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Publication Date

Fall 9-21-2017

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Event Date

September 21, 2017


MDOCS, Documentary, Storytelling, Event, Reading, Lecture, Race, Bias, Kakla Magoon, How it Went Down


Behind the Headlines: With author Kekla Magoon

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7PM-9PM, Gannett Auditorium

Behind the Headlines: New Perspectives and Empathy in How It Went Down and the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement

To open a newspaper today is to encounter endless stories about police shootings, protest marches, and unabashed white supremacy on display. In this challenging landscape, how can we go "behind the headlines?" Join author Kekla Magoon to better understand the impact of race and bias on individuals and communities, and how social and political context inspire and continues to inform her novels.

Kekla MagoonHow it Went DownYoung adult author Kekla Magoon is the author of nine young adult novels, including How It Went Down, the story of a sixteen-year old African-American boy gunned down by a white man and how people struggle to make sense of the shooting. She has received (among other honors) an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, and been long listed for the National Book Award. She also writes non-fiction on historical topics. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty. Visit her online at Book signing and reception following the talk in partnership with Northshire Bookstore. Presentation introduced by Hope Casto, Education Department, Skidmore College.