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The media, America, and Islam topic of WSU common reading lecture Feb. 28

PULLMAN, Wash.— The role of the media in shaping America’s relationship with Islam will be discussed by communication professor, Lawrence Pintak at a Washington State University Common Reading Program lecture on Tues., Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203.  The event is free and open to the public.

The recent U.S. presidential election and the rise of ISIS have put Islam in headlines frequently over the past two years, said Pintak.  The lecture will also cover the way in which global politics and policy are shaping the relationship for the future.

The founding dean of the Murrow College of Communication, Pintak brings to the topic more than 30 years of global journalism experience, particularly in the Muslim world. He is the author of several books on Islam and the Middle East, including a primer on Islam for journalists, and serves as a consultant to the U.S. State Department.

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Noel Schulz to discuss women in STEM at Common Reading event Feb. 21

PULLMAN, Wash.— Trends for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields will be discussed by Washington State University First Lady and Engineering Professor Noel Schulz at a Common Reading Program lecture on Tues., Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203.  This lecture is free and open to the public with a small reception to follow.

Increasing the number of women in STEM fields has been a focus for more than four decades.  Some disciplines have seen progress but there are continuing challenges with recruitment, retention, and advancement. The talk will focus on national and international trends for women in STEM. It will cover both the successes and challenges women experience today.

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Film screening of “Girl Rising” presented by the WSU Common Reading Program Feb. 15

PULLMAN, Wash.— The Washington State University Common Reading Program presents a screening of “Girl Rising” on Wed., Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in CUE 203. The screening is free and open to the public. 

This documentary tells the stories of nine girls from developing countries, such as Sierra Leone, Egypt, and Haiti, as they overcome obstacles to get an education.  The film, made in 2013, illustrates how educating girls can transform families and communities, break the cycle of poverty, and change the fates of women. 

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WSU Common Reading panel explores Title IX’s impact on women and U.S. higher education Feb. 7


PULLMAN, Wash.— Title IX and its impact on women and higher education in the United States will be discussed on Tues., Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203 by a panel hosted by Washington State University’s Common Reading Program.

Panelists include Holly Ashkannejhad, Pamela Bradetich, Melynda Huskey, and Anne McCoy. The event is free and open to the public.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 deals with eliminating discrimination of the basis of sex in education programs and activities that receive/benefit from federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault along with the more publicized aspects of Title IX, like equality in school sports.  Presenters will address the history of Title IX and its impact on WSU and other universities.

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