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In the mid-19th century, al-Hajj Umar Taal launched a jihad in West Africa that forever altered the course of the region's history. Taal was a Tukulóor Fulani who was born in Alwaar, Senegal in 1794 (or 1795). After taking the hajj to Mecca, he returned to West Africa and established Tijaniyya Sufism throughout the region. Taal's jihad was directed against non-Muslim "heathen," especially the Bambara. It was also undertaken in opposition to French colonialism.

Geology's Liz Schermer has published "U-Pb and Hf isotopic evidence for an Arctic origin of terranes in northwestern Washington" in the scientific journal Geosphere.

In her research, Schermer and her colleagues (including several WWU undergrads and graduate students) have found that rocks in the Yellow Aster Meadows complex in the North Cascades has rocks that originated in Greenland. For more information on her research, the paper is available online here:

Washington Leadership Institute, a collaboration between the UW School of Law and the Washington State Bar Association  is pleased to announce the 2018 class of Fellows. Selected from a large pool of qualified applicants, the class reflects the wealth of diversity and talent from communities across the state. The WSBA Leadership Institute welcomes  to the 2018 class of  Fellows:

Keith Russell's recent work was published in the journal Child & Youth Care Forum. 

Click here for a link to A Pilot Study Examining Outcomes Associated with the Implementation of Progress Monitoring at a Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program for Adolescents

Russell is a professor of recreation in the Health and Human Development Department. 

John All, director of Western's Mountain Environments Research Institute, is scheduled to speak Jan. 29, 2018, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on "Studying Climate Change on Mt. Everest - Integrated Mountain Environment Research Systems in Peru and Nepal." 

The talk is part of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Climate Sciences Department's "Climate Conversations" lunchtime lecture series. 

Hope Corbin, an associate professor of health and community studies at Woodring College of Education, recently curated a virtual issue of Health Promotion International to highlight work published in the journal on partnership and intersectoral action. 

Corbin also wrote the introduction and one of the articles. All the articles are available for free at https://academic.oup.com/heapro/pages/partnership_and_inter-sectoral_action

Norway's University of Bergen Alumni Network recently profiled Hope Corbin, associate professor of health and community studies, who earned a master's and doctoral degree in Norway.

Corbin is spending the year at her alma mater, working with the Refugee Resilience Network and studying the experiences of young adults had who migrated to Norway at a young age. 

Click here to read the story. 

Daniel Larner (Fairhaven, emeritus) has published a review of The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, by Gary Day (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016). The review appears in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Fall, 2017), 136-138.

John All, director of Western's Mountain Environments Research Institute, will present "Climate Change and Civil War on the Mount Everest Massif" on Nov. 18 at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. The event is co-sponsored by the Explorers Club and the Circumnavigators Club. For more info, see:

http://www.explorersclubdc.org/event/ecwg-dinner-john-all-climate-change-and-civil-war-on-the-mt-everest-massif/

 

 

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