Professors of English Christopher Wise and Kristiana Kahakauwila are currently taking 14 English students on a study abroad tour of Senegal for three weeks, including stays in Dakar, Saint Louis, and M’bour. Western Today caught up with Wise to find out more about the trip, how it coincides with his research, and what kind of experiences the students are having.
WWU Professor of English Christopher Wise gave a talk on Jan. 9 entitled "The Jihad of Iyad Ag Ghali" at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, as part of Green College's "Critical Nationalism, Counterpublics" Series.
WWU Professor of English Christopher Wise (English) gave a talk entitled "American Studies in the Arab University: 9/11 to Azawad" at Hassan II Université in Casablanca, Morocco on Dec. 10. Wise spoke to graduate students in the Moroccan-American Studies Program about the complex history of American Studies in the Arab World from its inception at the University of Jordan, Amman in 2000 to the recent fall of Azawad. He also spoke on the topic of "Beat Generation" writers in Morocco such as Paul Bowles, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg.
Western Washington University Professor of English Laura Laffrado has received the 2018 Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Edition award for her book, “Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature.”
Laffrado was presented the award in early November at the SSAWW conference in Denver.
At the conference, Laffrado was honored for her outstanding contribution to the study of American women writers. Laffrado began work on her book a few years ago and was nominated for the award by her publisher.
Six students from Western Washington University have been selected to participate in the 2019 Legislative Internship program in Olympia. The internship begins the first day of the legislative session in January and ends the last day of winter quarter.
Kate Armstrong of Olympia, Sam Moschel of Snohomish, Jessica Thom of Kennewick, Amanuel Mamo of Shoreline, Coby Cowan of Olympia, and Nathaniel Williams of Tacoma were selected for this opportunity.
Western Washington University’s Wilson Library will host the first "Showcase of Undergraduate Research in the Humanities" from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 in the Reading Room.
The showcase will host 28 sections of English 101 (Writing Your Way through Western) and three sections of English 302 (Technical and Professional Writing). Nearly 350 posters will be on display throughout the day, highlighting diverse undergraduate research.
Christopher Wise's nonfiction travel narrative À la recherche du Yambo Ouologuem has been published by Les Éditions de Philae in France. His book recounts his journey to Sevaré, Mali to speak with the reclusive marabout-novelist Yambo Ouologuem. Wise's book was published in Paris on November 27, 2018 on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ouologuem's Le devoir de violence, also coinciding with Ouologuem's recent passing. Wise has been a professor of English at WWU since 1996.
Washington's Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna will visit Western for a reading of her poetry at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 in Academic West 210.
The reading is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Western's English Department.
The first Showcase of Undergraduate Research in the Humanities will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Wilson Library Reading Room; drop in throughout the day!
Issue #77 of Western's literary journal "Bellingham Review" has been released both in print and online, and features work by recent Peabody Award winner DJ Savarese, Jillian Weise, Stephen Kuusisto, Donna Minkowitz, and more.
For more information or to view the issue and its contents, go to http://bhreview.org/issue-77/.
For the first time in 10 years, and the third time in its over 115 years of existence, the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), the west coast affiliate of the Modern Language Association, will be meeting in Bellingham, Washington at Western Washington University.
Western Washington University English faculty members Carol Guess and Elizabeth Colen’s new collection of short stories, “True Ash,” was recently published by Black Lawrence Press.
You are invited to come by Humanities 109 on Monday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to noon to view student posters about the summer research done on transformative documents in ENG 302: Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing taught by Geri Forsberg. Seven students looked at the Magna Carta, the Hippocratic Oath, and the Nuremberg Code. They were interested to find out what life was like before these documents were written, how the documents came about, and how these documents changed life after they were written.