Charles Blow

Lecture: October 10, 2017, 7:00 PM, Forum Hall, K-State Student Union


Charles M. Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times where his column appears on Thursdays and Mondays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justices, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator and a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he teaches a seminar on media and politics.
Mr. Blow is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The book won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People Magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.”
Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. Mr. Blow went on to become the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic Magazine. Before coming to The Times, Mr. Blow had worked at The Detroit News.
Mr. Blow graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He lives in Brooklyn and has three children.

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Keith Edwards

Lecture: Ending Rape: Addressing the Roots of Sexual Violence Prevention
September 19, 2017  7:00 PM, Forum Hall, K-State Student Union


Keith E. Edwards, PhD ,is a scholar and educator on sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, curricular approaches, and leadership. Keith assists campuses in educating students on these issues through engaging, provocative, humorous, and inspiring keynotes and workshops. He also helps campuses foster broader systemic change through professional development sessions for faculty and staff. Keith equips audiences with knowledge, hope, and an ability to make a real difference addressing complex problems.


Keith received his B. A. degree in Social Studies along with an education minor and teaching license from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. He also earned his M. S. degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. Keith earned his PhD from the College Student Personnel Administration program at the University of Maryland, where he completed his dissertation “Putting my man face on”: A grounded theory of college men’s gender identity development, which was recognized as Dissertation of the Year by ACPA – College Student Educators International in 2008.


Keith recently co-chaired ACPA’s Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence Prevention in Higher Education and co-edited the groups publication, Beyond Compliance: Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education. He is currently co-editing a book on responding and preventing sexual violence in higher education.

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