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Sci-fi, dystopian novel Ready Player One selected as 2017-18 common reading for five WSU campuses; non-fiction Spare Parts chosen by WSU Vancouver

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University has announced that two books are the 2017-18 common readings for thousands of students in first-year courses: Ready Player One, for Pullman, Tri-Cities, Spokane, Everett, and the Global Campus; and Spare Parts, for WSU Vancouver.

Both award-winning books were nominated soon after the call went out in September from the WSU-wide Common Reading Selection Committee. Its 14 members read and evaluated 34 books in total, all of which align with the program’s two-year theme of “frontiers of technology, health, and society.” Members recommended three finalists in February to WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Daniel J. Bernardo for the final selection.

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Memoirs as a means to personalize global issues is subject of WSU Common Reading lecture March 21

PULLMAN, Wash.— “Personalizing the global: memoirs as instruments of healing, advocacy, and resistance” is the topic of a Common Reading Program lecture on Fri., March 21 at 4 p.m. in Todd 130 at Washington State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The talk will focus on memoirs, the literary genre of this year’s common reading book, I Am Malala. Co-presenters are Debbie Lee, author and professor of literature and creative writing, and Ray Sun, author and professor of history. 

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WSU food scientist Barbara Rasco discusses international development projects and their impact on women at March 7 common reading lecture

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University School of Food Science Director Barbara Rasco will discuss her work on WSU international development projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan and their impact on women at 5 p.m. Tues., March 7, in CUE 203. The free public presentation is hosted by the Common Reading Program.

With degrees in biochemical engineering, food engineering, and law, Rasco joined WSU faculty in 1998. She devoted 12 years work to international economic development programs, including food safety training programs, industry technical assistance and small- and medium-enterprise development, for many countries in eastern Europe, central Asia, and north Africa.

She evaluated market potential for agricultural crops and processed foods in central Asian and central American markets. She also assisted with the development of legislative initiatives and regulatory reform, and drafted and modified current regulations to comply with World Trade Organization and international standards in central Asian nations.

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