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KIPCOR’s 2020-2021 Peace Lecture Series presents our first event, featuring Sarah Smarsh

Join us ONLINE for KIPCOR’s 2020-2021

Peace Lecture Series


Thank you so much for your patience since the beginning of the year when we announced Sarah Smarsh as our 2020 Peace Lecturer.   After much discussion with her team, we have decided that the best way to safely host the event is to do it virtually.  Therefore, we will be live-streaming the event at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening, November 5th, 2020.  The author, speaker, and journalist will present, “Bridging the Cultural Divide in Difficult Times.”

Sarah 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 her 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.

This event is a fundraiser.  Registration details will be provided at a later date. For the most up to date information, pleasecontinue to visit  our website at www.KIPCOR.org.  We will announce the availability of the registration link via email to our usual email list and on our Facebook page, as well as here on the website.

If you would like to be a sponsor for this event, or would like to suggest a potential sponsor, please contact KIPCOR Director, Sheryl Wilson, at (316) 284-5881, or swilson@bethelks.edu.


Sheryl Wilson
KIPCOR Director

This event is co-sponsored by KMUW.


November 5
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Virtual (Online) Event
No street address
North Newton, KS 67117 United States


(316) 284-5217