Sept. 7: Gender-based violence topic of common reading talk

By Emma Epperly, Undergraduate Education

Amber-MorczekPULLMAN, Wash. – The impacts on society of a cultural framework that normalizes violence against women will be discussed at the free, public Washington State University common reading lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in CUE 203.

I-Am-Malala-BookSpeaker Amber Morczek, a criminal justice and criminology doctoral candidate, researches violence toward women, rape culture and pornography – issues similar to those experienced by Malala Yousafzai, Nobel peace prize winner and author of this year’s common reading book at WSU, “I am Malala.” The book examines violence toward women through the young Pakistani author’s personal, near-fatal encounter with the Taliban.

Morczek won the 2016 inaugural WSU Student Affairs Outstanding Student Award. She works with WSU violence prevention programs educating students, faculty and staff about gender-based violence and the importance of bystander intervention.

The common reading program began at WSU Pullman in 2007 to help students, teachers and the community better engage in academically centered critical thinking, communication, research and learning around a body of shared information presented in a single, specially selected book. The two-year “leadership and social justice” theme is in keeping with WSU’s Grand Challenges, a suite of initiatives aimed at large societal issues.