October 20, 2017
Benjamin Busch to present “Skin in the Game: The Meaning of Service from Blue Collars to Body Armor in America”
Shawnee State University welcomes Benjamin Busch to present “Skin in the Game: The Meaning of Service from Blue Collars to Body Armor in America” as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:00 p.m. on Weds., Oct. 25 in the East Sodexo Ballroom of the Morris University Center.
Busch will deliver a multimedia presentation on how our sense of service has changed in the new century. His lecture will examine the changing relationship of Americans to patriotism, citizenship and service. He will ask what people work for, how labor defines us, how unemployment harms identity, and how military service is perceived by politics, college, and home.
Busch is a writer, actor, filmmaker, and photographer. He has served 16 years and two combat tours in Iraq as a Marine. Busch is the writer and director of the award-winning films Sympathetic Details and BRIGHT. He served as an actor in the HBO Mini-series Generation Kill and in the HBO series The Wire. He has three traveling exhibitions of photography and a forthcoming book of selected images. He is also the author of the acclaimed memoir “Dust to Dust,” winner of the Debut-litzer Prize, GCLA Award for Creative Nonfiction, and Michigan Notable Book Award.
Busch currently teaches nonfiction in the low-residency MFA in the Creative Writing program at SNC Tahoe. He also teaches independent writing workshops across the country. He participates in veteran programs like Words After War and Talking Service. Busch currently lives on a farm in Michigan where he shovels by day and illustrates by night.
“Skin in the Game: The Meaning of Service from Blue Collars to Body Armor in America” is open to all SSU students, faculty, and staff, as well the surrounding community.
The Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the SSU Development Foundation.
For more information about the presentation, please contact Mistie Spicer at firstname.lastname@example.org.