Welcoming Celebrated Author and Vietnam Veteran Tim O’Brien to CWU: NEA Big Read Event

April 25 • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
McConnell Auditorium • Free

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read event, CWU will host the award-winning author of “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien. CWU is the only university in the Pacific Northwest to receive the Big Read Grant.

O’Brien, a Purple Heart recipient, crafts interrelated short stories about his experiences as a Vietnam Veteran. “The Things They Carried“, a book that has impacted readers from all walks of life, blends fact with fiction and portrays different perspectives of the same event, taking readers on an insightful journey about not only warfare but also the contrast between the truth and reality soldiers face during war.  Continue reading

Students of Color Summit: Agents of Change

Students of Color Conference-33Excitement, friendships and the drive to create change and positive influences are just a few things that the Students of Color Summit generated at CWU earlier this month.

On the first weekend of April, CWU partnered with the Washington Student Association to host over 224 students from 13 universities and schools to celebrate diversity and inclusivity through a fun and immersive environment.

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“Beyond Vietnam”: Sparking Modern-Day Discussion with the Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Megan_Francis_headshotGuest Speaker Megan Ming Francis

April 10 | 4 – 5:30 p.m. | SURC Ballroom

Megan Ming Francis will be introducing and leading discussion on PBS Documentary “MLK: A Call to Conscience”. This event, on the heels of the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, will spark conversation regarding political activism during a time of war.  Continue reading

Bringing the words of MLK into modern-day America through “Beyond Vietnam” Panel Discussion

MLK 50th Anniversary

Can these words (and others) that were spoken 50 years ago resonate with today’s events across the nation?

Join us as we explore the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech on April 4 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the SURC Pit in commemoration of the speech’s 50th anniversary. Interactive conversation boards, an engaging panel discussion and refreshments will be available.  Continue reading

CWU Students Rise on Stage in “The Mountaintop”

The stage is set; one bed in the center, one desk off to the side with one chair loosely pulled away from it. One waste bin sits next to the desk with just enough paper crumpled inside adjacent to the nightstand with one telephone (the real kind, cord and all) perfectly placed to look casual and reminiscent of a 1960s motel.

Off-stage are the primary players, nervously waiting for their cues but ready and prepared to make their mark. One man, one woman, one powerful show ready to tell the audience an imaginative story of a man who was a driving force behind the civil rights movement.  Continue reading