Dean's Lecture Series

The Dean’s Lecture Series takes faculty expertise and knowledge from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences into the community in an ongoing effort to foster closer connections, share intriguing and timely information, and inspire conversation.

Curating and Presenting Lasting Literature: WWU's Bellingham Review

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On March 10, 2021, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, in partnership with the Alumni Association, hosted a webinar featuring Susanne Paola, managing editor of Western's literary journal, the Bellingham Review, along with MFA candidate Stephen Haines, and previous assistant managing editor and MFA graduate Jai Dulani. The panel discussed the daily functions of a literary journal, how we create collaborations between faculty and graduate students, and how we create relationships with writers in this country and across borders.

View the pre-recorded presentation

Dr. Steve Bennett

Spring 2020 Western Horizons: Our Pandemic Future: Human Behavior and the Environment

Dr. Paqui Paredes Méndez, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the WWU Alumni Association present Western Horizons, a public webinar series featuring…

Dr. Steve Bennett, Lecturer, Community Health Program, Health & Human Development Department

Spring 2018

An analysis of the impact of climate change on the emergence and spread of infectious disease. From vector borne disease to water borne…

Dr. Carolyn Neilsen, Journalism Department

Fall 2020

Brought to you in partnership with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean's Lecture Series and the WWU Alumni Association
The mainstream news media have, for decades,…

Dr. Michael Wolff, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Winter 2020

An estimated 200,000 people have been murdered in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderon first launched his war on the country’s drug cartels 12 years ago…

Dr. Edward Vajda, Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Fall 2019

Professor Edward Vajda provided audience members with a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at his original fieldwork with Ket elders during six different trips…

Dr. Josh Kaplan, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Spring 2019

In his talk, Dr. Kaplan discusses how the cannabis landscape is evolving, leading to more choices for consumers trying to meet their recreational and medicinal…

Dr. Douglas Sladen, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Fall 2018

Dr. Sladen's talk reviews the underlying causes of age-related hearing loss. Dr. Sladen shares new findings from the United States and worldwide that…

Dr. Hugo Garcia, Associate Professor, Department of Modern & Classical Languages

Winter 2018

The Regla de Ocha-Ifá, better known as Santería, is a religious system that emerged in Cuba as a result of the survival of the religions and cultures…

Dr. Johann Neem, Chair and Professor, Department of History

Fall 2017

At a time when state and national policy makers are debating the future of public education, Professor Neem draws on his new book, Democracy’s Schools: The…

Dr. Judith M.S. Pine, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Spring 2017

In the presentation, Professor Pine will explore the consequences of the widespread claim that children in poverty struggle in school because they are exposed to…

Dr. Bidisha Biswas, Professor, Department of Political Science

Winter 2017

Bidisha Biswas presents perspectives from her recent, co-authored book Indian Immigrant Women and Work: The American Experience. The book challenges…

Dr. Todd Donovan, Professor, Department of Political Science

Fall 2017

Donald Trump has been cast as an 'outsider,' populist, anti-establishment figure. His victory in the 2016 Republican primaries, his campaign style, and his…