The New Albany – Plain Local Schools is proud to present a series of speakers for the New Year. Our focus is to offer support, awareness and expertise to parents, community, and students on a variety of topics that we have focused on here in the New Albany Learning Community during this school year. Those focuses include student wellness and mental health, diversity, anti-bullying, and our overall student and community culture goal.
Community Youth Culture Series February featured Speaker
An Evening with Steven Ryuse – Author, I Didn’t Know I Was Black: Growing Up Black In the White World of Tennis
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 7:00 PM
Mershad Hall, The McCoy Center for the Arts
A Discussion of Race and Identity
Steven Ryuse’s book provides an interesting and insightful memoir about growing up black in the world of white tennis. Ryuse will discuss his life growing up in Mount Vernon, Ohio. His initial shock of racism at a young age, when he suddenly realizes he is in two different worlds. Ryuse, through his book, poignantly and powerfully engages the reader in his struggles from that point forward.
Mr. Ryuse will help convey an important message that social interaction, rather than biology, may play a larger role in a person’s self- identity. For anyone attending, reading the book prior to this lecture is not necessary and excerpts of this book will be read during the evening lecture.
When You Are Concerned
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Mershad Hall, McCoy Center for the Arts
Norman Shub, author, teacher, and psychotherapist, has worked around the world. The Clinical Director of the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio, Shub’s “Working Paper Series” is used in universities and institutes worldwide. He is a dynamic presenter who is particularly gifted in bringing the audience into the learning process. This evening event will focus on seeing warning signs in children, preventing problems, and dealing with difficult behavior.