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Western to Host Viewing of 'Starving the Beast' May 8

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:02am

Western Washington University will host a viewing of the film, “Starving the Beast,” from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, May 8 in Academic West 210 (AW 210).

This event, co-sponsored by the Office of Provost, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Woodring College of Education and departments of Anthropology, English and History, is free and open to the public.

Ed Mathieu to present 'Maps as Lenses on Nazism, 1772 to 1945' on Feb. 23

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:15pm

Western Washington University will host Ed Mathieu for a presentation titled “Maps as Lenses on Nazism, 1772 to 1945” from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Map Collection area of Western Libraries.

This event is free and open to the public.

Edward Mathieu is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Western. He earned his doctorate in modern German history from the University of Michigan and has taught courses at Western in German history, the Holocaust, gender and sexuality, Western Civilization, and World History.

Historian Benjamin Madley to Discuss his Research on Native American Genocide in California Jan. 18 at Western

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:42pm

Benjamin Madley, associate professor of History at the University of California at Los Angeles, will discuss his research on Native American genocide in the United States at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Western Washington University’s Academic West room 204.

After the Know-Nothings

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:32am

Where Now, America?

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:06am

History's Jared Hardesty to speak at Village Books tonight

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:17am

WWU Assistant Professor of History Jared Hardesty will speak at 7 p.m. tonight at Village Books in Fairhaven about his newest book, "Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth Century Boston."

Leonard writes chapter for book on racial politics in L.A.

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 9:01am

Kevin Leonard, a professor of history at Western Washington University, wrote a chapter in the recently published book "Civil Rights and Beyond: African American and Latino/a Activism in the Twentieth-Century United States."

Leonard's chapter is titled "From the ‘Next Best Thing to One of Us’ to ‘One of Us’: Edward Roybal, Gilbert Lindsay, and Racial Politics in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s."

The book, edited by Brian D. Behnken, was published by the University of Georgia Press in April 2016.

WWU’s Jared Hardesty Publishes ‘Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston’ with NYU Press

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 9:12am

While often viewed through the lens of the Civil War era as the epicenter of the abolitionist movement, it is not as well known that Boston, throughout most of the 18th century, was a city where about 25 percent of households owned slaves, a fact central to “Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston,” the new book by Western Washington University Assistant Professor of History Jared Hardesty.

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.

Stewart delivers keynote at Georgia conference

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:35am

Mart Stewart, a professor of history at Western Washington University, presented the keynote lecture at a symposium titled "Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast" in Savannah, Georgia, on Feb. 18.

Whatever happened to German America?

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 10:03am

What is America’s largest national ethnic group? If you said, English, Italian, or Mexican, you’re wrong. Today, some 46 million Americans can claim German ancestry. The difference is, very few of them do. Indeed, aside from Oktoberfest, German culture has largely disappeared from the American landscape. What happened?

A Tale of Two Newmans

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 8:58am

Inaugural winners of Diversity and Social Justice Grants announced

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 10:53am

The Faculty Senate Diversity and Social Justice Grants are awarded for faculty teaching and research that focuses on building Western Washington University's capacity for embracing and engaging issues related to diversity, equity and social justice. Initial funding for these grants was secured by the President’s Taskforce on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.

The awardees of the inaugural teaching grants are as follows:

Neem has essay published on the emergence of common schools

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 3:24pm

Johann Neem, a professor of history at Western Washington University, had his essay "Path Dependence and the Emergence of the Common Schools: Ohio to 1853" published in December 2015 in the Journal of Policy History.

In memoriam: Jim Hitchman

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 12:10pm

[ Editor's note: This obituary first appeared in the News Times of Newport, Oregon. ]

Jim Hitchman of Waldport, Oregon, died on Nov. 18, 2015, at his home after an extended illness.

'The Failure of Churches and Universities in Nazi Germany' is subject of Nov. 3 lecture

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 10:57am

Robert Ericksen, recently retired from his Chair in Holocaust Studies at Pacific Lutheran University, will speak on "The Failure of Churches and Universities in Nazi Germany" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Bond Hall Room 217 on Western Washington University's Bellingham campus.

Ericksen is known for his scholarship on Nazi Germany, with books such as "Theologians under Hitler" and "Complicity in the Holocaust." He is also chair of the Committee on Religion, Ethics and the Holocaust at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.