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Keep track of news and information about Western’s faculty and staff here. Have a news item to submit, from a professional milestone to a conference to a new publication? Send it to Western Today editor John Thompson.

Art History Professor Jimena Berzal de Dios recently published "Chthonic Restitutions: Madness and Oblivion" in SubStance, a journal of Johns Hopkins University Press.

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Global Humanities & Religions Ethan Bushelle's essay "The Green Bamboo is the Dharmakāya: Waka Poetry and the Buddhist Imagination in Heian Japan" is one of the entries in a volume of essays, "Buddhist Literature as Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy as Literature" recently published by SUNY Press. 

Western Washington University Professor of History Ricardo López-Pedreros have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship at University College London's Institute of the Americas.  While at UCL-IA, as Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, he will explore the contested histories of democracies in the Americas. In particular, he will present his recent research on the historical formation of the middle classes in Latin America.

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Modern & Classical Languages Shannon Dubenion-Smith will be awarded the Goethe-Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit on Nov.21.

Mart Stewart (history) has published an essay, "Marking the Boundaries of Contagion: Vietnam and Covid-19," in the October issue of Environmental History.  The essay is part of a collection of 20 reflections by environmental historians from around the world in this issue.

WWU Associate Professor of Global Humanities and Religions Michael Slouber was interviewed for a New Books Network podcast on his upcoming anthology 

portrait of Mart Stewart

WWU Professor of History Mart Stewart has been awarded the Inaugural James C. Giesen Teaching Excellence Award in Agricultural and Rural History by the Agricultural History Society, awarded to a nominee who has achieved distinction in the teaching of agricultural and rural history.  The colleagues and students who nominated Stewart and the Giesen Award Committee cited several features of his teaching record as distinctive. 

WWU Professor of History Ricardo López-Pedreros has won Honorable Mention for his paper," Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia," as submitted to the Alejandro Ángel Escobar Foundation awards in the category of Social and Human Sciences.

Western faculty Meg Warren (College of Business and Economics) and Samit Bordoloi (Woodring College) just published a Special Issue on COVID-19, Wellbeing, and Inequities in the International Journal of Wellbeing. See the abstract here.

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe, Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen, and Assistant Professor of Journalism Joe Gosen and their L'Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information colleagues Arwa Kooli and Rafia Somai presented their research, "After the Revolution: Tunisian Journalism Students and a News Media in Transition," on Aug. 7 at the virtual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference.