March 21: Using memoirs to cope with global issues

PULLMAN, Wash. – “Personalizing the global: Memoirs as instruments of healing, advocacy and resistance” is the topic of a free, public common reading lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Todd 130 at Washington State University.

Memoir is the literary genre of this year’s WSU common reading book, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.” Co-presenters are WSU authors Debbie Lee, professor of literature and creative writing, and Ray Sun, professor of history.

Lee will share from her memoir linking personal challenges to an encounter with the effects of global warming in the Artic. Sun, a scholar in genocide studies, will focus on how memoir enables us to understand the impact of war and genocide on societies, cultures and individuals.

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