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Are you a transfer student interested in learning more about services available to you at WWU?
Join Western Libraries, the Learning Commons, and New Student Services on January 12 at 5:30 p.m. for a Transfer Student Info Panel where we will answer your questions about resources on campus, ranging from research and writing services to student employment opportunities.
The panel will feature representatives from the Libraries and the Learning Commons, Financial Aid, Student Employment, and the Student Business Office. Light snacks will be provided. This event is being offered as part of transfer student orientation. Event location is Western Libraries, Haggard Hall Room 222.
Historian Benjamin Madley to Discuss his Research on Native American Genocide in California
Benjamin Madley, associate professor of History at the University of California at Los Angeles, will discuss his research on Native American genocide in the United States at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Western Washington University’s Academic West room 204. The event is co-sponsored by Western’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, the Department of History, and the Western Libraries. The presentation is free and open to the public; free public event parking will be available in Lot 12A – (formerly the “gravel lot,” but now paved) - on South Campus.
Between 1846 and 1873, California’s Indian population plunged from approximately 150,000 to 30,000. This is the subject of Madley’s new book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873, for which he received the 2016 Heyday Books History Award from Heyday Books Publishing House.
Madley’s presentation will explore the rise of a state-sanctioned killing machine and the broad social, judicial, and political support for genocide. He will describe precursors to the genocide and explain how the Gold Rush stirred vigilante violence, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance, who did the killing, and why the killings ended. Besides evaluating government officials’ culpability, Madley considers why the slaughter constituted genocide and how other possible genocides within and beyond the Americas might be investigated.
Madley is a historian of Native America, the United States, and colonialism in world history. He writes about American Indians as well as colonial genocides in Africa, Australia, and Europe, often applying a transnational and comparative approach. Madley's current research explores Native American labor in the making of the western United States. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Yale University, his master’s degree at Oxford University, and a doctorate at Yale. He then served as an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College before joining the faculty at UCLA where he is now associate professor of History and interim chair of the university’s American Indian Studies program.
Masters of Asian Cinema: Right Now, Wrong Then
The next film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series (formerly known as the “Masters of Japanese Cinema” series) is Hong Song-soo’s 2015 Right Now, Wrong Then. It screens Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm at Pickford Film Center, (318 Bay Street).
Hong Song-soo is a prolific director, having made 18 feature films since his debut in 1996. Making on average one film a year, he has also created a distinctive body of work in contemporary cinema. His characters are often filmmakers, painters, or writers, engaged in the ordinary business of life, love, and friendship.
Right Now, Wrong Then features a film director who goes to another city to present his work and meets someone there in whom he becomes romantically interested. The film explores how subtle variations in how we present ourselves to others can produce significant changes in our relationships with them.
Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Japanese Cinema series was one of the Pickford's longest running and most loved series, featuring some of the best films in World Cinema with movies that span both decades and genres. The Masters of Asian Cinema series promises to continue that rich tradition.
Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. David Gray, who is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at Western Washington University. Gray completed his PhD in 2015 in the Film and Media Studies Department at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he wrote a dissertation on post dictatorship documentary from the Southern Cone. He has published in Media Fields Journal, Studies in Documentary Film, and WideScreen (forthcoming). His research and teaching interests include documentary, Latin American Cinema, spatial studies, trauma and memory studies, and the essay film.
The Fall 2016 edition of Heritage Highlights is now available! In this issue we explore Western's campus history, including a timeline of past presidents, the development of the university's physical and built environment, and recollections and reminiscences of former faculty and staff told through oral histories.
Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management.
Image: 620 High Street, circa 1950, University Archives.
New Journal Featuring the Work of WWU Huxley College Graduate Students
Open Access Week may be over, but we still have news to share of how Western is contributing to Open Access every single day. Did you know that Western’s Master Theses collection is the most highly-used collection in Western CEDAR? And now the addition of a brand new journal, Summit to Salish Sea: Inquiries and Essays, demonstrates yet again how WWU graduate students are actively supporting Western’s commitment to enrich academic inquiry and strengthen communities by sharing their work in CEDAR.
