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The Crimson and Gold Connection with Pitt State's Curator of Special Collections

Gordon Parks
Segregation in the South, 1956

PSU’s Axe Library, in collaboration with Humanities Kansas and the Friends of Leonard H. Axe Library, is presenting “Learning from Gordon Parks” on Thursday, October 19.

This week on the Crimson and Gold Connection, PSU's new Curator of Special Collections and Archivist Sara DeCaro joins us to speak about her career and the upcoming Gordon Parkslecture

Lawrence, Kansas-based artist and freelance photographer Ann Dean will lead the presentation which is a part of the DeGruson Memorial Lecture Series. Gene DeGruson founded the Special Collections department at Pittsburg State in 1968.

Dean will speak about the life, or perhaps lives of Fort Scott, Kansas native Gordon Parks. She’ll also talk about how his childhood and growing up in southeast Kansas would help shape the person, author, and artist Parks would become.

He led a complex life that stretched thru the Great Depression of the 1920s, the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War of the 1960s and 70s until 2006 when he passed away at the age of 93.

“Learning from Gordon Parks,” will take place Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the basement of Axe Library, 1605 S. Joplin Street.

Parking is available in front of the library on Joplin Street and the lot behind the library. It’s free and open to the public.

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