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Celebrate WKU’s 8th Annual Earth Day Festival April 22, 2014

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WKU will celebrate Earth Day with the eighth annual Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 in Centennial Mall.

WKU’s eighth annual Earth Day Festival will begin at 11 a.m. April 22 at Centennial Mall. The festival is one of many Earth Week activities April 21-25.

The festival includes live music by Just Us and other local musicians, sustainability education and demonstrations, and a diversity of campus and community participants.

The Earth Day Festival is among a variety of activities are planned for Earth Week at WKU, including workshops at the Office of Sustainability, film screenings, and sustainability-focused Honors College student research Capstone Experience/Thesis defense presentations.

The Earth Day Festival will feature the campus debut of the Community Farmers Market mobile market, which will be filled with fresh produce that can be purchased with Big Red Dollars. WKU dietitians will be doing cooking demonstrations with fresh vegetables.

WKU Recycling and Surplus will be offering personal electronic waste recycling during the Earth Day Festival. They will accept old and broken electronics and computers and will also have a hard drive crusher on site that will crush hard drives on the spot. Hard drive crushing is compliments of WKU Recycling and Surplus, and electronics recycling will be provided by C and I Electronics.

Student organizations including U.S. Green Building Council students, Americans for an Informed Democracy, Ecology Club and GreenToppers will be in attendance, and students from the spring The $100 Solution™ class will be fundraising with a puppy-kissing booth. WKU Environment, Health and Safety will be providing free snow cones and WKU Garden Crew will be making recycled paper pots and potting herbs. Community participants include Operation Pride, Community Action, BGMU, SCA, and Fruit of the Loom.

Earth Week events by type

  • Workshops: April 21, April 23 and April 24, 1-4 p.m., Office of Sustainability Community Garden at 503 Regents Ave. Includes mushroom inoculation, vermicomposting, hugel construction, living-roof garden shed construction and backyard bee keeping. Sponsored by WKU Ecology Club, WKU AID, WKU SGA, WKU Building Science and Project Grow.
  • SGA Student Garden Planting Party: April 21, 1-4 p.m., Office of Sustainability at 503 Regents Ave. Sponsored by SGA Campus Improvements Committee.
  • WKU Annual Earth Day Festival: April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Centennial Mall. Featuring the Community Farmers Market mobile market, live music, sustainability demonstrations, and general celebration of our planet. Sponsored by the WKU Office of Sustainability.
  • Film screening: Last Paradise – A 45 year quest for adventure and paradise in stunning original footage, April 22, 7 p.m., Downing Student Union Auditorium. Presented by WKU Recreation Administration Major.
  • Film screening and panel discussion: Slow Food Story, April 22, 6 p.m., Knicely Conference Center Auditorium (room 138). Presented by the WKU Office of Sustainability and the Knicely Conference Center.
  • Mary Boothe Honors Thesis/Capstone Project defense: Rebranding the WKU Office of Sustainability, April 24, 8 a.m. (location to be determined).
  • Andrew Salman Honors Thesis/Capstone Project defense: Building a Better Office of Sustainability: Promoting Sustainable Practices and Educational Outreach at WKU, April 25, 12:30 p.m., Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility classroom (Garrett Conference Center).

Earth Week events by date

Monday: SGA Earth Week Kick-Off Planting Party!  Music, gardening, refreshments!
Office of Sustainability, 1:00-4:00

Tuesday: Earth Day Festival: Mobil Market, demonstrations, music
Centennial Mall, 11:00-2:00
Slow Food Story Film, 6:00, Carol Knicely Center

Wednesday: Community Garden Workshops: Hugel construction, Living Roof Garden Shed, Beekeeping, Office of Sustainability, 1:00-4:00

Thursday: Community Garden Workshops Continued: Hugel construction, Living Roof Garden Shed, Mushroom Inoculation, Office of Sustainability, 1:00-4:00

Contact: Christian Ryan, (270) 745-2508

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The Great War (World War I) in the Soviet Imagination – Dr. Karen Petrone, Chair, Department of History, University of Kentucky

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Drunken Persians, Heroic Queens, and the 300 at Thermopylae: Making Sense of Herodotus’ Histories – John Marincola, Professor of Classics, Florida State University

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Promoting International Justice & Reconciliation: Outreach Efforts of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – Presentation by Nerma Jelacic

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Ms. Nerma Jelacic, Head of Communications at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, will be visiting WKU on Monday, April 7.

