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Nov. 8: Leading U.S. ethnographer to speak about race, civility

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

Elijah Anderson

PULLMAN, Wash. – One of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers will talk about race and civility in everyday life in a free, public address, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Elson Floyd Cultural Center at Washington State University. » More …

Nov. 15: Memoir of growing up in the segregated South

By Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts

tarantino-smith-headPULLMAN, Wash. – A dramatization of the 1943 book “Black Boy,” Richard Wright’s searing autobiography spanning childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Jones Theatre at Washington State University. It is recommended for ages 12 and older. » More …

Literacy education professor wins early career award

By Kyla Emme, College of Education intern

sarah-newcomerRICHLAND, Wash. – Sarah Newcomer, an assistant professor of literacy education at Washington State University Tri-Cities, recently earned a national award for her work to increase opportunity and equity in education. » More …

Feb. 8: Child of civil rights to visit kids, teach WSU workshop

By Dustin VandeHoef, College of Education intern

Paula-Young-SheltonPULLMAN, Wash. – You’re never too young to start making a difference. That’s what author and civil rights activist Paula Young Shelton will tell elementary school students – and university students learning to teach them – when she visits Pullman on Monday, Feb. 8. » More …

Next common reading book is ‘Just Mercy’ by Bryan Stevenson

By Beverly Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

just-mercyPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University first-year students in Pullman will use the book, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson as their 2015-16 common reading book. » More …

March 10: Diversity educator discusses environmental racism

By Beverly Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

SchmidtPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University diversity education coordinator Jenne Schmidt will present “Connecting Waste and Race: Building an Environmental Justice Movement Out of Garbage” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in Room 203 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. » More …

Education, social justice joined at the hip…hop

PULLMAN- Paula Groves Price spent much of the last two years researching arts education in K-12 schools, focusing on exemplary programs that fostered social justice education. Her research brought her to schools in the southeastern U.S. It also brought an unexpected discovery.


“When I talked to the kids, I realized that the programs that were most effective used hip hop to help those children find their own voices,” said Groves Price, associate professor of education. “That was not what I expected. Hip hop became the major focus of my study.”


Hip hop is … » More …