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HGSA Blog Post: “The Daily Evergay” Pt. II

The History Graduation Student Association has announced the release of a new blog post! “The Daily Evergay,” is the second of a two-post series on WSU’s lesbian and gay history in the 1970s using articles from the student newspaper. GIESORC, the gay and lesbian center on campus, liked the articles and have some quotes on display in the library rotunda. Check out some there that didn’t make it into this post!

Please read here, comment, and share!

HIST/WST 298 at WSUV visited by author Michael Helquist!

Undergraduate students in Dr. Mercier’s Women’s History course loved Michael Helquist’s book about the fiery and uncompromising radical physician Marie Equi. Students not only find Equi fascinating—a professional woman in a man’s world, an open lesbian, a committed activist for the causes affecting women and workers—but they especially connect to someone who lived in their own backyard of the Pacific Northwest. Helquist’s balanced, gracefully written, and accessible study pieces together scattered sources to tell a terrific story, one that introduces students to important themes of early 20th century, such as the Progressive era, suffrage movements, the IWW and workers’ struggles, the Red Scare, women’s social and political networks, and women’s health issues and illegal abortion. This is a book that will be useful to teachers and professors wishing to engage a wide variety and level of students.

Michael Helquist provided a detailed report of his visit to Washington State University Vancouver and his interaction with the students of HIST/WST 298. Take a look at his kind words here.

Jennifer Binczewski successfully defends dissertation

Jennifer Binczewski successfully defended her dissertation, “Solitary Sparrows: Widowhood and the Catholic Community in Post-Reformation England, 1580-1630,” on November 13th. Her research entailed work in twenty-one archives, hunting down evidence about scores of widowed women who supported underground Catholicism in Protestant England.

Congratulations Jennifer!

Briere and Chastain study the 161st Infantry Regiment

We are proud to highlight the work of graduate students Laura Briere and Jared Chastain, along with their faculty adviser, Professor Orlan Svingen. They were in College Park, Maryland last spring looking for information about the storied 161st Infantry Regiment when they mistakenly got off the elevator on the wrong floor. Take a look at their incredible story here in the WSU Insider News:

History project showcases rare footage of Washington’s 161st Infantry Regiment

Philip W. Travis, PhD

Philip W. Travis, PhD, will be on the Peace and Justice Report on Sarasota Public Radio WSLR 96.5 at 9am eastern time, Wed. Oct. 4 discussing his recent book “Reagan’s War on Terrorism in Nicaragua: The Outlaw State.”

If you are interested in checking the program out it streams live and will be archived (follow the link below for the live stream and/or the archived program after the live broadcast).

Peace & Justice Report

Ryan Booth speaks at Gonzaga University

Please join us in congratulating PhD student, Ryan Booth, on his invitation to speak at Gonzaga University. The event, “’They Are Always at the Front:’ Native American Soldiers in the Great War,” will be held in Wolff Auditorium at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Ryan’s research focuses on Native American military scouts and military service from the mid-nineteenth century through World War I.

Above is a photo that Ryan has included with the presentation of his research; image credit to the Mather’s Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University.

PhD candidate, Greg Atkins’ entry published by ABC-CLIO

ABC-CLIO published Atkins’ entry on Josiah Strong in their encyclopedia, Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era.  The entire article can be read here.  Congratulations, Greg!

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson edited the two-volume encyclopedia and took his PhD from WSU.

Reforming America presents a detailed look at the individuals, themes, and moments that shaped this important Progressive Era in American history, this valuable reference spans 25 years of reform and provides multidisciplinary insights into the period.”




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