The Museum has hosted a variety of exciting programs and lectures. Click on a year to see a list of previous programs.
Thursday, June 2nd at 5:30 p.m.
Beyond Aztlan: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Latinos in the Tri-Cities and the Northwest
Mexican Americans and Chicanos have historically resided and been concentrated in the U.S. Southwest, an area that some refer to as Aztlan--the mythical homeland of the Aztecs. However, even though Latinos have not resided in large numbers in Washington and the Pacific Northwest, people of Hispanic origin have been present here for several centuries.
This presentation by Martin Valadez will present a brief overview of Latinos in Washington state and the challenges that people of Hispanic heritage continue to face here in the Pacific Northwest.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Martin Valadez has been conducting research and teaching about Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. for over 20 years. He has taught at various universities and colleges, including Columbia Basin College, in California, New York, New Jersey and Washington. Martin holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MA in history from Stanford University where is also completing his Ph.D. Currently serves as Director for Business Development and Public Relations at Tri-Cities Community Health but continues his research as an independent scholar. Martin was born in Mexico, grew up in South Central L.A. and has been living in Pasco, WA since 2006.
Thursday, May 26 at 5:30 pm
Images of the Sacred: Paradoxes of Presence and Distance
A Museum Roundtable
Images of the sacred pose fascinating paradoxes. They are manifestly human-made representations of alternate orders of existence, but they also may be experienced as themselves endowed with sacred or divine qualities. Even when they are spoken of as mere reflections, traces, or reminders of a distant power, they may in fact be understood or treated as living beings, ancestors, or divinities. Our discussion—inspired by the exhibition, “Miracles of Mexican Folk: Retablos and Ex-Votos”—considers visual and aural sacred images from around the world, including Bali, Japan, Mexico, ancient Meso-America, Native America, and the contemporary United States.
Thursday May, 12
Curator Lecture - A Journey Among the Miraculous: Developing a Teaching Collection of Mexican Retablos and Ex-votos
Dr. Antonio Sanchez, curator of the exhibit "Miracles of Mexican Folk Art" will speak on the process of collecting Mexican folk art and creating the exhibit. "Miracles of Mexican Folk Art" will be on view at the Museum through June 11, 2016.
5:30 p.m. - Reception with light refreshments sponsored by the CWU Hispanic & Latinx Alumni Association
6:15 p.m. - Talk by Dr. Sanchez.
Dr. Sanchez is currently Assistant Director of Government Relations and Special Assistant to the President of Central Washington University. Dr. Sanchez publishes, teaches and advocates for a greater understanding of the history and heritage of Latinos in Washington State and for the development of programs, activities and academic programs that will advance Latino/a academic success. He is the co-author of a teachers Latino/a history training guide and curriculum for K-12 called Fruits of Our Labor and for the book, Hispanics of Oregon. He established an organization called Americas Institute of Art, History and Culture to tour teaching collections of Latino/a art and artifacts. In 2007 he was knighted by King Juan Carlos of Spain for his efforts to advance the knowledge of Hispanic History in Washington State.
This event is free and open to the public.
January 13 (Wednesday) at 5:30 pm. Opening of Winter 2016 exhibition, Changing Arctic Landscape. Music and refreshments!
Lecture by Marna Carroll on Mask Symbolism
January 20 (Wednesday) at 5:30 pm. (tentative) Reception celebrating Kwame Mason, director of documentary "Soul on Ice," on African Americans in ice hockey.
January 26 (Tuesday) Time TBD. John Treat reading from his new novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House (set in Seattle during the early years of the AIDS pandemic)
February 8 (Monday) at 5:30 pm. Prophesizing the Global. A Conversation with Fabrice Monteiro. Artist Fabrice Monteiro critically reimagines global pasts, presents, and futures--from the transatlantic slave trade to contemporary environmental crisis. Recently recognized by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2015, his virtuosic photographic images are beautiful, arresting and haunting. (Fabrice Monteiro will be joined in conversation with MCE director Mark Auslander)
Fabrice Monteiro is represented by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, 608 2nd Avenue, Seattle. His installation "Maroons," is on display at the gallery February 4-March 12, 2016.
