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Amos Gvirtz, a lifelong pacifist and Israeli peace activist, will speak Thursday, April 30th, at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, in Olympia. Gvirtz is author of "Don't Say We Did Not Know, “ a collection of writing about government actions that affect the Palestinian and Bedouin communities in Israel and Palestine. His recently published book, Don’t Say We Did Not Know, focuses upon the moral questions he feels Israelis must face today. Gvirtz will discuss the difficulties human rights and peace organizations in his country face, along with the history of their successes, and the risks Occupation presents for the future existence of Israel. Gvirtz is a longtime member of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and part of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality. The free event in Koinonia Hall is sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.
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One week from today we have a unique opportunity to hear from two of the leading public intellectuals working on issues of justice and equality in this country. Elaine Scarry speaks in LH 1 from 5:30-7:00. Cornel West speaks in the CRC at 7:00. My own preference: both/and rather than either/or.
Professor Scarry's talk is free and open to the public, and is entitled "Beauty and Social Justice." Her 1999 book on this topic was hailed by J.M. Coetzee as "A brave and timely book"; Jamaica Kincaid said of the book that "after truly reading it, the reader cannot help but be changed."
Next Monday's talk provides an opportunity for us to see another face of Professor Scarry's work, which over a long career has brought the public humanities into searching dialog with pressing issues of the day, including human rights, war, peace, and democratic governance.
The event is co-sponsored by the Mentor Council and the Critical and Cultural Theory lecture series.
Tickets for Cornel West's talk and a bio are here.
Thurston County's Water Resources Program and WSU Extension are recruiting volunteers to train as “Stormwater Stewards.” Applications will be accepted through Saturday, May 2nd.
Trained volunteers help local residents reduce pollution in our local waterways and Puget Sound from stormwater runoff. Volunteers receive training in many aspects of on-site stormwater management including rain gardens, water-wise plants, pervious pavements, vegetated roofs, and more.
Landscaping professionals are also encouraged to take part in the certification program.
Classes and hands-on field trainings will be held in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate work schedules. The training dates are Thursday evenings in May and June, beginning May 7, with field days on June 14, 27 and July 11.
To learn more, download the recruitment packet and application at
nativeplantsalvage.org/becoming-a-stormwater-steward/ or contact WSU Extension at email@example.com or 360-867-2167.
Free author reading and signing at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia:
Novelist Michael B. Koep will talk about his new book, "Leaves of Fire," the second book in his fantasy series, The Newirth Mythology. (The series opened with "Invasion of Heaven".) Michael has been called a "Renaissance Man": he's an avid world traveler, educator, accomplished visual artist, swordsman, award winning poet and professional musician. He lives in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.
Imagine paintings that hold the secrets to the meaning of life and death—or scribbled words that can alter the past and reshape the present. We know art imitates life but in Michael B. Koep’s thriller fiction trilogy, the author brings the arts to life in an action-packed tale spanning seven centuries:
* In the spring of 1338, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.
* In the summer of 1972, Helen Storm is a stoned groupie on the sunset strip with a very special condition: she is immortal. When her life intersects with a famous guitar player, she is introduced to her future as a deadly and remorseless assassin.
* In present day, psychologist Loche Newith and Julia Iris must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen, and countless others. As a war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death—he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict.
The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595.