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WSU Common Reading presents Roger Whitson lecture Sept. 18 on “the future has always been female”

Pullman, Wash. — The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “The Future has Always Been Female: Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Origins of Science Fiction and Computing,” a lecture by Roger Whitson on Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This year’s common reading book, Ready Player One, is set in a virtual world full of 80s references, geek culture, and science fiction metaphors.  Whitson, assistant professor of English, will discuss the origins of science fiction and computing that began in the nineteenth century.

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[Stored] Nominations (posted 2015-16 for 2016-17)

Nominations



NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEXT COMMON READING BOOK ARE OPEN THROUGH NOV. 1, 2017.

Submit your book nomination using our online form.



SELECTION COMMITTEE

Members of the Common Reading Program Selection Committee for 2017-18 are:

  • Brandon Brackett, Residence Life
  • Ken Faunce, Roots of Contemporary Issues
  • Larry Fox, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Science
  • Kaitlin Hennessy, Global Campus
  • Michell Jaworski, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Kate McAteer, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Colleen McMahon, ASWSU
  • James Mohr, WSU Spokane
  • Chuck Munson, Carson College of Business
  • Susan Poch, Office of Undergraduate Education and Transfer Clearinghouse
  • Julia Rosenzweig, New Student Programs
  • Ruth Ryan, Academic Success and Career Center
  • Leslie Sena, First-Year Focus, UNIV104
  • Suzanne Smith, WSU Vancouver
  • Amanda Tomchick, Student
  • Karen Weathermon, First-Year Programs
  • Owen Williams, English 101, First-Year Focus

NOMINATIONS

The theme for books used in 2017-18 and 2018-19 is “Frontiers of Technology, Health, and Society.”  All books nominated must align with this theme.

Everyone is encouraged to consider submitting the name of a good book that fits the theme and reasons why it would be the best choice for freshmen and others to read and use in classes and beyond.  By providing the Selection Committee with some basic information as well as your reasons for nominating this book, you will have made a huge impact on thousands of WSU students across many campuses.

All nominations will be posted on this site within a few days of receipt.
__________

(This section shows basic required information, which will be in the online form when nominations are open.)

  1. Author:
  2. Title:
  3. # of pages:
  4. Publication year:
  5. Publisher:
  6. List price: $
  7. Available in paperback?  Yes or No
  8. How does this book fit in with the stated Common Reading theme?
  9. What makes this book memorable and worthy of campus engagement?
  10. What potential connections might this book provide to a broad range of disciplines?
  11. How could this book promote intellectual and community engagement through campus events that exist or could be planned (e.g., author visit, other speakers, scholarly symposia, exhibits, performances, and new student orientation)?
  12. Does the book connect to or highlight existing university research or activity (e.g., areas of faculty research, civic engagement, and global initiatives)?
  13. How realistic a read it this book for incoming freshmen (e.g., not too long, assessable for undergraduates, well written, or compelling in some way)?
  14. What would you hope students take away from reading this book?
  15. YOUR NAME
  16. Are you…a WSU faculty member, staff, student, alumna/alumnus, or friend/supporter, or are you unaffiliated with WSU?
  17. For those with WSU ties, with which campus are you affiliated…Pullman, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, Spokane, North Puget Sound/Everett, Global, or other (e.g. Federal Way, Bellevue, Extension, etc.)?
  18. YOUR EMAIL

Nominated for the 2017-18 academic year

  • The Industries of the Future, by Alex Ross
  • The Most Human World: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive, by Brian Christian
  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, & Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  • Trespassing Across American: One Man’s Epic Never-Done-Before (And Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland, by Ken Ilgunas
  • HOT – Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, by Mark Jertsgaard
  • Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives  and Our Lives Change Our Genes, by Sharon Maolem
  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, by Steven Johnson
  • The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student, by Miriam Grossman
  • The Postmortal, by Drew Magary
  • Internet Wars: The Struggle for Power In the 21st Century, by Fergus Hanson
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande                                                        
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by  Cathy O’Neil
  • Crosstalk, by Connie Willis
  • The Importance of Being Civil: The Struggle for Political Decency, by John A. Hall
  • The Circle, by Dave Eggers
  • What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the Worldby Tina Seelig
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
  • Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit, by Vandana Shiva
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler
  • A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if you Flunked Algebra), by Barbara Oakley
  • Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now that the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room, by David Weinberger
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Ready Player One, by Earnest Cline
  • Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Long Will We Deal with It?, by David A. Weintraub
  • The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club, by Eileen Pollack
  • Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, by Martin Ford
  • Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, by Joshua Davis

(Updated 11/3/16)

Nominated for the 2016-17 academic year

  • UNDOCUMENTED: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey From a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, by Daniel Padilla Peralta
  • On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments, by Alison Levine
  • Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, by Eli Clare
  • The Bible, by the Holy Spirit
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Sheri Fink, M.D.
  • High Price, Carl Hart
  • Why Nations Fall, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
  • The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and The Rise of Free Culture on The Internet, by Justin Peters
  • My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Living and Dying in Brick City: Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R., by Sampson Davis, M.D.
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein
  • Cuba Adios: A Young Man’s Journey to Freedom, by Lorenzo Pablo Martinez
  • Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer
  • Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees, and America at It’s Best, by Susan E. Eaton
  • Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America, by Tim Wise
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown
  • Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa, by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
  • The Martian, by Andy Weir
  • Nonviolent Soldier of Islam: Badshah Khan: A Man to Match His Mountains, by Eknath Easwaran
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Question of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder
  • A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, by Josh Neufeld
  • Behind the Kitchen Door, by Saru Jayaraman
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein


Nominated in Previous Years

Nominated for the 2015-16 Academic Year

  • Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss
  • Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande
  • Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
  • How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, by Jordan Ellenberg
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein
  • The Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, by Azar Nafisi
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, by N. Oreskes and E. Conway
  • Every Dress a Decision, by Elizabeth Austen
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
  • Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
  • The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan
  • Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, by Douglas J. Emlen
  • The Big Truck that Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, by Jonathan M. Katz
  • David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
  • The Radical Leap, by Steve Farber
  • Life the Life You Love, by Barbara Sher
  • March: Book One, by Congressman John Lewis
  • Searching for Zion, by Emily Raboteau
  • Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, by William Bryant Logan
  • Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We can Do (Issues of Our Time), by Claude M. Steele
  • The Goal, by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • The Secret Life of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore

Nominated for the 2014-15 Academic Year

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, by Edward Humes, was selected as the 2014-15 Common Reading.

  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, by Michio Kaku
  • Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
  • The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, by Jonathan Gottschall
  • dLean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, by Timothy Egan
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease, by Daniel E. Lieberman
  • Journey with Julian, by Dwayne Ballen
  • A Language Older than Words, by Derrick Jensen
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold Kushner
  • Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus, by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy
  • Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster, by Angela Day
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek
  • One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson
  • The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge
  • Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” by Wes Moore
  • Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals & Reagan’s Rise to Power, by Seth Rosenfeld
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
  • Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream, by Adam Shepard
  • Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China’s Great Urban Migration, by Michelle Loyalka
  • How to Read a Client from Across the Room: Win More Business with the Proven Character Code System to Decode Verbal and Nonverbal Communication,  by Brandy Mychals
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Nominated for the 2013-14 Academic year

Of these nominations, “Being Wrong,” by Kathryn Schulz, was selected as the 2013-14 Common Reading book.