She will be giving a formal presentation on Monday, April 7 from 5:30-6:30pm in Snell Hall 2113 entitled Promoting International Justice and Reconciliation: Outreach efforts of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

During her presentation, Ms. Jelacic will (1) provide an overview of the ICTY, (2) discuss some of the tribunal’s major cases, legal precedents and findings, (3) discuss the tribunal’s efforts to build a historical record of the wars in the former Yugoslavia between 1992-1995, and (4) discuss the outreach efforts of the tribunal, especially efforts to promote justice for the victims and reconciliation in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

I would greatly appreciate your help in advertising this event to your colleagues, students, and members of the local community.  Thanks to the generous support of the Office of International Programs, the Potter College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Political Science, and the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, this event is free and open to the public.

Thank you for your help in advertising this event.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

The United Nations created the ICTY in 1993 in the midst of the war and ethnic cleaning in the former Yugoslav republics of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.  Between 1992 and 1995, the war resulted in the deaths of nearly 100,000 individuals, the forcible rape of tens of thousands of women, and the forced displacement of more than 2,000,000 residents.  And in the town of Srebrenica in 1995, the first genocide on European soil since the Holocaust.

The ICTY was the first war crimes tribunal established by the international community since the Nuremberg and Tokyo war crimes tribunals were convened following WWII.   Over the last 20 years, the ICTY has indicted 161 individuals accused of leading and/or committing the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes that violate the customs of war, and violations of the Geneva Conventions during the three years of war that led to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.  The ICTY has also been at the forefront of establishing important precedents in the areas of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and jurisprudence.  It has also set important legal precedent establishing sexual violence as a war crime, a crime against humanity, and an act of genocide.

You can learn more about the ICTY by visiting its website.  You can also stream the court room proceedings of each trial.

(Source: Jerry Daday, Associate Professor of Sociology, WKU)

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Why Do Ukraine and Crimea Matter to Americans? A Panel Discussion with Experts from WKU

 A Panel Discussion with Experts from WKU

Thu, Apr 3, 7pm, Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) 236

Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, US, geopolitics

A map showing the disputed areas near Russia in red (Laris Karklis / The Washington Post)



  1. Background & Context (including slides): Michael McClellan (10 min.)
  2. Brief introductory statements by panelists (10 min. each)
  3. Discussion among panelists and with the audience, moderated by Michael McClellan
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An Evening with the Best Forensics Team in the World – Sat, Mar 29, 7.30pm, DSU Auditorium, WKU

Come see the most dominant speech and debate team in the nation in action!  Students will be giving demonstrations of speech, debate, and dramatic interpretation of literature events.

  • free & open to the public with one canned good
  • swipeable
  • more information: Jace Lux, Ed.D., Director of Forensics, WKU


If you’ve ever wondered exactly what Forensics students do (hint: it’s not crime scene investigation), now is your chance to see them in action!  Over the last decade, the WKU Forensics Team has been the most dominant team in the nation, winning the national championship eight times since 2003.  We remain the only team in the country ever to win the American Forensic Association national championship, the National Forensic Association national championship, the National Forensic Association debate national championship, and the International Forensic Association world championship in the same year, a feat WKU has accomplished five times.  We will have card readers on hand for any professors who want to give extra credit for student attendance.  Come watch members of the team give their final public performances before heading to this year’s national tournament in April.  This promises to be an entertaining evening!

Update:  WKU Forensics just returned from Paris last night, where the team again captured the international championship title!  This is your chance to see world champions in action!

(Source: Jace Lux)

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