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In conjunction with the Taking it to the Streets exhibition, please attend a panel discussion on Public Scholarship:

Panelists include:

  • Jomella Watson-Thompson — Director, Center for Service Learning; Associate Professor, Applied Behavioral Science

  • Mercedes Lucero — Founding member of BLACK Lawrence

  • Luke DeCicco — Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

  • Steven Maynard-Moody — Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration

The panel will be moderated by Samantha Bishop Simmons, Humanities Librarian and Haricombe Gallery Assistant Coordinator

Questions: libevents@ku.edu

About the panelists:

  • Jomella Watson-Thompson applies behavioral science methods and interventions to improve how communities address issues related to community health and development. She has been a consultant for several community coalitions and community-based initiatives.


  • Mercedes Lucero is a writer, scholar, poet and creative who earned a Ph.D. from KU in English Literature and Creative Writing. Lucero is the founding member of BLACK Lawrence, an arts collective seeking to elevate the dialogue around the meaning of being a Black artist and creating Black art.


  • Luke DeCicco is a collaborating researcher in the Red-tailed Hawk Project, focused on the ecology and evolution of red-tailed hawks and providing educational resources to the public. He was the first guest of the KU Biological Field Station’s Science Sunday speaker series.


  • Steven Maynard-Moody is the author of Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship with Charles R. Epp and Donald P. Haider-Markel. In Pulled Over, the authors show that who is stopped and how they are treated convey powerful messages about citizenship and racial disparity in the United States.

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