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.
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?
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:
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.
[ 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.
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.
A six-figure naming gift from the Bernard M. and Audrey Jaffe Foundation has helped to establish the Jaffe Professorship in Jewish History, providing a critical and robust foundation to what will ultimately be a $2 million endowment. As well as the Jaffe gift, multiple local and regional donors have contributed towards the endowment, and the collective support thus far means that the fund has already achieved nearly half of its ultimate goal.
Jervette R. Ward, an assistant professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will speak about her research on black women in reality television at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Miller Hall Room 152.