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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Burning'

Posted on: April 4, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Burning,' April 16 at PFC

Image of a woman from the film "Burning" by Lee Chang-Dong.The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Lee Chang-dong’s 2018 feature Burning, which screens on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30pm at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in Bellingham.  

Based on a story by Murakami Haruki, Burning follows Jong-su, a recently graduated aspiring writer, and a young woman from his hometown whom he barely remembers.

Soon after reconnecting, the young woman leaves on a trip, only to return with a mysterious young man, and an uncomfortable triangle is formed. The film plays as both a mystery and an unsettling reflection on class, gender, and the threat of violence. Like other films by Lee, Burning causes us to question our initial assumptions about what is going on as the film unfolds.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema Series features some of the best films in World Cinema. Burning will be introduced by WWU Associate Professor of Political Science Kristen Parris, who teaches Chinese Politics, East Asian Politics, and other courses in comparative politics.  She earned a PhD in Political Science from Indiana University,  and an MA in East Asian Studies, also from IU. Kristen has traveled to China many times since 1987. She has a variety of publications examining Chinese politics and the uses of power at the local level. 

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April Workshops: Designing for Impact

Posted on: April 2, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

Designing for Impact: Research Poster Workshops

Scholars Week is coming soon and many student have posters on their minds. If you are a student thinking about participating in Scholars Week, or if you just want to learn a little more about how to create an effective poster, Western Libraries invites you to attend the Designing for Impact Research Poster Workshops.

Drop in to any workshop session and learn how to design, print, and present a successful poster. These workshops are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, and will be located in workshop space in the Haggard Hall 210. Stop by to get information, advice, tips and tricks, and general support that will help you create your best poster ever!

Workshops will be held on the following dates & times:

  • Wednesday April 10 from 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
  • Friday, April 12 from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 18 from 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
  • Tuesday April 23 from 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.


Need more info? Contact the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio at

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PALS presents Desireé Dallagiacomo Apr. 8

Posted on: April 2, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Poetry Event @WWU: PALS event featuring Desireé Dallagiacomo

Desireé DallagiacomoWestern Washington University Associated Students Club Poets and Lyricists Society (PALS) is hosting prominent poet, performer, and educator Desireé Dallagiacomo, on April 8th at 6pm in Miller Hall Room 138.

This event is free and open to the public.

Desireé Dallagiacomo is the program director & lead teaching artist at Forward Arts, a youth spoken word and social justice writing non-profit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and she has been a finalist at every major national poetry slam in the United States.

Her poems have been featured widely in such places as Bustle Magazine, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Everyday Feminism, and the New Orleans Fringe Festival. A collection of her work has been adapted for the Vagina Monologues at Tulane University. She has taught & performed extensively across the USA, Canada, & Australia--being a guest speaker, teacher, and performer at more than 70 universities worldwide. Videos of her performances have over 6 million views on YouTube. Her first full-length collection of poetry, SINK, is available at

This event is brought to you by: the WWU Associated Students Club PALS, the Queer Resource Center, Womxn's Identity Resource Center, and Western Libraries Poetry CHaT.

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New TLA Questions & Dialogue Sessions - Spring 2019

Posted on: March 29, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

TLA Dialogue Questions for Spring 2019

A row of books laying in a line across a table with a group of hands on either side touching the books together.

Is obtaining an education a political act? As participants in a system of higher education, what is our responsibility to serve our local and global communities? Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as they consider questions like these during this quarter’s Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) dialogue sessions.

The TLA meets from 12-12:50 p.m. every other Wednesday and Thursday beginning April 10 and 11 in Haggard Hall Room 222.

No registration is required, and participants are free to drop in and join the groups even if they cannot stay for the entire session.

All of the questions were created under the leadership and direction of the TLA facilitators, who are all students at Western. Each session gives participants the opportunity to consider a new topic related to teaching & learning that is both timely and relevant. Three of the dialogue questions this quarter are offered in affiliation with the Western Reads program, and are designed to complement specific selections from the book, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.

The goals of each dialogue session are to share well-rounded views related to teaching and learning, while encouraging the use of listening to understand and appreciate differences, and promoting open-mindedness and mutual respect for diverse perspectives.  

Dates and questions are listed below:

  • Apr 10 & 11:  Is obtaining an education a political act? *This question was originally scheduled during winter quarter and was cancelled during that time due to inclement weather. 
  • Apr 24 & 25: How can universities foster an equitable environment that supports people of all abilities—physical, mental, and emotional? *This question is affiliated with the 2018-2019 Western Reads, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, chapter “Little Brown Mouse.”
  • May 8 & 9: How has colonial capitalism impacted your experience at WWU and in the community? *This question is affiliated with the 2018-2019 Western Reads, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, chapter “The River.” 
  • May 22 & 23: As participants in a system of higher education, what is our responsibility to serve our local and global communities? *This question is affiliated with the 2018-2019 Western Reads, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, chapter “Black Angel.”


Please Note: There will also be an additional off-campus TLA session held during spring quarter, details coming soon.*

Participants in TLA consistently report that the dialogue sessions provide a great way to connect with others outside of their disciplines and departments, and to learn more about Western’s teaching and learning culture. Many say it also gives them a chance to take a breath and just listen to what others, especially students, really think.

For more information, see  To sign up for the TLA listserv, email (Students: there is also an opportunity to participate in the TLA for LIBR 340 “Speaking and Listening” practicum credit. For more information, contact:

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TUEx – User Experience Tuesdays

Posted on: March 29, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

TUEx Returns to Western Libraries - Volunteers Needed

Have you ever had a frustrating time navigating a website? Maybe the site didn’t make sense and you couldn’t find what you needed? Western Libraries is trying to avoid those problems by improving our website users’ experiences through usability and design testing. And you can help us!

Once again, we will be located near the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio on Tuesdays between noon and 2:00 p.m. from April 9 through May 21 for User Experience Tuesdays (TUEx). We need input from students, staff, and faculty, and if you can give us 5 to 10 minutes of your time, you will help us improve your (and everyone’s!) library experience.

Volunteers will run through short exercises designed to inform the Libraries on the learnability, effectiveness, and efficiency of various online resources. Topics change from week to week, so if you have already participated once, please don’t hesitate to join us again the next week.  We need and value your feedback, and we appreciate you taking the time to help us. You can find our table on the second floor of Haggard Hall near the Studio, next to the “TUEx User Experience Tuesdays” sign.

For more information about Usability at Western Libraries, please see: