Evelyn Wright, associate professor Emeritus of the English Department at Western Washington University and the associate editor of Western’s Journal of Educational Controversy, passed away on Sept. 22. A memorial service for her will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave., in Bellingham. Wright came to Western in 1972 and retired in 1996.
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Western Washington University’s Mike Etnier, a research associate in the Anthropology department, traveled to Dutch Harbor on the Aleutian island of Unalaska in August to continue his research into how climate change has affected the marine environment over the past 4,000 years at this remote location.
“In Dutch Harbor, there is a series of archaeological sites that are showing major evidence of climate change, specifically in the animals that formed the basis of the ancient subsistence economy there,” said Etnier.
Western Washington University’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will host its fifth annual Seminars for Civic Education Nov.1 and 2, featuring a keynote lecture from Sarah van Gelder, acclaimed author and co-founder of YES! Magazine, and two panels on “Rebuilding Consensus in an Age of Political Polarization” with a variety of professors, nonprofit leaders and other subject-matter experts.
Event details are as follows; all presentations are free and open to the public:
WWU Enrollment Shows Record Number of Freshman Students; Overall Fall Enrollment for Students of Color is the Highest Ever
Western Washington University’s fall enrollment figures show that the freshman class is the largest in the history of the university, and overall fall enrollment for students of color is the highest ever at Western.
Western Washington University Professor of German Cornelius Partsch was awarded a grant to sponsor a special exhibition entitled “Germany: Integrating Immigrants,” which will be located in Western Libraries Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th Floor).
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, opens on Oct. 24 and will remain on display through the end of fall quarter.
WWU's Jared Hardesty to Discuss ‘Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston’ Nov. 1
Western Washington University Associate Professor of History Jared Ross Hardesty will discuss his recent book, “Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston,” (New York: NYU Press, 2016) from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Western Libraries Reading Room (Wilson Library 4th Floor Central).
Western Washington University plans to test its emergency notification system known as Western Alert at 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 and also conduct a campus lockdown drill.
Western Alert is a group of ways to reach students, faculty and staff with important safety information.
Gabe Galanda, attorney and co-founder of Galanda Broadman, PLLC, and a Western Washington University English Department alumnus, will give a talk from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 in Academic West, Room 210 at WWU.
In honor of Coast Salish Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Western Reads and the World Issues Forum will host an inauguration of this year’s Western Reads book, "Tulalip, From My Heart: An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community," by Harriette Shelton Dover and edited by Darleen Fitzpatrick, from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Fraser Hall 102. A reception will follow in the Old Main Solarium from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Johann Neem, chair and professor of History at Western Washington University, will give a talk titled “Why Do We Have Public Schools?” from 7- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street.
The free, public talk is an installment of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham.
Christopher Wise (English) recently published an essay entitled "Deconstruction, Zionism, and the BDS Movement" in Arena Journal, Issue No. 47/48 (2017): 272-304. Wise's article responds to Cary Nelson's and Gabriel Noah Brahm's criticisms of the BDS movement and shows why it is more urgent now than ever before to support BDS (Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions).
English Dept. Professor Brenda Miller's essay, "The Wayward Daughter," appears in the October issue of The Sun:
Her essay, "The Shape of Emptiness," which describes a memorable student's final project, appears in the Fall issue of Brevity Magazine:
Did you know that WWU has its own TV show, Western Window, produced right here on campus, by our students? Check out Episode 51 here, with interviews with fellow Viking and U.S. Ski Team member Breezy Johnson, and her aspirations to go for gold at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, the summer staging of the classic Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate, and more.
WWU's Center for Cross-Cultural Research will host Dalal Katsiaficas, assistant professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16 in Academic West 210, for “Coming of Age in America: The Contributions and Resistance of Immigrant-Origin Students.”
The 2nd Annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU celebration welcoming new and returning Western Washington University students to Bellingham on Sept. 27 will feature more than 180 trees throughout downtown illuminated with blue lights beginning in September.
The lights are a $43,000 gift from the WWU Alumni Association to the Bellingham community, and will turn from Western blue to white when Mayor Kelli Linville lights the holiday tree in the Depot Market Square in December.