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Week Ahead on Wednesday for November 13, 2019

WeekAheadMasthead800px.jpgWelcome to a special newsletter from the Public Relations staff at Washburn University.  This newsletter goes out every Wednesday when classes are in session.  It's designed to showcase events and story possibilities in the coming week.  For more information about any of these events or story tips, contact Washburn's Public Relations Department at wurelations@washburn.edu or at 785-670-1711.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

6:30 p.m.  – Henderson Learning Center (Room 100) -- Free & Open to the Public

Students demonstrate their public speaking skills during tonight’s Nall Speak Off

The Washburn University communications study department will host the fall 2019 Nall Speak Off Wednesday. These faculty members have invited students from their introductory public speaking classes to demonstrate their skills during the Speak Off. The Speak Off is an informative speaking contest, featuring beginning students from the various Public Speaking sections being offered during the semester and is hosted by the Washburn University communications studies department each fall and spring semester.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

7:30 p.m.  – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center -- Free & Open to the Public

Dr. Chike Jeffers to explore “Culture and Value in Du Bois’ The Gift of Black Folk” during the inaugural Russell Jacobs Lecture in Philosophy

Washburn University will present the inaugural Russell Jacobs Lecture in Philosophy, featuring Dr. Chike Jeffers Wednesday. Jeffers will give his lecture “What Counts as a Collective Gift? Culture and Value in Du Bois’ The Gift of Black Folk.” 

Jeffers is an associate professor of philosophy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His areas of focus include Africana philosophy, philosophy of race, social and political philosophy, and ethics.

 Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois recounts the remarkable history of African-Americans and their many unsung contributions to American society in his book “The Gift of Black Folk.” Du Bois was among the first generation of African-American scholars to spearhead this movement towards equality. As cofounder of the NAACP, he sought to initiate equality through social change, and as a talented writer, he created books and essays that provide a revealing glimpse into the black experience of the times.

The Washburn University department of philosophy and religious studies established the Russell Jacobs Lecture in Philosophy in 2019 with a gift from Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and former department chairman, Russell Jacobs. The series aims to bring outstanding philosophers and discussion of their work to Washburn University each fall.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

6:00 p.m.  – Rita Blitt Gallery -- Free & Open to the Public

Mulvane Art Museum hosts presentation on art preservation

Learn about the process of conserving and treating fine art pieces, plus see dramatic before and after images. On Thursday, Nov. 14, fine art conservator Peggy Van Witt will give a lecture on art conservation at the Rita Blitt Gallery from 6 - 7 p.m. Van Witt has worked as a conservator in Germany, England, Switzerland and Belgium.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.  – KBI Forensic Science Center Auditorium -- Free & Open to the Public

Bringing them home – Forensic anthropology and the Defense POS/MIA Accounting Agency

Join Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Nicholas Pasalacqua, DABFA for an evening discussing the methods used by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to recover our fallen service members lost in past foreign conflicts.  This presentation will use a case study focusing on forensic archaeological field methods for recovering complex historic aircraft loss sites.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Noon – International House -- Free & Open to the Public

The curious case of celebrities as politicians – An International House Brown Bag

Maria Stover, chair of the mass media department and professor, will give her talk, "The Curious Case of Celebrities as Politicians" on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at noon at the International House. After an overview of the involvement of celebrities in US and world politics, this presentation will focus on Western media’s coverage of Ksenia Sobchak, a famous TV-personality who became Putin’s rival in the 2018 Russian Presidential elections. Sobchak is often referred to as Russia’s “Paris Hilton” and is the daughter of Putin’s mentor, Anatoly Sobchak.

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For further information: For further information, contact: Patrick M. Early, APR Director of Public Relations Office: 785-670-1711 Cell: 717-385-1119 Email: patrick.early@washburn.edu

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