This event is part of the university's year-long series on Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter.
February 17 (Wedneday). Lecture on Slavery and an Object of Memory. Ashley’s Sack: Slavery, Kinship, and the Fabric of Memory
Wednesday, Feb, 17 at 5:30 pm.
Museum of Culture and Environment, Dean Hall
Abstract: One of the most evocative objects to be exhibited in the forthcoming Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is an embroidered cloth bag that has come to be known as “Ashley’s Sack.” Stitchwork on the bag, signed “Ruth Middleton," recounts the bag’s painful history, as a gift presented by an enslaved woman, Rose, to her daughter Ashley, when Ashley was sold at age nine in South Carolina. This presentation explores “Ashley’s sack” as an object of history, memory, and aesthetic creativity. We begin by trying to unpack Rose’s gift during the time of slavery,and then examine the literary and visual aesthetics of Ruth’s 1921 needlework composition. We next turn to the challenge of identifying the historical personages referenced in the text, Rose, her daughter Ashley, and Ashley’s grand-daughter "Ruth Middleton,” the apparent embroiderer. We conclude with some reflections on the exhibitionary challenges faced by the new Smithsonian museum as curators prepare to display this emotionally resonant artifact.
February 18 (Thursday) Pluto Day. 5:30 pm. To mark the 86th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto, CWU astronomy and physics faculty will discuss the history of scientific exploration of Pluto and report on the latest scientific discoveries about the dwarf planet and the Kuiper belt.
February 23 (Thursday) 5:30 p.m. Sven Haakanson Arctic Life Lecture. Sven Haakanson, curator of North American Anthropology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, joins us to discuss Arctic Culture in Alaska.
February 25 (Thursday) 5:30 pm. Dr. Audrey Huerta on Shifting Ice Sheets.
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.
CALLING ALL INTER-PLANETARY EXPLORERS!
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)
November 12 at 5:30 pm. Film screening: Return of the River" (Elhwa)
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.
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 12 noon. Jasen Emmons. Directorial of Curatorial Affairs, Experience Music Project Museum. Lecture: "Pop Culture, Creativity, and Fandom: Building the 21st Century Museum."
Friday, March 13 at 6:00 pm. In Search of Mel's Hole. Play reading. The students of Professor Jay Ball (Theater Arts) in Theater Arts 495 share late-breaking scientific discoveries about Kittitas County's most enigmatic quantum anomaly.
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.
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) Remarks by Mr. Rey Pescua, president, Filippino American Community of the Yakima Valley.
Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 3:00 pm. in Dean 113. "Three Worlds Meet." Learn about Living History with author and independent scholar Jim Auld
The Three Worlds Meet project explores encounters between Native Americans and EuroAmericans during the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade. Co-sponsored by the Museum of the Mountain Man, the project offers public presentations and interpretation of selected "living pictures" from the portfolio of celebrated artist Alfred Jacob Miller who in 1837 was the first to depict the annual Green River Fur Trade Rendezvous held near present-day Pinedale, Wyoming.
For more information, please see: http://threeworldsmeet.org/home.php
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. Includes: Melissa Denner, Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health; Julia Karns, Kittias County Public Health.
Why the Rush? Evolutionary Perspectives on Addiction.Thursday -- February 12 -- 5:30pm -- Lobby of Dean Hall
To celebrate Charles Darwin's 206th birthday, the Museum will explore evolutionary perspectives on addiction, including the emergence of opiate and dopamine pathways. Why wasn't addiction, which seems so destructive, lost long ago from human populations via natural selection? Is a propensity to addiction a by-product of neurobiological processes that offer significant adaptive advantages to our species? Featuring CWU faculty members, Drs. Kara Gabriel (Psychology), Lucinda Carnell (Biological Sciences), and Joe Lorenz (Anthropology and Museum Studies), moderated by Dr. David Darda (Biological Sciences) , followed by a question and answer period for the audience.
