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It’s time to Rethink Smart

At Western, you can seek a deeper understanding of who you are and who you’re meant to become. Beyond book smarts, your potential lies in your pursuit of purpose. It’s unleashed in a tenacity to question answers and the ability to think differently. It’s time to Rethink Smart. Are you ready?

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    The new student center will be the heart of campus where students will find community and belonging.

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Book Club on Ten Myths of Israel

Date: Nov. 29
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Zoom

The Ten Myths of Israel by Ilan Pappe is about the most contested ideas concerning the past and present of Israel including: the land and its Indigenous peoples, Zionism, the events of 1948, the 1967 war, what democracy looks like, Camp David and the Oslo accords, and a two-state solution.

FRACAA Workshop

Date: Dec. 2
Time: noon

Faculty who want to apply for Faculty Research and Creative Actives Award (FRACAA) are invited to join us for a workshop about the requirements of the award, as well as tips for applications. 

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