Many scholarship and fellowship recipients attended this year’s awards ceremony on April 29. Thanks to great alumni and friends, the department is blessed with numerous scholarships available to our majors. Many undergraduate and graduate students have excelled in research, writing, and academic excellence.
Yvonne Berliner, the department’s Latin American History instructor, will present a paper on ‘Mexican Feminism in the Twentieth Century’ at a Colloquium on Mexico to be held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. February 9-11, 2016.
Berliner will trace the struggle for political rights for women in Mexico, culminating in the right to vote in 1953. In addition, the presentation will include the bridging of class differences among women, as the fight for political rights began as a middle class initiative and only became more inclusive in the 1970s. In the last decades of the 20th century, feminism with popular and indigenous roots joined in advocating for gender and class equality. Industrial workers, employees, agricultural workers and indigenous community groups from poor urban sectors have become part of a wider movement for gender equality in Mexico.
In 2015 Berliner co-authored a book on the Mexican Revolution and a chapter on Feminism in the Americas for another book, with special emphasis on Mexico.
“Congratulations go to Theresa Jordan (Washington State University) and Larissa Taylor (Colby College) for scoring highest on this year’s quiz. They will each receive a free copy of the new edition of Readings in Medieval History, edited by Patrick J. Geary.”
Jesse Spohnholz’s new book, The Convent of Wesel: The Event that Never Was and the Invention of Tradition, has been accepted for publication with Cambridge University Press, and his co-edited volume Archaeologies of Confession: Writing Histories of Religion in Germany, 1517-2017 has been accepted for publication with Berghahn Press. Both books will be available within the year.
A long-running dispute over land use in Oregon escalated into the armed occupation of the federal Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by a “militia” led by the rancher Ammon Bundy on Jan. 2. Bundy and his followers dispute the constitutional right of the U.S. government to manage public lands in Oregon, which was also the cause of a standoff between Ammon’s father, Cliven, and federal officials in southern Nevada in 2014.
“This is not a course on the state of the contemporary world,” I tell my students on day one in Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI), a 100-level, one-semester course required of all students entering Washington State University. The course topic may not be the contemporary world, but it pushes students to understand specific events and processes unfolding all around them by encouraging close examination of the historical origins of change and cultivating intellectual skills useful to a range of disciplines and career pursuits.
Reed Simock will be working in Senator Andy Bilig’s office for the duration of the 2016 legislative session. He’ll be responsible for tracking legislation for the Senator, attending committee hearings and legislative meetings, and helping answer constituent questions and concerns.
On October 23, Prof. Jesse Spohnholz presented on the relationship between persecution and religious toleration in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries at the Sixteenth Century Society’s annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
To mark its inaugural academic year, the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC) will host a brown-bag discussion series introducing faculty and graduate students to the fundamentals of Digital Humanities. This series aims to acquaint participants with key debates, terms, and concepts that ground Digital Humanities in various interpretive and computational methods.
Wednesday, October 28th 1:10 p.m. Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC), Fourth Floor Holland Library