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In Memoriam: Lenny Helfgott

3 days 20 hours ago

Leonard Michael Helfgott (Lenny), age 83, died in his home on April 8, 2021 with his wife, three children, and eldest grandchildren by his side following a nine-year struggle with bladder cancer.

Lenny was born in 1937 in Baltimore, Maryland to Anna Helfgott (Altshul) and Isidore (Isser) Helfgott. After attending public schools in Baltimore, Lenny enrolled at the University of Maryland, earning a B.A. and M.A. and later returning to earn a Ph.D. in history in 1972.


Research Recap for March 5

1 month 1 week ago

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarship and research at the University.


Linguistics to host 'Talking About Kin in Tiwa' March 4 at 4 p.m.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Western's Linguistics Department will host 'Talking About Kin in Tiwa,' presented by Assistant Professor of Linguistics Virginia Dawson, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 4 via Zoom.

This event is free and open to the public, and connection information is below.

Languages vary widely in how they express kinship relations. The Boro-Garo languages of northeast India in particular are known to have complex and typologically unusual systems of kinship reference, but have received relatively little attention in the broader literature (Bouchery and Longmailai 2018).


Zarea Lavalais elected as new AS VP for Sustainability

1 month 2 weeks ago

On Friday, Feb. 5, the Associated Students of Western Washington University (ASWWU) Executive Board of Directors welcomed their new AS VP for Sustainability, Zarea Lavalais. Lavalais’ term began immediately, following the Board’s consent to the results of the 2021 special election. Lavalais is majoring in cultural anthropology with a minor in psychology, and will serve as the AS VP for Sustainability until the end of spring quarter, 2021.


Social Media and Journalistic Ethics in the Age of Disinformation 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Social media has come a long way since MySpace exploded in popularity almost 20 years ago; it is now the way billions of people around the world consume news and stay connected to friends and family.  

Western Washington University Journalism Senior Instructor Joan Connell, who teaches classes on media ethics, chatted with Western Today about the social media landscape as it pertains to journalistic ethics, corporate responsibility and accountability, and political agendas.  


Research Recap for Feb. 19

1 month 3 weeks ago

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in grants and research at Western Washington University.


Western wins eight awards at latest CASE VIII competition

2 months ago

Western Washington University’s Division of University Relations and Marketing received top honors from the 2021 Best of CASE VIII Awards.

The division received a total of eight awards, including a Grand Gold Award for the Fall Anthem Video, and three Gold Awards recognizing Window magazine and the New Student Orientation website.


Check out the English Department's Black History Month reading list

2 months 1 week ago

Ready to do some reading for Black History Month? The English Department has compiled a list of books to keep you occupied and interested during February, from well-known classics like Toni Morrison's "Beloved" to "So You Want to Talk About Race" by WWU alumna and MLK Day speaker Ijeoma Oluo, and deep nonfiction dives into issues of race and social justice such as "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide" by Carol Anderson and "How to Be and Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi.


Seven WWU Students Selected for 2021 Legislative Internship Program in Olympia 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Seven Western Washington University students have been selected to participate in the 2021 Legislative Internship Program in Olympia this winter.  

Nathanael Jo of Pasco, Kahler Kirk of Kelso, Frances Vail of Kirkland, Lydia Hainfield of North Bend, Davin Rose of Bellingham, Beth Taylor of Spanaway and Eric Negomir of Littleton, Colorado will intern winter quarter at the state legislature under the supervision of the House and Senate intern coordinators. 

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