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2021 The Marrow Thieves

11-11-2021 “The Marrow Thieves” Panel Discussion

A virtual panel presentation of the book "The Marrow Thieves" with the K-State chapter of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA).

11-2-2021 Indigenous Voices in Media Subject of Huck Boyd Community Media Lecture

The Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media will sponsor its second annual Diverse Voices in the Media lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by Debra Bolton, Ohkay Owingeh/Diné /Ute and director of intercultural learning and academic success in Kansas State University's Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs. A panel discussion will follow at 2:30 p.m.

10-20-2021 "Indigenous Peoples: Past, Present, and Future" by Debbie Reese

"Indigenous Peoples: Past, Present and Future" is about the words and images that Native peoples are cast, typically as a distant past, as people who vanished in the face of European civilization. But that is not necessarily the case and it misrepresents the truth. Native peoples and nations are still here, but non-Native writers leave them out of contemporary and futuristic stories. With native writers creating more native-themed stories, we have started to fill those gaps and push back against those misrepresentations. Throughout this event, you will hear the ways Native writers are breaking down those stereotypes and changing the way they are represented with their incredible ingenuity and brilliance.

10-19-2021 Archives and Absence: The Role of the Institutional Archive in Retaining Cultural Memory (Part 3)

Presented during American Archives Month, archivists Veronica Denison, Helena Egbert, and Irina Rogova from K-State Libraries’ Morse Department of Special Collections offer the third in a series of three talks inspired by the themes of community and memory in The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.

Part 3: How can we address the absence of marginalized folks from the archive via a collaborative, equitable, and justice-driven method?

10-18-2021 A Conversation with CARE: Social Factors Contributing to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

This talk will center on the social dynamics that contribute to the ongoing human-rights crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit individuals. CARE will outline historical barriers and social determinants Indigenous and Native American women, girls and two-spirit folks experience, including but not limited to the history of colonization, genocide, marginalization, geography and border town violence, intentional erasure of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit folks, and the lack of federal response. It will conclude by discussing how this impacts the continuing rise of social inequities Indigenous and Native American women, girls and two-spirit folks experience

10-12-2021 Archives and Absence: The Role of the Institutional Archive in Retaining Cultural Memory (Part 2)

Presented during American Archives Month, archivists Veronica Denison, Helena Egbert, and Irina Rogova from K-State Libraries’ Morse Department of Special Collections offer the third in a series of three talks inspired by the themes of community and memory in The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.

Part 2: How has the way archivists have historically described archival materials contributed to harm towards marginalized communities? What is changing? 

10-05-2021 Archives and Absence: The Role of the Institutional Archive in Retaining Cultural Memory (Part 1)

Presented during American Archives Month, archivists Veronica Denison, Helena Egbert, and Irina Rogova from K-State Libraries’ Morse Department of Special Collections offer the first in a series of three talks inspired by the themes of community and memory in The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.

Part 1: Why are there so few materials from folks of marginalized identities in institutional archives?

9-23-2021 "The Marrow Thieves" Lecture by Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline, author of “The Marrow Thieves”, performed a reading and offer remarks about her creative work and its themes.

9-21-2021 Indigenous Presence, Indigenous Futures: From The Marrow Thieves to Rutherford Falls

Panel discussion with Dr. Lisa Tatonetti, Professor in the department of English; Dr. Chad Allen is Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and the Russell F. Stark University Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle; and Dr. Joanna Hearne is the Jeanne Hoffman Smith Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Missouri Columbia.

9-2-2021 Student Welcome/Common Work of Art/K-State First Book Celebration

Join the virtual celebration of the K-State First Book and Common Work of Art with K-State Associate Professor Hale Library Tara Coleman, LGBT Resource Center Coordinator Brandon Haddock, Professor of English Lisa Tatonetti and Beach Museum of Art Associate Curator of Education Kathrine Schlageck.

2020 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

11-05-2020 Diversity in Kansas Farming 

A virtual panel presentation in partnership with the K-State chapter of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA), and the Manhattan, KS Martin L. King Committee.

