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October Speaker Series Offers Compelling Perspectives to the Public

September 23, 2013

October Events Offer Three Individual Perspectives from a Former Death Row Inmate, a Self-Identified “Radical Economist”, and Human Rights Activist.

Keene State College will host its ninth biennial symposium that will focus on understanding and taking responsibility for our places in public spaces. The 2013 Keene State College Symposium, titled Finding Your Place in the Evolving Commons, will address a number of real world issues that affect our lives today as a result of being part larger communities. Leading up to the Symposium, the College is hosting a series of events that follow the same theme.

October events include the following:

The Sidore Lecture Series will host Robin Hahnel, professor of economics at Portland State University, radical economist, and political activist who will discuss the model of a “participatory economy”, an alternative approach to managing economic affairs. The Sidore Series was established to support campus presentations by speakers on emerging ideas and to enhance faculty efforts to challenge students and the wider community to participate in dialogue around original and sometimes controversial issues facing society. Time: October 8, 2013 at 7pm Location: Mabel Brown Room, Young Student Center at Keene State College.

Witness to Innocence: Kirk Bloodsworth, former Death Row Inmate. Bloodsworth was the first US death row prisoner to be exonerated based on DNA evidence. In December 1994, Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer granted him a full pardon based on innocence, and he was one of the few exonerated death row survivors to receive compensation from the state in which they were incarcerated. Time: October 9, 2013 at 7pm Location: Mabel Brown Room, Young Student Center at Keene State College.

The James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture will feature Chris Mburu, human rights activist, who will discuss how one small deed can make a world of difference. The Ewing World Affairs Lecture was named in honor of James Ewing, former owner and publisher of the Keene Sentinel, The Endowment has been established to bring speakers to Keene State College and the Keene community to address current public or world affairs issues. Time: October 28, 2013 at 7pm Location: Mabel Brown Room, Young Student Center at Keene State College.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on these October events, speakers, and for a full schedule of Symposium events, visit http://sites.keene.edu/symposium2013.