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WSU Common Reading Accepting Desk Copy Requests for 2024-25 Book

Paperback copies of How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America are available at no cost from the Common Reading Program for instructors and staff at four campuses who are considering using the book for first-year students’ courses and programming. “Thanks to support from Provost and Executive Vice President and WSU Pullman Chancellor Elizabeth Chilton, copies of the book will be provided this summer to first-time, first-year students at the WSU Pullman, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, and Global campuses,” said Karen Weathermon, program director.

WSU Selects “How the Other Half Eats” as 2024-25 Common Reading Book

The nonfiction book, “How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America,” has been selected as the common reading book to be used by first-year and other Washington State University students across classes throughout 2024-25. “One of the many honors of serving as Provost is the opportunity to select the Common Read for all incoming students,” said Provost and Executive Vice President and WSU Pullman Chancellor Elizabeth Chilton. “‘How the Other Half Eats‘ explores the many ways that food—and access to food—underscores issues of social inequality in American society.”

Book cover for “How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America,” by Priya Fielding-Singh, Ph.D.

Higheagle Strong on Land-grant History, Native Lands, and an Equitable Future Nov. 6; Film Showing

“Addressing WSU’s land-grant history and the appropriation of Native lands: Exploring a more equitable future” is the topic of a virtual presentation Nov. 6 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. by Zoe Higheagle Strong, vice provost for Native American Relations and Programs, and tribal liaison to the president. The lecture by Higheagle Strong, a Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) tribal member, aligns with Native American Heritage Month events on the WSU Pullman campus. To attend the event, audience members must register online.

Zoe Higheagle Strong, vice provost for Native American Relations and Programs at Washington State University.

WSU Calls for Common Reading Book Nominations for 2024-25

The Washington State University Common Reading Program has opened nominations through April 3 for the 2024-25 book to be used in first-year and other courses. “We are putting out the call well in advance of when the next common book will actually be in use because we want to give faculty plenty of time to evaluate the selected book and make plans as to how to use it in their classes,” said Karen Weathermon, program director. She said the book selection will be finalized by summer.

Kimmerer Lecture Rescheduled for Feb. 21

“Braiding Sweetgrass” author Robin Wall Kimmerer has had to cancel today’s planned virtual Common Reading Invited Lecture at Washington State University Pullman originally set for 6 p.m. The event will be rescheduled soon, said Karen Weathermon, director of the Common Reading Program. Details about the rescheduled lecture, watch parties, and more will be posted on the Common Reading website as they become available. The complementary lunch prepared by Dining Services will still be served today at Hillside, Northside, and Southside centers.

Kimmerer Lecture Prompts Lunch Feast, Watch Parties, Museum Booklet

As Washington State University readies for Braiding Sweetgrass author Robin Wall Kimmerer’s virtual lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, campus programs are sharing unique ways to engage first-hand in the common-reading inspired event. The lecture, titled, “What Does the Earth Ask of Us?,” is free and open to the public. Dining Services is offering a special luncheon menu Tuesday that is inspired by the book at all three Pullman campus cafes. Starting late Tuesday afternoon, several groups are inviting students and members of the WSU community to join watch parties to enjoy the lecture together. And the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is producing a booklet to inspire visitors to find ties between works of art currently on display and themes found in Braiding Sweetgrass. (Notice: Robin Wall Kimmerer has had to cancel her lecture for the evening of 1/31 and will reschedule it soon for a later date.)

WSU Common Reading Features Robin Wall Kimmerer Lecture Feb. 21

Washington State University announced that Robin Wall Kimmerer, award-winning author of Braiding Sweetgrass, will be the featured guest speaker at the annual Common Reading Invited Lecture Mon., Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. The virtual event is free and open to the public. “We look forward to welcoming the author of this year’s common reading book to speak to WSU and the community,” said Karen Weathermon, director of the Common Reading Program. (Notice: Robin Wall Kimmerer has had to cancel her lecture for the evening of 1/31 and will reschedule it soon for a later date.)

Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the common reading book for 2023, Braiding Sweetgrass.

Common Reading Teaching Guide Makes Online Debut

PULLMAN, Wash.—For the first time in its 16-year existence, the Washington State University Common Reading Program has produced a detailed guide to help faculty and staff better use the year’s […]

Cover of the 2022-23 common reading book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.