  • “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus”  by Charles C. Mann
  • “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error” by Kathryn Schulz
  • “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of  Two Cultures” by Anne Fadiman
  • “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America” by Barbara Erenreich
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
  • “The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood” by David R. Montgomery
  • “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • “The Origins of Aids” by Jaques Pepin
  • “Mighty Be Our Powers” by Leymah Gbowee
  • “The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World” by Bjorn Lomborg
  • “Unfamiliar Fishes” by Sarah Vowell
  • “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders” by Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • “That Used to be Us” by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
  • “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash” by Edward Humes
  • “The Social Animal” by David Brooks
  • “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely
  • “Ignorance: How It Drives Science” by Stuart Firestein
  • “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water” by Charles Fisherman
  • “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight about Animals” by Hal Herzog
  • “Made in Hanford: The Bomb that Changed the World” by Hill Williams
  • “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
  • “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson
  • “The Post-American World, Release 2.0” by Fareed Zakaria
  • “Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village” by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
  • “War of the Worldviews: Where Science and Spirituality Meet—and Do Not” by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow
  • “River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon” by Buddy Levy
  • “Foreign to Familiar” by Sarah A. Lanier
  • “Dreams of Joy: A Novel” by Lisa See
  • “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & The Fire That Saved America” by Timothy Egan

Nominated for the 2012-13 Academic Year

The Common Reading book selected for use in 2012-13 is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

  • The Element,” by Ken Robinson
  • Scratch Beginnings,” by Adam Shepard
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America,” by Timothy Egan
  • The Last Town on Earth,” by Thomas Mullen
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot
  • My Life as a Traitor: An Iranian Memoir,” by Zahara Ghahramani and Robert Hillman
  • How We Decide,” by Jonah Lehrer
  • The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy,” by Pietra Rivoli
  • Leave the Light On,” by Jennifer Storm
  • Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know” and/or “Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives,” by Patrick Michaels
  • “The Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis,” by Cynthia Barnett
  • “Travel as a Political Act,” by Rick Steves
  • You Talkin’ to Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama,” by Sam Leith
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed,” by Jared Diamond
  • The Crying Tree,” by Naseem Rakha
  • “Drinking: A Love Story” by Caroline Knapp
  • “Something Incredible Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up” by K.C. Cole
  • “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human” by Richard Wrangham
  • “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis” by Cynthia Barnett
  • “The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of American’s Wealthy” by Thomas J Stanley and William D. Danko
  • “Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality” by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
  • “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet” by Bill McKibben
  • “Bearded Women Stories” by Teresa Milbrodt
  • “Made in Hanford” by Hill Williams
  • “Where Am I Wearing?” by Kelsey Timmerman
  • “Beyond the Finite: the Sublime in Art and Science” by Roald Hoffman and Iain Boyde Whyte
  • “The Housekeeper and the Professor,” by Yoko Ogawa
  • “Ripples of a Lie, a Biography of Eugene Barnett,” by Esther Barnett Goffinet

[Archived] Calendar

Calendar


Check here for upcoming common reading events, including the Common Reading Program’s popular faculty- and guest-expert lecture series, film showings, and special events. As plans for each event are finalized, updated information will be noted on this page.  Use the “Jump to Month” feature to explore events by month.

Need a Common Reading stamp to prove attendance? Look for events that include this note: “Common Reading stamp available.”

Unless otherwise stated, listed events are open to the public at no charge.

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January

Jan. 19 (Thurs.), 3:00 p.m., Butch’s Den in the CUB

Panel on “The Status of the Dream: Does Freedom Still Ring?”

Hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement, this discussion will feature members of the WSU campus community who will talk about the current status of Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr.’s dream of equal access and opportunity for all. This event is part of our campus’s 30th celebration of the work of the civil rights leader. Common Reading stamp available.

Jan. 24 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

“Current Events and Conversation: Keeping Up with  International (and All That ‘Fake News’ in the News),” presented by Lorena O’English (WSU Libraries)

O’English said we live in an exciting and event-filled world, but it can be hard to keep up with what is going on internationally. This Common Reading lecture will discuss how and why people get news, some ways to keep up with current events, and some ways to think critically about news and reportage. Common Reading Stamp available.

 Jan. 26 (Thurs.), 6:30 p.m., CUB Sr Ballroom

Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Celebration, presentation by keynote speaker Charlene Carruthers

Carruthers, a community organizer, writer, and advocate for racial justice and feminism, will give the free, public, keynote address during WSU’s 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. Recently recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans by the online journal TheRoot.com, Carruthers will speak on “Building on the Dream: Continuing a Black Radical Tradition in the Movement for Black Lives.” The MLK Community Celebration will also include the presentation of the 2017 MLK Distinguished Service awards campus and local community members who advocate for social justice. Sponsored by WSU Equity and Diversity. Common Reading stamp available

Jan. 29-31, 4:00-9:00 p.m. (in one-hour slots), Ensminger Pavillion

“Tunnel of Oppression,” sponsored by WSU Residence Life, International Programs, and Multicultural Student Services

This annual interactive event provides opportunities to participate in and reflect on activities related to social justice topics. This year’s topics encompass issues related to racism, sexism, classism, abeism, and cis-genderism. Attendees should expect their visit to last about one hour; the last group each evening will begin at 8 p.m. Common Reading Stamp available.


February

Exhibit through June, “Ambitions and Intellect,” Terrell Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)

This exhibit will showcase prominent women students at WSU. Curated by Lipi Turner-Rahman.  Opening reception March 22. Common Reading stamp available.

Feb. 7 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

“The Impact of Title IX on Women and U.S. Higher Education,” presented by Holly Ashkannejhad, Pamela Bradetich, Melynda Huskey, and Anne McCoy

This presentation will focus on the landmark 1972 federal legislation, Title IX, and its far-reaching effects on all areas of U.S. higher education.  Title IX is a federal law that bans sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The presenters will address the history of this legislation and its impact on our campus, such as in the areas of Student Affairs and athletics.  Ashkannejhad is the assistant director of WSU’s Office for Equal Opportunity; Bradetich is senior associate director of athletics; Huskey is the interim vice president for student affairs and the dean of students; and McCoy is the deputy director for athletics.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Feb. 15 (Wed.), 7:00-8:45 p.m., CUE 203

Film screening of “Girl Rising”

This 2013 documentary spotlights in 101 minutes the stories of nine girls from developing countries around the world overcome obstacles to obtaining an education. The film seeks to illustrate how educating these girls can transform families and communities, break the cycle of poverty, and change the fates of these women. The documentary is directed by Richard Robbins; prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. Watch the trailer at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJsvklXhYaE  Common Reading stamp available.

Feb. 21 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

Women in STEM, presented by WSU First Lady Noel Schulz (Engineering)

Schulz, professor of electrical engineering and WSU’s First Lady, has been a keen observer of and very engaged participant, role model, and mentor in the subject of her lecture, women in STEM fields. Over the past 40 years, there have been many efforts to increase the number of women participating in STEM fields in the U.S.  While progress has been made within some sub-disciplines of engineering, there continue to be challenges with the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in STEM. This talk will discuss the trends for women in STEM across the U.S. and world, as well as recent successes and continued challenges. Common Reading Stamp available.

Feb. 23 (Thurs.) , 5 p.m., Museum of Art

Visiting Writer Rebecca Gayle Howell

Howell is a senior editor for the Oxford American. Her prize-winning work includes a translation of Amal al-Jubouri’s verse memoir of the Iraq War, Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation. Sponsored by the WSU Dept. of English. Common Reading stamp available.

