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“Am I Addicted to My Phone?” a Common Reading lecture by psychologist Loren Brown on Oct. 23

The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “Am I Addicted to My Phone? Healthy Ways to Use Technology Without Getting Hooked,” a lecture by psychologist Loren Brown from WSU Counseling and Psychological Services at 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 23 in CUE 203. The event is free and open to the public.

Interactive technology is a useful and integrated part of modern life, yet a growing number of people say it’s causing them problems, said Brown.  As a society we are spending more and more time looking at screen, whether it’s social media or video games, or even measuring steps, heart rate, and sleep using a fitness tracker, said Brown.

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AR and VR as immersive learning tools topic of Oct. 17 WSU Common Reading lecture

The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “Augmented and Virtual Reality as Immersive Learning Tools,” a lecture by Don McMahon at 4:30 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 17 in Todd 130. The event is free and open to the public.

AR and VR technologies are commonly associate with gaming, said McMahon, a WSU professor who researches practical uses for these emerging technologies. He will present ways that AR and VR are also used as immersive learning tools in education and how these technologies will shape the next 10 years of education.

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Phase 2 Black Key Clue

“Beneath a face, at night, crimson,
In a building where you may find a ghost,
Across from a room whose number is:
‘HTTP Not Found,’
You will see our symbol, a QR code, and a password.
Scan the code for the next Clue.”

WSU Common Reading presents Jason Sampson on the recycling of electronics

The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “Recycling of Electronics and the Need to Find a Long-Term Solution,” a lecture by Jason Sampson on Tues., Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Todd 130. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Researchers always strive to improve technology. As companies provide improvements at an increasingly rapid pace, consumers purchase electronics to remain on the cutting edge.  It is estimated that annually over 400 billion electronic devices worldwide are determined useless or obsolete and thrown away or recycled.

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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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