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It was the evening before the Fourth of July in the last year of his tumultuous presidency, and I sat in front of my television transfixed and horrified as Donald Trump delivered a speech at Mount Rushmore, ostensibly a celebration of American independence but in fact a call for resistance.…

National conservative media is again targeting Bellingham Public Schools over its efforts to foster equity, diversity and inclusion in its teaching — this time over a proposed drag show at Whatcom Middle School.

But so far, school staff and officials aren’t seeing the same kind of…

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second week, Bellingham-area residents are standing in solidarity with people of Slavic descent by demonstrating for peace, and scholars are helping make sense of the war.

To help Whatcom County residents understand the roots of the conflict…

Western will host the third annual Latin American Studies Forum Thursday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event will kick off with a virtual Latinx Linguistic Special Session from 10-11:30 a.m., titled "Landscaping the Linguistic of University Campuses as a Culturally Sustaining…

Western Washington University Associate Professor of History Jared Hardesty’s newest book, “Mutiny on the Rising Sun: A Tragic Tale of Slavery, Smuggling, and Chocolate,” published by NYU Press last October, tells the story of one ship, its crew of smugglers, and the mutiny that overtook the…

The image of Northern cities like Boston as centers of abolitionist activity has overshadowed the history of their role in slavery,” said Jared Hardesty, an associate history professor at Western Washington University and…

Dr. Johann Neem, a history professor at Western Washington University and author of What’s the Point of College? Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform, stressed the importance of understanding the history of standardized testing versus its controversial reality today.…

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered business as usual for colleges and universities. With campuses shifting to remote learning, students, instructors, staff, and administrators were made to grapple with a set of new challenges. Western Today recently talked with WWU Professor of History…

Western history student Hannah Swartos of Anacortes was awarded the Harry Fritz Best Paper Prize on June 2 at the 2021 Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference for her work, entitled "Out of the Way:” Property and the Subversive Construction of Space by Enslaved People in the…

Story on William Holmes McGuffey quotes Johann Neem, chair of Western's History Department.

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