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Written by Karen L. Bystrom

John C. Bean, PhD, Emeritus Professor of English, and June Johnson, Associate Professor of English, recently provided a two-month series of Zoom consultations to a team of five professors from Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT), Uzbekistan. The team’s goal was to create a new undergraduate course focused on sustainable development in Uzbekistan using American teaching strategies to foster critical thinking and argumentation. Using the principles of retrograde design, the faculty team will adopt instructional strategies modeled in Johnson’s textbook “Global Issues/Local Arguments” and in “Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom” by Bean. The request for these consultation sessions came from Uzbekistani Professor Zilola Ijobat, a 2019 participant in Seattle University’s United States Institute Study, funded by the U.S. Department of State and co-directed by Dr. Charles Tung (English) and Ken Allan (Art History). Prof. Ijobat’s initial request was for Bean or Johnson to spend a month in Uzbekistan leading workshops on curriculum-wide writing, active learning pedagogy and lesson design. Due to Covid, Prof. Ijobat’s application was put on hold until 2022 when, under the guidance of Dr. Tung, it was redesigned as a consultation aid for the design of the new course. Simultaneously, Bean’s co-author for the 3rd edition of “Engaging Ideas” (Dan Melzer of UC Davis) offered six 50-minute digital writing workshops in the curriculum for a larger group of faculty at WIUT.

Andrew G. BjellandPhD, professor emeritus of philosophy, published an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune, “Show tolerance for the religious orientation of corporate America.”

Kathryn L. Bollich-ZeiglerPhD, Assistant Professor, Psychology, interviewed Laurie Santos, host of the Happiness Lab podcast for “What Ever Happened to Happiness?” as part of the Crosscut Festival.

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Associate Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, published a chapter on “LGBTQ Philanthropy” in “Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 5th Ed.” It is the leading publication of its kind for teaching the theory and practice of fundraising and is the second time she has written this chapter for the manual.

Therese EarenfightPhD, professor of history and director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, appeared on the “Talking Tudors” podcast, discussing her book, “Catherine of Aragon: Infanta of Spain, Queen from England”.

Christie EplerPhD, LMFT, Program Director and Professor, Couples and Family Therapy, has been named co-editor of Springer’s “Stepping into Socially-Just Teaching: Lived Experiences of Family Therapy Educators,” forthcoming (2023).

Rob Efirdprofessor of anthropology and Asian studies, gave an invited talk April 15 at Willamette University titled “Nature to Nurture: Nature Education and Urban Chinese Childrearing.”

Maureen Emerson Feit, PhD, Director and Adjunct Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, has published “The Dissonance of ‘Doing Good:’ Fostering Critical Pedagogy to Challenge the Selective Tradition of Nonprofit Management Education.” Learn more here.

Gabriella Gutierrez and MuhsPhD, Professor, Modern Languages ​​and Gender and Women’s Sexuality Studies, has published a chapter in Cambridge Scholars Publishing’s “The Many Voices of the Los Angeles Novel”.

Haejeong Hazel Hahn, PhD, professor of history and affiliated with women’s studies, gender and sexuality, Asian studies and film studies, published “Feminism and Empire” in The Routledge Global History of Feminism, edited by Bonnie Smith and Nova Robinson , Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge, 2022.

Jacqueline HelfgotPhD, professor of criminal justice, criminology and forensic pathology and director of the Center for Research on Crime and Justice, co-author of “Measurement of Potential Over- and Under-policing in Communities” with Loren T. AtherleyMACJ and Faculty Members of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Forensics Matthew J. Hickmandoctorate and William S. Parkin, PhD, published in “Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Loren Atherley, the lead author, is also director of performance analysis and research at the Seattle Police Department and a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology.

Other reports include:

She was interviewed on KING 5 News for “Victims say Seattle-based charity bail group should stop bailing those charged with violent crimes.”

She is also featured in “Crime is up in Seattle.” So why are city dwellers less afraid? in the Seattle Times.

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Associate Clinical Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, contributed to the analysis and writing of “Análisis de contexto migratorio – Primer semester of 2021”, a report produced by the Investigativo-Teórica Dimensión of and for the Red Jesuita Con Migrantes Centroamérica-Norteamérica. The report was published on October 6, 2021 and is available here.

Alexandre Mouton, MFA, President and Associate Professor, Art, Art History and Design, attended the CODEX VIII International Art Book Fair & Symposium in Berkeley, CA. Her artist’s book, “Reconfigured Families” (2020) was purchased for the Rhode Island School of Design Fleet Library. A second artist’s book, “To A Place of Time, Held Within Four Walls” (2022) was purchased for Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Reconfigured families follows the experience of a 21st century family, sometimes called the “postmodern family” or even the “brave new family,” using my family as a case study. The sequence of images was made over the six-year period 2009-2015. During this time, I also discovered other parent/child configurations that cross geographies to juggle career and family, moving between Seattle and Hong Kong; Berlin and Bonn; Columbus, Ohio and Melbourne, Australia; Los Angeles and London; and Boston and Berkeley, California, to name a few configurations.

To a place of time, held between four walls is a limited edition set of thirteen different photo books, each exploring the unique possibilities of combining and juxtaposing images and text according to its particular structure. How might new historical perspectives on the synergy between Hitler and Stalin’s terror resonate in the contemporary moment? My personal experience of loss led me in 2016 to seek a deeper understanding of this story through direct experience of selected locations in Eastern Europe. As I photographed places of massacres such as the Bikernieku Forest outside Riga, Latvia, and the Ponary Woods south of Vilnius, Lithuania, I was struck by how the Soviet overlap and Nazi continued into the physical surroundings. It was as if in the Bloody Lands between Berlin and Moscow where millions had been killed, blocks of socialist buildings were sprouting up like mushroom circles to support the utopian vision of a new “socialist man”. Yet this vision, itself fifty years old, is an ideological ruin in the flesh of the built environment. And new nationalisms are on the march. Indeed, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 and the attack on the US Capitol in 2021, this question is more relevant than ever.

Carmen RiveraMA, Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensics, was featured in 425 magazine’s “The List”.

Nova RobinsonPhD, Associate Professor, International Studies and History, has published a volume she co-edited, “The Routledge Global History of Feminism”, edited by Bonnie Smith and Nova Robinson, Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge, 2022.

James SawyerPhD, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Public Service, published “Are LDS ‘True Believers’ more susceptible to fall for conspiracy theories? an editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune.

TomTaylor, PhD, acting president and associate professor of history, and affiliated with international studies, is publishing a new book in June, “Modern Travel in World History,” (New York: Routledge, 2022). It is part of their “World History Themes” series. This book focuses both on the evolving nature of travel, from the land and sea routes of the 1500s to the dominance of planes and cars in the modern world, and on the important stories of travelers themselves. Adopting a global perspective, the text places the journey within broader geopolitical, social, religious and cultural developments throughout history. It emphasizes not only the role of technological innovation in the way people travel, but also how these changes affect social structures and cultural values. Tom Taylor explores the travels of well-known travelers as well as everyday people, each with different perspectives through the lens of gender, social class and cultural background, and examines how fictional travelers define the importance of travel in the world. modern world. Why people took the trips they did, what they experienced, who they met and how they understood these cross-cultural encounters are important not only for understanding the travelers themselves, but also the world they lived in and the world their travels created. Several maps help illustrate important routes and destinations.

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Professor and Director, Film Studies, presented an invited talk, “The Gates of Perception: Color, Surrealism, and Disney Animation,” March 12, 2022 at the Third International Symposium on Color, Science, and Animation. ‘art, The International Research Center for Color, Science and Art, Tokyo Polytechnic University (TPU), Japan. She also reviewed Deborah Walker-Morrison’s book, “Classic French Noir: Gender and the Cinema of Fatal Desire”, in Projections, 16.2 (August 2022).

Charles M. Tung, PhD, Professor and Chair, English, presented the conference paper, “Modernist Clockwork and the Rescaling of Historical Possibility,” at the Modernist Studies Association Digital Conference, April 6, 2022. The paper was part of three panels on modernism and technology with contributors to the forthcoming volume, Edinburgh’s Companion to Modernism and Technology.

Zachary D. Wood, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed for “‘Another Tool for the Toolkit’: Can the Social Housing Initiative Help Make Seattle More Affordable?” on Dave Ross’ KIRO News Radio podcast. Read it here or listen to it here.


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