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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.

Harvards' 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.

WWU to Host University of Connecticut’s Fiona Somerset for April 21 Lecture on Public Consent

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:13am

Fiona Somerset, a professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut, will speak about her current research, which focuses on the media and literary genres through which medieval audiences engaged with difficult questions about public consent, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in Academic Instructional Center West Room 204.

Liberal Studies to hold fundraiser April 7 for Meagan Smith scholarship

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 10:43am

The Department of Liberal Studies and the Liberal Studies Leadership Team at Western Washington University are holding a scholarship fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Aslan Brewery in Bellingham.

Lecture April 21: Are those who remain silent on wrongdoing complicit in it?

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:56am

Fiona Somerset, a professor of English and medieval studies at the University of Connecticut, will speak at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in Academic Instructional Center West Room 204, about her research in media and literary genres through which medieval audiences engaged with difficult issues of public consent.

Folk presents in Kentucky, participates in survey of religious congregations

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 9:22am

Holly Folk, an associate professor of liberal studies at Western Washington University, traveled to the Shaker Village at South Union, Kentucky, in September to present at the annual meeting of the Communal Studies Association. She ran into Liberal Studies grad John Sheridan (2013), who continues to research the Hutterites while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Colorado. This quarter, Folk is working with students Josh Daniels and Britton Johnson on a survey project on religious congregations in Whatcom County.

Western to Host Indian Dance Expert Padmaja Suresh for a Lecture and Performance on March 1

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:19am

Western Washington University will host Padmaja Suresh, a renowned expert in classical Indian dance, for a performance and lecture on the intersections of dance and the religious philosophy knowns as Tantra at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 in the Old Main Theater on campus.

This event is free and open to the public.

Expert in classical Indian dance to give lecture and performance March 1

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:24am

Padmaja Suresh, a renowned expert in classical Indian dance, will visit Western Washington University on Tuesday, March 1, to give a lecture-performance on the intersections of dance and the religious philosophy known as Tantra. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Old Main Theater.

Gogröf has article published in journal 'Excavatio'

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:00am

Andrea Gogröf, a professor in the Liberal Studies Department at Western Washington University, had on article titled "Endgame: Love, Conflict and Interest in Michael Haneke's Amour" published in "Excavatio XXVI (2015)."

Miran publishes article on West African Muslim pilgrims

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 12:12pm

Jonathan Miran, associate professor in the Liberal Studies Department, had his article "'Stealing the Way' to Mecca: West African Pilgrims and Illicit Red Sea Passages, 1920s-1950s" published in the November 2015 issue of "The Journal of African History." Miran also published the article "