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Examine the human and climate impacts of U.S. militarism and settler colonialism in the U.S. - 04/11/24

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver Native American Programs and Collective for Social and Environment Justice invite the public to attend a three-day conference entitled, SJCon: Health and Environmental Justice: Constructing Coalitions at the Intersections of Extraction, Militarism, and Climate Collapse. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 19 and 20, and from 3:30 to 8 p.m. April 21. Most content will be presented on Zoom with some in-person sessions as noted on the conference agenda.

"At this conference we will examine the very real human and climate impacts of U.S. militarism and settler colonialism playing out in the U.S. and globally, and consider pragmatic pathways to transforming the permanent war economy in the U.S.—and the carbon-intensive corporate food system—into an economy that works for all," said Desiree Hellegers, professor of English and director of the Collective for Social and Environmental Justice.

The free conference features a variety of keynote speakers and breakout sessions. The detailed agenda and registration link can be found on the conference website: labs.wsu.edu/thethingreenlineispeople/announcing-the-5th-annual-sjcon/

At the end of day one, attendees are invited to an Indigenous Garden Dedication from 5:15 to 7 p.m. in the field adjacent to the Clark College Building on the WSU Vancouver campus. The event will feature Indigenous drumming and refreshments, and will be followed by a 30-minute talk by Celilo Wy'am activist Lana Jack on her experience as a water protector at Standing Rock.

The fifth annual SJCon will wrap up with an Evening with Activist Women in Film: The Fight for a Livable Planet from 3:30 to 8 p.m. April 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4505 E. 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661. The event will feature films by Misty Grace, Jan Haaken and Heidi Hutner. All three filmmakers will be on hand to speak about their work. Donations will be accepted at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will help fund a student organizer for the Collective for Social and Environmental Justice.

Questions about SJCon: Health and Environmental Justice: Constructing Coalitions at the Intersections of Extraction, Militarism, and Climate Collapse may be directed to julian.ankney@wsu.edu or desiree.hellegers@wsu.edu.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Find a campus map at vancouver.wsu.edu/mapParking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4 a day, $2 after 5 p.m. and free after 7 p.m. and on weekends.

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

WSU Vancouver is located on the homelands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Peoples of the Lower Columbia Valley. We acknowledge their presence here. WSU Vancouver expresses its respect towards these original and current caretakers of the region. We pledge that these relationships will be built on mutual trust and respect. 

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Re-Imagined Radio samples syndicated radio stories from Mayfair Productions - 04/03/24

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Alan Ladd was a popular American movie star in the 1940s and early 1950s who started a company, Mayfair Productions, to syndicate radio programs, including “Box 13” and “The Damon Runyan Theater.” The programs made significant contributions to the history of radio storytelling. Re-Imagined Radio samples from them for its latest episode, titled “Syndication,” which premieres on April 15 at 1 p.m. on KXRW-FM (99.9), Vancouver, and KXRY-FM (91.1 and 107.1), Portland.

Ladd, best known for his 1953 movie “Shane,” frequently performed in radio adaptations of movies. He created Mayfair with Bernie Joslin in 1948 to broadcast rights to its content to any radio station or network anywhere in the country. The costs would be affordable for the stations, and the shows would reach a wide audience.

“Box 13” (1948 – 49) is considered Mayfair’s primary contribution to radio entertainment. It featured a retired newspaper reporter turned novelist (played by Ladd) who writes novels about mystery and adventure and, along the way, becomes an unofficial detective faced with life-threatening adventures. “The Damon Runyon Theater” (1949 – 51) was based on the character-rich stories of newspaper columnist Damon Runyon.

Re-Imagined Radio premieres episodes on the third Monday of the month on community radio stations KXRW-FM and KXRY-FM. Each episode is streamed globally and is then available as a podcast. Information and listening opportunities are available at reimaginedradio.fm. 

Community Partners

Re-Imagined Radio draws on community voice actors, Foley artists, musicians, sound artists and engineers. Partners include KXRW-FM, KXRY-FM, Marc Rose and Holly Slocum Design with Sidney Nguyen.

About Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio was begun by Barber in 2013 to celebrate radio storytelling. ”We select, produce and perform classic and contemporary stories across a spectrum of radio genres, from dramas to comedies, from oral to aural histories, from documentaries to fictions, from soundscapes to sonic journeys, from radio to sound art,Barber said. 

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

WSU Vancouver is located on the homelands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Peoples of the Lower Columbia Valley. We acknowledge their presence here. WSU Vancouver expresses its respect towards these original and current caretakers of the region. We pledge that these relationships will be built on mutual trust and respect. 

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