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Week Ahead on Wednesday for October 2, 2019


Welcome to a special newsletter from the Public Relations staff at Washburn University.  This newsletter goes out every Wednesday when classes are in session.  It's designed to showcase events and story possibilities in the coming week.  For more information about any of these events or story tips, contact Washburn's Public Relations Department at wurelations@washburn.edu or at 785-670-1711.


Daily through Friday, October 4. 2019

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  – Memorial Union

1,000 Origami Cranes Project continues this week

In East Asia, 1,000 origami cranes represent hope. Join sociology students in the Union near the iCard office this week from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and help them reach their goal of making 1000 paper cranes. The cranes will be donated to children at Stormont Vail Health. Paper and instructions will be provided.


Thursday, October 4, 2019

7:30 p.m.  – White Concert Hall

Washburn Theatre holds opera gala

Washburn Opera Theatre will host a one-night concert gala at White Concert Hall on Friday, October 4. Vocal students and faculty will be performing opera and musical theatre favorites.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the door – cash only.


Monday, October 7, 2019

Noon – 1:00 p.m.  – Memorial Union (Cottonwood Room) -- Free & Open to the Public

Constituted for Conflict: Pacifist-Aggressive Peace-Breaking over LGBTZ-Inclusion in Mennonite Church USA.

Dr. Siebert, Assistant Professor of English, specializing in rhetoric and writing, will discuss the textural bases for the small- and large-scale schisms --as acts of social violence -- that this Mennonite denomination has experienced over LGBTZ-inclusion since its inception in 2002. Dr. Siebert's study considers how Mennonites think of themselves as "discernment communities," collectives that collaborate in deciding how to act as Christians in the world. Particularly, he will discuss how the denomination's "foundational documents" set them up for an unfortunate fall by positioning LGBTZ-inclusion as a crucial wedge issue.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

7:30 p.m.  – Memorial Union (Washburn A&B) -- Free & Open to the Public

Unfollow – an evening with Megan Phelps-Roper

Washburn University alumna Megan Phelps-Roper will be at Washburn to read from her just-released memoir: "Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope."  This is one of the first stops on her national book tour.

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite (see link below). The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Washburn Room, on the main level of the Memorial Union on the Washburn University campus. Public conversation will follow, moderated by Eric McHenry, professor of English. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the event.

Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unfollow-an-evening-with-megan-phelps-roper-tickets-73189593043?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

7:30 a.m.  – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center  -- Free & Open to the Public

Lecture series in economics and free enterprise featuring Dr. Ernie Goss

Goss, the director of the Institute for Economic Inquiry and a professor of economics at Creighton University will be on hand for a lecture at Washburn University’s Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.   Goss is also principal of the Goss Institute for Economic Research in Denver. The lecture is sponsored by the Washburn School of Business.

The lecture is free, but reservations are required for this breakfast event at businessrsvp@washburn.edu


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

6:00 p.m.  – Yager Stadium – Admission charged for this event

Topeka’s Finest Marching Bands Take Center Stage At Washburn University in the Capital City Marching Band Festival

Topeka-area marching bands, color guards and drumlines will perform their best half-time performances for evaluation during the 2019 Capital City Marching Band Festival. Judges evaluate bands on musical performance, entertainment value, and marching and maneuvering. Bands can win in four categories – drum majors, color guard, percussion, and overall band.



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