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Dr. Booth Presenting at Seattle University

Ryan Booth is presenting the 2024 Seattle University Al Mann Lecture based on his research on the Jesuit-Native Boarding Schools in the Pacific Northwest. His presentation, “The Heart of It All: The Jesuit Mission School at Coeur d’Alene, 1878-1974,” will focus primarily on the boarding school at DeSmet, Idaho as a case study. The presentation will be at 5pm on April 24 in the Rolfe Community Room in the Advancement & Alumni Building at Seattle University.

RCI Event Series – “The Dividing Line: Race and Segregation in Early Seattle”

Dr. Megan Asaka, associate professor of history, University of California, Riverside and author of Seattle from the Margins: Exclusion, Erasure and the Making of a Pacific Coast City will present her research at 4:30 p.m. on April 4 in Todd Hall Addition 276. Her talk, “The Dividing Line: Race and Segregation in Early Seattle” will examine the creation of a geographical line in the city, dividing north and south, and white and non-white. This segregation began at the inception of white settlement when founders pushed the Duwamish peoples to the southern part of the city and maintained a “residence district” in the northern part for white families. The efforts of local authorities in the city to contain its multiracial population shaped a geography of inequality that persists, as is evident in the social and spatial dynamics in Seattle today.

BEREHYNI: Keepers of the Flame

WSU Libraries are co-sponsoring “Berehyni: Keepers of the Flame: Ukrainian Womens’ Stories of Resilience Through Film, Art and Culture” from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday in Kimbrough Hall 101. A cultural exhibit and pysanky (Ukrainian Easter egg) demonstration will accompany a screening of five short documentaries, “Berehyni: Keepers of the Flame,” which will be introduced by Ukrainian women from the Pullman community. The films tell the stories of five Ukrainian women who use their individual talents and strengths in defense of Ukraine. A reception will follow. Other event sponsors are the WSU English Department and the WSU Department of History.

Upcoming Pettyjohn Lecture

The 2024 Sherman & Mabel Smith Pettyjohn Lecture on Indigenous history “‘What is the Meaning of this Boundary Line?’: Indigenous Nationhood and Colonial Borders” by Dr. Patrick Lozar (Salish & Kootenai)(Univ. Of Montana) will be held on Friday, March 29 at 12pm in CUE 518.

Screening of ‘Women Guardians at War’

A screening of Ukrainian filmmaker Volodymyr Sydko’s documentary series, “Women Guardians at War,” is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center in Moscow. Admission is free and open to the public. The films showcase five women and their stories of perseverance since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022. The screening is sponsored by the WSU Department of History, the WSU English Department, the David G. Pollart Center for Arts and Humanities at WSU, WSU Libraries, and Lost Horse Press.

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Fallen Cougars Presentation

Ray Sun and graduate students Jordan Bergstrom, Kyley Canion-Brewer, Cassie Crisman, and Samantha Edgerton will be giving another Fallen Cougars presentation on Thursday 11/9 from 7pm-8pm at the Pullman Depot Heritage Center.

“Buffalo Soldiers” Documentary Screening

Join us for the ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ documentary screening today, November 7, 4:30–6 p.m. in CUE 203 on the Pullman campus. The film will be introduced by Dr. Ryan Booth, who is featured in the film and addresses the displacement of Indigenous peoples in the American West by U.S. military, including the Buffalo Soldiers.