KIPCOR’s 2019-2020 Peace Lecture Series presents our second event, featuring Sarah Smarsh
Join us on September 17 for the second of our
2019-2020 Peace Lectures!
The Fall KIPCOR 2020 Peace Lecture Series will feature author, speaker, and journalist, Sarah Smarsh, who will present “Bridging the Cultural Divide in Difficult Times,” on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7pm, in Memorial Hall at Bethel College, North Newton. Smarsh is the author of Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, an instant New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, examines economic inequality through her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm. This fundraiser is part of the 35th anniversary celebration for the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR).
Sarah Smarsh is an author, speaker, and journalist who focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, an instant New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, examines economic inequality through her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm.
Sarah has reported on socioeconomic class for The Guardian, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and many other publications. Heartland was named a “best of 2018” by NPR, Fresh Air, the Boston Globe, Amazon, Buzzfeed, Barnes and Noble, and Publishers Weekly. In addition to being short-listed for the National Book Award, Heartland was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, the Lukas Prize, the Indie Choice Award, and an Audie Award for Smarsh’s reading of audiobook. Actor-producer Sarah Jessica Parker selected the title for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central.
Sarah is a regular political commentator in national media and has spoken internationally on poverty, rural issues, and cultural divides at venues ranging from small-town libraries to Sydney Opera House. Sarah was recently a Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. In 2019, Sarah released a podcast entitled The Homecomers, which focuses on how a national blind spot toward rural and working-class America is driving misleading headlines, broken politics, and dangerous fissures in our social fabric. The podcast showcases stories of people who, as residents or advocates, remain committed to their complex, embattled homes.
By ninth grade, Sarah attended eight southern-Kansas schools, ranging from a 2,000-student high school to a two-room prairie schoolhouse. Now, she holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, as well as degrees in journalism and English from the University of Kansas. A former English professor and grant-writer for social service agencies, Sarah aims for all of her work to have a backbone of civic responsibility.
General Admission tickets are available in advance online for $15 from Eventbrite HERE.
Bethel College students will be admitted free of charge when they present a Bethel Student ID at the door of the event. No prior rservations are necessary.
Students from other ACCK colleges will be admitted for $10 by presenting their college ID at the door. These tickets can not be purchased in advance.
General Admission tickets will be available at the door for $20.
This event is co-sponsored by KMUW.