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.

Why Do We Have Public Schools?

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 Rise of Public Education in America, to examine the contested visions that led Americans to develop public schools in the first place. By returning to our roots, perhaps we can seek guidance about how to reform our schools for the future.

Presented by David Sattler, Professor of Psychology at Western Washington University.

Presented by Kathryn Trueblood, Associate Professor of English at WWU.

WWU Professor Ira Hyman discusses his research into the relationship between cell phone use and "Inattentional Blindness."

Michael Karlberg discusses the Bahá’í community in Iran, which has suffered from waves of violent oppression for over 150 years.

April 26, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster. Edward Vajda worked as a translator and news analyst in the Moscow office of CBS News during the crisis. He describes what it was like helping to cover the story and also assesses the political and environmental effects a quarter century later.

In 1995, Todd Koetje joined a team extracting artifacts from Weasel Cave in the Caucasus Mountains of North Ossetia-Alania in Southern Russia to piece together what is left from the Neanderthals who lived between 250,000 and 300,000 years ago. Koetje presents and discusses his research findings from 11 trips to the caves.

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