Feb. 28 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

“America and Islam: Beyond the Headlines,” presented by Lawrence Pintak (Communication)

Pintak, professor in and founding dean of the Murrow College of Communication, will look at the history of America’s relationship with Islam and the world’s Muslims, the role of the media in shaping that relationship, and the way in which global politics and policy are shaping the relationship for the future. Pintak says the U.S. presidential election and the rise of ISIS mean Islam has been back in the headlines for the past two years. But the complex relationship between America and Islam is as old as the republic itself. This is a relationship that is often reduced to ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’, black & white, but in reality, there are endless shades of gray, he says. Common Reading Stamp available.


March

Exhibit through June, “Ambitions and Intellect,” Terrell Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)

This exhibit showcases prominent women students at WSU. Curated by Lipi Turner-Rahman. Opening reception March 22.  Common Reading stamp available.

March 2 (Thurs.), 7:00 p.m., Todd 116

“Around the World with Peace Corps Volunteers,” sponsored by ASCC

Celebrating national Peace Corps Week, the Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC), part of WSU Undergraduate Education, hosts this presentation with former Peace Corps volunteers discussing their experiences.  Common Reading Stamp available.

March 7 (Tues.), 5:00 p.m., CUE 203

Working with WSU Development Projects in Pakistan, presented by Barbara Rasco (Food Science)

Barbara Rasco will discuss her work on WSU international development projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan, focusing on the impact of these projects on women and the issues they face. Rasco earned both Ph.D. and J.D. degrees; she is an internationally recognized authority on food safely laws and regulations, and is an expert on aquatic food products. She is the director of the School of Food Science, which is a joint program between WSU and the University of Idaho. Common Reading stamp available.

March 8 (Wed.), 1:00-3:00 p.m., Butch’s Den in the CUB

Social Science Poster Forum on “Gender in STEM/Gender in Academia,” sponsored by ADVANCE at WSU

This poster session, sponsored by ADVANCE at WSU, will highlight WSU research related to gender and STEM as well as gender and academia more broadly. ADVANCE is a WSU program that works to increase and support greater diversity in the university, especially in the STEM fields. This event coincides with International Women’s Day and is open for viewing at no charge.  Common Reading Stamp available.

March 21 (Fri.), 4:00 p.m., Todd 130

“Personalizing the Global: Memoirs as Instruments of Healing, Advocacy, and Resistance,” presented by Debbie Lee (English) and Ray Sun (History)

Debbie “D.J.” Lee, an author and WSU Ombudsman, is a professor of literature and creative writing. Ray Sun is an author and professor of history.  This talk will focus on memoirs (the genre of this year’s Common Reading book I Am Malala) and how they serve to give a personal voice to important global issues. Lee will share about and from a memoir she is writing that links personal challenges to her first-hand encounter with the effects of global warming in the Artic.  Sun will share how memoirs provide unique and accessible sources that enable us to grasp the impact of war and genocide on societies, cultures, and individuals. Common Reading Stamp available.

March 22 (Wed.), 7:30 p.m., Jones Theater, Daggy Hall

Acappella quartet production of “Women of the World”

Celebrating global folk traditions from Bulgaria to Brazil and Japan to Africa, this Boston-based international acappella quartet performs original and traditional music with a contemporary twist. This performance, part of the WSU Performing Arts Series, is free for WSU students with ID. For more on this group, visit womenoftheworldmusic.com.  Common Reading stamp available.

March 22 (Wed.), 3:00-4:30 p.m., lobby of Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) in Holland Library

Exhibit opening reception, “Ambitions and Intellect: Pioneering Women at WSU,” curated by Lipi Turner-Rahman (WSU Libraries)

A new exhibit in WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, “Ambitions and Intellect: Pioneering Women at WSU,” explores the stories of early women contributors at the fledgling college. It is part of this year’s events around Women’s History Month and the Common Reading book “I Am Malala.” An opening reception is planned from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the MASC lobby.

March 28 (Tues.), 4:30-6:30 p.m., Todd 133

Interfaith panel on Islam, featuring Imam Raed Alsawaier, Rev. Steve Van Kuiken, Prof. Robert Eddy, and Prof. Mike Myers

This panel discussion is hosted by WSU’s Muslim Student Association as part of a series of events during Islamic Awareness Week, March 27-31.  Common Reading stamp available.

March 30 (Thurs.), 4:00-5:30 p.m., Heald Hall G3, featuring Imam Azhar Subedar

Keynote address for Islamic Awareness Week

Imam Azhar Subedar will provide a keynote address for Islamic Awareness Week. He is the religious advisor to the state of Florida, the spiritual director for the University of Florida, and a member of the White House Faith-Based and Community Initiative. This event is hosted by WSU’s Muslim Student Association as part of a series of events during Islamic Awareness Week, March 27-31.  Common Reading stamp available.

March 31 (Fri.), 10:00-11:30 a.m., Avery Hall’s Bundy Reading Room

Visiting scholar lecture, “In Other Worlds: Sexuality, Archives, History,” by Anjali Arondekar, UC Santa Cruz

University of California-Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Arondekar’s research grows out of her interest in the figurations of sexuality, ethics, and collectivity in South Asia, especially in colonial British and Portuguese India. She is the author of For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonia Archive in India. Her visit is sponsored by the Depts. of English, Women Studies, and Critical Culture, Race, & Gender Studies. Common Reading stamp available.

March 31 (Fri.), 2:30-4:30 p.m., Pullman Islamic Center, 1155 NE Stadium Way

Open House and Sermon by Imam Raed Alsawaier

This open house and sermon is hosted by WSU’s Muslim Student Association as part of a series of events during Islamic Awareness Week, March 27-31.  Common Reading stamp available.


April

Exhibit through June, “Ambitions and Intellect,” Terrell Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)

This exhibit showcases prominent women students at WSU. Curated by Lipi Turner-Rahman. Common Reading stamp available.

Apr. 5 (Wed.), 5 p.m., CUB Auditorium: CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

“Women in Comedy,” a presentation by Rachel Mason

This event has been CANCELLED due to illness, according to the host, the WSU Visiting Writers Series in the Dept. of English.

Apr. 11 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

Global Impacts of Education, presented by Asif Chaudhry (VP for WSU International Programs)

Dr. Asif Chaudhry, WSU Vice President for International Programs, will share a bit about his own background growing up in Pakistan, followed by a facilitated discussion in which attendees will be encouraged to ask the questions I Am Malala has raised for them—about the country of Pakistan, its culture, educational system, gender politics, and more.  Common Reading stamp available.

Apr. 18 (Tues.), 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Todd 116

Film showing of “He Named Me Malala.”

Common Reading Stamp available.

Apr. 25 (Tues.), 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., CUB Sr. Ballroom

“Social Activism,” an interactive project by HD 205 students

This drop-in event will be an interactive, live demonstration intended to inform and educate the WSU community about a variety of relevant social issues.  Students in HD 205, led by Mary Kay Patton, have been charged with using their creativity to engage others in better understanding a social-justice issue about which they are passionate and which links to one of the core values evidenced in Malala’s story. This project is also intended to celebrate creativity and engagement, and to honor committed action from a values platform. Common Reading Stamp available.


FALL SEMESTER 2016

August 2016

Aug. 22-December 2016, Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., MASC in Terrell Library (ground floor)

Exhibit: “Protest! Students, War, & Racism: WSU Student Activism, 1969-70”

As we look at Malala’s activism on behalf of girls’ right to education, WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC), hosts an exhibit focusing on student activism on our own campus in late 1968 and the 1969-1970 school year, culminating in the May 1970 student occupation of the French Administration Building and the campus strike that followed. This remains the largest and most significant student protest on the WSU campus, and the struggles of that era still color our campus and society today. Common Reading Stamp available.


