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Kansas Wesleyan University is proud to announce the second annual symposium entitled Media (Re)flections: Hate Crimes, Serial Killers, and Mass Communications, to be held during the last week of January 2013 on the KWU campus.

On Monday, January 28, at 7 p.m. in Sams Chapel, Dr. Jack Levin, The Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, will speak about his award-winning research into hate crimes and serial killers over the past thirty years. Levin teaches courses in prejudice and violence, specializing in Criminology, Prejudice, and Social Psychology. He is considered to be an authority on serial killers, mass murderers, and hate crimes, and is the co-director of the Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence at the university. Northeastern is located in Boston, Mass.

On Tuesday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in Sams Chapel, Larry Hatteberg of KAKE-TV in Wichita, will discuss his experiences in helping the Wichita Police Department hunt down and capture the BTK Killer Dennis Rader. Hatteberg has been with KAKE since 1963 and has received more than 100 local, state, and national awards. He is one of Kansas’ most honored journalists and currently co-anchors the KAKE News at Five.

Receptions will follow each speaker in the Hauptli Student Activities Center.

On Wednesday, January 30, at 7 p.m., the KWU Theatre Department will re-stage The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later in Fitzpatrick Auditorium. A panel discussion will follow the show, and refreshments will be served in the lobby of Fitzpatrick.

This event is co-sponsored by the Communications and Criminal Justice Programs of Kansas Wesleyan University. For more information, contact Dr. David Silverman at or Professor John Burchill at

This is the second year for the Media (Re-)flections symposium, which invites prominent speakers to the KWU campus for community-wide discussions on controversial media and its impact on daily life. Last year’s symposium focused on media-generated images of girls and women, and featured best-selling author Peggy Orenstein.