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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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March 2021

Nonfiction Reading by Catina Bacote (Visiting Writers Series)

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Catina Bacote is an African American nonfiction writer, specializing in creative nonfiction drawing on her personal story and social history. Her current research investigates the consequences of economic oppression and residential segregation, and her book project chronicles the lasting impact of the illegal drug trade on her family and community. Bacote is currently a faculty member in English at St. John’s University. Hosted by the WSU Visiting Writers Series.

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MLK Jeopardy Game

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Attendees of this Jeopardy-style game will complete in a wide range of topics and significant figures, including the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hosted by Global Connections as part of its MLK programming. You can register for this event using a form provided on the Global Connections website.

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Discussion of The Pretty One by Keah Brown

March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Access Center is hosting monthly discussions of The Pretty One by Keah Brown, 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 7-9, 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 students an opportunity to receive a free digital copy of The Pretty One based on…

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C. S. Giscombe Poetry and Memoir Reading

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

C. S. Giscombe is author of many books of poetry and essays. His work has been published in Best American Poetry, Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry, Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Bluesprint: Black British Columbia Literature and Orature, and elsewhere. His current work in progress is a collaboration with the painter Judith Margolis and is an inquiry into the social spaces of white supremacy. The recipient of several fellowships and award, Giscombe is a professor at the University of…

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(Canceled) Screening of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man with Panel Discussion, Part 2

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

(Please note: This event has been canceled.) Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho launched this series in 2020 to fight one of the two viruses we faced in this devastating year: the virus of the mind-racism. With over 70 million views across 10 episodes, Acho sat down to discuss race and racism with many people from the Petaluma Police Department to Chelsea Handler to Carl Lentz to Chip & Joanna Gaines. Participants will view Acho’s “uncomfortable conversation” with Carl Lentz, Pastor…

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Luis Fernandez (Sustainable Communities, Northern Arizona University) on Reimagining Police: Reform, Defund, or Abolish

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The history of racial disparities in the United States is long and deeply rooted. The BLM mobilizations last summer reminded us of the explosive nature of racial mistreatment around law enforcement. In the wake of BLM, cities, counties, and states are trying to address the issue in a variety of ways. This talk will explain the basic strategies currently being considered, including their ideological orientations and assumptions. Fernandez is the author of the forthcoming book Shutting Down the Streets: Political…

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Ijeoma Oluo (KEYNOTE SPEAKER)

March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ijoema Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller, who is the author of the New York Times best-sellers So You want to Talk about Race (2018) and Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male Power (2020). Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and the personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian,…

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April 2021

Wesley Hamilton on “Disabled, But Not Really”

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wesley Hamilton will give the keynote talk for the 2021 Disability Awareness Symposium’s focus on Fitness for All: Inclusive Fitness and Sport.  After a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the waist down in his early 20s, Hamilton transformed himself into a national cross-fit athlete, entrepreneur, and speaker who shares his perspective on life and how everyone can find their passion. As the Executive Director of the organization Disabled But Not Really (DBNR), Hamilton advocates for the disabled community…

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Virtual Scattergories

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Attendees will compete to come up with relevant words for a series of categorizations. Hosted by WSU Global Connections as part of their MLK Programming.

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Thriving Authentically: Ascending Industry while Identifying as Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Thriving Authentically program will feature Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) panelists who will offer students valuable industry insights regarding their chosen career paths and how they cultivated their professional and cultural identities on that journey.  Hosted by the Office of Outreach and Education and the Carson College of Business.

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