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Kent Reads, Kent Writes, Kent State!: Spring 2012 Series

Spring 2012 Series

February 2

We kicked off our Spring "Kent Reads, Kent Writes, Kent State!" series on Thursday, February 2, 2012, with Babacar M'baye, who read excerpts from, The Trickster Comes West: Pan-African Influence in Early Black Diasporan Narratives. Published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2009, its synopsis can be found on their website.

Babacar M'Baye is an assistant professor of English and Pan-African studies at Kent State University. His work has appeared in Journal of African Literature and Culture, Journal of Pan-African Studies, New England Journal of History, and other publications. 

The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series is a free event and is open to the public. Join us from 1-2 p.m. in the University Library. Light refreshments are provided.

Video from February 2 event

February 22

Alice ConeOn Wednesday, February 22, 2012, our Kent Reads series featured Alice Cone, instructor for the Kent State University English Department. Kent Reads, Kent Writes is a read aloud series presented by University Libraries. Alice read selections from Haruki Murakami's novels, Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84.

Alice Cone has taught creative writing in the Department of English for many years. Her poetry chapbooks include As If a Leaf Could Be Preserved (Finishing Line Press, 2006) and Shattering Into Blossom (Interior Noise Press, 1998). Cone was a member of the 2000 Cleveland Poetry Slam Team and received her M.A. in creative writing from Boston University in 1980. She currently is working on her second novel, Dreaming in Sentences.

The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series is a free event and is open to the public. Join us from 3-4 p.m. in the University Library. Light refreshments are provided.

Video from February 22 event

March 6

Dr. Kenneth BindasOn Tuesday, March 6, 2012, Ken Bindas, professor and chair of the Department of History, read excerpts from his book, Remembering the Great Depression in the Rural South. Based upon over 600 oral history interviews, this book paints a personal portrait of the Depression era and perhaps provides some lessons for understanding today's social and economic situation. 

Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas specializes in modern American Cultural and Intellectual history. His research has focused on the intersection of politics, culture, and class during the Depression era. He received his B.S. in Ed from Youngstown State University in 1983 and his M.A. and PhD. in history from the University of Toledo in 1984 and 1988 respectively. 

He has taught at Kent State University since 1995 and became department chair in 2009. He offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in 20th century American history, including the Depression era, jazz as American history, cultural/intellectual history as well as standard period examinations. He has been recognized for his innovative teaching with the Diversity Leadership Award and the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teacher Award.

The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series is a free event and is open to the public. Join us in the University Library. Light refreshments are provided.

Video from March 6 event

April 5

Jeffrey WattlesOn Thursday, April 5 Kent Reads featured Jeff Wattles, associate professor of Philosophy at Kent State. Wattles will read from his book, The Golden Rule (Oxford University Press), a multicultural and interdisciplinary study of diverse meanings that arise as people apply the rule in the context of different problems. The book's chapters include studies of the golden rule in classical Confucianism, ancient Greek culture, classical Judaism, the New Testament, and medieval and modern thought. The book also covers contemporary psychology, philosophy, and religion. This reading was scheduled for April 5, which The United Nations has declared Golden Rule Day.

Jeffrey Wattles is a Kent State philosopher and scholar of the golden rule, "do to others as you want others to do to you." Lecturing on this topic has taken him to the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns at the United Nations Geneva, to several universities including the University of Beijing, and to gatherings of the North American Interfaith Network and of interfaith groups in Wichita, Kansas, as part of their Golden Rule Project. He assists scholars with their books on the golden rule and cooperates with Scarboro Missions in Canada, the unofficial headquarters of the golden rule movement in North America.

Jeff comes to the Philosophy Department at Kent State via Stanford University, Northwestern University, the University of Louvain, Belgium, and the University of Toronto. He is currently writing a book on living in truth, beauty, and goodness.

The Kent Reads series is a free event and is open to the public. Join us in the University Library. Light refreshments are provided.

Video from April 5 event

April 11 - A Special Kent Reads event

Dean Jim BrackenIn celebration of National Library week Dean Jim Bracken will be reading selections from The Contrarians Guide to Leadership by Steven B. Sample; Books: A Living History by Martyn Lyons and Print is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age by Jeff Gomez.

Kent Reads, Kent Writes is a read aloud series presented by University Libraries. The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series features engaging and thoughtful Kent State University faculty, administrators, alumni, and current students reading aloud from meaningful works of literature, poetry, original creative writings, and non-fiction.

The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series is a free event and is open to the public. Join us on the first floor of the Kent State University library. Light refreshments are provided.

Video from April 11 event

Alumni Author Series - April 17

Tom CooperriderOn Tuesday, April 17 our Kent Reads with Alumni Author series featured honorary KSU alum Tom Cooperrider. 

