(Posted November 2, 2015)

Jeanine Staples, Penn State University
Jeanine Staples, Penn State University

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Jeanine Staples, associate professor of literacy and language in Penn State University's College of Education, will discuss at Juniata College how to create a scenario for a peaceful death in the workshop, "How to Die Peacefully," at 3 and 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Sill Boardroom in the von Liebig Center for Science.

The 7 p.m. presentation is free and open to the public. The 3 p.m. workshop is open to Juniata students and employees. The workshop is part of the Beyond Tolerance workshop series, sponsored by Juniata's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Staples starts her workshop by asserting someday you will die and goes on to explain how human beings can live peacefully -- with courage, unconditional love and authority -- and thus ensure a peaceful death.

Staples' research and teaching focuses on the ways media, popular culture, language and technology intersect with society. She also studies how race, class and gender are portrayed in those areas.

She is the author of "The Revelations of Asher: An Endarkened, Feminist New Literacies Event," which explores the fears black women feel in romantic relationships.

Staples was named the 2008 GATE Fellow in Teacher Preparation and Research and was awarded the 2005 Ralph C. Preston Award for scholarship in teaching and literacy research in the service of social justice.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Howard University, in Washington, D.C., and went on to earn a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She earned a doctoral degree in reading, writing and literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.