September 2016

Sept. 7 (Wed.), 7 p.m., CUE 203

“The Synergistic Connection Between Rape Culture and Violence Toward Women,” presented by Amber Morczek

Amber Morczek, a Ph.D. candidate in the WSU Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology, will speak about the pervasiveness of gender-based violence and its connections to I Am Malala. Morczek will focus especially on the significance of rape culture—a cultural framework that normalizes and condones violence against women.  Common Reading stamp available.

Sept. 8 (Thurs.), 3 p.m., MASC in Terrell Library (Ground Floor)

Opening reception: “Protest!” exhibit (see August entry)

WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC), part of WSU Libraries, hosts an exhibit focusing on student activism on our own campus in late 1968 and the 1969-1970 school year. The four-month exhibit kicks off with a special opening reception. Common Reading stamp available.

Sept. 13 (Tues.), 7 p.m., Kenworthy Theatre, Moscow

Film screening: “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” (159 min., subtitled) 

This 2015 film, part of the region’s “Bollywood on the Palouse” series, is the story of an Indian Hindu man who embarks on a journey to take a mute six-year-old Pakistani girl–who was separated in India from her parents–back to her hometown in Pakistan. This “feel-good” film has been has been very popular in both India and Pakistan even though it highlights some of the regional conflicts between those countries.

Co-sponsored by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences, Honor College, Foreign Languages and Cultures, and Asia Program.  Free admission. Common Reading stamp available.

Sept. 21 (Wed.), 7:00 p.m., Todd 216

“Islamic Contributions to Western Civilization in a World Historical Perspective,” presented by Charles Weller

Weller, clinical associate professor in the Dept. of History, will highlight all the ways—medically, scientifically, technologically, educationally, philosophically, culturally, linguistically, and economically—that the Islamic world has contributed to “Western Civilization.” He will emphasize the interdependence of all peoples and cultures historically with a view to promoting 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 historically and presently. Co-sponsored by the WSU History Club.  Common Reading stamp available.

Sept. 23 (Fri.), 6 p.m.,  and Sept. 25 (Sun.), 7 p.m., CUB Auditorium

Film screening: “A Girl In the River: The Price of Forgiveness” (40 min.)

This 2015 documentary by Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won last year’s Academy Award for Best Short Documentary, her second award in that category. This film focuses on honor killing, a practice that results in the death or injury of more than 1,000 Pakistani girls and women each year, especially in rural areas. A Girl in the River tells the story of Saba, an 18-year-old girl who fell in love and eloped, and who was targeted for death by her father and uncle, but survived to tell her story. Obaid-Chinoy is expected to speak on campus on November 15. Sponsored by SEB Arts & Culture Film Festival.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Sept. 27 (Tues.), 7:30 p.m., CUB M.G. Carey Senior Ballroom

The Common Reading Invited Lecture for 2016-17, presented by Khalida Brohi

When she was a teenager in the Balochistan region of Pakistan, Khalida Brohi witnessed the honor killing of her friend, who had married for love. Today, she’s the founder and executive director of the Sughar Empowerment Society. That nonprofit, whose name means “skilled and confident woman,” provides Pakistani tribal women with the education, skills, and income opportunities to empower them to take a leadership role in their households, their communities, and the world. Brohi’s goal is to change the lives of one million women in Pakistan. A charismatic speaker who has addressed numerous global forums, Brohi is a significant young leader and social entrepreneur whose passion for improving the lives of women and girls is coupled with her creative leadership for doing so.  Verification of attendance will be provided.


October 2016

Oct. 5 (Wed.), 7:00 p.m., Todd 216

“Women and the Qur’an,” presented by Lipi Turner Rahman

Turner-Rahman, WSU libraries and history, will present what the Qur’an advocates regarding the education of women and girls and how Muslim women study the Qur’an.  The lecture will highlight ways in which limitations on girls education in the Islamic world have their roots in cultural rather than religious perspectives.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 11 (Tues.), 7:30 p.m., CUE 203

“Women’s Engineering Participation in Diverse Cultural Contexts: What can the U.S. Learn?,” presented by Julie Kmec and Nehal Abu-Lail

Kmec, of the Dept. of Sociology, and Abu-Lail, of the School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, will highlight research in process that seeks to identify the factors that shape women’s relatively high levels of engineering participation in some predominantly Muslim countries. The speakers will describe what engineering participation by women looks like in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Malaysia, and Tunisia in contrast to that in the U.S. They will share a theoretical explanation for why participation differs across these contexts and provide a snapshot of features of these predominantly Islamic and developing countries. The speakers will also discuss their plans to study women in these countries and how their study will eventually be used to assist on-going efforts in the U.S. to attract women to engineering. Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 18 (Tues.), 4 p.m., Honors Hall Lounge

Panel Discussion with Eileen Pollack and WSU Women in STEM

Author Eileen Pollack will discuss issues facing women in STEM fields as addressed in her nonfiction work The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club, followed by a panel discussion with WSU women who work in STEM fields.  Sponsored by the Dept. of English and the School of Biological Sciences.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 19 (Wed.), 5:00 p.m., WSU Museum of Art (MOA)

Literary reading, presented by Eileen Pollack

A guest of the Dept. of English’s Visiting Writer Series, Pollack is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction whose novel, Breaking and Entering, won the Grub Street National Book Prize and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She also is the author of Paradise, New York, a novel, and two collections of short fiction. Her creative nonfiction includes Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull and The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still A Boys’ Club. She teaches in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Michigan. This event is co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program and the School of Biological Sciences. Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 19 (Wed.),5:30 p.m., Gannon Goldsworthy Lobby 

Turning values into action, an interactive workshop led by Robby Cooper (Human Development)  

A powerful connection between I am Malala and the experiences of WSU students is the opportunity to discover and develop they value, and then to equip themselves to turn those values into action.  Robby Cooper, clinical assistant professor in the Dept. of Human Development, will lend his workshop and leadership expertise to this interactive event; students will be lead through a process of considering their own values and the processes that would enable them to act upon those values.  This is event is open to students living in the south side of campus in these residence halls: Olympia, McEachern, Rogers, Gannon-Goldsworthy, Stephenson, and Stimson.  (If needed, this workshop will be repeated 7:00-8:30 in the same location.) Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 25 (Tues.), 7 p.m., CUE 203

Film screening of “He Named Me Malala”

This 2015 documentary by Davis Guggenheim is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the author of this year’s common reading.  It portrays both the events of the book and also Malala’s life since her attack as she has continued her studies and her advocacy in Birmingham, England.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 26 (Wed.), 5:30 p.m., Northside Hall lobby

Turning values into action, an interactive workshop led by Robby Cooper

A powerful connection between I am Malala and the experiences of WSU students is the opportunity to discover and develop they value, and then to equip themselves to turn those values into action.  Robby Cooper, clinical assistant professor in the Dept. of Human Development, will lend his workshop and leadership expertise to this interactive event; students will be lead through a process of considering their own values and the processes that would enable them to act upon those values.  This is event is open to students living in the north side of campus is these residence halls: Scott-Coman, Global Scholars, Northside, Regents, and Streit-Perham.  (If needed, this workshop will be repeated 7:00-8:30 in the same location.) Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 27 (Thurs.), 7 p.m., CUB Auditorium

“Taking Down Rape Culture,” a lecture by Laci Green

Laci Green was named one of the 30 most influential people on the internet by Time in 2016. A feminist activist, she has a talent for explaining difficult subjects in a straightforward and disarming way. The Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring her talk, which will focus on what we can do to dismantle rape culture and violence against women.  Common Reading Stamp available.


