As part of its 125th Anniversary celebration, Gonzaga University has launched a new series of free faculty lectures titled “Transformation Cafes," which will be presented in neighborhood venues.

According to a press release, this is a way for the university to bring scholars into the community to, "share knowledge, perspectives and the joy of learning with more residents."

BRIEF: Gonzaga brings scholarly lectures to local coffee houses

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As part of its 125th Anniversary celebration, Gonzaga University has launched a new series of free faculty lectures titled “Transformation Cafes,” which will be presented in neighborhood venues.

According to a press release, this is a way for the university to bring scholars into the community to, “share knowledge, perspectives and the joy of learning with more residents.”

Upcoming Transformation Cafes are listed below:

Walking the Talk of Leadership. Features JoAnn Barbour, associate professor in Gonzaga’s Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies. Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at the E.J. Roberts Mansion, 1923 W. 1st Ave.

Humans as Cultural Animals: Implications for Psychological Diversity Between East and West. Features Vinai Norasakkunkit, assistant professor of psychology. Sunday, March 3 at 10 a.m. at Forza Coffee South Hill, 2829 E. 29th Ave.

Does Student Testing Improve Education in America? Features Elaine Radmer, lecturer of educational leadership & administration. Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at Indaba Coffee, 1425 W. Broadway Ave.

Shakespeare (and others) in the Material World. Features Heather Easterling, associate professor of English. Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m. at The Shop, 924 S. Perry St.

International and Intercultural Communication. Features Claudia Bucciferro, visiting assistant professor of communication arts. Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at The Little Garden Café, 2901 W. Northwest Blvd.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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