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September 18, 2018

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“The Hate You Give” Author to Keynote Brockport Diversity Conference

Angie Thomas will cap a full day of activity and discussion around inclusive excellence

BROCKPORT, NYThe Hate You Give will hit the big screen this fall. But before it does, its creator will speak at The College at Brockport.

Author Angie Thomas, the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, will keynote the 18th annual Brockport Diversity Conference at 7 pm, Sept. 20 in the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC) Field House. The novel’s main character, 16 year-old Starr Carter navigates between her poverty stricken neighborhood and the elite suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation—but may or may not have been a drug dealer.

The Hate You Give was required reading for incoming freshman this summer as part of the Academic Planning Seminar’s Summer Reading Program.

Other sessions during the day-long conference include: Addressing Power, Privilege, and Difference; Gender Equality Across Continents; Navigating Racial Discord on College Campuses and Dyslexia: A Beautiful Brain.

The conference will also feature showcases for student organizations and artistic performances, a study abroad fair, and an international dessert sampling. Its theme this year is “Building a Strategic Roadmap for Inclusive Excellence,” which emphasizes the actions of respect, compassion and open-mindedness to create a stronger and more positive learning, working and living environment for the Brockport community.

The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 *

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