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Communication workshop today!

Communication Across Differences:

A Focus on Speakers
of Other Languages

 Mon. Feb. 27, 2012
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Learning Commons, Wilson 270 

(Behind Wilson Circulation)

Join us for an interactive dialogue and hands-on workshop with guest panelists Maria Timmons Flores (TESOL), Roberta Kjesrud (Writing Center), and Xiao Xiao (Writing Center)  to address issues inherent in  speaking English as a Second Language. 

Learn how to partner with students, staff, and faculty to create an inclusive learning environment and to provide support  for speakers of other languages at WWU.

The Academic Literacy series is an on-going dialogue on selected topics related to reading and writing in the academy. Carmen Werder (Director, of the Learning Commons) and Rebecca Marrall (Diversity Resident  Librarian) are pleased to present the latest chapter in Communication Across Differences.

Faculty, staff and students welcome at this academic happy hour!!

 To attend please RSVP to Rebecca Marrall at
by Fri. Feb. 24th, noon.

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Poetry Writing Workshop

Poetics of Place Writing Workshop
Friday, February 10, 2012 , 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Location: Northwest Indian College
Cultural Learning Center (Log Building)
2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA

While many appreciate the beauty of a good poem, few of us are able to grasp the difficult process of writing poetry. In this hands-on poetry-writing workshop, award-winning published poet Judith Roche will offer her extensive experiences reading, writing, and teaching poetry. Participants will learn to express the “feel” of their natural surroundings – whether they are the lush farms of the Palouse or the evergreen forests of the Olympic Peninsula – and learn the building blocks for successful poetry writing. Judith will help build skills to use memories, experiences, and sense of place as a basis for writing poems. In Judith's words, "anyone who comes with an open heart will enjoy it."

No registration required. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about Judith Roche, visit the Humanities Washington website:

Location: Northwest Indian College
Cultural Learning Center (Log Building)
2522 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA


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Art for the Heart


 Art for the Heart
Students partnering
to support community based partners

Midday this Wednesday - Friday, Feb. 8-10, there will be a table on Haggard 2 by circlular staircase for a class project called “Art for the Heart”.  

WWU stu dents, faculty & staff are encouraged to make valentines which will be distributed to Bellingham’s homeless community.  

The concept is to spread the act and feeling of love, & to help deconstruct the stigma that Valentine's  Day is a time for couples and romantic love, that love is for all people, at all times, in all places. 

The project plans to tie two other communities in Bellingham together, the homeless and college students. Many students either want to help or are already helping others.  By providing a space where students can take a few moments to pay it forward and spread some warmth, this enables an easy way to make a small difference, since many who want to either can't or don't fit time in their days to do something greater.

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Classical Mythology &the world of Harry Potter


Join us for the
Winter 2012
Reading Series Event

Wed. Feb. 8th,  4:00 pm
Wilson Reading Room, 4C
This event sponsored by Western Libraries

Refreshments will be served. 







Be sure to check out
the related display located on the skybridge, at the stairs top right facing North.



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Whatcom WRITES! Winners Read

Whatcom WRITES! Reading

Sunday, February 12, 2012 ,

4:00  - 5:30 PM

Hear winners of the Whatcom WRITES! contest read their entries! The subject this year was ENEMIES. Thirty top submissions have been selected for publication in a commemorative anthology.

Location: Village Books
1200 11th Street in Historic Fairhaven, Bellingham, WA

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Masters of Japanese Cinema

Masters of Japanese Cinema Banner

Masters of Japanese Cinema is a new series for Pickford Film Center, shining a light on the rich history of Japanese cinema, from old masters such as Ozu, Akira Kurosawa and Naruse, to modern masters such as Miyazaki, Kore-eda, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Curated by Jeff Purdue, a librarian and professor at Western Washington University.

The Mokioka Sisters movie poster 

The Makioka Sisters

Date: Tues. February 7, 2012   Time: 6 pm
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Heads turn as beautiful women in dazzling kimono glide through a cascade of cherry blossoms against a setting sun. Osaka, 1938, and four daughters of an old merchant family face all unknowing the end of a gentler way of life. Adapted from the classic novel by Junichiro Tanizaki - written as Japan burned around him during the War, even as he determined to preserve forever in his art a world he knew already lost - with director Kon Ichikawa (Burmese Harp, Fires on the Plain, etc., etc.) himself recreating the Golden Age of the Japanese Film, another world gone.

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Join theTLA Dialogue this Thurs.

Help decide how to implement the 2011-12 BIG Question:

"How can we engage and connect multiple voices to strengthen Western
as a 21st-century liberal arts university?"

Winter 2012 TLA Session Dates are:
Wednesdays 12-1:20 and 2-3:20 p.m.
Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, and March 7. 

And on Thurs. 12-1:20 and 2-3:20 p.m.
Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, and March 8.

Visit the new TLA website for additional information

Western's Teaching-Learning Academy meets every-other-week in dialogue groups to study and enhance the teaching and learning environment at WWU. In an effort to bring in more voices from across campus - especially students - TLA members makes regular postings on Viking Village, Western's online forum. Here's hoping you'll join the conversation.

To sign up, just email TLA Program Coordinator Shevell Thibou,

Students: Remember... You may be able to earn Communication 339 practicum credit for participating. Interested? Contact Dr. Carmen Werder,

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