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Dr. Lawrence Hatter to give talk at Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy Nov. 3.

Lawrence HatterDr. Lawrence Hatter will give a talk November 3 on his forthcoming book, “Citizens of Convenience: The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U. S. – Canadian Border” at the University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy.  See the link to the UM Colloquium Series.

He received his M.A. in History from University of Missouri and his Ph.D. from University of Virginia, and he currently serves as Assistant Professor of History at Washington State University. He has published articles in Journal of the Early Republic, Diplomatic History, and American Review of Canadian Studies, among other places, and his current book project, Citizens of Convenience: Nationhood, Empire, and the Northern Border of the American Republic, 1783-1820 is under contract with University of Virginia Press, to be published as part of the Early American Histories series.

Dr. Mandy Link, (PhD 2015) to give lecture Nov 3, 6:00 pm

townsleyDr. Mandy Link, who earned her PhD in  World History in 2015 at WSU, is a guest lecturer for the Honors 380 class November 3, at 6 p.m. in the Elmina White Honors Hall Lounge on the WSU campus.  The title of the lecture is “A Foolish Idea? Building the Irish National War Memorial and the Construction of National Identity.”

Dr. Link is a visiting assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University.  See the flyer here.



Dr. Matthew Sutton to give talk October 17 at 5 p.m. in Todd 430

Matthew SuttonDr. Matthew Sutton will give a talk titled “Anticipating the Antichrist: The Rise of American Fundamentalism in a Global Age.”

Starting in the early 20th century, a colorful and charismatic group of radical Protestants, anticipating the end of the world, paradoxically transformed it. Perceiving the United States as besieged by Satanic forces—communism and secularism, family breakdown and government encroachment—Billy Sunday, Billy Graham, and many others took to the pulpit and airwaves to explain how Biblical end-times prophecy made sense of a world ravaged by global wars, genocide, and the threat of nuclear extinction. Rather than withdraw from their communities to wait for Armageddon, they used what little time was left to warn of the coming Antichrist, save souls, and prepare the United States for God’s final judgment. In his talk, Prof. Sutton will show the rise of the American Christian Right from the beginning of the 20th century until today.  See the poster for sponsorship information.


Roots of Contemporary Issues Conference Oct. 29 in CUE 518

The Roots program and History Graduate Student Association are pleased to circulate the program for this Fall’s Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, October 29 in CUE 518. Fourteen former Roots students will present the results of their semester-long research projects and compete for cash awards. Graduate students and faculty have graciously volunteered their time and energy to serve as judges, mentors, and panel chairs.

The conference is being held in conjunction with one of the University’s Academic Showcase events.

You are cordially invited to attend, and please circulate the attached program to your students and encourage them to attend as well.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Clif Stratton.

Dr. Erik Loomis, University of Rhode Island will give lecture Oct. 14

erik_loomissized1Erik Loomis, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island will be giving a lecture on campus next Friday, October 14 @ 11am in the Bundy Reading Room (Avery Hall).

His talk is titled “Working-Class Environmentalism: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests.” Loomis is the author of two recent books on labor and environment, Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe (The New Press, 2015).

Erik will also be giving a talk at the University of Idaho that same afternoon at 3:30pm in the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) on the UI campus, room 032.

Professor of Early Modern British History speaks at WSU and U of I

Professor Crawford Gribben of Queen’s University Belfast, will speak on “Radical Religion, Republican Politics, and the Experience of Defeat: John Owen’s Restoration” on September 29 at 3 p.m. in the Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall, WSU Pullman.The presentation will argue that strategies for the survival of radical religion and republican politics contributed to the development of a culture of wit in Restoration England.

Professor Gribben will speak at TLC 040, University of Idaho, at 7 p.m. on “Moscow and Other Utopias: Religion, Politics and Community in the Pacific Northwest.”   Conservative evangelicals have been moving to the Pacific Northwest, establishing a strong community in northern Idaho.

For more information, contact professor Adam M. Sowards at  See the flyer here.


Asia Program lecture Sept. 27

Dr. Steven Kale, Chair of the Department of History, will present a lecture “French Secularism as a Target for Jihad” on September 27, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Todd Hall 276.  This lecture is free and open to the public.  This is part of the Asia Program Lecture Series as it continues its focus on the Middle East and the West.  For our entire Fall Lecture Series, please visit our website at or contact the Director, Dr. Lydia Gerber at


Islamic contributions to Western civilization – free public lecture September 21


Charles Weller A free, public lecture about Islamic contributions to Western civilization will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Todd Hall 216 at Washington State University.

I-Am-Malala-BookCharles Weller, WSU clinical assistant professor of history, will discuss how the historical interdependence of people and culture promotes mutual understanding, peace and cooperation. This view suggests a fundamental redefining of “the West” and “Islam” and their relation to one another in historical and contemporary contexts.

Fluent in Kazakh, the language of Kazakhstan, Weller joined the WSU faculty in 2011. He is a nonresidential visiting researcher at the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University through 2017.

Part of the WSU common reading program (, the talk is co-hosted with the History Club. The common reading book, “I Am Malala,” recounts the young Pakistani author’s personal, near-fatal encounter with the Taliban.
Karen Weathermon, WSU common reading, 509-335-5488,
Emma Epperly, WSU Undergraduate Education communications, 509-335-9458,

Center for Digital Scholarship & Curation 2016 Fellows Showcase Sept. 20

Hallie Meredith, Jeffrey C. Sanders, and Brianna Webb


Tuesday, September 20th from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the CDSC (Holland Library, 4th Floor).

Public talk details: This past summer the CDSC sponsored its first three fellowship projects at the WSU Pullman campus. The six-week summer fellowships offer faculty and graduate students project planning assistance along with technical training for projects that use digital tools, technologies, or platforms to develop research and teaching agendas. The Summer 2016 Fellows were selected from a competitive pool of applicants  to pursue projects that develop digital pedagogy and online teaching resources. We will showcase their work with a public unveiling of those projects. Reception to follow.


Fellow bios: Dr. Hallie Meredith is an ancient art historian in Fine Arts. She recently published Word Becomes Image: Openwork Vessels as a Reflection of Late Antique Transformation (Archaeopress). Dr. Jeffrey C. Sanders is an Associate Professor of History. His most recent book is titled Childhood and Environment in the Postwar American West (forthcoming at Cambridge UP, 2016). Ms. Brianna Webb is a graduate student in History. She works on political and cultural histories of memory with a special focus on German memorializations of World War II.