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Posted on: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:42am
"Speaking of Maps" - Dr. Aquila Flower, May 3
Dr. Aquila Flower will present “Building a Digital Atlas of the Pacific Northwest” from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 in the Map Collection area of Western Libraries. During her presentation, Flower will show a preview of the Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, and explore some of the fundamental geographical concepts used to make decisions regarding data processing approaches.
This event is free and open to the public.
Understanding processes and patterns that cross international borders is challenging due to a lack of data that covers both sides of the border. With support from the Border Policy Research Institute and the Huxley Spatial Institute, Dr. Flower is helping create the digital Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, an online geospatial data clearinghouse designed to hold seamless cross-border datasets.
“Many geospatial datasets are available only for one specific county. This can create the impression that the world vanishes on the other side of an international border, and is a serious impediment to research and policy decisions,” explained Flower. “Even if you can collect datasets for different countries, you'll often find that they have incompatible geographies, and that the variables they contain were recorded in different units and for different dates.”
Her first addition to the Atlas uses census records from Washington and British Columbia, which allow for seamless analysis of demographic change across the US-Canada border to create a harmonized database of human demography characteristics.
“Knowing where people live, and how population is likely to change in the near future is critical for making policy decisions. However, census records from the US and Canada are difficult to compare because they are collected in different years, define some variables differently, and the official geospatial datasets do not line up perfectly at the border,” said Flower.
The single dataset will make it easier to compare census records from the US and Canada, and will have consistent spatial characteristics, temporal coverage, and variable definitions that can be useful to policy makers, researchers, and the general public in understanding past, current, and future population distributions in Washington and British Columbia.
Dr. Aquila Flower is an assistant professor of geography at Western where she teaches physical geography and Geographic Information Science courses. Her research focuses primarily on the complex, interactive effects of climate variability, human land use patterns, and natural disturbances on forest ecosystems.
This event is co-sponsored by Western Libraries, Border Policy Research Institute, Huxley Spatial Institute, and Huxley College of the Environment, and is part of the “Speaking of Maps” program, which are quarterly talks are designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.
For more information about the Map Collection or about this event, contact Dennis Matthews, WWU Map Collection manager, at (360) 650-3272 or Dennis.Matthews@wwu.edu.
Posted on: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:06am
Kristin Mahoney to Discuss Author, Artist, & Activist Laurence Housman
Western Washington University Associate Professor of English Kristin Mahoney will present “Out and Out from the Family to the Community: the Housmans and the Politics of Queer Sibling Devotion" on Tuesday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m. in Western Libraries Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th floor).
In this talk, Mahoney will explore the manner in which Laurence and Clemence’s collaborative relationship became the foundation for broader forms of feminist and anticolonial political thinking. She will also address the ways in which Laurence’s advocacy for sex reform informed his posthumous framing of his brother’s sexuality. For the Housman family, queer kinship practices engendered political activism, and political activism fostered queer kinship practices.
Kristin Mahoney is an Associate Professor of English at Western Washington University, where her research and teaching interests include aestheticism, Decadence, and queer studies. She has published articles in Victorian Studies, Criticism, Victorian Review, Victorian Periodicals Review, English Literature in Transition, Nineteenth-Century Prose, and Literature Compass. Her book “Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. She is currently working on a project entitled “Queer Kinship after Wilde: Transnational Aestheticism and the Family.”
This talk is offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program, which are quarterly events featuring presenters who are authorities in their respective fields, and who have used Heritage Resources collections significantly in their research.
Read more: Out & Out from the Family to the Community
Posted on: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 4:08pm
Roots of Rhetoric and Writing in the Liberal Arts
RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Please send comments and questions to Julie Dugger, Director of Writing Instruction Support. Unable to come, but interested in the topic? Click on this link for more info.
Read more: WIS Event: Roots of Rhetoric
Posted on: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 3:04pm
Connecting Communities Through Service April 28
The Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together for a day of service on Friday, April 28, 2017. Sign up to volunteer during a time of your choosing for one of four different organizations, located both on and off campus. (Note to WWU staff: this is a great opportunity to use all or part of your “Community Service Day” benefit!)
In 2014, the TLA proposed the creation of a trust-building event in response to that year’s BIG question: How do we ignite individual passion, purpose, and potential to co-create a culture of trust? The result was an annual spring day of service as part of National Volunteer Week. Besides providing some important service hours to the chosen organization, this event also offers Western employees, students, and community members an opportunity to develop and sustain ongoing relationships by connecting people to local organizations through service to the community.
Volunteer projects include:
- Lend a Helping Hand: Harriet Spanel Park in the York Neighborhood (off-campus)
- Comfort Kids Project: The Bellingham Sock Monkey Project (on-campus)
- Volunteer Chore Program (off-campus)
- Kitchen Items Drive for House 2 Home (off-campus)
Here’s hoping you’ll join us in service and show how we are all Active Minds Changing Lives!
