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WSU Common Reading presents Roger Whitson lecture Sept. 18 on “the future has always been female”

Pullman, Wash. — The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “The Future has Always Been Female: Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Origins of Science Fiction and Computing,” a lecture by Roger Whitson on Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This year’s common reading book, Ready Player One, is set in a virtual world full of 80s references, geek culture, and science fiction metaphors.  Whitson, assistant professor of English, will discuss the origins of science fiction and computing that began in the nineteenth century.

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AIDS stigma from the 1980 to the digital age, discussion presented by WSU Common Reading Sept. 5

Pullman, Wash. — The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts a lecture titled “Not All Video Games and the Brat Pack: AIDS Stigma from the 1980s to the Digital Age,” on Tues. Sept. 5 at 5 pm in CUE 203. Matthew Jeffries, from the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center, will lead the discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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WSU Common Reading Jump-starts Year with Aug. 28 Visit by Ready Player One Sci-fi Author and Screenwriter Ernest Cline

PULLMAN, Wash.—Just one week into fall semester 2017-18, Washington State University students will meet acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Ernest Cline, in Pullman to deliver the 11th annual Common Reading Invited Lecture at 7 p.m. Mon., Aug. 28, in Beasley Coliseum.

Common Reading Book, Spring Spielberg Movie

Cline wrote the 2011 internationally best-selling, sci-fi dystopian novel Ready Player One, which thousands of students on five WSU campuses will use as their common reading book in first-year classes. Cline also co-wrote the screenplay for the adaptation of the book. The movie of the same name was directed by  Steven Spielberg. It will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on March 30, 2018, but can be seen in select theaters for midnight showtimes on March 29, Cline’s 45th birthday.

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Screening of “He Named Me Malala” film hosted by WSU Common Reading April 18

The Washington State University Common Reading Program presents an encore screening of the award-winning documentary “He Named Me Malala” Tues., April 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Todd 116. The public is welcome at this free campus event.

The 2015 film directed by Davis Guggenheim is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, author of this year’s common reading book for WSU students titled I Am Malala. Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for her efforts speaking out for women’s education in her home country of Pakistan. To stop the schoolgirl’s work, she was shot by the Taliban, but survived to carry on with her campaign and her own education.

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Sci-fi, dystopian novel Ready Player One selected as 2017-18 common reading for five WSU campuses; non-fiction Spare Parts chosen by WSU Vancouver

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University has announced that two books are the 2017-18 common readings for thousands of students in first-year courses: Ready Player One, for Pullman, Tri-Cities, Spokane, Everett, and the Global Campus; and Spare Parts, for WSU Vancouver.

Both award-winning books were nominated soon after the call went out in September from the WSU-wide Common Reading Selection Committee. Its 14 members read and evaluated 34 books in total, all of which align with the program’s two-year theme of “frontiers of technology, health, and society.” Members recommended three finalists in February to WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Daniel J. Bernardo for the final selection.

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Memoirs as a means to personalize global issues is subject of WSU Common Reading lecture March 21

PULLMAN, Wash.— “Personalizing the global: memoirs as instruments of healing, advocacy, and resistance” is the topic of a Common Reading Program lecture on Fri., March 21 at 4 p.m. in Todd 130 at Washington State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The talk will focus on memoirs, the literary genre of this year’s common reading book, I Am Malala. Co-presenters are Debbie Lee, author and professor of literature and creative writing, and Ray Sun, author and professor of history. 

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WSU food scientist Barbara Rasco discusses international development projects and their impact on women at March 7 common reading lecture

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University School of Food Science Director Barbara Rasco will discuss her work on WSU international development projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan and their impact on women at 5 p.m. Tues., March 7, in CUE 203. The free public presentation is hosted by the Common Reading Program.

With degrees in biochemical engineering, food engineering, and law, Rasco joined WSU faculty in 1998. She devoted 12 years work to international economic development programs, including food safety training programs, industry technical assistance and small- and medium-enterprise development, for many countries in eastern Europe, central Asia, and north Africa.

She evaluated market potential for agricultural crops and processed foods in central Asian and central American markets. She also assisted with the development of legislative initiatives and regulatory reform, and drafted and modified current regulations to comply with World Trade Organization and international standards in central Asian nations.

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The media, America, and Islam topic of WSU common reading lecture Feb. 28

PULLMAN, Wash.— The role of the media in shaping America’s relationship with Islam will be discussed by communication professor, Lawrence Pintak at a Washington State University Common Reading Program lecture on Tues., Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203.  The event is free and open to the public.

The recent U.S. presidential election and the rise of ISIS have put Islam in headlines frequently over the past two years, said Pintak.  The lecture will also cover the way in which global politics and policy are shaping the relationship for the future.

The founding dean of the Murrow College of Communication, Pintak brings to the topic more than 30 years of global journalism experience, particularly in the Muslim world. He is the author of several books on Islam and the Middle East, including a primer on Islam for journalists, and serves as a consultant to the U.S. State Department.

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Noel Schulz to discuss women in STEM at Common Reading event Feb. 21

PULLMAN, Wash.— Trends for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields will be discussed by Washington State University First Lady and Engineering Professor Noel Schulz at a Common Reading Program lecture on Tues., Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203.  This lecture is free and open to the public with a small reception to follow.

Increasing the number of women in STEM fields has been a focus for more than four decades.  Some disciplines have seen progress but there are continuing challenges with recruitment, retention, and advancement. The talk will focus on national and international trends for women in STEM. It will cover both the successes and challenges women experience today.

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