What do you think of when you hear the word “redneck?” Monster trucks? Tractor pulls? NASCAR? Trailer parks? Confederate flags? Quay Hanna may spark you to reexamine your thought process in this engaging, and frank presentation on culture, labels, and racism.
Quay’s lecture stems from his book, Bus America: Revelation of a Redneck, a chronicle of his 1993 post-college expedition around the United States by Greyhound bus. The nine-week journey carried him over twelve-thousand miles and through thirty-seven states, during which the small-town country boy confronted his label of “redneck,” and more specifically his views on race and prejudice. Upon return to his home in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, he set upon a goal of dispelling the myth of racism within his subculture, while at the same time making a statement to many others that their labels and prejudice towards poor white America were equally debilitating to peace and understanding in the community.
Quay offers a unique perspective on society stemming from his B.A. in English; world travels to all fifty states, twenty-seven countries, and five continents; sixteen years of speaking; and more than two decades of blue-collar work in the areas of construction, tree harvesting, and farming. His presentation takes you on the journey with him –not only on the bus, but in his life- as each of these influences play an integral part in the role he currently holds as a youth mentor and public speaker. Quay is also widely recognized for his effective work with overtly racist and prejudiced people.
Quay’s fascinating approach to racism and other prejudices plaguing humanity is a message of hope for the teaching staff, students, and communities around the globe. His insatiable desire for knowledge, coupled with his practical application in a variety of areas, make him one of the most compelling presenters to experience.
This engaging speaker is guaranteed to spark frank and honest discussion across your institution. It may even prompt your community to treat each other with a little more respect.
The LGBT network is sponsoring this free event and would like to welcome you to attend this landmark event. Early registration is encouraged because space is limited.