Seventy years ago, the U.S. military evacuated two small communities in southeast Washington and created a place called Hanford. The historic moments that happened there since can get lost in all the news the nuclear cleanup is creating today. Now, a major effort is underway to preserve the voices of Hanford’s past.
Bob Bauman, professor of history at WSU Tri-Cities, is recording memories of the area through the Hanford Oral History Project.
From the grassy knoll in Dallas to the wheat-covered hills of the Palouse, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 remains a whodunit that stumps the old and young alike.
Or maybe not.
Though Kennedy’s shooting is one of the “greatest mysteries of all times,” according to students in history instructor Scott Stratton’s course “50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination,” it’s not such a mystery after all.
Pamela Thoma, associate professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, published a new book exploring the conditions of cultural and political belonging for Asian American women depicted in popular fiction.
Asian American Women’s Popular Literature; Feminizing Genres and Neoliberal Belonging examines the ways Asian American female writers address various family and financial pressures on women to reconcile the demands of work, motherhood, and consumer culture.
“Where Did that Come From? Musical Composition and the Creative Process” will be discussed in a free, public presentation by Regents Professor Gregory W. Yasinitsky at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the Honors Hall lounge, WSU Pullman. Part of the Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series, Yasinitsky will premiere one of his compositions to illustrate his topic.
Through demonstrations with fellow WSU musicians, he will answer a wide variety of questions: What goes into creation of a piece of music? How much is intellectual and how much intuitive? How may basic building blocks of music (rhythm, melody and harmony) be assembled and reassembled to create new musical structures? What are the characteristics of spontaneous composition and improvisation? What are the roles of the performers and audience?
Tahira Probst, professor of psychology and interim assistant vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, WSU Vancouver, discusses employee evaluation methods, including the controversial practice of “stack ranking,” which Microsoft recently announced it will discontinue.