College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Ralph Munro Seminar for Civic Education

Since 1986, the Political Science Department has hosted seminars on civic education for students, educators and the community at large.  Over the years speakers have included academics, elected officials, policy experts and community activists as well as representatives from business and non-profits who join together around common themes to explore the role of civic education and civic engagement in the wider community.  For more information on the seminar and the Munro Institute for Civic Education, contact Vernon Johnson, Program Director for the Munro Institute for Civic Education.


2018 Seminar for Civic Education

Ralph Munro attending the panel on Trade PolicyThis year the Seminar for Civic Education was held October 23-24, 2018.  The theme was “Ralph Munro’s Legacy in the International Affairs.”  Programs highlights included Mr. Munro’s role in stimulating trade between Washington and the Far East as well as his humanitarian work in East Africa.

Our keynote speaker on October 23rd was David Bachman, Professor of Political Science, and faculty of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Dr. Bachman is a specialist in US-China trade. 

Video files of the panels are linked below.


Tuesday, October 23:  Keynote Address

Location:  Mount Baker Theatre, Harold and Irene Walton Room

7:00 pm   “China and the United States: Trade and Security Tensions in the Era of Trump”

A talk by David Bachman, Professor of Political Science at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

David Bachman speaking with a student

Wednesday, October 24:  Seminar Panels

Location:  Wilson Library Reading Room, Western Washington University

2:30-4:00:  Panel on Global Citizens' Activism

Moderator: Vicki Hamblin, Executive Director, Institute for Global Engagement, Western Washington University

Panelists include:Lauren McClanahan speaking at the Gobal Citizens Activism panel

  • Engineers without Borders, Bellingham Chapter
  • Liz Mogford, Sociology Department, Western Washington University
  • Lauren McClanahan, Bellingham Sister Cities Association / Secondary Education Department, Western Washington University


4:00-4:30  Break for Refreshments

4:30-6:00:  Panel on Trade Laurie Trautman speaking at the Trade Policy PanelPolicy in the Era of Trump

Moderator: Laurie Trautman, Director, Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University

Panelists include:

  • Louis Mingo, Economic Affairs officer, Mexican Consulate, Seattle
  • Christopher Sands, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jason Query, Economics Department, Western Washington University
  • Stan Sorscher, President, Washington Fair Trade Coalition


Laurie Trautman and panelist Luis Mingo speak with a member of the audience

For more information about the seminar, please contact Dr. Vernon Johnson, Director for the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education at

PDF icon 2018 Munro Seminar.pdf

Munro Director Vernon Johnson and WWU Students


Past seminars

2017 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2016 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2015 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2014 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2013 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2012 Munro Seminar for Civic Education