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KU to host Human Library event March 28

Kutztown University will host its second Human Library event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, in the Rohrbach Library. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. It is a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.

Readers will have the opportunity to check out a human book to “read” for up to 20 minutes in a one-on-one or small-group setting.

The event is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

Organized by the Rohrbach Library staff and the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, this Human Library will have a variety of books. which include students, staff and community members, as well as “sequel books” from the first Human Library event.

The Human Library, or “Menneskebiblioteket” as it is called in Danish, was developed in Copenhagen in spring 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel, his brother Dany, and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen; the original event was open eight hours a day for four days and featured more than 50 different titles. The broad selection of books provided readers with ample choices to challenge their stereotypes. More than 1,000 readers participated, leaving librarians, organizers and readers stunned at the impact of the Human Library.

For more information about this unique event, visit library.kutztown.edu/humanlibrary.

Mobile mammograms coming to KU April 4 with the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute

The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute will bring its mobile mammography coach to Kutztown University Thursday, April 4, 2019, and Monday, Oct. 7. 2019.

The first screening in April will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center Parking Lot.

The screening service will be offered to those 40 and older and is open to the entire community. Both post-traditional and graduate students as well as staff, faculty and community members can benefit from this opportunity.

The screening on April 4 is limited to 18 registrants. Women must register ahead of time. The Lehigh Valley Health Network will be on campus at the Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, in the Student Recreation Center to assist with registration, insurance and other questions.

There are potential grant funding opportunities for those over 40 without insurance; those interested should contact the Lehigh Valley Health Network for more information.

First in the region to have a mobile option for its patients, the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute designed the mobile coach program for women who don’t have convenient access to screening mammography. The coach offers new 3D screening mammograms, the same imaging technology used at their facilities.

The mobile mammography coach is designed with women in mind, as it offers private changing rooms and mammogram area, is fully staffed by Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute medical technologists and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Mammogram readings are performed by Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute doctors and screening results are provided to women and their primary care providers in a timely manner. The mobile mammography coach is only accessible by stairs, so women should be able to walk up a few steps and remain standing during their exam.

For more information, contact Erin Yaworski, program coordinator at Lehigh Valley Health Network, at 610.402.8659 or by email at erin.yaworski@lvhn.org.

KU’s Dr. Christine “CJ” Rhoads to discuss opioid crisis at Spirit on Tap Series March 26

Kutztown University professor Dr. Christine “CJ” Rhoads will speak at the March edition of the “Spirit on Tap” series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading.

The event is free and open to the public.

KU President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson previously spoke at the “Spirit on Tap” series in November of last year, focusing on “Higher Education in Contemporary Culture.”

The topic of Rhoads’ discussion is titled “The Opioid Crisis: Problems and Solutions.” She will discuss how and why there is an opioid crisis, how opioids affect various parts of the body, the difference between types of opioids and how to decrease pain within the body without opioid usage.

Rhoads is a successful entrepreneur, business owner, consultant, community advocate, speaker and author. She runs a non-profit called Health, Prosperity, Leadership Institute and is also CEO and president of HPL Consortium, a technology development company helping small groups and causes.

Rhoads has lived in chronic pain since 2002, when she was injured in a devastating car accident, but she doesn’t let her chronic pain stop her. She instead tirelessly worked to discover how pain works and learned to short-circuit the pain mechanism through integrative health practices so that she can completely ignore it and live a full, productive, successful life.

Although she figured out what she needed to do to stay out of pain, she initially didn’t understand the mechanism of how it worked; that’s where her research began. She studied pain, the pain mechanism, integrative healthcare and opioids in order to figure out exactly what caused her pain to begin with, as well as how she could help others prevent or solve the same problems.

This led Rhoads to further research what economic issues caused the opioid crisis to begin with and why it is so hard for society in general to defuse the opioid crisis in the future. It also led her to discover that few doctors know much about the new research on opioids, the pain mechanism or how to help their patients beyond surgery. Rhoads says there is a solution to pain and addiction; we just need more people to understand how it works, which is what she has set out to accomplish.

Sponsored in part by the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton and other individual contributions, Spirit on Tap’s purpose is to encourage theological discussion, explore alternative views and stimulate dialogue around issues of faith, spirituality, culture and social justice.

Updates to the Spiritual Exploration programming include the Interfaith Dialogue Committee meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, Queen City Family Restaurant in Reading, as well as the rescheduling of the Spirit on Tap program, “The Future Isn’t What It used to Be,” for Tuesday, May 21.

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