PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will present Art a la Carte, a series of lectures, as part of its noontime arts series at 12:10 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 31 through Feb. 28 in the Compton Union Building Cascade Room 123.

Paul Hirzel, an associate professor in the WSU School of Architecture, will provide insight on the “Yellowtown Collection” Jan. 31. Hirzel gave his students the assignment of looking at Pullman through the color yellow last spring. The result, a series of images and texts the students created, is on display at the CUB Gallery until Feb. 1.

Robert Krikac, an associate professor for WSU’s Department of Apparel, Merchandising and Interior Design, will present “The Transparency of Vision” Feb. 7. The discussion will focus on Krikac’s sketches from his travels in Europe and the United States. Krikac says field sketching allows him to become more involved with his surroundings, developing the ability to selectively filter complex compositions.

“The Tuning Fork That Mistook Itself for a Slingshot,” a Feb. 14 presentation by John Streamas, offers a view into the marriage of art and scholarship. Streamas is an author and assistant professor in the Department of Comparative American Cultures.

Ana M. Rodriguez-Vivaldi, an associate professor for the WSU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, presents “The Perils of Puig (and Others): Latin American Writers at/and the Movies” on Feb. 21. Rodriguez-Vivaldi will discuss some of her discoveries from her travels to film libraries in Puerto Rico and the United States. Her research focused on the relationships between film and literature in Latin America.

The series concludes with a local artist sharing her personal artistic journey. Kathleen Bodley of Pullman will present “Contemplating the Journey, Part 2” Feb. 28. The presentation will feature slides of Bodley’s work.

Art a la Carte is sponsored by the WSU Museum of Art and the CUB. Signing for the hearing impaired is available on request. Those who wish to attend should call (509) 335-2313 by noon the Monday before the desired program. All the presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Marty Mullen of CUB Programs at (509) 335-2313 or mullen@wsu.edu.