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Speaker Details Image of Marco Alcocer) Marco Alcocer   Sensationalism and the Flaw of Journalism From TV to print media, radio and internet news, today’s conventional journalism lives in an existential crisis. Sensationalism, while not new, has become more pervasive for some journalists and news organizations. Speaker Details Image of Debra Bolton) Debra Bolton   Strangers in Town – Film Discussion* Strangers in Town tells the story of how global migration transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. Speaker Details Image of Cash Hollistah) Cash Hollistah   Sunflower Music This presentation highlights numerous artists and musicians from the Sunflower State and takes a deeper look into how the power of place informs and inspires us musically. Speaker Details Image of Neill Kennedy) Neill Kennedy   Testimony and Communal Memory Testimonio is a political tradition across Latin America and typically features first-person narration of one’s lived experiences. Speaker Details Image of Dave Loewenstein) Dave Loewenstein   If These Walls Could Talk: Kansas Murals Explore the artist, meaning, and stories behind the state's rich collection of public murals, from the iconic John Steuart Curry murals in the Kansas Statehouse to the post office murals of the New Deal to the many community murals across the state. Speaker Details Image of Amy Longa) Amy Longa   Strangers in Town – Film Discussion* Strangers in Town tells the story of how global migration transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. Speaker Details Image of David Procter) David Procter   The Rural Grocery Store: Innovative Community Builder This presentation discusses the challenges of the grocery store business, explore success stories, and consider how rural grocery stores build and strengthen community. Speaker Details Image of Paula Ripple) Paula Ripple   Free Speech in Kansas: Community Writing Workshops Paula Ripple leads facilitated writing workshops where participants can express themselves through essays, poems, letters to editor, memoirs, and fiction. Speaker Details Image of  Julie Roller Weeks) Julie Roller Weeks   A Boomerang’s Approach to Reimagining Rural Tourism In this talk, Julie discusses how embracing tourism can help sustain our rural communities for future generations. Speaker Details Image of Matthew Sanderson ) Matthew Sanderson   Immigration in Kansas Today Since settlement in the 19th century, the story of Kansas has largely been a story of immigration. How does immigration today compare to immigration in the 1860s? Speaker Details Image of Nancy Thellman) Nancy Thellman   Farm Stress: You Are Not Alone According to the American Farm Bureau, 82% of farmers say mental health is important, but few are comfortable talking about it. This presentation hopes to break the silence, get past the stigma, and talk about mental health and farming. Speaker Details Image of Ron Wilson) Ron Wilson   Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities How can businesses succeed in small town Kansas? The answers can be found in what we have termed "ruralpreneurs," -- innovative entrepreneurs who have built successful enterprises in small town Kansas and strengthened their communities as a result.


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