History

Carla Peperzak’s story and honors have one goal: never again

Carla Olman Peperzak has told her story of helping Jews during World War II many times. She’s been honored for her heroism, including receiving an honorary doctoral degree from Washington State University that will be conferred at commencement in May. On this cold February day, however, she has something else on her mind. “Germany before the war […]

Carla Peperzak.

Cross-campus graduate course addresses infrastructural racism in east Pasco

A new cross-campus course between Washington State University Pullman and WSU Tri-Cities is enabling history and architecture graduate students to bring rarely told stories about east Pasco’s racial history to life. The spring 2024 course “Issues in Architecture” (Architecture 542) examines infrastructural racism by studying how the built environment shapes communities in relationship with discrimination. […]

Students touring historical sites in east Pasco.

Awards honor outstanding faculty, staff, and students

Undergraduate awards Twenty-three outstanding seniors, each representing a degree program offered in the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU Pullman, will be honored at a separate medallion ceremony on Friday, May 3, the day before commencement. By College of Arts and Sciences for WSU Insider.

Group photo of College of Arts and Sciences award winners on stage.

The 2024 Seattle Experience highlights resiliency

After a successful pilot launch in 2023, the Seattle Experience, a faculty-led alternative spring break program hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, kicked off the first of a three-year donor-funded series this March. This year’s cohort brought together 12 undergraduate students from several majors across five WSU campuses. The students spent five days in […]

Seattle Experience students pose for a picture in March.

Bone defect research takes first at 3 Minute Thesis

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) 3 Minute Thesis qualifier competition took place on March 6, in which 10 PhD students challenged themselves to present a distilled thesis within three minutes and with only one slide as a visual aid. Under the pressure of time and conveying their research to a general audience and […]

2024 CAS 3MT Qualifer group shot.

Documentary film explores Richland, Washington’s complex heritage

In her award-winning documentary “Richland,” Irene Lusztig drew heavily upon the expertise of Robert Franklin, history professor at WSU Tri-Cities and assistant director and archivist for the Hanford History Project. The film, which investigates a community that created an identity, and future, on a type of “nuclear origin story,” opened at the Tribeca film festival in New York […]

A paper model of a bomb, someone putting on a radiation suit, and a statue of a young family.

Historian explores the legacy of Steptoe Battlefield

When Ryan Booth was a PhD student researching the history of the U.S.-Indian Wars in the post-Civil War period, he noticed that scholars did not pay much attention to the conflicts that occurred in the Northwest during that time. Steptoe Battlefield, some 40 miles north of Pullman, is one of those sites. Now, as a postdoctoral fellow in […]

A historical map of the Steptoe Battlefield superimposed on a roadside marker in front of the battlefield site.

WSU faculty selected to speak across state as Foley Fellows

Five Washington State University faculty have been selected to the 2024-2025 Foley Speaker Fellows for the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program. The five are among the more than 30 speakers who will be available for speaking engagements across the state, providing free public presentations on science, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions and more, in dozens of communities beginning […]

Humanities Washington logo superimposed over the view of a lake, trees, and mountain.

Students embrace historical significance in Palouse course

A multidisciplinary humanities course is taking Washington State University undergraduates out of the classroom and into the Palouse. Part of WSU’s First-Year Focus Program, the course Landscapes of the Palouse introduces undergraduate students to the importance of the region through activities that contemplate its many histories. They engage with people who live, work, and care about […]

Students observe and document their surroundings on the WSU Pullman campus.

Meet the new faculty of 2023

The breadth of scholarly interests and teaching expertise of the college’s newest faculty—from environmental humanities and many-body physics to economic globalization and the history of visual storytelling—enriches and expands the arts and sciences across the WSU system. Click “read more” to learn a little about each of these new faculty members. Arts & Humanities | […]

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