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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 4, 2012

Kansas City Star columnist to give diversity lecture at Northwest

Lewis Diuguid

Lewis Diuguid

Lewis Diuguid, an editorial board member, columnist and letters editor at The Kansas City Star will be the featured speaker for Northwest Missouri State University’s Ploghoft Diversity Lecture, Monday, Oct. 8.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. It is free and open to the public.

Diuguid has been with The Star since May 1977 after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also has served as vice president for community resources at The Star and is a certified diversity facilitator with the Newspaper Association of America.

Diuguid has written a column for The Star since 1987, often focusing on education, social justice and diversity issues. He also is the author of a 2004 book, “A Teacher’s Cry: Expose the Truth About Education Today,” and a 2007 book, “Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union.”

The Ploghoft Diversity Lecture series is funded through the generosity of Dr. Milton and Zella Ploghoft of Athens, Ohio. Dr. Ploghoft, a 1949 Northwest alumnus, is professor emeritus at Ohio University, and Mrs. Ploghoft completed her elementary and secondary education at Horace Mann Laboratory School at Northwest.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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