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Humanities Lecture Links (2020-21)

All times given are Pacific Time

Cambrdige Seminar in the History of Cartography (held via Zoom)
Speaker: Julian Candiah (Kuala Lumpur and Cambridge)
Lecture: The Straits of Malacca: A Cartographic Journey using Nautical Sea Charts
Date and time: Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 5:30pm

For details on how to join the talk, please send an email to

Lecture:  "Virgin Mothers and Hell-Bent Sons: Daoist Rituals for Delivering Mothers from Blood Lake Hell"
Speaker:  Jessey Choo (Cultural History of Medieval China; Rutgers University–New Brunswick)
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 
For online participation, please register anytime at

Rice University Chao Center’s Transnational Asia speaker series.
Speaker: Dr. Tansen Sen of NYU Shanghai.
Lecture: “The Buddhist Cosmopolis: Connectivity, Diversity, and Materiality in the Buddhist World(s)”
Date and Time: November 5, 7pm (CST; 5 pm PST)
Please pre-register here:

More lectures and links can be found on the Student Resource page.


Department News


***Starting Fall 2019:  Department of Global Humanities and Religions***

December 14, 2018

New Global Learning Program to India!

The Liberal Studies department is pleased to announce a new Humanities-focused Global Learning Program that takes students to India for five weeks in the Summer of 2019. Please see the posters and the following link for further details:

Summer programs are now Pell-grant eligible! 

Contact Dr. Slouber for information on scholarships and for any further details.


July 16, 2018

Liberal Studies Arabic and Islamic Studies minor Zoe Buchli has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad for fall 2018 academic quarter.


November 4, 2016

Liberal Studies alum wins two Emmys for work on Portlandia




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Faculty News

July 10, 2017

Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies Kimberly Lynn, along with Johns Hopkins University Assistant Professor Erin Kathleen Rowe, has published “The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Approaches” with Cambridge University Press.

January 3, 2017

Professor Katie Brian has a new article out in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, entitled "The Weight of Perhaps Ten or a Dozen Human Lives": Suicide, Accountability, and the Life-Saving Technologies of the Asylum.

Former Students & Alumni

Rhianon Everwood - 2020 (2019-20 Leadership Team)
Rhianon Everwood (fall 2020), began her first year in a master's program in Library Science at the Information School, University of Washington.  
Adelyn Westerholm - 2018
Adelyn Westerholm is currently an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) on the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program in Hokkaido.  She is in her third year of the program.
Alexander Kelly - 2010
I graduated from the department in 2010, and after spending six years as an editor and columnist at Truthdig, a progressive news and opinion website, I began work March 2017 as Director of Policy Development in the office of Frank Skartados, Assemblyman for New York's 104th District. There, I'll employ the critical reading skills I developed with the help of my devoted professors, of whom I remain fond and grateful.
Summer Satushek
Post-Bac student Summer Satushek presented preliminary findings from her research on Islam in America at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) which took place at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington on May 14th 2011. She presented a paper entitled "Endeavors towards Unity in a Frontier Muslim Community" which explored the intersection of religious and communal dynamics in a small town in northwest Washington.

Summer was also awarded 1st prize in the Undergraduate Student Paper Competition for "Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd's Quest for Justice in the Qur'an," a paper written for the seminar ‘Renewal and Reform in the Islamic World since the 18th Century’ (LBRL 478) offered by the department.

Chris Crowe
Congratulations to Chris Crowe, double major in Humanities—History of Culture and Business.  Chris received a US State Department Critical language Scholarship, and spent this summer on the island of Java studying Indonesian.  Last spring he was selected as runner up for the Paul Woodring Scholarship from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and arrived back this fall to learn the very good news that he will receive two quarters of support in 2010-2011 from this scholarship.  Here is the description from his letter of application about how he discovered the Liberal Studies department:

"I eventually decided to go back to school to study international business, and that was that… until I stepped into the student bookstore. Within minutes I found myself on the other side of the store from the business section, surrounded by what was possibly the most enticing array of texts I had ever seen in such a small space. There was literature, philosophy, and history, from the ancient world to the post-modern, all right there to touch and smell and read. The sign above the aisle read ‘Liberal Studies.’ Again my curiosity won the day, and I soon registered as a double major. It was much later that I learned that this particular double major is one of a handful of ideal combinations to undertake in preparation for what has become my intended career.  After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in the US Foreign Service as a political officer, combining my love of international adventure with the fulfillment of service to a cause greater than myself."

Alex Kelly and Chris Crowe
Alex Kelly and Chris Crow traveled to Copenhagen to report on the Climate Summit. 
Grete Martinson
Grete Martinson, who graduated in 2008, spent some of the summer hiking in California on the Pacific Crest Trail. 
Sharde Mills
Shardé Mills, Selected Outstanding Graduate and University Presidential Scholar for 2008-2009.
Chad Robertson
Chad Robertson Screened his Film - "Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye - Knowledge is that which Liberates" - at WWU on 10/21/09.