The Washington State University Museum of Art will exhibit the original artworks by Andy Warhol entitled “Athletes Series, 1979,” from Oct. 22-26. Richard Weisman, the person responsible for the idea behind the creation of the series, will be on hand Oct. 22 for a 6:30 p.m. public presentation and dialogue in the Fine Arts Center, across the street from Martin Stadium on Wilson Road. Weisman will also be a featured speaker in an Oct. 23 Art à la Carte session, the informal WSU brown bag lunch series, at 12:10 p.m. in the Compton Union Building, Cascade Room 123. For more information, see http://wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=4129

Allan G. Johnson, one of the nation’s leading scholars and speakers on issues of privilege, oppression and social inequality, will give three public presentations on the Pullman campus this week. On Tuesday, from 7-9 p.m. in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203, he will speak on “Male Privilege and Violence Against Women. Wednesday, he will discuss “Privilege, Power and Difference” from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Food Science and Human Nutrition building, Room T101, and “Race and White Privilege” from noon-2 p.m. at the Compton Union Building, Cascade Room 123. All sessions are free and open to the public. Johnson’s books include “The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise” (1997), “The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy” (1997) and “Privilege, Power, and Difference (2001). For more details, see http://www.wsu.edu/allan-johnson.html

Dad’s Weekend is almost here. The annual event that brings hundreds of Cougar dads back to campus will this year feature the Pac-10 showdown between the Washington State University Cougars and Oregon State Beavers, appearances by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno and a host of other events. For more, visit http://www.wsucalendar.wsu.edu/

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Looking at cheerleading: Research into adolescent girls’ perspectives of school, leadership and peer groups led Pamela Bettis, an assistant professor at WSU’s College of Education, to an unexpected topic — cheerleading. The new book “Cheerleader! An American Icon,” written by Bettis and co-author Natalie Guice Adams, an education professor at the University of Alabama, explores how cheerleading represents the nation’s shifting beliefs about gender, sports, entertainment, race and national identity.  The authors trace the history of cheerleading from its inception 135 years ago as a male leadership activity, through the sexual era epitomized by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, to its current incarnation as a physically demanding sport, and provide a critical analysis of this beloved and maligned activity. Bettis can be reached at 509.335.2653 or bettis@wsu.edu.