Writer and activist Shaun King. Photo by Jennifer Coombes

Writer and activist Shaun King drew a full house at Shove Memorial Chapel in February with his talk, “Beyond Dialogue: Tools for Reclaiming Truth.” King challenged notions of upward progress in human moral behavior, highlighting contemporary injustices such as police killings of unarmed black Americans and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. King also emphasized catastrophes such as the Rwandan Genocide and the Holocaust, making the case that the relative historical proximity to today negates the Darwinian notion that human ethics and behavior always progress as time goes on. He emphasized that for society to exist in a state of peace, people must engage in collective and well-organized action. His talk was co-hosted by several community groups including Pikes Peak Community College, Pikes Peak Library District, and Jody Alyn Consulting, owned by Jody Alyn ’76.