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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 …

“Prison State” film showing Nov. 9

Pullman, Wash. – The Washington State University Common Reading program is hosting a showing of the 2014 Frontline television documentary “Prison State”, Monday Nov. 9 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Heald G3.

“Prison State” follows four people caught up in Kentucky’s criminal justice system.  The two teenage girls and two adult men featured in the film liven in Beecher Terrace, a housing project in Louisville, where one out of every six people cycle in and out of prison every year.  Juvenile detention, mental illness, and addiction are highlighted as they contribute to the prison population. » More …

Award-winning “Broken on All Sides” film featured at Sept. 15 WSU Common Reading event

Pullman, Wash. – “Broken on All Sides,” a film about racial inequality within America’s criminal justice system, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 15, in room 203 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education at Washington State University. The public is welcome at this free event hosted by the Common Reading Program. » More …

Criminology Professor Faith Lutze discusses the evolving American prison at 4:30 p.m. Tues. Sept. 1 WSU Common Reading event

PULLMAN, Wash.—What’s good and bad about how we use prisons to achieve criminal justice goals?

Washington State University Professor Faith Lutze will discuss “The Evolving American Prison: Executing the Ideals of Justice, Mercy, and Redemption” at a free public lecture 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in room 203 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. » More …