The round-table complements the Museum of Culture and Environment's current exhibit, Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America.
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.
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).
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.
Saturday, January 10 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Expressive Arts Workshop: "Homeplace." Community members and students collaborate in making art that reflects on the nature of home and homelessness. Led by expressive arts therapist Nan Doolittle and CWU student Maggie Bauermeister. Sponsored by the CWU Museum Club.
Wednesday January 14 at 5:30 pm. Opening reception for the exhibition, "Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America" (from the Penn Museum) Featuring slam poetry by Xavier Cavazos (English) and an address by Julia Karns (Kittitas County Public Health) on heroin and treatment in the county.
Monday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 pm. Lecture by Dr. Kris Morrissey, director, Master's program in Museology, University of Washington. "Museums as Social Conversations"
Thursday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. Dean Hall, Room 104
Voices through Walls: A Toxic Tour. Lecture by Dr. Steven Gilbert, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND),
Walls come in many shapes and forms with a variety of intended and unintended consequences on human and environmental health. We consent to and depend upon walls to create separation and privacy but what are consequences when walls are used to isolate and block interaction? We will discuss some the historical examples of walls and examine more modern uses of walls along with their unintended consequences. Case studies will include the use of separation walls in Israel/Palestine and along the U.S-Mexico border.
In conjunction with the exhibition, "Migration, Now" at the Museum through December 6.
VOICES OF MIGRATION
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. Noted Chicano leader Ricardo Garcia discusses early Chicano activist history in the region and recounts the rise of Radio KDNA. Historian Martin Valadez Torres (Columbia Basin College) discusses Mexican American migration history. Featured writers include Xavier Cavasos and Phil Garrisson as well as student writers. Introduced by Prof. Gilberto Garcia. (Political Science).
Co-sponsored by the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the "Scratching Post" student writing group. In conjunction with the exhibition, "Migration, Now" at the Museum of Culture and Environment, on view through December 6.
SPECIAL PRE-HALLOWEEN LECTURE!
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!
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 9. 5;30 pm. Opening of "Migration, Now" and Museum Fifth Anniversary. Remarks by President James Gaudino. Music by the YVCC Salsa Band.
Thursday, Oct. 16. 7:00 pm. Kris Ernest (Biology) lectures on small mammals
Please join the Museum of Culture and Environment for a talk by Dr. Kris Ernest, Dept of Biology: “Small Mammals, Big Road: Studying and Enabling Biodiversity Along I-90 in the Snoqualmie Pass Area.” Thursday, October 16. at 7:00 p.m. in the Dean Hall Lobby.
CWU wildlife biologist Kris Ernest and her research team have been studying the many species of small mammals living near I-90 in the Snoqualmie Pass region. These populations have been separated since the 1960s by the Interstate. Dr. Ernest will explain what scientists have been discovering about these animal groups and discuss the impact of the new wildlife passages being constructed under I-90.
Dr. Ernest's talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "How Did the Cougar Cross the Road: Restoring Wildlife Passages Across Snoqualmie Pass" at the Museum of Culture and Environment.
Thursday, October 9. 5:30 pm. Museum fifth anniversary celebration and opening of the “Migration, Now” exhibition, in the Dean Hall Lobby.
Where there's Smoke... Living with Fire opening reception
October 10 at 5:00 p.m., Dean Hall Lobby
Opening Reception featuring fire-making demonstrations by local expert Jim Baugh and light refreshments/
Climatic and Human Influences on the Fire History of the Pacific Northwest, a talk by Dr. Megan Walsh
November 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Walsh’s talk will discuss how climate events and Native American land management practices have affected the frequency of fire and its impact on the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
Lion's Rock Visiting Writer Series: Scott Olsen
November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Olsen will be reading from a selection of his books, the newest being, “Prairie Sky: A Pilot’s Reflections on Flying and the Grace of Altitude,” a collection of essays demonstrating and exploring the change of perspective that comes with altitude.
