Going Public

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It’s been nearly a year since the racially charged student led protest at the University of Missouri, which led to the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe. As a result, universities across the country were left to figure out how to tackle conversations on racial issues. A year ago, I reported on how Southeast started the conversation long before the events at MU. Recently, I sat down Sonia Rucker, the coordinator of Institutional Equity and Diversity at Southeast.

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The Black Lives Matter movement  pushed the conversation of racial injustices with law enforcement against African Americans into the national spotlight. Assistant Professor Dr. Shonta Smith from the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast Missouri State University, is a supporter of the movement. Smith, who teaches courses on diversity joined KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson in the studio to talk about the movement.

 

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Sparked by the shooting deaths of African American men by police officers, emerged both the “Black Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” movements. Both movements triggered a national conversation on the state of policing and race in America. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with the Dr. Raleigh Blasdell, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Southeast to talk about it.

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As celebrations for National Hispanic Heritage month continue, the Crisp Museum at Southeast’s River Campus is hosting the exhibit Estamos Aquí. The exhibit showcases modernized serigraphs created by 40 artists. Many of which show the Latino and Chicano experience. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Fidencio Duran, a featured artist in the Estamos Aquí exhibit.

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Passports, hotspots and telescope are some of the newest services to hit the Cape Girardeau Public Library. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Cape Girardeau Public Library Director Betty Martin.

Lewis-Thompson: There are a ton of amenities that you all have brought to the Cape Girardeau Public Library. As you mentioned, you have the hotspot. You have the passports available to sign up and do that process, as well as new telescope. So let's start with the hotspots. How did you all come about getting that?

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