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January 2018

MLK Community Celebration/Speaker Shaun King

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CUB Senior Ballroom, 1500 Glenn Terrell Mall
Pullman, WA 99163 United States

This year’s MLK Community Celebration focuses on the theme of the Next Generation of Social Justice. Keynote speaker Shaun King is one of many voices—though an increasingly prominent voice—within the movement for Black Lives. By using social media to highlight, amplify, and discuss news of police brutality, racial discrimination, and other civil rights issues, King has become an indispensable source for extending conversations about social justice and equality.  This celebration also includes the presentation of the 2018 MLK Distinguished Service…

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Do We Manage Technology, or Does Technology Manage Us?

January 23 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Presented by Deborah Compeau (Management Information Systems/Business Administration). She will explore the many ways in which we both manage and are managed by technologies. From social technologies that draw us in, to artificial intelligence technologies which replace human decision-making, we are confronted by a world where technologies increasingly challenge our agency.  Yet at the same time, these technologies are the products of human design and so human agency remains central to their construction and application. The implications of this duality…

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Leveling Up with Undergraduate Research

January 29 @ 4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

Shelley Pressley, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, will talk about how doing undergraduate research with a mentor (such as a faculty member) can transform students’ time and academic experience at WSU. Joining her will be students already engaged in mentored research whose work connects to topics raised in Ready Player One.

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February 2018

Consequences of Using Emerging Technology: Case Studies from Political and Health Communication

February 6 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Porismita Borah, associate professor of Communications, will share her research on social media. Verification of attendance available. (Grey Key event)

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Order of the Crimson Key (game): Points Deadline for Scholarship Eligibility

February 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday,Feb. 9, is the final day to be eligible for a scholarship for participants playing the common-reading game, the Order of the Crimson Key. Players with 9 or more points today are eligible. The game was started in fall and runs until March 9 of  this spring semester. It was created by faculty and staff to align with both this year's Common Reading book, Ready Player One, as well as the program goal to increase students' engagement with and knowledge…

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Screening of the film “An Inconvenient Sequel”

February 15 @ 4:10 pm - 5:45 pm

TENTATIVE   The global energy crisis of 2044 provides the background for this year's Common Reading book, Ready Player One, and is a primary reason that the book’s characters have retreated to the Oasis. This 2017 film, a follow-up to the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, explores the current climate situation as well as the emerging energy revolution that could prevent the environmental future that Ready Player One predicts. The documentary follows former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as he travels…

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So, What’s Your Fandom?: Participatory Culture in the Digital Age

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by Lorena O'English, from WSU Libraries. After reading Ready Player One, it’s very clear that author and screenwriter Ernest Cline is a fan of 1980s video games, music, and popular culture. But what does it mean to be a fan? Some of his early screenplays were, in fact, fan fiction. O'English will talk about aspects of fan culture and fanfiction, from their beginnings to the present. Verification of attendance available. (Grey Key event)

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Legal Issues with VR and AI

February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kim Houser, clinical associate professor of Business Law, will discuss the legal issues of ownership and privacy. Houser made national headlines in fall 2017 in a study examining ways that the IRS is breaking privacy laws by data mining citizens' information from social media as well as commercial and public data pools. Verification of attendance available. (Grey Key event)

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March 2018

Potential Data Pitfalls in a Digital World

March 6 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Rob Crossler, assistant professor for Management Information Systems, will discuss practical ways to protect your personal data in our digital world. Verification of attendance available. (Grey Key event)

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Order of the Crimson Key (game): Final Day

March 9

Friday, March 9, is the final day to earn points in the common-reading game, the Order of the Crimson Key. The game was available in fall and into this spring semester. It was created by faculty and staff to align with both this year's Common Reading book, Ready Player One, as well as the program goal to increase students' engagement with and knowledge of the Pullman campus. Everyone who earned at least 9 points in fall and spring is eligible…

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