‘Savage Love’ coming to Memorial
Audrey Dighans | copy editor
Pittsburg is up for some savage advice next week when author, political and social activist Dan Savage presents “Savage Love Live!” to students and community members at Memorial Auditorium.
The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23.
In the past, Savage has given presentations over several topics pertaining to today’s younger generations.
His talks are well-known because of his open approach to sex, love and relationships.
His advice column, “Savage Love,” is published in many newspapers, magazines, websites and other media around the world.
Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, are also credited with starting the “It Gets Better” project in 2010.
In response to the rising number of LGBT teen suicides due to harassment, the couple created a video urging LGBT students to look to a brighter future and seek help if they need it.
Their video inspired what is today now a globally recognized movement that has collectively produced more than 50,000 videos. More information on the movement may be found at www.itgetsbetter.org.
“I think what’s great about the It Get’s Better project is that it pertains to all young persons who suffer some form of harassment,” said David Adams, assistant director for campus activities. “It’s become such a huge phenomenon and it sends a great message.”
Savage is one of several selected speakers chosen by the PSU Performing Arts and Lectures Series (PALS).
PALS annually invites speakers and performers from across the country to give presentations at Pitt State.
Savage was selected during last year’s PALS committee meetings.
Adams says PALS hopes to attract a diverse group of students by selecting a diverse group of speakers.
“Without PALS, how else would these performers and speakers come to southeastern Kansas? PALS provides them the opportunity to be here and for PSU students to have a chance to see or listen,” Adams said.
He added that by providing the selected speakers, PALS hopes to open students’ minds to diversity.
“This is what college is for,” Adams said.
Adams says there are no specifics as to what Savage will be talking about.
“If you look at what he’s given presentations about in the past, it will give you a general idea of what the show will be about,” Adams said.
The presentation will be free to all PSU students. Students must obtain a ticket (free of charge) at either the ticket office, located in the Weede, or at Memorial Auditorium using their student ID card.
Additional ticket information may be found on the Pitt State website, www.pittstate.edu, or at the office of the Campus Activities Center in the lower level of Overman Student Center.