Attend Launch Party for City Read, #nextchapter

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:11am -- Anonymous

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The general public is invited to attend the launch event for a first-of-its kind city read, #nextchapter, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the lobby of Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth Street.

#nextchapter is designed to stimulate innovation and opportunities through deeper understanding of the most compelling cultural trends of the emerging digital economy. Community members are encouraged to read “Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for the Digital Age,” by Douglas Rushkoff, one of the foremost thought leaders on the topic of media and society. The first 50 guests who arrive at the launch event will receive a free copy of the book.

Guests can anticipate a morning of fun and digital entertainment. A laptop orchestra comprised of students from the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver will play. Portland media artist Ashley Montague will perform live, digital-graffiti art. The formal program will include a welcome from Mel Netzhammer, chancellor at WSU Vancouver; Nancy Tessman, executive director for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District; and Theressa Davis, vice president of communications for Oregon and Southwest Washington for Comcast. Rushkoff will participate in the event via Skype from New York City.

Beginning Feb. 27, 1,000 copies of “Program or be Programmed,” will be free and available at all branches of the library and other locations throughout the city.

#nextchapter is led by co-chairs Dene Grigar, director of the Creative Media and Digital Culture program; and Jack Burkman, council member for the City of Vancouver.

#nextchapter is supported by: Clark College, Columbia River Economic Development Council, Comcast, The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, CougParents, Evergreen School District, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation and Vancouver Public Schools.

Learn more about #nextchapter by visiting

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Media contacts

Dene Grigar, Director of Creative Media and Digital Culture, WSU Vancouver, 360-546-9487,

Brenda Alling, Director of Marketing and Communications, WSU Vancouver, 360-546-9601,

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