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September 7, 2018

KSBN fall programming, lecture series on 'The Hate U Give'

Submitted by Karin Westman

Angie Thomas "The Hate U Give"

The K-State Book Network announces its fall programming for the 2018 common book, "The Hate U Give." All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

On Monday, Sept. 17, KSBN will join other campus groups to sponsor Wildcat Dialogues at 7 p.m. in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. This event will foster intercultural learning and inclusive leadership development. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to RSVP at the event website.

The next event will be a moderated panel discussion on community policing, co-sponsored with the K-State Police Department. The panel will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building.

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.

Thursday, Sept. 27, marks the beginning of the KSBN faculty/staff lecture series on "The Hate U Give."

"The Hate U Give: A Public Lecture Series" draws upon the collective knowledge of the campus community to provide insight on the issues raised in Angie Thomas's novel.

"Members of our campus community will help us consider connections between the characters and themes of 'The Hate U Give' and our current cultural moment, including our local experience here at K-State," said Karin Westman, PR/Event Committee chair and department head of English. "We're looking forward to conversations about key themes in Thomas's book."

The lecture series will include the following three presentations:

• "What Are You Listening For?: Code-Switching, Language, and Access to Justice in 'The Hate U Give'"
Thursday, Sept. 27, 5-6 p.m.
Faculty/staff expert: Mary Kohn, associate professor, Department of English
Union Flint Hills Room

Kohn will discuss how the characters in Thomas's novel offer insight into the relationship between language, identity, and social justice.

• "Alumni Voices — Living in Two Worlds: Assumptions and Social Capital"
Faculty/staff expert: Jessica Elmore, associate director of diversity programs, K-State Alumni Association
Thursday, Oct. 4, 4-5 p.m.
Union Flint Hills Room

Elmore 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; and AbdulRasak Yahaya, civil engineering, '08 — members of the K-State Alumni Association Multicultural Alumni Council — will provide real-life experiences.

• "T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.: Hip-Hop in 'The Hate U Give'"
Wednesday, Oct. 24, noon to 1 p.m.
Faculty/staff expert: Cameron Leader-Picone, associate professor, Department of English
Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union

Leader-Picone will discuss the role of hip-hop in Thomas's novel. Note: This presentation will include explicit language.

Visit the K-State Book Network for more information about Thomas's book and the KSBN program, including a list of events sponsored by other campus and community organizations in connection with the 2018 selection.

"We encourage members of the K-State and Manhattan communities to contact KSBN at ksbn@k-state.edu when they organize an event that resonates with 'The Hate U Give' and its themes, so we can recognize their contribution to the conversation," Westman said.