Emeritus professor of biological sciences at Kent State University, Tom S. Cooperrider grew up on the family farm in Licking County, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army, mainly with the Third Infantry Division in Germany after World War II. He received his B.A. from Denison University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has authored and coauthored numerous research articles and five books in the field of botany, including "Endangered and Threatened Plants of Ohio" and "Seventh Catalog of the Vascular Plants of Ohio". Cooperrider is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and currently serves as regional reviewer for the Flora of North America Project.

The Kent Reads with Alumni Author series features the works of KSU alumni and offers a forum for the university community to discuss topics of interest. The read aloud series celebrates reading, books and libraries.

This event is free and open to the public. Join us from 2 - 3 p.m. on the first floor of the University Library. 

Video from April 17 event

Alumni Author Series - April 18

Nobby LewandowskiOn Wednesday, April 18 our Kent Reads with Alumni Author series featured KSU alum Norbert Lewandowski. Nobby is nationally recognized for his speeches, seminars, workshops and business coaching. From his career as a professional baseball player to founding one of the largest accounting firms in Northeast Ohio to his successful entrepreneurial ventures, Nobby's life experiences, both successful and challenging, result in humbling and inspiring presentations. Ironically, his biggest personal challenge to overcome has defied conventional thinking in becoming a career public speaker.

Determined to never let his speech challenge be an impediment to his success, Nobby has become a huge success in the arena of public speaking despite being a stutterer. He helps his audience understand that facing adversity and obstacles can result in building strong character and be the foundation of success. By facing his own challenges, Nobby has successfully leveraged what most would think to be a "liability" into a unique and impactful "asset".

The Kent Reads with Alumni Author series features the works of KSU alumni and offers a forum for the university community to discuss topics of interest. The read aloud series celebrates reading, books and libraries.

This event is free and open to the public. Join us from 2 - 3 p.m. on the first floor of the University Library.

Video from April 18 event

Alumni Author Series - April 19

Ratanjit SondheOn Thursday, April 19 our Kent Reads with Alumni Author series featured honorary KSU alum Ratanjit Sondhe. Ratanjit is an educator, author, lecturer, television and radio personality, successful entrepreneur and polymer technologist. He travels worldwide speaking to individuals of all ages while delivering life-changing messages of universal wisdom, business leadership & ethics and applied spirituality.

The Kent Reads with Alumni Author series features the works of KSU alumni and offers a forum for the university community to discuss topics of interest. The read aloud series celebrates reading, books and libraries.

The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series is a free event and is open to the public. Join us on the first floor of the Kent State University library. Light refreshments are provided. 

For more about Ratanjit, visit his website.

Video from April 19 event

Alumni Author Series - April 25

Julie LindseyOn Wednesday, April 25 our Kent Reads with Alumni Author series featured Julie Lindsey, who read excerpts from her book, Death By Chocolate. Julie graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. When asked more about herself, she writes, "I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you'll find me online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book." For more about Julie Lindsey follow her blog or on Twitter.

The Kent Reads with Alumni Author series features the works of KSU alumni and offers a forum for the university community to discuss topics of interest. The read aloud series celebrates reading, books and libraries.

The Kent Reads series is free and open to the public. Join us on the first floor of the University Library. Light refreshments are provided.

Video from April 25 event

Alumni Author Series - April 26

Bob BatchelorOn Thursday, April 26 our Kent Reads with Alumni Author series featured KSU alum Bob Batchelor. The Kent Reads with Alumni Author series features the works of KSU alumni and offers a forum for the university community to discuss topics of interest. The read aloud series celebrates reading, books and libraries.

Bob Batchelor is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University and academic coordinator of its online M.A. program in public relations. He received his undergraduate degree in history, philosophy, and political science at the University of Pittsburgh; master's degree in history at Kent State University; and doctorate in English at the University of South Florida.

Bob is the author or editor of 16 books, including: The 1900s; The 1980s; The 2000s; American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade (4 vols.); and Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream (3 vols.). Bob has published in Radical History Review, The Journal of American Culture, The Mailer Review, The American Prospect Online, and Public Relations Review. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Popular Culture and the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning.

This event is free and open to the public. Join us on the first floor of the University Library. Light refreshments are provided.

Video from April 26 event

About the Kent Reads Series

Kent Reads, Kent Writes is a read aloud series presented by University Libraries. The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series features engaging and thoughtful Kent State University faculty, administrators, alumni, and current students reading aloud from meaningful works of literature, poetry, original creative writings, and non-fiction.

The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series is a free event and is open to the public. Join us in the Kent State University library. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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