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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

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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:

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Cross-Cultural Marriages in 19th Century Whatcom County

Posted on: March 27, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Candace Wellman to Speak About Cross-Cultural Marriages in Early Whatcom County

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Local history expert Candace Wellman will give a talk at Western Washington University entitled “Inside the Archives: Researching Cross-Cultural Marriages in 19th Century Whatcom County,” at 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 16 in Western Libraries Special Collections. The event is free and open to the public.

While volunteering at the local archives, Candace Wellman discovered that nearly 90 percent of all early-Whatcom County marriages were cross-cultural. While historical evidence of the husbands, who included notable community founders and officials, was plentiful, the indigenous women they married remained unknown to history. Experienced in research methods, history, and genealogy, Wellman resolved to uncover these hidden stories and thus began a decades-long quest in which she spent countless hours in the archives, pouring over historical documents and collections.

After nearly twenty years of research and writing involving close to two hundred collaborators, Wellman’s first book, Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages, was published by Washington State University Press in 2017. The book, which looks at the lives and accomplishments of four indigenous women who married early-Whatcom County settlers, won the WILLA Award for Scholarly Nonfiction in 2018. A companion book, Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities, which includes four additional biographies, was published in March 2019.

Wellman holds a B.A. in Sociology from Washington State University and a B.Ed. in History/Secondary Education from Western Washington University. Born and raised in Washington, she is a local history consultant who speaks regularly about women’s history and regional settlement.

This talk is offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program. For more information about the event, please contact Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Archives, at or (360) 650-7747.

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Library Intersession Hours

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Intersession Hours

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Western Libraries will be open during the intersession, March 25 through April 1, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed weekend.

Normal library hours will resume on the first day of spring quarter, April 2, 2019.