Museum-Library book club discussion
December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ellensburg Public Library
Inaugural book: Richard Wrangham's book, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
January 21, 5:30 pm - "Hands of a Goze (blind female musician): The Tactile Culture of Visually-impaired People in Modern Japan" A talk by Kojiro Hirose, PhD., (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan). Dean Hall Classroom TBD.
January 30, 5-6:00 pm - Covering Fire: The Journalists and the Taylor Bridge Fire. Print- and photojournalists share how they tracked and reported on the fast moving blaze that destroyed 61 homes and burned more than 23,000 acres.
January 30, 6-8:00 pm - Winter Reception. Join the museum as we celebrate the opening of Wolves in Washington State.
February 13, 5:30 pm - Love in the Time of the Pleistocene, a talk by Dr. Joe Lorenz, biological anthropologist, on the complicated and intimate relations between Neanderthals and early modern humans.
February 27, 5:30 pm - Weighing in on Wolves: A Discussion Wolves and the return of wolf packs to central Washington is a complicated issue. This panel will feature speakers with diverse viewpoints, and opportunity for audience discussion.
March 6 at 7:00 at the Ellensburg Public Library – Book Club Meeting - Rebecca Solnit's A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
March 13, 5:30 pm - Ani-Wa'ya: Stories of the Wolf People. Crit Callebs, a Cherokee traditional storyteller, will share ancient stories involving wolves.
April 17, 5:30 a.m. - Opening Reception for How did the Cougar Cross the Road? Restoring wildlife passages at Snoqualmie Pass. Refreshments will be served as visitors explore the brand new exhibit that tells the story of wildlife connectivity corridors linking animal populations formerly divided by Interstate 90. Follow in the footsteps of native fauna over a recreated wildlife overpass and discover how the cougar crosses the road, and how humans are helping.
A series of speakers including Yvonne Prater, author of Snoqualmie Pass: From Indian Trail to Interstate; Al Aronica (Kittitas Band of the Yakama Nation), Brian White (WSDOT), Jason Smith (WSDOT) and Patti Davis-Darda (USFS) will discuss their knowledge and research concerning the history of Snoqualmie Pass and its wildlife passages.
April 19, 10:00 am - Salmon Run 5K and 10K, with Small Fry kids race. Registration now open! Click through to the event page for more information.
April 19, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Earth Day Family Festival. Join the Museum and local community groups for a day of educational activities for the entire family. Click through to the event page for more information.
May 28, 7:30 p.m., at the Ellensburg Public Library. Museum-Library Book Club. Join us to discuss Yvonne Prater's Snoqualmie Pass: From Indian Trail to Interstate.
Particles on the Wall Opening Reception
September 27, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Dean Hall lobby.
Featured contributing artists and writers, as well as co-curators, Steven Gilbert, an environmental health and nuclear disarmament advocate, Nancy Dickeman, a writer and peace advocate, and Dianne Dickeman, a Seattle visual artist.
Dedication of the John Hoover sculpture, "Man who Married an Eagle" (1971). October 5, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., Dean Hall Lobby.
"Gifts of the Earth: Nature and Tradition in Native American Art." October 5, 2012. 5:00-7:00 pm. University Reception Center. 211 East 10th Avenue
Arid Lands: Film and discussion
October 11, 2012 Dean Hall, room 104. 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
This award-winning 2007 documentary film, Arid Lands, chronicles life along the Columbia River and the way the construction of Hanford impacted the land. To be followed by a discussion session (discussant tba).
Homecoming at the Museum October 13, 2012. 10:00 am-12 noon. Dean Hall Lobby
Reception and museum tours for CWU Alumni and veterans, Dean Hall lobby. Special display of the student-curated exhibition No Place Untouched by War: The Second World War and Central Washington College of Education developed by Kevin Sodano '12.
