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As springtime approaches, many feel the urge to leave their comfy caves and explore all the goings on in our fine little burg. Over the course of February, Cal Poly is primed to deliver interesting outings to those adventurous souls, presenting everything from master storytellers, to book collection competitions, to roundtable discussions concerning peace in the Middle East.

On Feb. 10, master storyteller, science consultant, author, and oceanographer Kendall Haven will bring his storytelling talents to the Steynberg Gallery. Haven, who has served as a consultant on effective storytelling and communications for scientists and science writers for agencies such as NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency, advises organizations and schools on structure, use and development of storytelling.

Author of the book Story Proof: The Science behind the Startling Power of Story, Haven has performed around the world for the past 30 years. This West Point graduate and senior research scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy is sure to enlighten and entertain as he breaks down the science of storytelling.

Think yours is the biggest on the block? Come on down to Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library and compare book collections with other like-minded book collectors on Friday, Feb. 24. The competition, which pits collector’s dedication to their collection by their degree of originality, creativity, and potential for growth, is being held in connection with the library’s spring exhibit, Pressing Forward: The Book Club of California.

Have an interest in how the peace gap might be bridged between Israel and Palestine? Ilan Pappe, a scholar on the modern Middle East, will present “Arab Spring and Palestine/Israel Peace Process” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Chumash Auditorium.

As the anniversary of the dramatic protests and revolutions in Egypt, Libya and other Arab countries approaches, it’s time to reflect on the movement’s effects and what they mean for the Israel and Palestine relationship. Pappé is a history professor at Exeter University in the United Kingdom and founded the Academic Institute for Peace in Givat Haviva, Israel.

His research on the modern Middle East focuses in particular on the history of Israel and Palestine. The many books he has written focus on the dynamics and origins of the current hostilities between the two peoples.

Hope that’s enough for you this month. Seems like a perfect mixture of fun and enlightenment. Hit us up next week for more excited happenings in and around Cal Poly and Cuesta.

Intern Jason Keedy compiled this week’s Cougars and Mustangs. Send your collegiate news to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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