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Literary Flight: A writer’s adventures at 3,000 feet

W. Scott Olsen
W. Scott Olsen
Author and editor W. Scott Olsen writes about things that scare him, flying a single-engine airplane across remote landscapes, tracking the lives of wildland firefighters, and other risky activities that capture his interest.

Olsen will read and discuss his literary work on Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m. in the Museum of Art/WSU Pullman, as part of the 2013 WSU Visiting Writer Series sponsored by the Department of English. Author of several books and acclaimed essays, Olsen also edits “Ascent,” one of the oldest and best-established literary journals in the country.

“No matter what your discipline or academic specialty, having the tools to write about it for a wide audience is something we all want to know more about,” said Debbie Lee, professor of English and co-director of the Visiting Writer Series.

Olsen also will be part of a roundtable on publishing and editing across print and the web at noon Nov. 8 in Avery Hall, Bundy Reading Rm., at WSU Pullman. Other panelists are Rita Rud, Bryan Fry, and Jana Argersinger, with Peter Chilson moderating.

Read more at WSU News

Foley Institute director to discuss civility, democracy Oct. 1

Cornell Clayton
Cornell Clayton

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) hollers “You Lie!” at President Barack Obama during his health-care speech to Congress. Conservative talk-radio showman Rush Limbaugh labels a caller a “slut” because she advocates insurance coverage for contraceptive care. Occupy Wall Street protesters portray bankers as criminals.  Is American democracy in the midst of an “incivility crisis”?

Cornell Clayton, political science professor and director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, will discuss “Being Wrong about Democracy: Political Incivility in a Polarized Society” at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 1, in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. Hosted by the Common Reading Program, this presentation is free and open to the public.

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Workshop Demystifies Grant Application Process

Just what does it take to get a grant or fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities? The Office of Grant and Research Development (OGRD) and the College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor an NEH Grant Application Writing Workshop on March 21 to explain the process.

Workshop host, NEH program director Dr. John Cox, will present and answer questions about the grant process, with an emphasis on writing and application review. Participants will also learn about NEH programs and special initiatives. A representative from Humanities Washington will also take part in the daylong event.

The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m in CUE 518. Dr. Cox and the Humanities Washington representative will meet individually with WSU faculty and graduate students for pre-arranged appointments until 5:00 p.m and individual appointments will be available on March 22 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. as well.

Seating is limited and advanced registration is required.

Campus Speaker Series on Culture, Race

The Department of Critical Culture, Gender & Race Studies (CCGRS) spring speaker series begins tomorrow.

“With speakers discussing literature, art, the Black Panther party, health care, science, religion and hip-hop, the series will offer a range of interests and backgrounds that will underscore the many approaches to studying race, gender and sexuality,” said David Leonard, department chair. “These speakers represent a broad range of experts and brilliant practitioners within their respective fields.”

The series includes:

Jan. 23: “An Evening with Adam Mansbach”

Feb. 19: “Temporal displacements and spatial constellations: An overview of the work of Jin-me Yoon”

Feb. 25: “Henrietta Lacks in Context: African American Responses to Medical Discrimination in the 20th Century” by Alondra Nelson

April 16: “Beyond Belief: The search for more (and less) in material culture” by Monica Miller

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Leonard to give keynote at 2013 MLK Distinguished Service Awards

David Leonard, associate professor and chair of the college’s Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, will give the keynote speech at the University’s 2013 MLK Distinguished Service Awards ceremony on January 24.

“Dr. King’s Dream, Body Politics and the Continual War on Women of Color” will examine links between Martin Luther King’s legacy, the life of Henrietta Lacks (portrayed in this year’s Common Reading book), the historical experience of African-American women, and social justice.

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