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Pulitzer Prize-winning author to keynote Ethics Symposium at U-Idaho March 5

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to keynote Ethics Symposium at U-Idaho March 5

The University of Idaho announced Thursday that Jacqui Banaszynski, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and internationally recognized writing coach, was named the 2015 Oppenheimer Ethics Symposium keynote speaker.

 

Banaszynski will speak about the ethics of intimate, narrative storytelling at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5th, in the courtroom of the Menard Law Building, 711 S. Rayburn St. in Moscow. Her free presentation is open to the public.

 

Her talk, “Dare to Care: The Ultimate Ethics,” will describe, as she puts it, “what 40 years as a journalist have taught me about being a human being, and what trying to remain a human being has taught me about being a journalist.”

 

Emeritus Professor Nick Gier to speak at University of Idaho's Martin Forum on March 5

Emeritus Professor Nick Gier to speak at University of Idaho's Martin Forum on March 5

Nick Gier, a professor emeritus of philosophy, will present at the University of Idaho’s Martin Forum on Thursday, March 5th.

 

Gier will discuss the “The Origins of Religious Violence” starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Teaching and Learning Center, TLC Room 041.

 

“The association between religion and violence is a long-standing issue; however, we have seen a surge of religious violence in recent years, from the recent crimes of ISIL in the Middle East and Boko Haram in Africa to the attacks on Jews and Muslim in Europe,” said Ro Afatchao, associate director of the Martin Institute and program in International Studies. “Given the international news, we’re fortunate to have someone with Prof. Gier’s expertise available in the Vandal family.”

 

Registration now open for the University of Idaho's 2015 Women's Leadership Conference

Registration now open for the University of Idaho's 2015 Women's Leadership Conference

 

The University of Idaho's Women's Center, the Professional Development and Learning office and the Athena Association of Professional Women will co-host the fifth biennial Women's Leadership Conference at the University of Idaho on Wednesday, March 25th, in the Bruce M. Pitman Center and the Idaho Commons.

 

The theme of this year’s conference is “Yes, And ...The Power of We.”  “Yes, and …” is a concept derived from improvisational comedy. In order to collaboratively build a scene, one person presents an opportunity for interaction and invites others to expand upon the idea. The basic rule of improv is that you must be willing to say, “Yes, and …” Extending this idea to other domains allows for people to build synergistic collaborations and move projects forward in new ways.

 

Award-winning writer Alison Hawthorne Deming to read at the University of Idaho on March 4

Award-winning writer Alison Hawthorne Deming to read at the University of Idaho on March 4

Award-winning writer, Alison Hawthorne Deming, will visit the University of Idaho at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. This event is free and open to the public. Following the reading, there will be a question and answer session, as well as a book signing by Deming.

 

"Alison Deming's readings are magical," said Scott Slovic, chairman of the University of Idaho's English Department. "She is an amazing essayist and poet- her work resonates with personal, social, and environmental meanings."

 

Deming is Agnese Nelms Haury chairwoman in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona where she is a professor of creative writing and affiliated faculty with the Institute of the Environment. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Grand Manan, New Brunswick. She served as poet-in-residence for the Language of Conservation project that created poetry installations in U.S. zoos.

 

Good Samaritan Society Moscow offering scholarship to nursing student

 Good Samaritan Society Moscow offering scholarship to nursing student

Good Samaritan Society Moscow is offering a scholarship to one senior from one of the six Latah County high schools.


Applicants must have received college acceptance and plan to pursue a career as a licensed nurse.
 

Applications are available at any Latah County high school or by contacting Jan Ahles, community relations director at Good Samaritan Society - Moscow. The deadline to submit an application is April 15th, and the scholarship recipient will be announced on May 1st.

Open sessions for University of Idaho Provost and Executive Vice President finalist candidates

Open sessions for University of Idaho Provost and Executive Vice President finalist candidates

The University of Idaho will be hosting the provost and executive vice president finalist candidates in Moscow with open sessions beginning Thursday, Feb. 12. Opportunities to hear from the candidates will be at open sessions conducted in the Pitman Center with livestream available and recorded sessions posted after the final candidate has visited.

The provost and executive vice president reports directly to the president, serves as the chief academic officer, provides vigorous academic leadership to the entire university, and is a member of the president’s cabinet. Questions for the open sessions will be accepted ahead of the sessions as well as during the session for those attending in person; please submit to brendah@uidaho.edu. Below is the calendar of events:


Open session schedule for finalists:

Fayneese Miller, PhD | Open Forum: | Thursday, Feb. 12 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center
Dean, College of Education and Social Services
University of Vermont

Moscow Schools to participate in Polar Bear Walk

Moscow Schools to participate in Polar Bear Walk

Nine schools in Moscow plan to enjoy walking, biking, or gliding to school for the Polar Walk on February 4, 2015.

 

All students and parents who walk, bike, or glide to school will receive hot chocolate from Safe Routes to School (SR2S) when they arrive. Students will also get the chance to find two stuffed polar bears on each school property the morning of the Polar Walk.

 

This year, students who walk, bike, or bus will earn points to adopt a polar bear and cub in the Arctic for their school, students will communicate with classrooms in Norway to discuss why they walk to school in the winter, and Moscow Charter School will be using the Polar Walk event to kick off their new alternative transportation program called “Walk & Roll” where students will continue to walk, ride and carpool until the end of the school year.

Participating schools include A. B. McDonald Elementary, J. Russell Elementary, Lena Whitmore Elementary, Moscow Charter School, Moscow Middle School, Moscow High School, Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning, St. Mary’s Catholic School, and West Park Elementary.