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Oct. 5 Common Reading event to discuss women and the Qur’an

The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts a lecture Wed. Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Todd 216, presented by Lipi Turner-Rahmen, a professor of history and member of the WSU Libraries Staff, will speak on the Qur’an and female education.

Turner-Rahmen said the limitations on girls’ education in the Islamic world have their roots in cultural perspectives rather than religious ones. She will discuss how what the Qur’an advocates regarding female education and how Muslim women today study the Qur’an.

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Common Reading book nominations for 2017-18 open through Nov. 1, 2016

If you’ve read a good book lately that relates to “frontiers of technology, health, and society,” you should consider nominating it to be the next common reading book used by thousands of first-year and other students at Washington State University.

An online form on the common reading website makes the process easy for nominators to enter valuable information for the selection committee to consider—notes about such things as what makes the book memorable and worthy of campus engagement, and whether the book connects to or highlights existing university research or activity.

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Islamic contributions to western civilization topic of WSU Common Reading speaker Charles Weller Sept. 21

The Washington State University Common Reading Program with the History Club hosts a lecture on Islamic contributions to western civilization Wed., Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Todd 216. Charles Weller, clinical assistant professor of history, will speak about the historical interdependence of people and culture at the free public presentation.

Weller says interdependence promotes mutual understanding, peace, and cooperation through recognition of the significant heritage we share. This view suggests a fundamental redefining of the way we understand “the West” and “Islam” and their relation to one another, both in historical and contemporary contexts.

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Gender-based violence topic of WSU Common Reading speaker Amber Morczek Sept. 7

Pullman, Wash. — The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts a lecture on the connection between rape culture and violence towards women Wed., Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in CUE 203.  Criminal justice and criminology doctoral candidate Amber Morczek will speak about the pervasiveness of gender-based violence at the free public presentation.

A recipient of the 2016 inaugural Student Affairs Outstanding Student Award, Morczek’s research interests include violence toward women, rape culture, and pornography. She currently works with WSU Violence Prevention Programs educating students, faculty, and staff about gender-based violence, and the importance of bystander intervention.  Morczek’s delves into many issues similar to those experienced by Malala Yousafzai, author of this year’s common reading book, I am Malala. At the Common Reading Lecture, Morczek will cover the significance of rape culture and how a cultural framework that normalizes and condones violence against women impacts our society.  » More …