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Common Reading book nominations for 2017-18 open through Nov. 1, 2016

If you’ve read a good book lately that relates to “frontiers of technology, health, and society,” you should consider nominating it to be the next common reading book used by thousands of first-year and other students at Washington State University.

An online form on the common reading website makes the process easy for nominators to enter valuable information for the selection committee to consider—notes about such things as what makes the book memorable and worthy of campus engagement, and whether the book connects to or highlights existing university research or activity.

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Islamic contributions to western civilization topic of WSU Common Reading speaker Charles Weller Sept. 21

The Washington State University Common Reading Program with the History Club hosts a lecture on Islamic contributions to western civilization Wed., Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Todd 216. Charles Weller, clinical assistant professor of history, will speak about the historical interdependence of people and culture at the free public presentation.

Weller says interdependence promotes 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 in historical and contemporary contexts.

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Gender-based violence topic of WSU Common Reading speaker Amber Morczek Sept. 7

Pullman, Wash. — The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts a lecture on the connection between rape culture and violence towards women Wed., Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in CUE 203.  Criminal justice and criminology doctoral candidate Amber Morczek will speak about the pervasiveness of gender-based violence at the free public presentation.

A recipient of the 2016 inaugural Student Affairs Outstanding Student Award, Morczek’s research interests include violence toward women, rape culture, and pornography. She currently works with WSU Violence Prevention Programs educating students, faculty, and staff about gender-based violence, and the importance of bystander intervention.  Morczek’s delves into many issues similar to those experienced by Malala Yousafzai, author of this year’s common reading book, I am Malala. At the Common Reading Lecture, Morczek will cover the significance of rape culture and how a cultural framework that normalizes and condones violence against women impacts our society.  » More …

“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 …

John Roll speaks on Health Issues and Incarceration at March 29 Common Reading Lecture

Pullman, Wash. — The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts John Roll to discuss “Health Issues and Incarceration” at 4 p.m. on March 29 in Todd 130. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Roll is a professor and senior vice chancellor at the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane. He is the founding director of the WSU Program of Excellence in the Addictions and the Co-Director of the WSU Translational Addiction Research Center. » More …

Acclaimed social-justice activist, “Just Mercy” author Bryan Stevenson delivers WSU Common Reading Invited Lecture Dec. 1

PULLMAN, Wash. — Executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” Bryan Stevenson will deliver the ninth annual Common Reading Invited Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Beasley Coliseum on the Washington State University campus. The public is welcome at the free address, which will be followed by a book signing. » More …

Schools, Youth, and the Criminal (In)Justice System

Pullman, Wash.- The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts a lecture by John Lupinacci at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 17 in Todd 116.  The event is free and open to the public.

The session will accompany this overview of youth in prisons by posing questions for audience participants to discuss.  Often such presentations can leave us feeling powerless; however, this session will culminate by providing audience participants with opportunities to connect with regional and national efforts to reform and/or abolish the systemic incarceration of youth through the school-to-prison pipeline. » More …

“The Current Evolution of Law Enforcement” presented by Pullman and WSU police chiefs at WSU Common Reading Event, Oct. 21

Pullman, Wash. – Pullman Chief of Police Gary Jenkins and Washington State University Chief of Police Bill Gardner will present “The Current Evolution of Law Enforcement” on Wed., Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) room 203. The public is welcome at this free event hosted by the Common Reading Program. » More …

“Reflections of a Segregated Life” lecture by Jeff Guillory at Sept. 22 WSU Common Reading Program

Pullman, Wash. – “Reflections of a Segregated Life,” a lecture about the personal side of growing up in the Jim Crow south, will be presented by Jeff Guillory, director of Washington State University’s Office of Diversity Education, at 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 22, in Todd 130.  The public is welcome at this free event hosted by the Common Reading Program. » More …

From Mendel’s garden to DNA fingerprinting topic of Sept. 8 WSU Common Reading lecture by Brian Kemp

PULLMAN, Wash.—How did 19th century monk Gregor Mendel’s observations of pea plants lead to DNA analysis used in forensic sciences today?

Washington State University molecular anthropologist Brian Kemp will introduce aspects of DNA and the human genome structure at a free public lecture set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 in room 203 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. » More …