Panel participants:

  • Dr. JohnElla Holmes, Retired KSU faculty and President of the Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
  • Kevin Bryant, Retired Riley Co Police and Manhattan, KS Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Community Committee Co-Chair
  • Grace Hyunh, KSTATE MANRRS Ag Student Council representative, Cargill Project IMPACT Scholar and Animal Sciences & Industry Major
  • Summer Smades –  Junior in Ag Business, President of Alpha of Clovia and the College of Agriculture Diversity Programs Office (DPO) student assistant

Co-sponsored by the College of Ag Diversity Programs Office and K-State First Book.

 10-22-2020 Perspectives of the Global Food System: From Kansas to Sub-Saharan Africa

Join faculty from the secondary major in Global Food Systems Leadership and alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program from Sub-Saharan Africa for an online panel discussion about the food system, sustainable agriculture, and energy as they connect with ideas of leadership today and for the future.

10-1-2020  Resilience and Perseverance: How Engagement Transforms Lives

As demonstrated in "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" resilience and perseverance are the at the essence of changing lives.  The Feed the Future Labs at Kansas State University are involved on a daily basis with people in developing countries around the world.

Stories of accomplishment in the development of a farming tool in Ghana and the building of a business to provide that product locally is a life changing achievements.  Mr. Isaac Sesi, CEO Sesi Technologies, Kumasi, Ghana, will share his story of  how this engagement transformed his life.

Co-sponsored by the Global Food Initiative, K-State Feed the Future Labs, and the K-State First Book.

9-30-2020  Lecture by William Kamkwamba (K-State eID and password required)

Author William Kamkwamba extends the story behind _The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind_ to share what has happened in the years since the book's publication as well as low-cost, high-impact projects currently in development for communities around the world. 

Co-sponsored by K-State First, K-State First Book, K-State Libraries, College of Agriculture, The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Global Food Systems Initiative, Staley School of Leadership Studies, K-State Department of English, and USD 383.

9-3-2020 Beach Museum of Art Common Work of Art/K-State First Book Virtual Celebration

Discussion of the First Book and Common Work of Art with Tara Coleman, Web Services Librarian, Associate Professor Kansas State University Libraries, Chair, K-State First Book and Kathrine Schlageck, Associate Curator of Education Beach Museum of Art followed by Q&A

2019 Darius the Great is Not Okay

11-14-2019 Sports and Well-Being

Representatives from K-State Athletics and Counseling Services will offer a moderated panel discussion on "Sports and Well-Being." Dr. Kyle Goerl, MD CAQSM, primary care sports medicine and family medicine physician for Lafene Health Center and team physician for K-State Athletics, will serve as moderator.

Participants will include:

  • Anne Weese, director of sport psychology, K-State Athletics.
  • Kennedy Felice, graduate student in kinesiology and student athlete.
  • Bri Presutti, post-degree consultant, Counseling Services.

10-10-2019 Well-Being: A Conversation (Audio)

Representatives from across campus discuss best practices and strategies for well-being. Panelists include:

  • Jean DeDonder, Assistant Director, Lafene Health Services
  • Brandon Haddock, Director, LGBTQ Resource Center
  • Jodi Kaus, Director, Powercat Financial
  • Andy Thompson, Assistant Dean, Student Life

10-03-2019 The City of Yazd: Understanding the Heart of Iran

A panel discussion inspired by the architecture, landscape, and cityscape of Iran, one of the settings for the 2019 KSBN selection “Darius the Great Is Not Okay” by Adib Khorram. 

Panel participants:

  • Dorna Eshrati, Ph.D. candidate on overview of Persian culture, tea, setting the stage
  • Todd Gabbard, Arch faculty member on research on chaharbaghs and courtyards
  • Sara Hadavi, Landscape Arch faculty member on gardens in Persian life
  • Hamed Goharipour, PhD candidate on Yazd's urban life and unique infrastructure

09-12-2019 Author Visit: "Darius the Great is Not Okay"

Adib Khorram, author of "Darius the Great is Not Okay" talks about his best selling novel. (K-State eID and password required)

09-05-2019 KSU Student Welcome, Common Book and Common Works of Art Open House

Immerse yourself in the K-State Book Network’s Common Book, “Darius the Great is not Okay” by Adib Khorram and view the museum’s Common Works of Art, chosen to complement the book.

Sponsor: Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art 

 

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. (K-State eID and password required)

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.

From Wikipedia.org website

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". (K-State eID and password required)

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. (K-State eID and password required)

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