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PSU Weekend 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 8:30am to Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 2:00pm
Continuing its long tradition of addressing current affairs and cutting edge issues, this year's PSU Weekend will emphasize travel, culture and embracing diversity. This community educational event will be October 17-18, with Seminar Day and the keynote speaker on Saturday, October 18.

The keynote speaker, award winning author Paul Theroux, will talk on "Changing Times; Changing Tracks" a firsthand account of a radically altered world recounting Paul Theroux's journey, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star at noon. Theroux is author or coauthor of over 50 books and the recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.

New this year to PSU Weekend is our 'Global Marketplace' that will feature fair trade goods for purchase through Global Sistergoods and the JFR Foundation. PSU Capstone students and faculty will be present to display and discuss their educational work and progress in developing countries around the world. The 'Global Marketplace' is a connection between faculty, students, alumni and the community to celebrate the efforts we do to make a difference. Stop by and check it out!

When: October 18th, 2008
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union
Time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

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For a full listing of PSU Weekend events please visit:

Here's a sampling of the free seminars:

  • The Gender Card: The Masculinization of the 2008 Presidential Election Melody Rose, Ph.D. - Chair, Division of Political Science, PSU; Founder & Director, NEW Leadership Oregon

  • Youth Culture 1968 vs. 2008: Where have all the riots gone? Dr. Randy Blazak, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Sociology, PSU

  • A Personal Glimpse of Portland State through the Decades Charlie White, Ph.D. - Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History

  • Connecting Green: Integrating the Built and Natural Environments in the Portland Metropolitan Region Mike Houck '72, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute

  • The Demographic Storm - How Demography Will Reshape America and the World Jost Lottes, Ph.D. - Director, PSU Senior Adult Learning Center

  • From Soup to Nuts: A Brief History of Food and Cooking in Portland Eric Stromquist '81 - President, Oregon Culinary Institute

If you have any questions or would like to request further information, please contact Sara Haley, Events Coordinator at 503-725-9833.