History/political science major Madeleine Hunter led her College of Arts & Sciences Global Case Competition team to first place. Advised by history department faculty member Dr. Ken Faunce, the team looked at the growing number of Americans incarcerated because of debt. As a result of winning this competition, Madeleine, her teammates, and Dr. Faunce will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, in November to present their findings on America’s debtors prisons to a group of United Nations dignitaries.
Events and News
For years, Clinton has acknowledged her deep and abiding Christian faith. But she has been reluctant to go public with it. When asked about her convictions, she rarely says the word “Jesus.”
Op-ed by Matthew Avery Sutton, Edward R. Meyer distinguished professor of history at WSU
The WSU history department had a huge presence at the 55th Annual Conference of the Western History Association, held in Portland, Ore., in October. In addition to major financial support coming from the department, the Columbia Chair, and the Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Fund (in cooperation with the Clark County Historical Society), Prof. Peter Boag served with Katy Barber (WSU PhD, 1999) as co-chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC).
Professor Steve Fountain collaborated with the Clark County Historical Museum, the National Park Service (NPS), the Portland Art Museum, and Portland State University to bring a series of public programs to WSU Vancouver in connection to the One November Morning art exhibit by Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of the survivors of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre.
Vancouver Professor Laurie Mercier helps commemorate Voting Rights and Immigration Act anniversaries
During fall semester 2015, Professor Laurie Mercier organized a series of public events to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of the 1965 Voting Rights and Immigration acts. Held on the WSU Vancouver campus, the series “Race, Immigration, and Citizenship” featured discussions with actors, filmmakers, and playwrights.
Vancouver Professor Candice Goucher helps organize Environmental and Climate Justice Symposium
Professor Candice Goucher, co-director of the Collective for Social & Environmental Justice (CSEJ), helped organize and host a conference on April 8 at WSUV, “Environmental and Climate Justice Practices,” featuring Gail Small (Northern Cheyenne), professor of Native American Studies at Montana State University, and other speakers. As Goucher noted in her summary comments at the end of the conference, history is important for not only understanding peoples’ connections to the land and how we arrived in the environmental present, but it informs our reckoning with paths forward.
WSU Tri-Cities (in Richland) will host a conference March 17–19, 2017: “Legacies of the Manhattan Project at 75 Years.” A Call for Papers has been issued with the abstract deadline of September 1, 2016.