November 2016

Nov. 1 (Tues.), 7 p.m., Todd 130

“Insights of a Peace Corps Volunteer,” presented by Kyla Allen-Grant

Allen-Grant, a WSU alumna and WSU’s Peace Corp representative, will speak about her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer and the insights that experience provided regarding the global challenges of girls and the importance of educational access.  She will also share avenues for exploring Peace Corps service. Common Reading stamp available.

Nov. 7 (Mon.), 4:30 p.m., Todd 216

“Parsing Violence: War and Terrorism in Historical and Contemporary Political Discourse,” presented by Clif Stratton

Stratton, assistant director of the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program and clinical assistant professor, will explore the ways in which Western media, government officials, and some academics discuss war and terror in cultural terms, thus masking the historical decisions and political agendas that have and continue to produce political terror. The dichotomy often presented to us, Stratton says, assumes that war and terror are mutually exclusive, and that war is, if not desirable, at least justified, while terrorism is never justified. An inquiry into the historical relationship between war and terror helps to complicate simplistic black and white notions of legitimate vs. illegitimate forms of violence, crucial for citizens of one of the most militarized contemporary societies. Common Reading Stamp Available.

Nov. 9 (Wed.), 5:30 p.m., McCroskey Hall lobby

Turning values into action, an interactive workshop led by Robby Cooper

A powerful connection between I am Malala and the experiences of WSU students is the opportunity to discover and develop they value, and then to equip themselves to turn those values into action.  Robby Cooper, clinical assistant professor in the Dept. of Human Development, will lend his workshop and leadership expertise to this interactive event; students will be lead through a process of considering their own values and the processes that would enable them to act upon those values.  This is event is open to students living in the central heart of campus in these residence halls: Wilmer-Davis, Stevens, Community-Duncan Dunn, McCroskey, and Honors.  (If needed, this workshop will be repeated 7:00-8:30 in the same location.) Common Reading Stamp available.

Nov. 15 (Tues.), 7:30 p.m., Beasley Coliseum

Campus visit/presentation, featuring Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker and activist

Activist, journalist, and film director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will talk about her work, which focuses on a wide variety of issues in South Asia. Obaid-Chinoy’s films Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2016) each won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject Documentary, making her one of only 11 female directors to have won an Oscar for a nonfiction film. Both films document issues of violence against women in Pakistan. Her work has also been recognized with six Emmy Awards, including an International Emmy Award for her 2009 film Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. This event is sponsored by the WSU Student Entertainment Board, along with the Common Reading Program and Global Campus; it is free and open to the public. Common Reading verification available.

Nov. 29 (Tues.), 7 pm, Todd 116

Encore Screening of He Named Me Malala (88 minutes)

This 2015 documentary by Davis Guggenheim is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the author of this year’s common reading.  It portrays both the events of the book and also Malala’s life since her attack as she has continued her studies and her advocacy in Birmingham, England.  Common Reading Stamp available.


December 2016

Dec. 6 (Tues.), 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., CUB Senior Ballroom

“Social Activism,” an interactive project of HD 205

This event will be an interactive, live demonstration intended to inform and educate the WSU community about a variety of relevant social issues.  Students in HD 205 have been charged with using their creativity to engage others in better understanding a social justice issue about which they are passionate and which links to one of the core values evidenced in Malala’s story.  The drop-in event is intended to celebrate creativity and engagement and to honor committed action from a values platform.  Common Reading Stamp available.

WSU hosts Oscar and Emmy winning Pakistani activist and filmmaker to speak Nov. 15

WATCH A VIDEO OF HER WSU PRESENTATION 

Washington State University welcomes Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy For a public address Tues., Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum. This event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the WSU Student Entertainment Board in collaboration with the Common Reading Program and the Global Campus.

Through her Pakistani production house SOC Films, American-educated Obaid-Chinoy makes films that bring key social issues to light. Her two Academy Award winning films, Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015), focus on gender violence in Pakistan. 

Her work has also been recognized with six Emmy Awards, including an international Emmy Award for her 2009 film Pakistan’s Taliban Generation.

WATCH A VIDEO OF HER WSU PRESENTATION 

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War and terrorism in historical and political contexts topic of Nov. 7 Common Reading lecture

The Common Reading Program hosts a presentation by Clif Stratton titled “Parsing Violence: War and terrorism in historical and contemporary political discourse” on Mon., Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Todd 216. The public is welcome at this free event.

Stratton will explore the ways in which Western media and officials in government and academics discuss war and terror in cultural terms, and the historical decisions and political agendas that continue to produce political terror. The dichotomy often presented to us, Stratton said, assumes that war and terror are mutually exclusive, and that war is, if not desirable, at least justified, while terrorism is never justified. He will discuss how the historical relationship between war and terror complicates the black and white notions of legitimate versus illegitimate forms of violence.
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Volunteering in the Peace Corps topic of Nov. 1 Common Reading Lecture

The Common Reading Program hosts speaker Kyla Allen-Grant on her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer on Tues. Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in Todd 130.  The public is welcome at this free event.

Allen-Grant, a WSU alumna and WSU’s Peace Corp representative, will speak on her personal experiences in the Peace Corps.  Through her volunteering experience in Togo, a country in West Africa, she has gained first-hand experience of the challenges girls face and the importance of educational access.  She will go into the specifics of her work in Togo.  In addition to talking about her projects in Togo, Allen-Grant will also share avenues for exploring Peace Corps service.

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Calendar (Malala)

Calendar


Check here for upcoming common reading events, including the Common Reading Program’s popular faculty- and guest-expert lecture series, film showings, and special events. As plans for each event are finalized, updated information will be noted on this page.  Use the “Jump to Month” feature to explore events by month.

Need a Common Reading stamp to prove attendance? Look for events that include this note: “Common Reading stamp available.”

Unless otherwise stated, listed events are open to the public at no charge.

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January

Jan. 19 (Thurs.), 3:00 p.m., Butch’s Den in the CUB

Panel on “The Status of the Dream: Does Freedom Still Ring?”

Hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement, this discussion will feature members of the WSU campus community who will talk about the current status of Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr.’s dream of equal access and opportunity for all. This event is part of our campus’s 30th celebration of the work of the civil rights leader. Common Reading stamp available.

Jan. 24 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

“Current Events and Conversation: Keeping Up with  International (and All That ‘Fake News’ in the News),” presented by Lorena O’English (WSU Libraries)

O’English said we live in an exciting and event-filled world, but it can be hard to keep up with what is going on internationally. This Common Reading lecture will discuss how and why people get news, some ways to keep up with current events, and some ways to think critically about news and reportage. Common Reading Stamp available.

 Jan. 26 (Thurs.), 6:30 p.m., CUB Sr Ballroom

Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Celebration, presentation by keynote speaker Charlene Carruthers

Carruthers, a community organizer, writer, and advocate for racial justice and feminism, will give the free, public, keynote address during WSU’s 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. Recently recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans by the online journal TheRoot.com, Carruthers will speak on “Building on the Dream: Continuing a Black Radical Tradition in the Movement for Black Lives.” The MLK Community Celebration will also include the presentation of the 2017 MLK Distinguished Service awards campus and local community members who advocate for social justice. Sponsored by WSU Equity and Diversity. Common Reading stamp available

Jan. 29-31, 4:00-9:00 p.m. (in one-hour slots), Ensminger Pavillion

“Tunnel of Oppression,” sponsored by WSU Residence Life, International Programs, and Multicultural Student Services

This annual interactive event provides opportunities to participate in and reflect on activities related to social justice topics. This year’s topics encompass issues related to racism, sexism, classism, abeism, and cis-genderism. Attendees should expect their visit to last about one hour; the last group each evening will begin at 8 p.m. Common Reading Stamp available.


