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"The General" & Matt Phelan, Feb.23

Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017 - 3:42pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Film Event Featuring Graphic Novelist Matt Phelan

 

As part of the WWU Children's Literature Conference, the Pickford Film Center will present a screening of the film The General, on Thursday, Feb. 23, starring Buster Keaton and with acclaimed graphic novel creator Matt Phelan, who will introduce the film and then also be available for a Q&A afterwards. 

The film itself screens at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street), but a pre-screening reception  with champagne for the adults and sparkling cider for the kids, begins at 5:30 p.m.

Representatives from Village Books will also be in attendance and available to sell copies of Phelan’s novels, including the graphic novel that inspired this evening, Bluffton: My Summer With Buster Keaton

 

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Speaking of Maps: Maps as Lenses on Nazism

Posted on: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:05pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

WWU Professor Ed Mathieu to speak on Feb. 23 about “Maps as Lenses on Nazism, 1772-1945”  

Western Washington University will host Dr. Ed Mathieu for a presentation titled “Maps as Lenses on Nazism, 1772 to 1945” from 4-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Map Collection area of Western Libraries. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Edward Mathieu is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Western. He earned his PhD in modern German history from the University of Michigan and has taught courses at Western in German history, the Holocaust, gender and sexuality, Western Civilization, and World History.

The Nazi movement emerged from European and global contexts that can be explored geographically. Through the consideration of geography and geographical change, Mathieu will explain how the Nazis imagined the problems of the world and their revolution in spatial terms, and how a geographic sensibility is essential to understanding the practices and effects of Nazism.

Mathieu’s talk will examine maps related to such issues as the German diaspora in Europe, the demography of the Jews in Europe, the partition of Poland in the eighteenth century, the developing space of a united Germany in the nineteenth century, the geography of the First World War and its aftermath, Nazism’s expansionism before and during the Second World War, the geographies of mass murder, and, finally, the geography of the defeat of Nazism.

This event is co-sponsored by Western Libraries, WWU’s Department of History, and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, and is part of the “Speaking of Maps” program, which are quarterly talks 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.

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Calling WWU Undergrads!

Posted on: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:17pm

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award

At Western, undergraduate students have unparalleled access to research opportunities that are supported by faculty mentors. Western Libraries views the research work of undergraduate students as being tremendously valuable, both in terms of the teaching and learning experience the research process creates, and also because of the research outputs students themselves generate.

Western Libraries seeks submissions for its Undergraduate Research Award, which is given annually to three students who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of papers for Western Washington University college credit courses that were taught during either fall or winter quarters of the current academic year. 

Each award winner will receive $500.00 and publication in Western CEDAR, Western’s institutional repository. Western Libraries invites all undergraduate students enrolled at Western to submit their research papers for consideration by April 17, 2017. Submissions can be representative of any discipline, as long as they include an original thesis supported by ample research and demonstrate exceptional ability in identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing sources.

For submission details, please see the Undergraduate Research Award page.

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Faculty Focus Groups

Posted on: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 3:14pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Faculty Focus Groups – Request for Participants

Western Libraries is seeking input from faculty at Western on how subject librarians can support teaching, learning, and research in departments and programs. 
 
The Libraries is currently examining the role of subject librarians and would like to align the important services librarians provide more effectively with the changing curricular, research, and teaching & learning needs of the university. 
 
As part of this effort, the Libraries invites feedback and advice from Western faculty, and is hosting a series of focus groups led by an experienced facilitator throughout the month of February. Faculty from every department at Western are invited to participate.
 
If you are interested in being a part of these focus groups, please submit this form to indicate your availability. You will be contacted within one week from the time of submission with an invitation to participate at a specific time selected from among the times you indicated.
 
Questions? Need more information? Please contact Sarah McDaniel, Director, Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons, (360)650-7208  sarah.mcdaniel2@wwu.edu

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TLA Begins Jan 11 & 12

Posted on: Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:51am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

“How do we learn from one another through meaningful dialogue that addresses and creates active communities?”

That's the Teaching-Learning Academy’s BIG question for 2016-2017. Faculty, staff, community members, and more than 60 students worked collectively throughout fall quarter to create a shared question that addresses how we can better enhance the teaching and learning environment at Western. TLA participants will spend winter 2017 exploring and gathering data to address this year’s question, and all students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

The TLA dialogue sessions begin January 11 and 12, and meets every other week for a total of five meetings for the quarter.

There are four group options:

  • Wednesdays from noon to 1:20 p.m. (Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22; Mar 8)
  • Wednesdays from 2 to 3:20 p.m. (Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22; Mar 8)
  • Thursdays from noon to 1:20 p.m. (Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9)
  • Thursdays from 2 to 3:20 p.m. (Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9)

 

While the sessions run for approximately 80 minutes, attendees are welcome to stop by based on their availability. All dialogue groups meet in the Learning Commons in Wilson 2 West.

Students can also participate for Library practicum credit. For more information, contact Shevell.Thibou@wwu.edu. Also contact Shevell Thibou to sign up for a TLA dialogue session.

The Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) is the central forum for the scholarship of teaching and learning at Western Washington University and brings together a broad spectrum of perspectives from across campus. Engaged in studying the intersections between teaching and learning, TLA members include faculty, students, administrators, and staff from across the University, as well as community members.

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Campus History with Heritage Resources

Posted on: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 3:49pm

Topic(s): Newsletters

The Fall 2016 edition of Heritage Highlights is now available! In this issue we explore Western's 620 High Street, circa 1950, University Archives.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.

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Summit to Salish Sea in Western CEDAR

Posted on: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 2:37pm

Topic(s): Updates, Feature Stories, Resources

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 westerncedar@wwu.edu.

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