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Western Give Day 2019 is May 30th

Posted on: May 29, 2019

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Western Give Day is May 30, 2019

WWU Give Day, May 30, 2019. A percentage of every gift will be matched

Thursday May 30th is the 4th annual Western Give Day, a day when we ask and thank you for your support of Western and of Western Libraries.  A percentage of every gift made today will be matched!

When you make a gift in support of Western Libraries, your gift helps us support teaching and learning throughout the entire university. It is through the generosity of donors like you the Libraries can meet student and faculty needs.

You can support the Libraries in a variety of ways, and you can find out more about that here: https://wwugiveday.wwu.edu/giving-day/14490/department/17401.

Students looking at Heritage Resources materials

This year, we are highlighting the transformative work occurring in our Heritage Resources divisionwhich responsible for the development and care of Western’s archives and special collections. Heritage Resources is committed to creating engaging and empowering learning experiences for faculty, students, staff, and the broader community. 

Through the collection of historical resources (such as rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and oral histories), we seek to enrich the university’s mission to provide quality instruction and public programming. These services are designed to foster 21st century skills such as critical thinking, digital and media literacy, and active learning in multi-disciplinary contexts that illuminate the issues and ideas that have shaped our world.  
 
Thank you so much for your support of our students, our programs, our university, and the work we are doing together. 


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Daughter of the Nile at Pickford Film Center, June 4

Posted on: May 24, 2019

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Daughter of the Nile at Pickford Film Center, June 4

Masters of Asian Cinema at Pickford Film Center: "Daughter of the Nile"The last Masters of Asian Cinema film of the 2018-2019 season is Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1987 feature Daughter of the Nile, which screens on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in Bellingham.  

Sandwiched in between two of Hou's greatest films, Daughter of the Nile has often been overlooked. According to series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue, while the title comes from a Japanese manga, the story is pure Hou: a young woman in Taipei charts a path to adulthood while trying to keep her splintered family together and resist the pull of the criminal underworld that her charismatic older brother is involved with. The result is a haunting film about the loneliness behind the constant activity of a city.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series features some of the best films in World Cinema.  Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Daughter of the Nile will be introduced by series curator Jeff Purdue.



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Melissa Rice to Speak May 28 about Mapping Mars

Posted on: May 13, 2019

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Melissa Rice to Speak May 28 about Mapping Mars

Melissa Rice

Melissa Rice, Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University,  will give a talk called “Mapping Mars: Our Evolving Vision of the Red Planet - Part II” on Tuesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. at Western Washington University in the Map Collection, located in Wilson Library Room 290. This event is free and open to the public.

In recent decades, mapping efforts by sophisticated spacecraft at Mars have revolutionized our vision of the Red Planet.  Rice will discuss the mapping, science, and exploration of Mars. Once thought by scientists to be a living world covered with vegetation that changed with the seasons, the Space Age brought a new view of Mars as a dry, cratered and barren planet.

This talk picks up where Rice left off in 2015 when she was the inaugural speaker for the “Speaking of Maps” lecture series. Rice will explore new maps by NASA's Curiosity Rover, and talk about plans for the next big mission launching to Mars in July 2020.

Rice is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at WWU, where she teaches in the Geology Department and the Physics & Astronomy Department. Her research focuses on the geology and habitability of ancient environments on Mars. She is a team member on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and is part of the team building the Mastcam-Z cameras for the NASA Mars-2020 rover. Dr. Rice received her Ph.D. in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in 2012 and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology until starting at WWU in 2014.

This event is sponsored by Western Libraries, The Planetary Society, WWU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, and WWU’s Geology Department. It is offered as part of the Western Libraries “Speaking of Maps” lectures, designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.

For more information about this event, please contact Dennis Matthews, Dennis.Matthews@wwu.edu, 360-650-3272.



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'Ash is Purest White,' May 14 at Pickford Film Center

Posted on: May 6, 2019

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Ash is Purest White at Pickford Film Center, May 14

Green-tinted photo of a woman from the film 'Ash is Purest White,' which is showing at Pickford Film Center as part of Masters of Asian Cinema on May 14. The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Jia Zhangke’s 2018 feature Ash is Purest White, which screens on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in Bellingham.  

According to series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue, while the advance publicity for Ash is Purest White makes it appear to be solely a gangster movie, it is far more than a film about the underworld. Jia's latest film is part of his ongoing investigation of characters coming to terms with a rapidly changing China across different social strata.  The result is both something of a departure for Jia and also a kind of career summary, with particularly strong links to Unknown Pleasures, Still Life, and Mountains May Depart.  

Before this film, Jia’s earlier work garnered him international attention on the festival circuit. His 2000 feature Platform  was the first to star Zhao Tao, who has appeared in every film since,  and who also played the lead in The World, shown earlier this season.  An exciting and meditative film on many levels, not least in the ravishing visuals that have become a centerpiece in Jia's work, Ash is Purest White stars Zhao in perhaps her greatest performance to date.  

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series features some of the best films in World Cinema.  Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators.  Ash is Purest White will be introduced by series curator Jeff Purdue.



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Devin Naar: ‘From the Ottoman Empire to Auschwitz,’ May 11

Posted on: May 2, 2019

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WWU’s Ray Wolpow Institute to Host Devin Naar May 11

Photo of Devin NaarWestern Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity will host the University of Washington’s Devin Naar for “From the Ottoman Empire to Auschwitz: The Mediterranean Jewish Experience of the Holocaust,” at 7:30 on May 11 at Congregation Beth Israel, 751 San Juan Blvd. This event is free and open to the public.

Although usually understood as a “European” event, the Holocaust also resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Sephardic Jews born in the predominantly Muslim world of the Ottoman Empire (Greece). Grappling with the particularities of their experiences compels us to expand the scope of the Holocaust into the eastern Mediterranean and to recognize the interconnections between the rise of Hitler’s empire and the making of the modern Middle East.

Devin Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington. He is the founder of the Sephardic Studies Program at the UW and currently its acting chair. He is an associate professor of History and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the UW. Naar’s first book, “Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece,” was published by Stanford University Press in 2016 and won a National Jewish Book Award the same year.

This event is part of the inaugural regional institute for higher education faculty that the Wolpow Institute is organizing in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University that weekend, and is made possible through the generous support of Bernhard Kohlmeier & Lisa Ann Mikulencak, David Goldman & Linda Blackwell, Western Libraries, Congregation Beth Israel, The President's Office, Office of the Provost, University Residences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Department of Global Humanities & Religions.

A shuttle to and from campus is available to students for this event on a space-available basis. To request transportation, disability accommodation, or if you need additional information, contact Sheila Pennell of Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at sheila.pennell@wwu.edu by May 1.



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