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Six O'Clock Series examines social media, racial profiling

| Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 3:57 p.m.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's spring 2014 Six O'Clock Series includes programs on topics ranging from social media, the Trayvon Martin case and the holocaust to how to “live intentionally.”

Offered Mondays throughout the academic semester from 6 to 7 p.m., the series provides an opportunity to learn about current issues and approach familiar topics from a new perspective. All of the presentations are free and open to the community. Unless otherwise noted, all presentations will be held in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room.

Parking at the Hadley Union Building and elsewhere on campus in non-reserved spots is free after 5 p.m.

The series begins this coming Monday with “Be a Leader, Not a Follower: Harnessing the Power of Social Media.” Presented by the IUP Libraries in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Center for Student Life, the program is a panel discussion about the complexities of maintaining an online identity.

Made up of highly engaged social media users, including IUP students and faculty members, the panel will discuss a variety of questions about the ways social media affects lives, relationships and identities.

Specific topics include professional versus personal use of social media, “oversharing,” online bullying and popular IUP-referencing accounts. The program will kick off IUP's first Social Media Leader Awards, which are presented in four categories to students who best contribute to a positive online culture at IUP.

The Feb. 10 program will be the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker and Cultural Arts Series event and Black History Month Keynote Program. It features Sybrina Fulton and Michael Skolnik in an interactive panel discussion, “He Has a Name: Trayvon Martin and the Fight to End the Criminalization and Profiling of Black Youth.” The presentation will include a question and answer session.

Fulton, mother of the late Trayvon Martin, is co-founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Skolnik is an American civil rights activist, writer and film producer. He is also political director to Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons and editor-in-chief of

Martin, a 17-year-old African American from Florida, was killed in February 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

The program is presented by IUP African American Cultural Center, with support from the Six O'clock Series, the Office of Social Equity and other campus offices.

The remaining presentations in the series include

• Feb. 17 — “Traveling While Black: My Experiences as an African-American Woman Researching in China.” Keisha Brown, a doctoral student in history at the University of Southern California, will discuss her research about China's media depictions of and diplomatic exchanges with African Americans during their struggle for freedom and equality from 1949 to 1972. She will also discuss the response she received during her research. The program is co-sponsored by the Pan-African Studies program, the African American Cultural Center and the Office for Social Equity.

• Feb. 24 — “The Impact of Suicide.” Representatives of sponsoring group the Suicide Task Force of Indiana County will lead discussion on the local impact of suicide.

• March 3 — “The Mindful Way to Study: Dancing With Your Books.” Presenter Jake Gibbs will discuss how mindfulness, rather than forced concentration, can be applied to the challenges of college. It is sponsored by the Mindfulness Living-Learning Community.

• March 10 — “Shaving the Yak.” Steve Whitby, a 1994 IUP graduate, will discuss how people can readjust their focus and rediscover their purpose. The program is co-sponsored by the Center for Student Life, Student Leadership and Greek Life and the Golden Key Honour Society.

• March 24 — “Moshe Baran: His Story of Struggle, Resistance and Survival During the Holocaust.” Baran, 93, will tell his story of life during the holocaust and will present his documentary, “A Look into the Eyes of Resistance.” At the age of 91, Baran began writing an anti-hate blog, “Language Can Kill—Messages of Genocide.”

• April 7 — “Careers in Sports Administration: The Right Fit for You?” Sponsored by the Career Development Center, this presentation will feature a panel of experts in a number of fields related to sports administration, including marketing, coaching and public relations

• April 14 — “3801 Lancaster: The Kermit Gosnell Story.” This presentation will feature the screening of a documentary by the same name, about Kermit Gosnell, a doctor from Philadelphia charged with murder in connection with the treatment of patients and performance of illegal abortions. The documentary was directed by IUP alumnus David Altrogge. Gosnell's story has been featured on CNN, BBC and other national networks. The presentation is sponsored by the Center for Student Life.

• April 21 — “Speed Faithing.” Presented by the Interfaith Council and Better Together, this program will feature a number of speakers who will each share a 10-minute description of their personal religion. A question-and-answer session will follow.

• April 28 — “Live Intentionally.” Molly Shattuck, a 1989 IUP graduate, will discuss the philosophy behind her newly released book “Vibrant Living.” Shattuck is a healthy-living advocate and accomplished speaker and philanthropist. The Shattuck Family Foundation recently made a gift to IUP to establish a women's leadership program, which will be named for Shattuck, to provide conference and retreat opportunities for female students in coordination with IUP's Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. Shattuck is also a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader.

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