February

Exhibit through June, “Ambitions and Intellect,” Terrell Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)

This exhibit will showcase prominent women students at WSU. Curated by Lipi Turner-Rahman.  Opening reception March 22. Common Reading stamp available.

Feb. 7 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

“The Impact of Title IX on Women and U.S. Higher Education,” presented by Holly Ashkannejhad, Pamela Bradetich, Melynda Huskey, and Anne McCoy

This presentation will focus on the landmark 1972 federal legislation, Title IX, and its far-reaching effects on all areas of U.S. higher education.  Title IX is a federal law that bans sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The presenters will address the history of this legislation and its impact on our campus, such as in the areas of Student Affairs and athletics.  Ashkannejhad is the assistant director of WSU’s Office for Equal Opportunity; Bradetich is senior associate director of athletics; Huskey is the interim vice president for student affairs and the dean of students; and McCoy is the deputy director for athletics.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Feb. 15 (Wed.), 7:00-8:45 p.m., CUE 203

Film screening of “Girl Rising”

This 2013 documentary spotlights in 101 minutes the stories of nine girls from developing countries around the world overcome obstacles to obtaining an education. The film seeks to illustrate how educating these girls can transform families and communities, break the cycle of poverty, and change the fates of these women. The documentary is directed by Richard Robbins; prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. Watch the trailer at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJsvklXhYaE  Common Reading stamp available.

Feb. 21 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

Women in STEM, presented by WSU First Lady Noel Schulz (Engineering)

Schulz, professor of electrical engineering and WSU’s First Lady, has been a keen observer of and very engaged participant, role model, and mentor in the subject of her lecture, women in STEM fields. Over the past 40 years, there have been many efforts to increase the number of women participating in STEM fields in the U.S.  While progress has been made within some sub-disciplines of engineering, there continue to be challenges with the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in STEM. This talk will discuss the trends for women in STEM across the U.S. and world, as well as recent successes and continued challenges. Common Reading Stamp available.

Feb. 23 (Thurs.) , 5 p.m., Museum of Art

Visiting Writer Rebecca Gayle Howell

Howell is a senior editor for the Oxford American. Her prize-winning work includes a translation of Amal al-Jubouri’s verse memoir of the Iraq War, Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation. Sponsored by the WSU Dept. of English. Common Reading stamp available.

Feb. 28 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

“America and Islam: Beyond the Headlines,” presented by Lawrence Pintak (Communication)

Pintak, professor in and founding dean of the Murrow College of Communication, will look at the history of America’s relationship with Islam and the world’s Muslims, the role of the media in shaping that relationship, and the way in which global politics and policy are shaping the relationship for the future. Pintak says the U.S. presidential election and the rise of ISIS mean Islam has been back in the headlines for the past two years. But the complex relationship between America and Islam is as old as the republic itself. This is a relationship that is often reduced to ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’, black & white, but in reality, there are endless shades of gray, he says. Common Reading Stamp available.


March

Exhibit through June, “Ambitions and Intellect,” Terrell Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)

This exhibit showcases prominent women students at WSU. Curated by Lipi Turner-Rahman. Opening reception March 22.  Common Reading stamp available.

March 2 (Thurs.), 7:00 p.m., Todd 116

“Around the World with Peace Corps Volunteers,” sponsored by ASCC

Celebrating national Peace Corps Week, the Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC), part of WSU Undergraduate Education, hosts this presentation with former Peace Corps volunteers discussing their experiences.  Common Reading Stamp available.

March 7 (Tues.), 5:00 p.m., CUE 203

Working with WSU Development Projects in Pakistan, presented by Barbara Rasco (Food Science)

Barbara Rasco will discuss her work on WSU international development projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan, focusing on the impact of these projects on women and the issues they face. Rasco earned both Ph.D. and J.D. degrees; she is an internationally recognized authority on food safely laws and regulations, and is an expert on aquatic food products. She is the director of the School of Food Science, which is a joint program between WSU and the University of Idaho. Common Reading stamp available.

March 8 (Wed.), 1:00-3:00 p.m., Butch’s Den in the CUB

Social Science Poster Forum on “Gender in STEM/Gender in Academia,” sponsored by ADVANCE at WSU

This poster session, sponsored by ADVANCE at WSU, will highlight WSU research related to gender and STEM as well as gender and academia more broadly. ADVANCE is a WSU program that works to increase and support greater diversity in the university, especially in the STEM fields. This event coincides with International Women’s Day and is open for viewing at no charge.  Common Reading Stamp available.

March 21 (Fri.), 4:00 p.m., Todd 130

“Personalizing the Global: Memoirs as Instruments of Healing, Advocacy, and Resistance,” presented by Debbie Lee (English) and Ray Sun (History)

Debbie “D.J.” Lee, an author and WSU Ombudsman, is a professor of literature and creative writing. Ray Sun is an author and professor of history.  This talk will focus on memoirs (the genre of this year’s Common Reading book I Am Malala) and how they serve to give a personal voice to important global issues. Lee will share about and from a memoir she is writing that links personal challenges to her first-hand encounter with the effects of global warming in the Artic.  Sun will share how memoirs provide unique and accessible sources that enable us to grasp the impact of war and genocide on societies, cultures, and individuals. Common Reading Stamp available.

March 22 (Wed.), 7:30 p.m., Jones Theater, Daggy Hall

Acappella quartet production of “Women of the World”

Celebrating global folk traditions from Bulgaria to Brazil and Japan to Africa, this Boston-based international acappella quartet performs original and traditional music with a contemporary twist. This performance, part of the WSU Performing Arts Series, is free for WSU students with ID. For more on this group, visit womenoftheworldmusic.com.  Common Reading stamp available.

March 22 (Wed.), 3:00-4:30 p.m., lobby of Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) in Holland Library

Exhibit opening reception, “Ambitions and Intellect: Pioneering Women at WSU,” curated by Lipi Turner-Rahman (WSU Libraries)

A new exhibit in WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, “Ambitions and Intellect: Pioneering Women at WSU,” explores the stories of early women contributors at the fledgling college. It is part of this year’s events around Women’s History Month and the Common Reading book “I Am Malala.” An opening reception is planned from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the MASC lobby.

March 28 (Tues.), 4:30-6:30 p.m., Todd 133

Interfaith panel on Islam, featuring Imam Raed Alsawaier, Rev. Steve Van Kuiken, Prof. Robert Eddy, and Prof. Mike Myers

This panel discussion is hosted by WSU’s Muslim Student Association as part of a series of events during Islamic Awareness Week, March 27-31.  Common Reading stamp available.

March 30 (Thurs.), 4:00-5:30 p.m., Heald Hall G3, featuring Imam Azhar Subedar

Keynote address for Islamic Awareness Week

Imam Azhar Subedar will provide a keynote address for Islamic Awareness Week. He is the religious advisor to the state of Florida, the spiritual director for the University of Florida, and a member of the White House Faith-Based and Community Initiative. This event is hosted by WSU’s Muslim Student Association as part of a series of events during Islamic Awareness Week, March 27-31.  Common Reading stamp available.

