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Upcoming Programs and Lectures


Thursday, January 29 at 12.00 noon.  Poverty and the Politics of Representation: A Roundtable featuring Jeff Schonberg.   Jeff Schonberg, co-author of Righteous Dopefiend and photographer-ethnographer, joins in a conversation about the politics and ethics of representing poverty and structural violence.  With  Jay Ball (Theater Arts), Saeed Mohamed (REM),   J. Hope Amason (Anthropology)

Thursday, Jan 29, at 5:30 pm.   Philippe Bourgois lectures on ""Public Anthropology, Photo-Ethnography, and Homelessness in America:"   Philippe Bourgois, (University of Pennsylvania), celebrated author of In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Bario, and co-author of Righteous Dopefiend, presents on his recent research , in collaboration with Jeff Schonberg and Laurie Kain Hart, on drug use and impoverishment in America.

Friday, Jan. 30 at 10:00 am.  Laurie Kain Hart presentation, "Ethnographic Perspectives on Structural Violence and the Making of Meaning: From the Balkans to North Philadelphia." Dr. Laurie Hart (Haverford College) discusses the extent to which  ethnographic "toolkits" may travel across borders, drawing on her fieldwork in Greece and in Mid-Atlantic urban communities in the US. Co-sponsored by the Culture and Power Writing Group and the Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies.   Dean 208.

Laurie Kain Hart is Stinnes Professor of Global Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Her research focuses on the circum-Mediterranean area and the urban U.S., and, topically, on religious practice; gender; ethnonationalism and border history; sectarian and urban violence; pluralism, spatial segregation and population displacement; architecture and housing; photography and visual anthropology. Her recent publications are grounded in field research in Northern Greece (on former political refugees of the Greek Civil War) and Philadelphia (on urban poverty, segregation, and risk).


Saturday, Feb. 7.  11:00 am-2:00 pm. Expressive Arts Workshop: Book of Life.  Community members and students collaborate in making art book that reflect on personal and family stories of homelessness, addiction and recovery.  We will reuse old hard cover books using glue, photos, collage, pens, fabric, fabric, buttons, and found objects. Musicians are invited to jam. Led by expressive arts therapist Nan Dooliittle and CWU student Maggie Bauermeister.  Sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice.

Thursday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 pm. Darwin Day event:  Evolutionary Perspectives on Addiction.  (Details TBA)

Thursday, February 19 at 5:30 pm.   Addiction and Recovery in our Neighborhoods: A Community Conversation.  A roundtable with specialists on addiction and recovery, as well as students and community people, on local challenges and avenues for progress on issues of addiction and homelessness in Central Washington.

Thursday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m.  Drug Wars: Incarceration and Racial Justice. A roundtable examining racial disparities in drug-related sentencing in the United States.

Saturday, March 7 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Expressive Arts workshop: Winter Count: Keepers of History. Inspired by the traditional Lakota winter count method of representing history. Participants will create art recounting stories of challenge and struggle, reflecting on the exhibition, "Righteous Dopefiend." Music and song will be included. (Still seeking sponsors)

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: Indigenous Arts of the Northern Philippines.

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.