This new journal, hosted by Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment and the North Cascades Institute, showcases the work of the students in the Masters of Environmental Education program. Articles are based on the final capstone presentations from the end of the graduate students’ programs, and cover a wide range of subjects related to environmental education. Submissions in the journal are separated into two formats: speeches and essays, and some are enriched with multimedia.
“Currently, the journal is oriented around the theory and practice of environmental education with a focus on personal stories and revelations arising from teaching and study of the field,” explained journal founder and editor-in-chief, Nick Stanger. “Topics are as diverse as the student body, including forest-based schools, queer theory and environmental education.”
Graduate students from the M.Ed. residency program whose work is featured in S2SS: Inquiries and Essays / photo courtesy of Nick Stanger
Stanger is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Education in the Department Environmental Studies. He came to Western two years ago from the University of Victoria, where he recently received his doctoral degree examining transformative experiences and places. He decided to start this journal when he was searching for a way to document, celebrate, and share the tremendous work that his students put into their culminating projects, which are not finalized in the form of traditionally-defined theses. CEDAR seemed like a perfect fit for a number of reasons, including its capability to support a variety of content formats.
“CEDAR gives me the opportunity to include many of my students’ media, including audio, video, and still photographs,” explained Stanger. And as for what inspired the journal’s title? Recognizing the invaluable relationship between the environment and one’s own learning experiences, the title pays homage to both. As described on the journal site:
“The students' experience ranges from the summits of the North Cascades to the Salish Sea, a binational location, long recognized for its ecological and cultural diversity. Hosted within the traditional territories of many Coast Salish First Nations, this educational experience influences a rich inquiry into the nuances and complexities of environmental education. Whether students are tackling early childhood environmental education, environmental or education philosophy, or cultural explorations in education, their submissions represent a distinctly powerful Masters experience.”
Graduating students on the day of their capstone presentations ‘Passing the Paddle’ to the incoming cohort.
Western currently publishes two journals in CEDAR, (the other one being the Journal of Educational Controversy, hosted by Woodring College), with anticipated growth in this area in the near future. Part of a global movement promoting access to scholarship and creative works, Western CEDAR (an acronym for Contributing to Education through Digital Access to Research) officially launched in the fall of 2014, as a service of Western Libraries and in partnership with Western's Graduate School, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
CEDAR serves as a platform to disseminate and promote the research, scholarship, and creative works of Western faculty, students, staff, departments, centers, units, institutes, and programs. There is a social-equity component to Open Access publishing that aligns nicely with the field of environmental education, as barriers which could prevent access to potentially beneficial information are removed, which means research and scholarship shared in CEDAR and created by students, faculty, and staff at Western are made freely available to everyone. By showcasing Western’s scholarly and creative works, CEDAR facilitates their global discovery and promotes sustainable scholarly communication.
“My students are very aware of the limitations of traditional publishing system - and with that - the limitations of environmental education and environmental justice as taught within a university setting,” explained Stanger. “This approach to including their voices within the landscape of environmental education and beyond is an enabling opportunity,” adding that their reactions to the journal have been very positive.
“It has been surprisingly well-received by the students,” said Stanger. “I think it enhances the quality of their work, knowing that their documents will be seen beyond me and the audience that hears their work during the capstone.”
You can find the latest issue of Summit to Salish Sea: Inquiries and Essays, here: http://cedar.wwu.edu/s2ss. While there is currently only one published volume available, Stanger is currently co-editing volume two, due out March 2017, with an alum from the program.
For more information about the M.Ed. in Environmental Education program, please see https://huxley.wwu.edu/med-environmental-education. Questions about Western CEDAR? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's & Young Adult Literature Book Sale
Western Washington University will host a Children’s and Young Adult Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 on the sixth floor of Wilson Library.