March 31 (Fri.), 10:00-11:30 a.m., Avery Hall’s Bundy Reading Room

Visiting scholar lecture, “In Other Worlds: Sexuality, Archives, History,” by Anjali Arondekar, UC Santa Cruz

University of California-Santa Cruz Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Arondekar’s research grows out of her interest in the figurations of sexuality, ethics, and collectivity in South Asia, especially in colonial British and Portuguese India. She is the author of For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonia Archive in India. Her visit is sponsored by the Depts. of English, Women Studies, and Critical Culture, Race, & Gender Studies. Common Reading stamp available.

March 31 (Fri.), 2:30-4:30 p.m., Pullman Islamic Center, 1155 NE Stadium Way

Open House and Sermon by Imam Raed Alsawaier

This open house and sermon is hosted by WSU’s Muslim Student Association as part of a series of events during Islamic Awareness Week, March 27-31.  Common Reading stamp available.


April

Exhibit through June, “Ambitions and Intellect,” Terrell Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)

This exhibit showcases prominent women students at WSU. Curated by Lipi Turner-Rahman. Common Reading stamp available.

Apr. 5 (Wed.), 5 p.m., CUB Auditorium: CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

“Women in Comedy,” a presentation by Rachel Mason

This event has been CANCELLED due to illness, according to the host, the WSU Visiting Writers Series in the Dept. of English.

Apr. 11 (Tues.), 4:30 p.m., CUE 203

Global Impacts of Education, presented by Asif Chaudhry (VP for WSU International Programs)

Dr. Asif Chaudhry, WSU Vice President for International Programs, will share a bit about his own background growing up in Pakistan, followed by a facilitated discussion in which attendees will be encouraged to ask the questions I Am Malala has raised for them—about the country of Pakistan, its culture, educational system, gender politics, and more.  Common Reading stamp available.

Apr. 18 (Tues.), 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Todd 116

Film showing of “He Named Me Malala.”

Common Reading Stamp available.

Apr. 25 (Tues.), 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., CUB Sr. Ballroom

“Social Activism,” an interactive project by HD 205 students

This drop-in event will be an interactive, live demonstration intended to inform and educate the WSU community about a variety of relevant social issues.  Students in HD 205, led by Mary Kay Patton, have been charged with using their creativity to engage others in better understanding a social-justice issue about which they are passionate and which links to one of the core values evidenced in Malala’s story. This project is also intended to celebrate creativity and engagement, and to honor committed action from a values platform. Common Reading Stamp available.


FALL SEMESTER 2016

August 2016

Aug. 22-December 2016, Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., MASC in Terrell Library (ground floor)

Exhibit: “Protest! Students, War, & Racism: WSU Student Activism, 1969-70”

As we look at Malala’s activism on behalf of girls’ right to education, WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC), hosts an exhibit focusing on student activism on our own campus in late 1968 and the 1969-1970 school year, culminating in the May 1970 student occupation of the French Administration Building and the campus strike that followed. This remains the largest and most significant student protest on the WSU campus, and the struggles of that era still color our campus and society today. Common Reading Stamp available.


September 2016

Sept. 7 (Wed.), 7 p.m., CUE 203

“The Synergistic Connection Between Rape Culture and Violence Toward Women,” presented by Amber Morczek

Amber Morczek, a Ph.D. candidate in the WSU Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology, will speak about the pervasiveness of gender-based violence and its connections to I Am Malala. Morczek will focus especially on the significance of rape culture—a cultural framework that normalizes and condones violence against women.  Common Reading stamp available.

Sept. 8 (Thurs.), 3 p.m., MASC in Terrell Library (Ground Floor)

Opening reception: “Protest!” exhibit (see August entry)

WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC), part of WSU Libraries, hosts an exhibit focusing on student activism on our own campus in late 1968 and the 1969-1970 school year. The four-month exhibit kicks off with a special opening reception. Common Reading stamp available.

Sept. 13 (Tues.), 7 p.m., Kenworthy Theatre, Moscow

Film screening: “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” (159 min., subtitled) 

This 2015 film, part of the region’s “Bollywood on the Palouse” series, is the story of an Indian Hindu man who embarks on a journey to take a mute six-year-old Pakistani girl–who was separated in India from her parents–back to her hometown in Pakistan. This “feel-good” film has been has been very popular in both India and Pakistan even though it highlights some of the regional conflicts between those countries.

Co-sponsored by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences, Honor College, Foreign Languages and Cultures, and Asia Program.  Free admission. Common Reading stamp available.

Sept. 21 (Wed.), 7:00 p.m., Todd 216

“Islamic Contributions to Western Civilization in a World Historical Perspective,” presented by Charles Weller

Weller, clinical associate professor in the Dept. of History, will highlight all the ways—medically, scientifically, technologically, educationally, philosophically, culturally, linguistically, and economically—that the Islamic world has contributed to “Western Civilization.” He will emphasize the interdependence of all peoples and cultures historically with a view to promoting 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 historically and presently. Co-sponsored by the WSU History Club.  Common Reading stamp available.

Sept. 23 (Fri.), 6 p.m.,  and Sept. 25 (Sun.), 7 p.m., CUB Auditorium

Film screening: “A Girl In the River: The Price of Forgiveness” (40 min.)

This 2015 documentary by Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won last year’s Academy Award for Best Short Documentary, her second award in that category. This film focuses on honor killing, a practice that results in the death or injury of more than 1,000 Pakistani girls and women each year, especially in rural areas. A Girl in the River tells the story of Saba, an 18-year-old girl who fell in love and eloped, and who was targeted for death by her father and uncle, but survived to tell her story. Obaid-Chinoy is expected to speak on campus on November 15. Sponsored by SEB Arts & Culture Film Festival.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Sept. 27 (Tues.), 7:30 p.m., CUB M.G. Carey Senior Ballroom

The Common Reading Invited Lecture for 2016-17, presented by Khalida Brohi

When she was a teenager in the Balochistan region of Pakistan, Khalida Brohi witnessed the honor killing of her friend, who had married for love. Today, she’s the founder and executive director of the Sughar Empowerment Society. That nonprofit, whose name means “skilled and confident woman,” provides Pakistani tribal women with the education, skills, and income opportunities to empower them to take a leadership role in their households, their communities, and the world. Brohi’s goal is to change the lives of one million women in Pakistan. A charismatic speaker who has addressed numerous global forums, Brohi is a significant young leader and social entrepreneur whose passion for improving the lives of women and girls is coupled with her creative leadership for doing so.  Verification of attendance will be provided.


