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Steven Garfinkle presentation in Special Collections

Posted on: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 9:18am

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Steven GarfinkleThe Western Libraries Reading Series invited Professor Steven Garfinkle, WWU History Department, to present his new book, Entrepreneurs and Enterprise in Early Mesopotamia: a study of three archives from the Third Dynasty of Ur.  The presentation was in Special Collection's Research Room, on Tuesday, Nov. 13.  

Steven Garfinkle discussed the role played by entrepreneurs from four thousand years ago and their role in the economy at that time.  

He studied thousands of clay tablets with cuneiform writing on them to gather evidence for the book, which is available in the library's circulating collection.

Entrepeneurs and Enterprise in Early Mesopotamia

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Western Connections: Western Front Goes Digital, 110 Years of History

Posted on: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 9:54am

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Peter Smith and Marian Alexander Marian Alexander, Head of Special Collections Emeritus, and Peter Smith, Special Collections Librarian, gave a presentation about the Western Front Historical Collection at the Village Books lunch time series, Western Connections, on October 9, 2012. 

Marian began the presentation by offering a view of historical Bellingham in 1899 when the student newspaper began.  From the first issue of the Normal Messenger, she compared the newspaper text, "graceful terraces" of Sehome hill, with historical photographs that revealed a rough landscape.  Marian also described the complete process of digitization from the planning stages to the final product. 

Peter displayed search strategies and helpful tips about using the Western Front Historical Collection.  There was a brief question and answer session following the presentation. 


Posted on: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 2:00pm

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TLA Dialogue Groups

Posted on: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:38pm

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This fall quarter, the Teaching-Learning Academy at Western Washington University will work on creating their BIG Question for this 2012-13 academic year.

TLA is a central forum that engages students, faculty, staff and community members in the study of teaching and learning. Each fall quarter, the TLA develops a BIG Question focused on enhancing WWU's learning environment.

Four dialogue group options are available:

  • Wednesdays at noon - 1:20 or  2 - 3:20 p.m.
    Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28
  • Thursdays at noon - 1:20 or  2 - 3:20 p.m
    Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15 and Nov. 29.

Group dialogues are held in Wilson Library Room 270, and the average running time per session is 80 minutes.

Students can receive communication practicum credit for participating in the TLA. For more information, contact Carmen Werder at carmen.werder@wwu.edu.

Steve Raymond explores the legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown

Posted on: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 11:00am

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Steve Raymond, a life-long fly fisher and author, visited Special Collections and gave a presentation about Roderick Haig-Brown, fly fisher, author, and conservationist. 

The event attracted fly fishers from around the Northwest, who came to hear Mr. Raymond's insights into the literary works of Roderick Haig-Brown.  

Steve RaymondSteve Raymond

Before the presentation, Bruce Shepard, WWU President, presented a book about Western to Tobey Ishii-Anderson, niece of David Ishii, to honor the memory of David Ishii and his gift to Special Collections.

Steve and GuestsSteve Raymond with guests

After Steve Raymond's presentation, he answered questions about Roderick Haig-Brown and his own writing career.  Then everyone browsed the Fly Fishing Collections in the Special Collections storage area and the books exhibited in the Research Room.

Marian and Joan RaymondMarian Alexander and Joan Raymond

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