The WSU Common Reading Program hosts “Recycling of Electronics and the Need to Find a Long-Term Solution,” a lecture by Jason Sampson on Tues., Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Todd 130. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Researchers always strive to improve technology. As companies provide improvements at an increasingly rapid pace, consumers purchase electronics to remain on the cutting edge.  It is estimated that annually over 400 billion electronic devices worldwide are determined useless or obsolete and thrown away or recycled.

Sampson, assistant director of WSU Environmental Health and Safety, will discuss how society can stay ahead of this burgeoning need for proper disposal of electronic waste. His talk will include examples of WSU’s on campus e-waste initiatives.

The WSU-wide common reading program is exploring the theme of “frontiers of technology, health, and society.” Ready Player One highlights applications of technology in a variety of fields but also encourages exploration into ethical dilemmas and changing senses of identity that arise in an increasingly digital world.

The Common Reading Program began in Pullman in 2006-2007 to help students, their teachers, and the community better engage in academically centered critical thinking, communication, research and learning around a body of shared information presented in a single, specially selected book.

The Common Reading program is currently accepting book nominations for the 2018-19 academic year. For more information about the Common Reading program, nominating a book, this year’s book, and upcoming events visit https://commonreading.wsu.edu/.