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Upcoming Programs and Lectures


Thursday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m.  Kris Nyrop, Program Director, Racial Disparity Project.  Drug Wars: Incarceration and Racial Justice. This talk examines racial disparities in drug-related sentencing in the United States and discusses potential models for sentencing reform. Made possible by the Office of the President and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice.

Monday, March 9.  NEW FILM: “Yakama War: Ayat"  (Woman)   Ms. Emily Washines (Public Outreach Specialist, Yakama Nation Fisheries) will screen and lead  discussion of her new film on the role of women in the 1855-59 Yakama War.  (Dean 113 at 3:00 pm)

Friday, March 13 at 6:00 pm.  Journey to Mel's Hole.  Play reading. The students of Professor Jay Ball (Theater Arts) share late-breaking scientific discoveries about Kittitas County's most enigmatic quantum anomaly.  (In honor of the stunning implications for String Theory, string cheese will be served to all visitors from parallel universes!)



Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m  Opening reception for the exhibition,“BINDING CULTURE: LIVING LANDSCAPES AND MATERIAL LIFE IN NORTHERN LUZON, PHILIPPINES”     An exhibition co-organized by Ellen Schattschneider and Lynn Bethke, featuring indigenous textiles and basketry from the Cordillera region of northern Luzon.  Opening reception, Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 pm. CWU Museum of Culture and Environment,  Dean Hall.   Dean Hall. (Opening lecture by Prof. Ellen Schattschneider, Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University) Introduced by Provost Marilyn Levine.

Saturday, April 18.  Earth Day Family Festival at the Museum, and 3rd Annual Salmon Run (5K/10K). Co-sponsored by Yakima Nation Fisheries.

Thursday, April 23 at 5:30 pm.  "Composting: Making Dirt for Earth Week”  Lecture by Dr. Steve Gilbert, Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND),

It is not a matter of “IF” we are going to have composting but “WHEN”.  We need to be responsible for the organic waste we are generating.  Composting of yard and food waste from homes, restaurants, and institutions such as schools and hospitals is absolutely necessary for ensuring a sustainable and healthy environment.  Composting has many advantages such as reducing landfill usage, curbing production of green house gases, and creating a useful product.  To be successful the public must enthusiastically embrace composting.  We aim to increase support for composting by improving the public’s understanding of the benefits of composting and the joys of making dirt.

Co-sponsored by Our Environment.

Saturday, May 9. Basket Making Workshop .11:00 am-2:00 pm.

Saturday, May 9. 4:00 pm.   Downton Abbey Tea at the Museum. Students in costume serve tea in Downton Abbey-style to guests. Free, but by reservation only.