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Expo '74

50th Celebration

Explore the dynamic range of GU projects falling under the Expo+50 initiative.

Expo '74 50th celebration

Expo '74 - 50 Years of Environmental Justice

Gonzaga's Institute for Climate, Water, and the Environment – in collaboration with the US Attorney’s Office for Eastern Washington, the state Attorney General’s Office, and Gonzaga Law School’s Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce – hosted a daylong conference April 12 on EXPO ’74: 50 Years of Environmental Justice in the Inland Northwest.

Expo 74 field trip.

School of Education students lead thousands of Spokane Public School kids on tours of the Expo site

In a multidisciplinary effort, students in Business Administration’s Multidisciplinary Action Projects Class researched and created a report addressing the opportunity to focus attention on Spokane’s younger generations unaware of the significance of Expo ’74. The team gathered information through interviews and research on the Expo’s five pillars – environmental stewardship, legacy of the fair, tribal culture, arts and culture, and recreation and sport.

The Business team shared their report with students in Education, who completed additional research, to create a grade school curriculum for Spokane Public School teachers to use before an organized field trip for all students in grades four through seven to the Expo site, outlining the history and purpose of Expo ‘74, connecting its past, present and future environmental considerations.

GU's Spring Dance Concert 2024.

GU’s Spring Dance Concert

GU’s Spring Dance Concert, presented by the Theatre & Dance Department, features tunes from the 1970s and other references to this environmental-themed world’s fair. Join us April 26-27, 7:30 p.m. in the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.

Senior Engineering students present their Senior Design projects.

GU Senior Design Expo

A special section of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Design Expo Day May 1 features seven Expo-themed enterprises.

Riverfront Park at sunset.

A Readers' Theatre Oral History Project

Gonzaga's History Department's professors Ray Rast and Veta Schlimgen and their students researched the history of the World’s Fair, from conception to implementation to the lasting positive impact on the region. Leslie Stamoolis’ theater students will stage an Expo ’74 Readers’ Theater at several locations:

Decorative image, Jundt Art Museum Logo

2nd Inland Northwest Juried Landscape Art Exhibition

The Jundt Art Museum will feature selected works and award winners for the 2nd Inland Northwest Juried Landscape Art Exhibition focused on themes of creativity, community and environmental stewardship as part of the anniversary of Expo ’74, with an opening reception May 31, 4-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through Aug. 24.