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The WSU Common Reading Program is pleased to accommodate students’ learning by offering online options to experience programming related to Born a Crime, including lectures, interviews, and documentaries, during spring semester 2021.

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The WSU Common Reading Program is pleased to accommodate students’ learning by offering online options to experience programming related to Born a Crime, including lectures, interviews, and documentaries, during spring semester 2021.

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April 2021

An Evening with Mahogany L. Browne

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mahogany Browne is a writer, organizer, an educator who serves as the Interim Executive Director of Urban Word NYC and Poetry Coordinator at St. Frances College. The author of several books, including Chlorine Sky (2021), Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice (2020), and Black Girl Magic (2020), Browne is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair, a nationwide diversity literature campaign. She is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration, investigating its impact on woman and…

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Reading by Debra Magpie Earling

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Debra Magpie Earling is a Native American novelist and short story writer, and Professor of English at the University of Montana. A member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, she is the author of Perma Red (2002) and The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (2012). Hosted by the WSU Visiting Writers Series.

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“The Path to Ending Systemic Racism” (filmed panel discussion/live Q&A to follow)

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In a time of mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on Black communities by police in the US and the lack of accountability from national leadership, what is the path forward? Sharing urgent insights into this historic moment, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero discuss dismantling the systems of oppression and racism responsible for tragedies like the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and far too many others --…

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Fitness For All: Paralympic Contributions to Adaptive Sport

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Paralympic athletes Danelle Umstead and Matt Stutzman will discuss the contributions of Paralympic athletes to adaptive sport. Umstead, a blind professional skier and three-time Paralympic medalist, is considered one of the most successful visually impaired ski racers in history. Stutzman (also known as “The Armless Archer”) is a 2016 Team USA Paralympian and a 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist. Both panelists will discuss their adaptive fitness journeys followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Hosted by the Access Center and the Disabled Students…

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Author Q&A with Keah Brown, author of The Pretty One

April 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Author Keah Brown will be joining the final discussion of her book, The Pretty One, a collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America. This month’s discussion will feature chapters 10-12, but attendees do not need to have read the book to participate as a summary will be included.  The Access Center is also offering WSU student an opportunity to receive a free digital copy of The Pretty One based…

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(Rescheduled) White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America Featuring Tim Wise (2013, 66 min), with panel discussion to follow

April 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, this documentary explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy…

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Virtual Student Q&A with Dr. Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum, Germany)

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This session invites students and faculty involved is spring programming on memorialization and memory to engage directly with Dr. Neiman, the Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany.  Hosted by the Center for the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. To register for this event, visit the USHMM website.

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Jamie Margolin (Earth Day Keynote Speaker)

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Jamie Margolin is a 19-year-old environmental activist, organizer, author, director, and screenwriter. She will speak about the human aspects of climate change, including mental health, environmental racism, and activism. Hosted by the ASWSU Environmental Sustainability Alliance in celebration of Earth Day. 

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Melissa Parkhurst (Music) on “Song Gives Birth to Struggle: Music and the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa”

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Trevor Noah grew up in a South Africa that was, and continues to be, profoundly shaped by the legacy of apartheid.  Join us to explore how music in South Africa sheds light on indigenous cultures and the processes of colonialism & post-colonialism.  We will listen to: marabi (early South African jazz), isicathamiya (a cappella music, performed by migrant workers living in urban hostiles), and numerous genres that emerged during the anti-apartheid struggle, 1948-1994.  We’ll take a look at how government-imposed…

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Robin Fifita (Tongan Visual Artist and Muralist)

Robin Fifita embraces and celebrates her unique cultural backgrounds: Tongan, Irish, and German. Her work is informed by the understanding and challenges that come from the convergence of contrasting elements, people, places, ideas, and expressions. Her work aims to explore the various points of intersection that cut across boundaries such as culture, class, language, space, and time. She currently works at Oregon State University’s School of Public Policy. Hosted by the Center for Intercultural Learning and Affirmation (WSU Vancouver).

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