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Each summer Western Today honors the seven Presidential Scholars chosen to represent their colleges at spring commencement. Each day in Western Today we will add one of the scholars to this story, so check back to see them all!College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Humanities Division: Brahm VanWoerden
Brahm VanWoerden of Bellingham graduated magna cum laude and with university honors in June with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and linguistics.
Western is offering a new minor in Digital Humanities, thanks to a collaboration between the Global Humanities and Religions Department and the Computer Science Department’s Internet Studies Center (ISC).
Western's Global Humanities and Religions Department, with support from the WWU Alumni Association, will host Eric Haruki Swanson, assistant professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, for "Conquering Evil and Peace of Mind: Negotiating Salvation in Esoteric Buddhism in Meiji Japan" at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 4 via Zoom.
In this week's Research Recap, we have three award winners from Scholars Week and a new piece of equipment has found its way to the Anthropology Department. For in-depth stories on research at Western, go to Gaia, the university's online journal of research and scholarship, at https://medium.com/gaia-wwu, and follow @WWUResearch on Twitter.
Western's chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) will host a fundraiser/screening of the film "My Beautiful Stutter" via Zoom this Friday, May 21, at 5 p.m., with all proceeds going to the Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus. A virtual Q&A will follow the film.
WWU to host Susan Burch May 18 for 'Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and beyond Institutions'
Western's Disability Studies Steering Committee, History Department, English Department, and Anthropology Department will host Susan Burch, professor and director of American Studies at Middlebury College, for "Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and beyond Institutions" from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 via Zoom.
WWU's Sheryl Bernardo-Hinesley to discuss the Philippines' vanishing Cavite Chabacano language May 13
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Modern & Classical Languages Sheryl Bernardo-Hinesley will present "Language Attitudes of Speakers of a Critically Endangered Philippine Creole Spanish" at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 via Zoom as part of the Linguistics Department's "Western Talks" lecture series.
University of Minnesota's Jillian Fish to present 'The Ecology of Storytelling in Native America' May 10
The University of Minnesota Medical School's Jillian Fish, will present "The Ecology of Storytelling in Native America: Using Digital Stories to Examine Native American Identities Across Developmental Contexts" from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, May 10 via Zoom as part of Western's Center for Cross-Cultural Research (CCCR) Speaker Series.
This presentation is free and open to the public; email CCCR director Kate McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link to the presentation.
Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each Friday, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarly work at the University.
Western Washington University Associate Professor of Journalism Maria McLeod has been named the winner of the 2020 WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest, resulting in publication of her first book, “Mother Want,” to be released next month.
A second chapbook of McLeod’s poetry, “Skin. Hair. Bones.,” has also been accepted for publication and will be released by Finishing Line Press this fall.
The contest was judged by former Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford.
On March 11, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control officially declared the COVID-19 virus a pandemic outbreak. Institutions across the country had to make a quick and often clumsy transition to working remotely to abide by new safety restrictions. An entire year later, the world is still trying to regain its balance.
While the shift to remote work had its faults, it also opened new doorways for work— distance, for some workers, is no longer an obstacle.