of Art, Burial by Karsten Creightney. - Soundtrack and snacks found in “The Hate U Give”
  • Screenings of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”
  • Basketball
  • The Coolest Shoes contest with prizes at 6 p.m.
  • Create your own linoleum block-cut brand for printing on fabric or paper. Feel free to bring your own T-shirt to print on.

Sponsor: Beach Museum of Art

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

11-07-2017 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.

10-12-2017 #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

09-28-2017 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.

2016 Spare Parts

10-06-2016 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

11-17-2015 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

10-27-2015 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

10-24-2015 Wes Moore Author Talk 

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

09-29-2015 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