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WWU's Andrea Gogröf edits special volume of 'Pacific Coast Philology'

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 9:22am

While on a quarter-long professional leave Winter 2019, Andrea Gogröf  of Western's Department of Global Humanities and Religions edited a special volume of Pacific Coast Philology entitled Ways of Seeing: Visuality, Visibility and Vision.

Department of Liberal Studies to Change Name in Fall

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 10:35am

Western’s Department of Liberal Studies will change its name to the Department of Global Humanities and Religions starting this fall.

The department offers interdisciplinary humanities courses and programs; in those, it primarily engages in cultural history and in the academic study of religion as an aspect of human societies and cultures, and wants to communicate this more effectively to the community at Western.

Department of Global Humanities and Religions to Host UBC's Don Baker for 'The Two Koreas' April 18

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:11am

The Department of Global Humanities and Religions (formerly the Department of Liberal Studies) will host the University of British Columbia's Don Baker

Next Masters of Asian Cinema at the Pickford: “The Music Room,” Dec. 3

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:37am

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is The Music Room, which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3,  2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St.)

WWU to Host Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference Nov. 9-11

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 9:05am

For the first time in 10 years, and the third time in its over 115 years of existence, the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), the west coast affiliate of the Modern Language Association, will be meeting in Bellingham, Washington at Western Washington University.

Liberal Studies' Jonathan Miran appointed editor of the journal 'Northeast African Studies'

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 2:29pm

Jonathan Miran, professor of Liberal Studies at WWU, was appointed to serve as General Editor of the journal "Northeast African Studies" (see for the next five years.

Journalism Student Awarded Prestigious Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad in Morocco

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:05am

Western Washington University senior Zoe Buchli of Issaquah has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad for the fall 2018 academic quarter.

The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provides American students the opportunity to study in diverse cultures and languages around the world to further develop skills that are crucial to their future careers.

Liberal Studies' Kimberly Lynn publishes three articles on early modern Inquisitions

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:02pm

Liberal Studies' Lynn publishes three articles on early modern Inquisitions

Kimberly Lynn (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Liberal Studies) had two articles published in one edited collection: “Judges and Shepherds: Inquisitions,” and, with Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, “Tribunals and Jurisdictions: Inquisitions,” in Judging Faith, Punishing Sin: Inquisitions and Consistories in the Early Modern World, ed. Charles H. Parker and Gretchen Starr-LeBeau (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 52-65 and 116-27. 

WWU to host ‘Chai Why? The Making of the Indian National Drink’ April 19

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 9:35am

The Western Washington University Department of Liberal Studies will host speaker Philip Lutgendorf, professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in Communications Facility 115.  

Liberal Studies' Jonathan Miran has book chapter, article published

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 2:03pm

Jonathan Miran (Associate Professor, Liberal Studies) had a book chapter published, “The Red Sea” in David Armitage, Alison Bashford and Sujit Sivasundaram (eds.) Oceanic Histories (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018): 156-181.

Masters of Asian Cinema April 10 features 'The Big City'

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:55am

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is "The Big City" ("Mahanagar"), which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street.

Harvard's Alexander Görlach to Present 'Islam in Europe' Dec. 7

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:34pm

Harvard University's Alexander Görlach will present 'Islam in Europe'  at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 in SMATE (SL) 130.

The talk is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Western's Department of Liberal Studies.

WWU’s Tom Moore Publishes New Book of Poetry through Ravenna Books

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:15pm

Western Washington University Senior Instructor of Liberal Studies Tom Moore has published a collection of poetry, “Acceptable Time,” with Ravenna Books.

Moore describes his interest in poetry as long-standing.

“It began when I first read the Welch poet, Dylan Thomas, in high school,” said Moore.

The poems in his new book all center on the concept of time, and represent a sample of the work he has completed over the last 20 years. 

WWU’s Kimberly Lynn Co-Edits New Book through Cambridge University Press

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:53am

Western Washington University Associate Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies Kimberly Lynn, along with Johns Hopkins University Assistant Professor Erin Kathleen Rowe, has published “The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Approaches” with Cambridge University Press.

Lynn and Rowe sought out colleagues and peers in the field to include their research in the book, which contains 14 chapters and has 17 contributors; the contributors used multiple libraries and archives around the world for research.

Western’s Liberal Studies Department to Host Yale’s Kathryn Lofton April 20

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:02pm

Western’s Liberal Studies Department will host a free public lecture by Kathryn Lofton, professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity at Yale University, titled “Popular Religion in American Democracy,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, in Communications Facility 115.

Jonestown survivor Laura Johnston Kohl to speak on campus Feb. 23

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:32am

As part of its programs in cultural history and the study of religion, the Liberal Studies Department is hosting a talk by Laura Johnston Kohl, author of "Jonestown Survivor: An Insider's Look," Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in Old Main 482. 

Jim Jones, the founder of the Peoples Temple and the orchestrator of mass deaths in Jonestown, Guyana, on Nov. 18, 1978, stands as an emblematic "cult leader" in American culture. 

WWU’s Michael Slouber Publishes ‘Early Tantric Medicine: Snakebite, Mantras, and Healing in the Garuda Tantras’ with Oxford University Press

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:31am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies Michael Slouber spent about one year in Nepal pouring over ancient Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves for his new book, “Early Tantric Medicine: Snakebite, Mantras, and Healing the Garuda Tantras,” just published by Oxford University Press.

Liberal Studies' Sean Murphy publishes in a new book on the legal status of religious minorities in Europe

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:41pm

Professor Seán Murphy, Department of Liberal Studies, published "A Minority both Jewish and Christian:  The Condemnation of Religious 'Mixing' in European Law, c.1100-c.1300" in a new bilingual (French and English) book from Brepols Publishers:  Religious Minorities, Integration and the State (État, Minorités et Intégration). 

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Pearce to speak in Stanford University lecture series

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 9:14am

Scott Pearce, a professor in the Liberal Studies Department at Western Washington University, is scheduled to deliver a talk in the Silk Roads Lecture Series at Stanford University on May 5, 2016.

His talk is titled "The Story of Mulan:  Women and War in Early Medieval China."

Fundraiser held in support of Meagan Elizabeth Smith scholarship

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:38am

In honor of Western student Meagan Elizabeth Smith, the Liberal Studies Department at Western Washington University recently created the Meagan Elizabeth Smith Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Humanities.

Smith, a Liberal Studies major at Western, was the victim of a homicide while she was house-sitting for friends in Renton in 2015.