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Upcoming Programs and Lectures

FALL 2015

Thursday, October 1.  Fall Opening Reception.  6:15 pm.  (Following opening of "Notes from Suburbia" exhibition at Sarah Spurgeon Hal at 5:00 pml).   Opening of "Elhwa: A River Rebon"; "The Penitent: Images from Eastern State Penitentiary";   "Pluto and New Horizons" and our new campus-wide model of the Solar System.


Join the Museum-Art parade on Thursday, October 1 at 6:00 pm. to celebrate the opening of our new campus-wide scale model of the solar system. We will start in the CWU Art Department in Randall Hall, where “Pluto” can be seen, and travel to the inner planets at the Museum of Culture and Environment in Dean Hall, where the “sun” is the size of a baseball.  Children, students, and all others are invited to help make "comets" in the Art Department at 5;00 pm, to carry during our parade “across the solar system” to the sun.

October 13 at 12:00 noon pm.   “Ultimate Questions: Artists Confront Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty.” A roundtable with Rene Denfield (Lion Rock Writers Series novelist.) Museum of Culture and Environment, Dean Hall Lobby

This roundtable brings together novelist, poets, and visual artists whose work engages with the death penalty and current penal regimes. How do artists evoke the experiences of Death Row and imprisonment; under what circumstances can and should writers and artists seek to transform their audience’s understandings of those who have so often been demonized or forgotten by mainstream society?  (Facilitated by Mark Auslander)

December 2 at 5:30 pm.  100th "Birthday Celebration" for the General Theory of Relativity.




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


Tuesday, May 26.  at 5:30 pm.  Lecture by Dr. Vincente Rafael (University of Washington)  Colonial Contractions: the Philippines Under Spain, the United States and Japan, 1565-1946

This talk will give a brief history of the emergence of the Philippines from a collection of largely autonomous islands with extensive linkages to the rest of Southeast and East Asia to a loosely bounded colonial entity under three global empires: Spain, the United States and Japan. It will show how the nation-state continues to be an imperial artifact even as it seeks to come to terms with its post-colonial condition which includes globalization and an ever-growing overseas population. Finally, it will ask how an understanding of the Philippines nation-state as the site of multiple empires allows us to situate it in comparative perspective to the rest of the world.

Vicente L. Rafael is Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of several works on the cultural and political history of the Philippines, including  Contracting Colonialism, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History,, Discrepant Histories, and he Promise of the Foreign_ He is currently finishing a book, Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language Amid Wars of Translation.  He was born and raised in Manila, educated at the Ateneo de Manila University and subsequently at Cornell University. He has been with UW since 2003.



Thursday, May 28. 5:00 pm.  Lecture and Book Signing by Jack Nisbet, reading from his latest book.




TO BE RESCHEDULED .  "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.