October 2016

Oct. 5 (Wed.), 7:00 p.m., Todd 216

“Women and the Qur’an,” presented by Lipi Turner Rahman

Turner-Rahman, WSU libraries and history, will present what the Qur’an advocates regarding the education of women and girls and how Muslim women study the Qur’an.  The lecture will highlight ways in which limitations on girls education in the Islamic world have their roots in cultural rather than religious perspectives.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 11 (Tues.), 7:30 p.m., CUE 203

“Women’s Engineering Participation in Diverse Cultural Contexts: What can the U.S. Learn?,” presented by Julie Kmec and Nehal Abu-Lail

Kmec, of the Dept. of Sociology, and Abu-Lail, of the School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, will highlight research in process that seeks to identify the factors that shape women’s relatively high levels of engineering participation in some predominantly Muslim countries. The speakers will describe what engineering participation by women looks like in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Malaysia, and Tunisia in contrast to that in the U.S. They will share a theoretical explanation for why participation differs across these contexts and provide a snapshot of features of these predominantly Islamic and developing countries. The speakers will also discuss their plans to study women in these countries and how their study will eventually be used to assist on-going efforts in the U.S. to attract women to engineering. Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 18 (Tues.), 4 p.m., Honors Hall Lounge

Panel Discussion with Eileen Pollack and WSU Women in STEM

Author Eileen Pollack will discuss issues facing women in STEM fields as addressed in her nonfiction work The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club, followed by a panel discussion with WSU women who work in STEM fields.  Sponsored by the Dept. of English and the School of Biological Sciences.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 19 (Wed.), 5:00 p.m., WSU Museum of Art (MOA)

Literary reading, presented by Eileen Pollack

A guest of the Dept. of English’s Visiting Writer Series, Pollack is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction whose novel, Breaking and Entering, won the Grub Street National Book Prize and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She also is the author of Paradise, New York, a novel, and two collections of short fiction. Her creative nonfiction includes Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull and The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still A Boys’ Club. She teaches in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Michigan. This event is co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program and the School of Biological Sciences. Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 19 (Wed.),5:30 p.m., Gannon Goldsworthy Lobby 

Turning values into action, an interactive workshop led by Robby Cooper (Human Development)  

A powerful connection between I am Malala and the experiences of WSU students is the opportunity to discover and develop they value, and then to equip themselves to turn those values into action.  Robby Cooper, clinical assistant professor in the Dept. of Human Development, will lend his workshop and leadership expertise to this interactive event; students will be lead through a process of considering their own values and the processes that would enable them to act upon those values.  This is event is open to students living in the south side of campus in these residence halls: Olympia, McEachern, Rogers, Gannon-Goldsworthy, Stephenson, and Stimson.  (If needed, this workshop will be repeated 7:00-8:30 in the same location.) Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 25 (Tues.), 7 p.m., CUE 203

Film screening of “He Named Me Malala”

This 2015 documentary by Davis Guggenheim is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the author of this year’s common reading.  It portrays both the events of the book and also Malala’s life since her attack as she has continued her studies and her advocacy in Birmingham, England.  Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 26 (Wed.), 5:30 p.m., Northside Hall lobby

Turning values into action, an interactive workshop led by Robby Cooper

A powerful connection between I am Malala and the experiences of WSU students is the opportunity to discover and develop they value, and then to equip themselves to turn those values into action.  Robby Cooper, clinical assistant professor in the Dept. of Human Development, will lend his workshop and leadership expertise to this interactive event; students will be lead through a process of considering their own values and the processes that would enable them to act upon those values.  This is event is open to students living in the north side of campus is these residence halls: Scott-Coman, Global Scholars, Northside, Regents, and Streit-Perham.  (If needed, this workshop will be repeated 7:00-8:30 in the same location.) Common Reading Stamp available.

Oct. 27 (Thurs.), 7 p.m., CUB Auditorium

“Taking Down Rape Culture,” a lecture by Laci Green

Laci Green was named one of the 30 most influential people on the internet by Time in 2016. A feminist activist, she has a talent for explaining difficult subjects in a straightforward and disarming way. The Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring her talk, which will focus on what we can do to dismantle rape culture and violence against women.  Common Reading Stamp available.


November 2016

Nov. 1 (Tues.), 7 p.m., Todd 130

“Insights of a Peace Corps Volunteer,” presented by Kyla Allen-Grant

Allen-Grant, a WSU alumna and WSU’s Peace Corp representative, will speak about her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer and the insights that experience provided regarding the global challenges of girls and the importance of educational access.  She will also share avenues for exploring Peace Corps service. Common Reading stamp available.

Nov. 7 (Mon.), 4:30 p.m., Todd 216

“Parsing Violence: War and Terrorism in Historical and Contemporary Political Discourse,” presented by Clif Stratton

Stratton, assistant director of the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program and clinical assistant professor, will explore the ways in which Western media, government officials, and some academics discuss war and terror in cultural terms, thus masking the historical decisions and political agendas that have and continue to produce political terror. The dichotomy often presented to us, Stratton says, assumes that war and terror are mutually exclusive, and that war is, if not desirable, at least justified, while terrorism is never justified. An inquiry into the historical relationship between war and terror helps to complicate simplistic black and white notions of legitimate vs. illegitimate forms of violence, crucial for citizens of one of the most militarized contemporary societies. Common Reading Stamp Available.

Nov. 9 (Wed.), 5:30 p.m., McCroskey Hall lobby

Turning values into action, an interactive workshop led by Robby Cooper

A powerful connection between I am Malala and the experiences of WSU students is the opportunity to discover and develop they value, and then to equip themselves to turn those values into action.  Robby Cooper, clinical assistant professor in the Dept. of Human Development, will lend his workshop and leadership expertise to this interactive event; students will be lead through a process of considering their own values and the processes that would enable them to act upon those values.  This is event is open to students living in the central heart of campus in these residence halls: Wilmer-Davis, Stevens, Community-Duncan Dunn, McCroskey, and Honors.  (If needed, this workshop will be repeated 7:00-8:30 in the same location.) Common Reading Stamp available.

Nov. 15 (Tues.), 7:30 p.m., Beasley Coliseum

Campus visit/presentation, featuring Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker and activist

Activist, journalist, and film director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will talk about her work, which focuses on a wide variety of issues in South Asia. Obaid-Chinoy’s films Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2016) each won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject Documentary, making her one of only 11 female directors to have won an Oscar for a nonfiction film. Both films document issues of violence against women in Pakistan. Her work has also been recognized with six Emmy Awards, including an International Emmy Award for her 2009 film Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. This event is sponsored by the WSU Student Entertainment Board, along with the Common Reading Program and Global Campus; it is free and open to the public. Common Reading verification available.

Nov. 29 (Tues.), 7 pm, Todd 116

Encore Screening of He Named Me Malala (88 minutes)

This 2015 documentary by Davis Guggenheim is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the author of this year’s common reading.  It portrays both the events of the book and also Malala’s life since her attack as she has continued her studies and her advocacy in Birmingham, England.  Common Reading Stamp available.


December 2016

Dec. 6 (Tues.), 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., CUB Senior Ballroom

“Social Activism,” an interactive project of HD 205

This event will be an interactive, live demonstration intended to inform and educate the WSU community about a variety of relevant social issues.  Students in HD 205 have been charged with using their creativity to engage others in better understanding a social justice issue about which they are passionate and which links to one of the core values evidenced in Malala’s story.  The drop-in event is intended to celebrate creativity and engagement and to honor committed action from a values platform.  Common Reading Stamp available.

“The Downward Spiral of Addiction and the Journey Out” hosted by the WSU Common Reading Program April 18

Pullman, Wash. The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts Noel Vest to discuss “The Downward Spiral of Addiction and the Journey Out: Prison, Academia, and Recovery” at 5 p.m. in CUE 203.  This lecture is free and open to the public.

An experimental psychology Ph.D. student and WSU Tri-Cities alumnus, Vest will detail his life experiences and the perspective they lend to this year’s conversation surrounding the year’s Common Reading book, “Just Mercy.” » More …

WSU selects “I Am Malala” as the 2016-17 Common Reading book in Pullman

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University has named the best-selling “I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” as the 2016-17 common reading for first-year and other students in Pullman, Interim Co-Provost Erica Austin has announced.

Austin chose “I Am Malala” from three books recommended by the selection committee of the Common Reading Program, part of WSU Undergraduate Education. » More …