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Beyond the Book

"Station Eleven" tells the story of people who have survived a flu pandemic. What is there beyond survival--beauty, art, history and human connection? Across campus, faculty and students can discuss the themes of the book at a series of events.
Note: events listed with an asterisk (*) can count as WVUE-191 designated Campus Read events for First-Year Seminar students. 

"OUTBREAK: Epidemics in a Connected World" traveling Smithsonian exhibit
September 10 through December 30
Life Sciences Building, Ground Floor
The WVU Department of Biology is hosting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History exhbit Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World DIY.  This exhibit--tying into the themes of "Station Eleven"  and marking the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic--aims to enhance public awareness of the link between humans and the environment in the emergence and spread of infectious diseases, while inspiring changes for a healthier world. It is well recognized that infectious diseases exert a tremendous impact on global health by causing significant medical, social, political and economic detriment. What is less known, is that infectious diseases are the result of biological interactions that have gone awry, often due to human-driven factors such as increased urbanization, animal trade, global travel, habitat fragmentation, and climate change. These factors increase the ecological connectedness between infectious agents and their potential hosts. In efforts to increase public awareness,  while inspiring changes for a healthier world.

Avatars and Their Players: From Object to Other
Exhibit  October 1 through December 30
Note: Lecture on November 13 at 2 p.m.
Downtown Campus Library

If you're planning an event around the Campus Read, please send your information to Ryan Claycomb , director of the Campus Read and interim director of the Humanities Center. 

Past Events

"Powerful Stories" A Campus Read Panel Discussion  September 10 at 7 p.m.  
Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair
Moderated by Geoffrey Hilsabeck, community engagement fellow at the WVU Humanities Center
Christine Hoffman, assistant professor of English
Michael Buson, lecturer in the Department of English
Valerie Surrett, lecturer in the Department of English
*Approved for First-Year Seminar students

The 1918 Flu Epidemic: Looking Back 100 Years through the Archives  September 18 at 4 p.m.West Virginia and Regional History Center Wise Library, 6th Floor Downtown Campus Library

One hundred years ago, as people celebrated the end of the First World War, the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu impacted the United States. Join Lori Hostuttler and Catherine Rakowski Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. in the West Virginia & Regional History Center for an open discussion about how West Virginia and the region were impacted by these tremendous situations. As part of program, they will draw heavily upon the WVRHC’s vast collection of artifacts, letters, diary entries, newspaper clippings and more. The conversation will reflect upon the work of archives and the preservation of culture and history. This event is in conjunction with WVU Campus Read selection “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

*Approved for First-Year Seminar students 

"An Evening with Author Emily St. John Mandel" September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, Creative Arts Center* Note: Only the live event is approved for First-Year Seminar students, not the webcast.  

  WVUp All Night Survivor Weekend September 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.Mountainlair

"Music for Survival" Public Talk before West Virginia Symphony Concert September 27 at 6:30 p.m.  Lyall B Clay Concert Theatre, Creative Arts Center

Shakespeare is the connection between the book and the program. The orchestra will be playing Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.Note: The talk is free but the concert is a  ticketed event. 

Student Health Traveling Flu Shot Clinic  October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Health Sciences Center Pylons

"Pandemics and Vaccinations" Health Sciences  Expert Panel  October 9 at 4 p.m.Health Sciences Center Okey Patteson Auditorium*Approved for First-Year Seminar students 

"Survival and Sufficiency" A Campus Read Panel Discussion 
October 16 at 7 p.m.  
Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair 
Dana Huebert Lima, teaching assistant professor of biology Renee Nicholson, assistant professor of multidisciplinary studies 

In Emily St. John Mandel’s Novel, Station Eleven , the caravan uses the motto “Because survival is insufficient.” Using this as a jumping off point, this interdisciplinary panel will discuss survival and sufficiency from backgrounds as varied as molecular biology, creative writing, social work, and medicine. They will look at what motivates individuals to survive in the face of difficult circumstances. 
*Approved for First-Year Seminar students 

A World without Women? A Campus Read Panel Discussion October 23 at 4:30 p.m.LGBTQ+ Center G-6 Hodges Hall

Moderator: Cari Carpenter, Interim Director at Center for Women’s and Gender Studies 
Charlotte Hoelke, Clinical Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies “Appalachia as Apocalypse Now.”  
Alayna Kimble,  Graduate Teaching Assistant of Women’s and Gender Studies  “Environment and the Apocalypse: An Ecofeminist Perspective on Women’s Contributions to Conservation.” 
Kassandra Colón, Executive Director of Iota Iota Iota “Storytelling as Praxis: How We Can Imagine a World with Narratives.”  

This paneled discussion uncovers how queer futures, feminist community building, and praxis contribute to post-apocalyptic themes isolated in Emily St. John Mandel’s Novel, Station Eleven . By applying feminist epistemologies to this year’s campus read, panelists will expose how feminist theory and praxis are gestures to a new world and future. “A World without Women?” analyzes the complex contributions feminist thought has to survival practices and how a world absent women prohibit solutions and imaginaries for new world making.

Organized by: Iota Iota Iota “Triota”, Women’s and Gender Studies Honor Society

*Approved for First-Year Seminar students  

"My Hero!" Comics Art Exhibition Opening November 1 at 6 p.m.Art Museum of West Virginia University

Survival Is Insufficient: Serving Arts and Culture A service-learning opportunity November 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at Downtown Campus Library

*Approved for First-Year Seminar students 

"Contagion" A Dive-In Movie Event November 3 at 7 p.m.Student Recreation Center Pool
Avatars and their Players: From Object to Other*November 13 at 2 p.m. 
Downtown Campus Library, Room 104 

Dr. Jaime Banks and Dr. Nick Bowman, professors in Communication Studies, visualize their scholarly research on the experiences and effects of video gamers' connections with their avatars. This exhibit features "100 Avatars," digital element, in collaboration with WVU Libraries. The digital collection features players' submitted images and stories, recounting their favorite memories with favorite video game avatars. These stories illustrate the impact avatars have had on their lives -- dispelling assumptions and myths about gamers and highlighting the ways that avatars can be meaningful in contemporary life.

*Approved for First-Year Seminar students