Read more: Connecting Communities
Posted on: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 1:49pm
The Spring 2017 edition of Heritage Highlights is now available! In this issue you will learn about a variety of Heritage Resources' collections which document local and regional artistic culture, including the digitized correspondence of Skagit County artists, photographs and oral histories related to campus sculpture, and a recent donation of valuable photography books.
Heritage Resources consists of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management.
Image: Isamu Noguchi at the dedication ceremony for Skyviewing Sculpture, 1969, Campus History Collection, Special Collections.
Posted on: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 8:42am
Award-winning author & teacher Jewell Parker Rhodes visits Bellingham April 19 & 20
Read more: Jewell Parker Rhodes April 19 & 20
Posted on: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:21am
Western Libraries Hosts Two New Art Exhibits
"Rising Tide in Cascadia" (Galleries 2 & 4) was created to promote awareness of the effects of climate change and recently appeared at the Mindport Museum on Holly Street in Bellingham.
This exhibit features framed and matted pairs of photographs of local landmarks with the first photo of each pair showing a recognizable local landmark in its current state combined with a second photo that shows what landmark will look like if we fail to take action against climate change. This exhibit will be on display from now through May 20, 2017.
The creators of this exhibit are Alan Sanders and Warren Sheay. Sanders has been a professional photographer for the past 4 decades and has taught at the University of Alaska and Western Washington University. Sanders currently conducts workshops at Whatcom Community College and performs digital imaging at the Quicksilver Photo Lab in Bellingham. By undertaking the significant technical challenges of this project, Sanders demonstrated his firm commitment to help educate people about climate change.
Sheay has also been an educator for many years and is also a self-described “average citizen concerned about climate change.” After reading Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, he was inspired to help create a local statement that would foster awareness about “our planet’s precarious condition.”
"Street Life, Kolkata India," is also on display now through June 1, 2017 (Gallery 1). This exhibit was created by WWU Design Professor, Darby Roach, who recently traveled to India as part of an international bicycle trip. Roach wrote a book about this trip and included excerpts from the chapter on Kolkata to create a linear narrative to go with the 'street' photography that is featured in this exhibit.
Posted on: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:42am
New Exhibit Features WWU History
Western Students Protest Kent State and Jackson State Killings, 1970 / from the Campus History Collection, Special Collections, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western Washington University.
Western Libraries Heritage Resources holds vast documentation related to the history of Western Washington University, and beginning March 28, 2017 a retrospective exhibit, featuring historical photographs and other memorabilia illustrating Western’s twelve vibrant decades of institutional life, will bring to light some of these treasures.
This exhibit is free and open to the public, and is available for viewing through June 9 in Western Libraries Special Collections Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays).
Originally developed for the WWU Centennial Celebration in 1999-2000, the exhibit entitled “Western Tableaux: Redux,” has been updated to reflect Western’s history to the present date. By documenting key events associated with the academic, administrative, and social life of Western, this exhibit unveils pieces of local, state, and national stories.
Through a decade-by-decade series of images, viewers will be able to follow the institution’s trajectory from its earliest days as a normal (teachers’) school, through the expansion of its physical environment and curriculum, and transitions in leadership, programming, and the dynamic and evolving student body.
Read more: Western Tableaux: Redux
Posted on: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:09am
Sign Up for Spring TLA Dialogue Sessions
The Teaching-Learning Academy’s (TLA) at Western Libraries is the central forum for the scholarship of teaching and learning at Western Washington University, bringing together a broad spectrum of perspectives from throughout the university community.
TLA participants, which include students, faculty, staff, and community members, worked collectively throughout fall and winter quarters to create and explore a shared dialogue question that addresses how we can better enhance the teaching and learning environment at Western.
“How do we learn from one another through meaningful dialogue that addresses fear and creates active communities?” is the “BIG” question for 2016-2017. Action proposals that address this BIG study question will be developed during the spring quarter TLA sessions, and anyone interested is invited to attend, whether or not they were part of the fall and winter dialogue groups.
Participants continue to report that the TLA is a great way to connect with others outside of their 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. Others express satisfaction in being able to advance real action steps in making Western an even better place to teach and learn.
Sessions begin Apr. 5th and 6th, and meet every other week for a total of four meetings during the quarter. While the sessions are 80 minutes long, attendees are welcome to come for whatever time they have available. Many faculty and staff who cannot stay the entire time will participate for the first 50 minutes, as there is a logical break then.
There are four dialogue group options:
- Wednesdays noon-1:20 pm (Apr. 5, 19, May 3, & 17)
- Wednesdays 2-3:20 pm (Apr. 5, 19, May 3, & 17)
- Thursdays noon-1:20 pm (Apr. 6, 20, May 4, & 18)
- Thursdays 2-3:20 pm (Apr. 6, 20, May 4, & 18)
For more information, see http://library.wwu.edu/tla. To sign up for a regular dialogue group and get on the listserv, email TLA@wwu.edu. (Students: there is also an opportunity to participate in the TLA for LIBR practicum credit. For more information, contact Shevell.Thibou@wwu.edu.)
Read more: Spring TLA Begins April 5th & 6th