Poet Kathleen Flenniken
October 17, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
As part of the Lion Rock Visiting Writer’s Series, we welcome Kathleen Flenniken, current Washington State Poet Laureate and former civil engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Workshop: Teaching Hanford Across the Curriculum
November 1, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
On Thursday, Nov. 1, at noon, in Dean Hall room 104, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) will provide a hands-on curriculum workshop for CWU faculty in order to encourage professors to incorporate the history and science of Hanford Nuclear Site into their coursework. Enjoy pizza and listen to curriculum opportunities that engage students in critical thinking about the impact of Hanford on human health and the environment.
Hibakusha: Film and discussion feat. Norma M. Field
November 8, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A showing of Hibakusha - At the End of the World. Hibakusha (translated from Japanese explosion-affected people”) tells the story of the survivors of atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Afterwards there will be a discussion featuring University of Chicago faculty member in East Asian Languages and Civilizations Norma M. Field
Hanford Story Circle
December 1, 2012 at 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
No matter your relationship to the Hanford Nuclear Site, it has become a fundamental part of shaping the identity of central Washington.
The Museum of Culture & Environment (MCE) at Central Washington University invites you to participate in the Hanford Story Circle, on December 1, from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Share your stories, memories and ideas about Hanford and the nuclear age. This event is open to all, whether you have been directly impacted by Hanford or simply share an interest in its history. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
January 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of two new exhibits: Voices of the River: Life Along the Yakima and the traveling exhibit, fashion STATEMENT: Native Artists Against Pebble Mine
The Story of Pebble Mine: A Talk with Anna Hoover, Native Alaskan Fisherwoman and Artist
January 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Veronica Tawhai - “Aotearoa is Not for Sale: The Politics of Indigenous Environmental Law Recognition in Aotearoa New Zealand ”
March 6 at 12:00 p.m. in Dean Hall 103.
Veronica Makere Hupane Tawhai, from the Ngati Porou, Ngati Uepohatu people in Aotearoa New Zealand, is a current Fulbright-Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga exchange scholar based in Olympia, Washington. At home in Aotearoa she is a lecturer in Māori Development at Massey University, an Education Sub-Commissioner for UNESCO New Zealand, a member of the Māori national Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation, and a member of Te Ata Kura (Society for Conscientisation). She has co-edited two books, Weeping Waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and Constitutional Change and Always Speaking: The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy. In Olympia she is being hosted by The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education and Cultural Centre where she is a current Resource Faculty member, and the Centre for World Indigenous Studies where she is an Associate Scholar.
Jim Huckabay - "The Hidden World of the Yakima River Canyon: A “Lifeline” for All"
March 7 at 5:30 p.m.
The Yakima River Canyon is a lifeline, linking the snow-capped Cascades to the Pacific Ocean. This tremendous energy source for animals and plants also benefits humans, who use river water to irrigate homes and businesses, and enjoy the Canyon’s many recreational opportunities. According to Jim Huckabay—writer, outdoor enthusiast, and emeritus Professor of Geography at CWU—the Yakima River Canyon is “the heart of our outdoor heritage.”
Learn more about the hidden world of the Yakima River Canyon on March 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Culture & Environment, where Huckabay will present “The Yakima River Canyon; A Lifeline for All.” This short presentation will be followed by a discussion about the canyon and its importance our lives.
A Better Night with Better DayApril 4 at 6:30 p.m.
featuring Keith Champagne as emcee
Join the Museum for an evening of music, dancing, drinks, and food! Dance the night away to local band Better Day. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages served by WineWorks. Bid on items in a silent auction. And don't forget to check out the new exhibits in the Museum!
April 20 at 9:45 a.m.
This 5K/10K celebrates the life cycle of our favorite anadromous fish! It takes place on the CWU campus and runners are encouraged the wear their favorite salmon-themed costume—the best costume wins a prize! Snazzy race shirts and finishers mementos are included, along with post-race snacks.
Earth Day Family Festival
April 20 at 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join us for an Earth Day Family Festival at the Museum. We'll have activities and fun for all ages! Make art, meet animals, and learn about environmental and sustainability issues in the region and globally.