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Upcoming Programs and Lectures


Tuesday, October 21 at 4: 30 pm. Early Learning "Stemfest".    Early learning educators and children are invited to explore the exhibition "How did the cougar cross the road?"


Thursday, October 23 at 5:00 pm    Lecture :   "Making Migration Visible"

Susan Noyes Platt, Ph.D.
Randall 117  (Department of Art)

This lecture will present the work of artists who address immigration into the United States from countries south of the Mexican border. The art addresses the economic and political conditions that force people to leave, the journey itself, work at the border, the process of crossing the border, the conditions for those detained, the community and family disruptions caused by Immigration and Customs (ICE) raids (so-called “Secure Community” raids) all over the country, and above all, the violation of the most basic human rights throughout. 

Susan Noyes Platt is an art historian, art critic and activist based in Seattle. She writes on art that engages urgent social issues. The lecture is based on material for her new book on art about  immigration and detention.

This lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Art, the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, and the Museum of Culture and Environment,  is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, "Migration, Now", on view at the Museum of Culture and Environment (Dean Hall) through December 5.



Thursday. October 30 at 5:30 pm.  "Burning the Hearts of the Dead:  Migration and New England Vampire Belief in the Early Republic" ( Brian D. Carroll, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History and American Indian Studies.

In conjunction with the exhibition, "Migration, Now," through December 6.  Co-sponsored by the Museum Club and the History Club. Please feel free to come dressed for a pre-Halloween celebration!



 Thursday, November 6 at 5:30 pm.   Come join us as we celebrate diverse voices, exploring experiences of migration, struggle and success in Central Washington.  Ricardo Garcia discusses early Chicano activist history in the region and recounts the rise of radio KDNA.    Featured writers include Xavier Cavasos and Phil Garrisson. Introduced by Prof. Gilberto Garcia. (Political Science).   In conjunction with the exhibition, "Migration, Now" at the Museum of Culture and Environment, on view through December 6.

Co-sponsored by the "Scratching Post" student writing group



Thursday, January 15 at 5:30 pm. Opening reception for the exhibition, "Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America" (from the Penn Museum)


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 Saeed Mohamed, Lene Pedersen, J. Hope Amason.


Thursday, Jan 29, at 5:30 pm.   Philippe Bourgois lecture.   Philippe Bourgois, celebrated author of In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Bario, and co-author of Righteous Dopefiend, presents on his recent research on drug use and impoverishment in America.


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.



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