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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.