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Dragon Rising: Kristen Parris on China’s surge to prominence as the next world superpower

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:11am

As the People’s Republic of China continues to grow in power both economically and militarily and seems poised and on the brink of superpower status, Western Today talked with Associate Professor of Political Science Kristen Parris about the country’s emergence, what it means for Asia as a whole and regional U.S. allies in particular, and how the United States and China can find pathways of common ground to move forward.


Journalism's Brian J. Bowe guest lectures at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 10:19am

Journalism's Brian J. Bowe, who is teaching in Amman, Jordan as a Fulbright Scholar, recently went north to Yarmouk University in Irbid to guest lecture in Naheda Makhadmeh's classes and take part in Yarmouk's World Press Freedom Day celebrations. 


WWU Faculty members start new 'Community Office Hours' project

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 1:49pm

Every college student has had days, weeks, months and maybe even years when they feel the weight of the world pushing down on them as they try to juggle school, work and social responsibilities.

Faculty members Katherine Anderson of the English Department and Nick Galati of the Biology Department know the pressures of a university environment as well as anyone. To try to alleviate some of this pressure they are creating the “Community Office Hours” program to provide extra support for students and to contribute to a supportive campus community.

WWU to Offer New Minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Starting Fall 2019

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 12:37pm

Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity will offer a new minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies starting in fall 2019.

Advising for this new minor will start May 1.

The new minor at Western includes courses from six different disciplines and two colleges, and combines historical understanding with a cross-disciplinary exploration of both the Holocaust and genocide.

Diversity Achievement Award nominations due May 1

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:11am

Nominations are now being accepted for the Diversity Achievement Award at Western Washington University, which every year recognizes outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts at Western.

The annual award is presented each year at Fall Convocation, and recognizes a staff member, faculty member, student or office that demonstrates outstanding research, programming, leadership, service and/or teaching related to matters of diversity and inclusion. Nominees should meet one or more of the following criteria:

WWU to Host Margaret Gonglewski and Anna Helm for ‘Consumer Behavior: Exploring Cross-Cultural Factors for Teaching Language and Culture’ May 7

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 1:49pm

Western Washington University’s Department of Modern & Classical Languages will host Margaret Gonglewski, an associate professor of German and International Affairs at George Washington University, and Anna Helm, an assistant teaching professor of International Business at George Washington University, for “Consumer Behavior: Exploring Cross-Cultural Factors for Teaching Language and Culture” from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 in Miller Hall 121.

Ricardo López to discuss democracy in 20th-century Colombia at WWU May 9

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:01am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of History A. Ricardo López-Pedreros will provide an overview of his new book on the changing nature of democracy in 20th-Century Colombia at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor).

This event is free and open to the public.

MCL's Petra Fiero awarded Max Cade Prize

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:48am

Petra S. Fiero was awarded the Max Kade Prize for Best Article in the Journal of Austrian Studies for 2018. The board considered her article "Transnationale Erinnerungen in Vladimir Vertlibs Stück ÜBERALL NIRGENDS lauert die Zukunft (2016)", which appeared in Issue 51:4 (Winter 2018) to be an outstanding work of scholarship worthy of the journal's highest prize.

The subtle erosion of academic freedom

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:36am

WWU and Northwestern University Partner for ‘Teaching the Holocaust in the Global Age’ May 10-12

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:08am

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEF) will hold its inaugural Regional Institute for faculty from the U.S. and Canada at Western Washington University May 10-12.

WWU Hosts Amy LaCross for Discussion on Speech Segmentation and Language Perception April 24

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 1:04pm

Arizona State University’s Amy LaCross will give a presentation at 4 p.m. on Wednesday April 24 in Miller Hall 152 on Western Washington University’s campus on speech segmentation errors found in Spanish and Mandarin speakers, and how they can give insight into language-specific perceptual cues.

The talk is free and open to the public.

WWU’s Delegation Wins Six Awards at 2019 Model UN Conference in New York City

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 9:24am


Western Washington University students traveled to New York City on March, 24 to participate in the largest National Model United Nations Conference in the world.  

The Western Washington International Affairs Association sent 16 students to the conference to represent the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The students received five individual awards as well as a Distinguished Delegation Award that was presented to the team.  

WWU’s Ray Wolpow Institute to Host Devin Naar for ‘From the Ottoman Empire to Auschwitz’ May 11 in Bellingham

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 8:47am

Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity will host the University of Washington’s Devin Naar for “From the Ottoman Empire to Auschwitz: The Mediterranean Jewish Experience of the Holocaust.”

WWU's Joshua Kaplan to Present 'Cracking the Cannabis Code: How Advances in Cannabis Research Can Improve Medicine and Limit Harm' May 1 at City Hall

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 1:35pm

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Psychology Joshua Kaplan will present 'Cracking the Cannabis Code: How Advances in Cannabis Research Can Improve Medicine and Limit Harm'  from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers at 210 Lottie St. as part of the CHSS Dean's Lecture Series.

WWU Offers Free Counseling to the Community

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:40am

Beginning April 2019, graduate students in Western Washington University’s Psychology Department will provide individual counseling, under faculty supervision. These services are free.

Western’s Counseling Training Clinic has openings for individual counseling of adults, adolescents and children. Appointments for individual counseling are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

New Residence Hall Scheduled to Open by Fall 2021; WWU also Planning New Science Building & Academic Support Services Facility

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 4:36pm

Western Washington University will build a new residence hall at its main campus.

Western also is planning construction of two other new buildings, an Interdisciplinary Science Building and a Consolidated Academic Support Services Facility, pending final approval of state funding by the Legislature.

WWU’s Rita Daniels Accepted to Prestigious Social Justice Training Institute

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 4:16pm

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rita Daniels has been invited to attend the Social Justice Training Institute in Springfield, Massachusetts this June.

The goal of the Social Justice Training Institute is to encourage educators and students alike to promote full and equal participation of all groups in society.

Trio of authors coming to WWU for Western Reads presentations, workshops April 18

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:25am

What does science fiction have to do with social justice?

Come explore on Thursday, April 18, as the Western Reads program hosts three authors from Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, the 2018-2019 Western Reads book. Octavia’s Brood, named in honor of Black feminist sci-fi writer Octavia Butler, is an anthology of radical science fiction written by community organizers and activists.

WWU Student Journalists Win Three SPJ Regional Mark of Excellence Awards

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 8:56am

Western Washington University had three winners and several other finalists in this year’s Region 10 Mark of Excellence (MOE) from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on April 7.

SPJ’s Region 10 comprises Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.


  • The staff of Klipsun Magazine for Best Student Magazine
  • Taylor Nichols for Best Non-Fiction Magazine Article
  • October Yates for Best Online/Digital News Videography