Over a thousand new children’s and young-adult books will be available for purchase, including hardbacks for $5 and paperbacks for $2. Teachers, community members, WWU students, faculty, staff, and readers of all ages are invited to discover and enjoy award-winning titles.
Proceeds from the books sold will support student scholarships to Western’s 14th Annual Children’s Literature Conference, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2016.
For more information about this year's conference and registration, please visit wwuclc.com.
Interested in creating your own textbook which can be shared with students at no cost to them?
Join the editors of the new textbook, The Research Process: Strategies for Undergraduate Students, as they discuss how they created an edited anthology, collaboratively written by specialists across the library, to support undergraduate student research.
This special event is being held as part of Open Access Week, and is geared towards faculty and instructors who may be interested in creating or collaborating on their own open access textbook.
Join us at 4:00pm on Thursday, October 27th in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) to learn more about publishing through WWU’s Institutional Repository, Western CEDAR, a service available to all faculty authors associated with Western. An electronic toolkit of resources, including templates, will also be provided during this session.
Special Exhibit: "Plenty of Things to Do" featuring the work of Northwest Children's Author Doris Burn
A long-time resident of the San Juan Islands, Doris (Wernstedt) Burn authored and illustrated the 1965 classic Andrew Henry’s Meadow, which won the Washington Governor’s Art Award. She also wrote the much-loved favorites The Summerfolk, and The Tale of Lazy Lizard Canyon, and served as illustrator for a range of other well-known children’s works.
This special exhibit incorporates manuscripts and artwork, and explores some of the themes and aspects of Doris Burn’s work that have connected with readers across generations. The pieces on display were selected from a far larger collection of Burn’s original works, which were donated to Western Libraries Heritage Resources in 2015 as a gift of the Burn Family via the Doris Burn Legacy LLC. Additionally, a digital version of the Doris Burn exhibit is now available online, as are detailed collection guides to the Doris Burn Artwork and Manuscripts and the South Burn Papers.
The exhibit currently on display in the library is available for viewing weekdays in Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th Floor) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., (excluding weekends and holidays), and is also free and open to the public.
Fall 2016 "Speaking of Maps" - Bert Webber
(photo of Bert Webber courtesy of Bert Webber)
Bert Webber, founding fellow of Western’s Salish Sea Studies Institute and professor emeritus of Geography and Environmental Social Sciences, will give a presentation titled “The Salish Sea: What’s in a Name?” from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Map Collection area (Wilson Library 170) of Western Libraries. This event is free and open to the public.
Webber is a retired professor from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment who came to Western in 1970 with a particular interest in looking at estuaries as ecosystems. Webber will discuss the origin and meaning of the name “Salish Sea,” which recognizes the Salish Sea Estuarine Ecosystem, and refers to the combined waters of the Strait of Georgia, the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Webber was involved in the process of naming the Salish Sea, which started in the late 1980s and was completed in 2010. Webber also assists in the program development of Western’s Salish Sea Studies Institute, which was established in the fall of 2015 in response to the need for dialogue and action regarding the health of the Salish Sea.
The Salish Sea crosses international and jurisdictional boundaries, and the Institute focuses on bringing together the efforts of Canada, the United States, the First Nations, and Lummi Nation to collectively learn more about the sea so it can be protected and restored. The Institute hosts the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference every other year in April, which offers participants an opportunity to present scientific research on the sea’s ecosystem that can be used to guide future actions. Conference proceedings are later shared and made freely accessible online via their publication in Western CEDAR, WWU’s institutional repository, (http://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/).
Home to 7 million people, the Salish Sea faces environmental and public health challenges from industrialization, climate variability, and human activity, and Webber will explore the role of the Salish Sea name in raising awareness of these issues. His talk will focus on the significance of recognizing the Salish Sea Estuarine Ecosystem, and will touch on the development and purpose of the Salish Sea Studies Institute.
This event is co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Huxley College of the Environment, and is offered as a “Speaking of Maps” program, which are quarterly talks held in the Map Collection area of Western Libraries and are designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.