Richard Purtill, age 85, died Sunday, Dec. 4, at home in Bellingham.
He was born March 12, 1931 in Chicago, IL to Joseph and Bertha Purtill. Richard was stationed in England while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earned his B.A. and PhD at the University of Chicago. He married Betty Banks on June 22, 1959 in her hometown, East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Theresa Warburton, a faculty member in English and WGSS, was awarded the Walter McClintock Fellowship, a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. She will spend one month in residence at the library looking at the papers of Laguna Pueblo writer Leslie Marmon Silko.
Western Washington University Senior Instructor of English Kami Westhoff has published a new book of poems titled "Sleepwalker," which has been awarded the 2016 Minerva Rising Chapbook prize. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in journals including Meridian, Phoebe, Third Coast, River City, The Madison Review, and Sundog Lit. Her short story "The Ways You Are Gone" received the 2007 Editor's Prize from Carve Magazine. She teaches creative writing, and is the faculty adviser for Jeopardy Magazine.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University Associate Professor of Psychology Jeff Carroll has secured an $806,805 grant to assist in his continuing research into the causes and potential treatments for Huntington’s disease, a fatal genetic degenerative brain disorder.
A service-learning project that began with students offering backpacks to the homeless has evolved into a full-blown film festival and educational campaign.
While brainstorming ideas for a service-learning project in 2014, Associate Professor of Communication Studies Tara Perry and a student teaching assistant landed on the idea of filling backpacks with supplies and giving them to people experiencing homelessness in Bellingham. The project sparked a fire in Perry.
Western Washington University’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will host Danny Hayes, Political Science professor at George Washington University, for its 2016 Ralph Munro Seminar keynote lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Mount Baker Theatre in downtown Bellingham. Hayes is a nationally acclaimed scholar of American politics, elections, and media. His lecture will address the role of the media in the Presidential campaign.
Western Washington University senior Kevin Miller can’t wait to see the new movie “Almost Christmas” because the major feature film opening Nov. 11 includes a song he wrote and sings.
WWU’s Todd Donovan to Discuss 'The 2016 Presidential Election and Donald Trump’s Effect on American Politics' on Nov.16 at City Hall
Western Washington University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host Todd Donovan, WWU professor of Political Science, for his talk titled “The 2016 Presidential Election and Donald Trump’s Effect on American Politics,” from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St., Bellingham.
The event is free and open to the public.
Liberal Studies' Sean Murphy publishes in a new book on the legal status of religious minorities in Europe
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).
For further information, see: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503564999-1
Western Libraries is hosting a retirement celebration in honor of Carmen Werder from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Old Main Solarium. Everyone who has known and worked with her is invited to attend.
WWU Professor of Political Science Bidisha Biswas and Stockton University Economics Professor Ramya Vijaya will discuss their new book, “Immigrant Women and Work: The American Experience,” at a book talk from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Canada House.
A special Higher Education Summit on Oct. 27 and 28 will bring together representatives from colleges, universities, schools and tribes to discuss the state-enacted Since Time Immemorial curriculum, which seeks to build lasting educational partnerships between school districts and local tribes via elementary, middle, and high school curriculum on tribal sovereignty.