News Briefs Aug. 30

Women’s Night Out

The YWCA will host the 19th annual Women’s Night Out on Sept. 7 in The Capitol Plaza Hotel Ballroom.

Local comediennes, dancers and musicians will perform and local restaurants will provide food for the event. Attendees will also be able to participate in raffles and other games to raise funds for the YWCA’s programs.

General admission tickets are $50 for community members and $25 for students. Tickets are available for purchase at

Movie Night

A screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 in the Memorial Union. There will also be Ichahunt prizes.

James Gunn directed “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, with voice acted performances by Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. Released in 2014, “Guardians” is the 10th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Book Talk

Benjamin Goossen, historian at Harvard University, will give a talk on his book, “Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era,” Aug. 30 at Washburn University.

The book explores topics such as Mennonites’ relationship with German nationalism, discrimination against Mennonites in North America during the World Wars and the state of the Mennonite church in the modern era.


Sean Bird, associate dean of Mabee Library, will lead a discussion on “The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 in Mabee Library.

“The River of Doubt” is Washburn University’s 2017-2018 iREAD book. The Washburn iREAD Program’s mission is to foster interdisciplinary connections and campus involvement, along with reading and discussion skills, through a common reading experience for students.

“The River of Doubt” is a biographical account of Theodore Roosevelt’s expedition through the Amazon Rainforest with Brazilian military officer and explorer Candido Rondon in 1913.

The iREAD lecture is scheduled for Sept. 12 in White Concert Hall, for which tickets are available at Mabee Library and Topeka Shawnee County Public Library.

Bowtie Fair

The Bowtie Fair will give students the opportunity to explore the various organizations and programs Washburn has to offer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 6 in the Washburn Room at the Memorial Union.

In addition to activities and organizations, students will be able to learn about the different majors and study abroad programs available to them. Students can also get their yearbook portraits taken during the event in the Washburn Room.

This bi-annual event is organized by Student Activities and Greek Life.