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Oct. 1 – WSU Common Reading: Cornell Clayton to discuss civility, democracy
September 30, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash.— U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) hollers “You Lie!” at President Barack Obama during his health-care speech to Congress. Conservative talk-radio showman Rush Limbaugh labels a caller a “slut” because she advocates insurance coverage for contraceptive care. Occupy Wall Street protesters portray bankers as criminals.  Is American democracy in the midst of an “incivility crisis”?

Scientists talk about standing tough in face of opposition
September 23, 2013

common readingPULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington geologist who defended his theory of the Missoula flood when everyone else attacked it as wrong will be the subject of a free, public presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 24, in Todd 216 at Washington State University.

The event ties to the WSU common reading book, “Being Wrong,” by Kathryn Schulz, which is being used in many courses for first-year students.

WSU scientists Lisa Carloye and Kirsten Peters will discuss J. Harlen Bretz, a geologist who taught at the University of Washington and the University of Chicago in the early 1900s. Biologist … » More …

Patricia Hunt to talk on mistake that changed her career
August 30, 2013

Patricia Hunt WSU geneticist BPA expert 

Patricia Hunt, WSU geneticist, BPA expert, in her laboratory



Being WrongPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University geneticist Patricia Hunt, who was called “the accidental toxicologist” by Scientific American magazine, will discuss “Science by Accident” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Smith CUE 203.

The public is welcome to attend the lecture that is part of WSU’s Common Reading Tuesdays program and relates to this year’s book, Being Wrong, by Kathryn Schulz.

For a … » More …

Criminologist shares good lessons from bad times
August 23, 2013

VilaPULLMAN, Wash. – Scores of missteps as a soldier and cop in hazardous places have prepared Bryan Vila to make a career of studying deadly errors in his criminology lab at Washington State University Spokane.

His free, public presentation, “Mistaken Adventures around the Globe,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Smith CUE 203 will kick off the WSU Pullman Common Reading Program’s ( guest expert series for the 2013-14 academic year.

Thousands of WSU students will use topics from the common reading book, “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error,” by Kathryn Schulz, in classes, activities and … » More …

WSU exhibit features ‘Outrageous Hypotheses’
August 16, 2013

Blemmye myth




PULLMAN, Wash. – Early historian Hartmann Schedel described an African tribe called Blemmyes, headless humans with their eyes, nose and mouth on their chests, in his 1493 work “Nuremberg Chronicle.” An ancient woodcut shows one of the odd creatures sitting cross-legged with one finger of his raised right arm pointing skyward – possibly showing where his missing head might have gone.

The same tome, a chronology of what was believed to be the complete history of the world, also depicts the Panotti people on an island off the … » More …

Common Reading Program welcomes author Mary Roach
September 12, 2008

PULLMAN —San Francisco author Mary Roach will visit WSU on Tuesday, Sept. 16, to present the annual guest lecture for the freshman Common Reading Program.

“May I Show You Our Whale Tapeworm? (Why I Love Research and You Should Too)” is the title of her public presentation set for 7 p.m. that evening in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. The event is open to the public at no charge. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

“Mary Roach is the author of our 2008 Common Reading book, ‘Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,’ and … » More …

Campus engages in common reading
October 16, 2007

With “Flu” making its way across the Pullman campus, the excitement has been contagious.

In the third month of their first common reading project, WSU Pullman freshmen and their teachers are finding a variety of ways to use the book, “Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It.” For example:

• After exchanging droppers of clear liquids between test tubes, freshmen in teaching assistant Mary Grace Antony’s public speaking class listened carefully to chemistry, biology, history and genetics minilessons. If their concoction turned pink, … » More …

1918 flu database now online
October 2, 2007

An online database allowing access to more than 100 documents related to the impact of the 1918 flu can now be found online. 

The topic of the 1918 flu is the focus of the WSU common reading program that freshmen at the Pullman campus are participating in this year. The book Flu, written by Gina Kolata, focuses on the virus that caused the flu as well as the numerous deaths that followed.

To view the history collection online, visit

Additional information, such as papers from President Holland related to the flu, can be found online through the WSU libraries as … » More …

Flu expert to present lecture
September 11, 2007

Lectures relating to the WSU common reading program’s book “The Flu” will be happening in October and November.


Author and former WSU faculty member, Dr. Alfred Crosby, will be lecturing on October 16 in CUE 203. He the world’s expert on the 1918 flu epidemic, and is cited multiple times in “Flu”, WSU’s Common Reading book. He will be at WSU to share his expertise on the 1918 flu pandemic with students and faculty.
The author of “Flu”, Gina Kolata, will be lecturing on November 6. The 2000 Pulitzer Prize-finalist and award-winning author will talk about her book with students and faculty. … » More …

Freshmen share book to enrich academic life
April 27, 2007

Nearly 3,000 freshmen will get “Flu” this summer — the book, not the virus — as WSU launches its first “common reading” project.

Common reading projects at universities have gained popularity since the early 1990s. They have been shown to enhance students’ academic transition to college and increase their success.

“‘Flu’ will provide rich topics for discussion among our new students and their professors across many disciplines,” said President V. Lane Rawlins. “It tells the story of the most deadly international epidemic in history, but it also raises questions that inevitably lead the reader to think about science, economics, politics, sociology, business, ethics and … » More …