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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."

WWU’s Shirin Deylami to Discuss the Effect of Popular Culture on Political Power Nov. 3 in Wilson Library

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 2:56pm

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Political Science Shirin Deylami will give a talk entitled “Is Watching Television a Political Act? How Popular Culture Shapes How We Understand Political Power,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Western Libraries Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th Floor).

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dawn Dietrich and the Power of Introspection

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:55pm

“I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.”

― Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me


WWU's Munro Seminar to host Danny Hayes on Nov. 14 at the Mount Baker Theatre

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:32pm

Professor Danny Hayes of George Washington University will give the keynote address for the 2016 Munro Seminar for Civic Education. 

Maria McLeod: Building Bridges and Telling Stories

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 1:09pm

When Maria McLeod was growing up in a small town of a few thousand people about 50 miles north of Detroit, she remembers realizing that where she lived didn’t look a whole lot like the big city to the south.

WWU to Host Oct. 27 Discussion of the ‘New Cold War’ with Former U.S. Ambassador John Koenig

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:11am

Western Washington University will host former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus John M. Koenig for a discussion about Russia, Europe, and the “New Cold War” from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Communications Facility 125 on Western’s campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Western Window Episode 43 is now online!

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 8:50am

Did you know that Western has its own monthly student-produced TV show, Western Window? It airs on local cable channel KVOS, Bellingham cable access channel BTV10, and online via Western's own youTube channel at

New publications from the English Department

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 9:19am

Brenda Miller’s latest book An Earlier Life has just been published.

In Memoriam: Merle Prim

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 9:17am

Merle Prim, of Fairhaven, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, died Oct 2nd  2016 at his home after a long illness.

Born Aug. 30, 1932 in Seattle, he graduated from Garfield High School, served as a captain in the Air Force in the 1950s and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, his master's degree from San Diego State College (now University) and his doctorate from Washington State University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Puerto Rico.

Western's Jeff Carroll attends Huntington's Disease fundraiser in L.A.

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 9:14am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeff Carroll, right, who researches the causes of the degenerative brain disorder Huntington's Disease in an effort to find a cure for the illness and who himself has the gene that causes it, last weekend attended a fundraiser in Los Angeles that raised more than $100,000 for HDBuzz, an online resource for HD news founded and still edited by by Carroll. Next to Carroll in the photo is actress Annette Benning.

Western’s Jeff Grimm Gets New $100,000 Grant from National Institutes of Health for his Research on Addictions and Cravings

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:51am

Western Washington University Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm has received a new $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health furthering his research into the similarities between drug addiction and the body’s craving for sugar.

“Sugar can be just as habit-forming as cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin,” he said. “Our brains learn to covet sugar, and, once given it, release the same chemical, dopamine, that is increased by most abused drugs.”

English faculty publish slew of new books

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:10am

A number of new publications are out from the English Department:

Nancy Pagh’s latest book, Write Moves: A Creative Writing Guide and Anthology, has just been published.

Kristin Mahoney’s most recent essays are “Camp Aesthetics and Inequality: Baron Corvo’s Toto Stories,” which appears in Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives; and “Michael Field and Queer Community at the Fin de Siècle” which appears in Victorian Review.

Healing must start with action

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:44am

Journalism's Sheila Webb publishes new paper on photojournalist Dickey Chapelle

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:00am

Professor of Journalism Sheila Webb has published a new paper in "American Periodicals" about groundbreaking 1960s photojournalist Dickey Chapelle.