The year is 2019, the place is the United States, and a black man walks into a foundry wanting to cast some bronze grenades.
This is how the American artist Ed Bereal, 82, recaps preparing for his first retrospective at the Whatcom Museum here.
Creating new work for his politically charged exhibition “WANTED: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace” raised some eyebrows in this predominantly white coastal city 20 miles from Canada.
There was the foundry, Mr. Bereal said, where the staff was hesitant to serve him until a friend who happened to come in vouched for Mr. Bereal’s artistic intentions. And that was before Mr. Bereal had explained that the grenades would stand in as testicles in an installation about the apocalypse.
Ms. Leach said that Mr. Bereal is well known outside of Bellingham — perhaps most so for when he was living and working in Los Angeles, a time that included his assemblage pieces using bones, pipes and Nazi imagery; the 1961 exhibition “War Babies”; and the radical activist performance troupe the Bodacious Buggerilla, which performed in places that included laundromats and Richard Pryor concerts.
In Bellingham, however, people primarily know him as a retired Western Washington University art professor. In 1993, Mr. Bereal and his wife, the artist Barbara Sternberger, moved to Bellingham. They live on a farm with an art studio in Whatcom County.
But exactly how orcas go about foraging for their dwindling food source has long been a mystery. Without fully appreciating what enables them to hunt effectively, scientists say we may miss opportunities for effective solutions.
“By missing the complete picture, we fail to make important connections that can have huge implications for conservation,” says Dr. Jennifer Tennessen, a postdoctoral scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northwest Fisheries Science Center and a research associate in the Western Washington University Biology Department.
Column by Yeon Jung Yu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Western Washington University
Despite a Canadian dollar that’s remained weak for several years, a new report shows shoppers from British Columbia continue to play an important role in Whatcom’s retail sector.
Last month Western Washington University students working for the Border Policy Research Institute dropped by the retail parking lots in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties, checking to see what percentage of the vehicle license plates were Canadian.
The height of this snow cap has been decreasing and, as a result, the net altitude of Everest is changing, said environmental scientist John All of Western Washington University.
Newcomers who step foot onto Western Washington University’s (WWU) brick-lined campus for the first time often agree that it’s unlike any other university in the state. Located in Bellingham, Washington, WWU is within walking distance of 180 acres of forest and more than 500 downtown businesses. The university’s mid-sized campus is positioned between Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington and is a hub for outdoorsy-types due to its proximity to Mt. Baker and the Puget Sound.
There is a 700 acre stand of old growth forest sequestered in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains about 25 miles east of Bellingham WA, and about 10 miles west of Mt. Baker at the edge of the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest. I had long wanted to see and experience this ancient forest as it is one of the two largest such stands in the Pacific Northwest - the other being Grove of the Patriarchs in the Mt. Rainier National Park. Around here old growth forest is revered as an endangered vestige of our natural world as it once was in the same way that other revered PNW icons, the Orca and the salmon are endangered. And maybe for that reason, it is a good thing that this forest is not readily accessible to the public.
This “Canyon Lake Community Forest” is now co-owned and managed as a preserve by the Whatcom County Parks Department for the preservation and recreational maintenance and by Western Washington University which provides educational and research input to the forest. As noted above, the Whatcom Land Trust which initially orchestrated the purchase holds a conservation easement on the property to assist in maintaining its educational value and future preservation.
Sulawesi’s biodiversity was little known then, and the notion that the tarsier from the Togean Islands might be a new species spurred a series of studies that looked at everything from the tarsier’s vocalizations to its DNA sequence.
Finally, in a study published this year in the annual journal Primate Conservation, that initial discovery by Nietsch and Niemitz a quarter of a century ago has been officially confirmed as a new species: Niemitz’s tarsier (Tarsius niemitzi), named in honor of the man “universally regarded as the father of tarsier field biology,” the study says.
“The biodiversity of Sulawesi is much like the biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Darwin’s work,” Myron Shekelle, a professor of anthropology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, and the lead author of the paper describing the new species, told Mongabay in an email.
In the coming weeks, Suzanne Baker will transition from the admissions and community outreach coordinator to her new role at Western Washington University as the curriculum and records manager.
At the same time, she will be wrapping up her doctorate in educational leadership from Northeastern University.
“I have always like education,” Baker said. “I was the first in my immediate family to earn a doctorate which is pretty exciting.”
You can always find something inspiring at Western Washington University. The public is welcome to catch unique student performances and big names you can’t see often. Student concerts are frequent and free, and WWU’s concert series draws professional musicians from around the world.