March 28: Celebrate WSU Authors at Crimson Reads


The published works of WSU authors will be recognized at the fourth annual “Crimson Reads: A Celebration of WSU Authors,” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Terrell Library atrium. Crimson Reads is part of WSU Showcase, the annual celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence.

“Crimson Reads publicly acknowledges and honors our faculty, students, staff, alumni and retired university community members who have authored, co-authored or edited a book, including e-books, within the past year,” said Chelsea Leachman, co-organizer and science and instruction librarian at Owen Science and Engineering Library. “The event is an opportunity to create a greater awareness of the diverse publishing activity and achievements of WSU authors.”

Refreshments will be offered during a reception open to the public. A panel of four authors will discuss the theme of “Behind the Scenes: Publishing and Writing.”

For more about Crimson Reads, including the full book list, visit Learn more about Showcase at

More about the panelists:

  • Buddy Levy, Department of English, author of “No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon.” Clinical professor Levy co-wrote the memoir with blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, who kayaked all 277 miles of the Grand Canyon solo in 2014. Weihenmayer is the only blind man to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • Suzanne Kurtz, College of Veterinary Medicine, author of “Skills for Communicating in Veterinary Medicine.” Kurtz, a clinical professor and director of clinical communication, co-wrote the handbook with University of Calgary’s Cindy Adams to improve clinical outcomes through better communication with clients and colleagues.
  • Clif Stratton, Department of History, author of “Education for Empire: American Schools, Race and the Paths of Good Citizenship.” Stratton, clinical assistant faculty and assistant director of the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program, wrote this exploration of how imperialism affects public education by using case studies from around the country.
  • Rani Iyer, College of Education, author of “Green Transport: Exploring Ecofriendly Options for a Better Tomorrow” and “Dancing Heart: An Indian Classical Dance Recital.” In “Green Transport,” Iyer explores alternative ways of travel and transport that cause minimal harm to the environment, use less fuel and reduce congestion. In “Dancing Heart,” she offers the experience of a dance recital in the style of Bharathanatyam, one of the oldest dance forms of India.