Western Washington University graduates and students have received five Fulbright Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year, making Western one of the top producers of the prestigious award.
“I’ve always believed Western students can compete with the best around the country,” said Tom Moore, director of Western’s Fellowships Office. “Fulbright application readers know what they’re looking for in students.”
A total of 224 Whatcom County residents participated in the 13th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, and 25 winners have been chosen.
Three of the winners have ties to Western Washington University; Fairhaven faculty member Marie Eaton and student Alandra Barker are two of the 10 Walk Award winners, and emeritus professor Roger William Gilman is one of the 15 Merit Award winners.
Jane Wong, a faculty member at Western, was one of the two judges, along with Richard Widerkehr.
The French section of Western Washington University’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages, in conjunction with the Department of History, the English Department, and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, will host the Tournées French Film Festival in April.
When Assistant Professor of English Jane Wong was a little girl, she would run across the street from her parents’ Chinese restaurant in Shrewsbury, New Jersey to the public library to pile up stacks of books and read for hours.
WWU Assistant Professor of English, literary artist, and author of "Overpour" Jane Wong is the 2017 recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award from the The Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium. The prize recognizes artists in all disciplines whose work demonstrates exceptional originality and is intended to advance the creative work of an outstanding individual artist.
Western Washington University Professor of English Kathryn Vulić will give a talk entitled “Exploring Medieval Manuscripts” at Western Washington University from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for those who wish to stop by before the event to meet the new Special Collections Librarian, Michael Taylor.
The event is free and open to the public.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of English are co-hosting two screenings of "When I Stutter" at The Pickford and Limelight cinemas in downtown Bellingham.
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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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:
Western Reads Selects ‘Tulalip: From My Heart’ by Harriette Shelton Dover for its 2017-18 Book Selection
Western Reads has announced that its 2017-18 book selection will be “Tulalip, From My Heart: An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community,” by Harriette Shelton Dover.
Western Reads is a reading program at WWU designed to promote intellectual engagement and community among new students by offering them the opportunity to participate in conversation and events around each year’s book selection. The 2016-17 book selection was “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which examines the effects of systemic racism in the U.S.
Western Washington University Professor of English Christopher Wise published his new book, “Sorcery, Totem, and Johad in African Philosophy,” in March through Bloomsbury Publishing.
“I wrote this book because of my concern for what happened in Mali, a country in Africa, in the aftermath of the Wahhabi jihad (war fought by Muslims) in Timbuktu, Gao and other places in the region of Mali that briefly led to the establishment of the state of the northern Mali territory, Azawad,” Wise said.
Kaitlyn Teer (MFA 2015 and current NTT Faculty) has had her awarding-winning essay “Drawing a Breath” reprinted in the collection Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays. Kaity’s essay was first published in Prairie Schooner and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essay won Prairie Schooner’s 2016 Bernice Slote Award for best work by a beginning writer
The essay collection has been added to the hallway display case that features publications by Department alumni.