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In Good Faith – Summer Documentary Screening

Orlan SvingenDr. Orlan Svingen can be found across a series of presentations offered in Montana and Idaho this summer that are dedicated towards recognizing his work with local Indian tribes!

IN GOOD FAITH is a documentary that centers around the work of Dr. Orlan Svingen and his ongoing work with the Mixed Band of Shoshone, Bannock and Sheep Eater people of the Fort Hall Indian reservation near Pocatello, Idaho. Through his decades of work with Indian tribes across the U.S., Dr. Svingen has developed strong relationships at Fort Hall and forged the creation of Indian history field schools that are conducted in Central Idaho
and Southwestern Montana.


In Good Faith is narrated by Forrest Goodluck, a well known Native American actor you may recognize from The Revenant! There will be a screening of his documentary in both Montana and Idaho later this summer!


Professor Kawamura awarded Craft Professorship!

The Department would like to congratulate Dr. Noriko Kawamura who has been selected as the Arnold M. and Atsuko Craft Professor! The professorship lasts for 3 years and her term begins this August! The Craft Professorship is intended to help assist professors with the funding of scholarly, creative, and instructional activity! Congratulations Professor Kawamura!

Noriko Kawamura

Dr. Weller featured at KNU in Kazakhstan this month!

Dr. Charles Weller was one of several international plenary speakers for the 5th Annual “Farabi Forum” at Kazakh National University (KNU, Almaty, Kazakhstan, Apr 3-4). His talk on “Al-Farabi’s World Historical Travels: From Central Asia and the Middle East, to Europe and Russia, and Back Again” was featured among scholars and dignitaries from Turkey, Syria, Tajikstan, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan; it will be printed in the conference proceedings.


Dr. Sun receives CDSC summer fellowship

Dr. Ray Sun has been chosen to receive a summer fellowship from the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation! Dr. Sun has been developing a digital exhibit of the research he has been exploring over the last two semesters that connect the history of Washington State University to World War II. Congratulations Dr. Sun!

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