Skip to main content Skip to navigation
CAS in the Media Arts and Sciences Media Headlines

WSU International Gender Policy Expert to Speak at UN Event

New research by Washington State University political scientists indicates governments worldwide are making progress to promote women’s empowerment through policies and mechanisms intended to advance gender equality.

Amy Mazur.
Mazur

“Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women have been established by governments in nearly every country around the world,” said WSU Professor Amy Mazur, an international expert in gender equality policy. “They apply diverse strategies, but all with the same goal: to further promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through government action.”

Mazur will present findings from her recent large-scale study of institutional mechanisms in dozens of countries across North America, Europe and the former Soviet Union during a side session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on March 17. Institutional mechanisms, often referred to as IMs, are agencies or governmental bodies formally established by statute or decree and charged with furthering women’s status and rights or promoting sex-based equality.

Season Hoard.
Hoard

Begun in fall 2021, the study was sponsored by the Organization of Security and Cooperation of Europe (OSCE) Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and based on a survey of the 56 member states of the OSCE. Mazur designed and administered the survey with assistance from Season Hoard, a WSU associate professor in political science.

Find out more

Daily Fly
WSU Insider

Putin and Doomsday: The Far Right’s Fascination With the Apocalypse

As the Russian military amassed on the Ukrainian border, various voices on the American right rushed to commend or excuse Vladimir Putin, the architect of the coming invasion. Their main motive seemed obvious: to appeal to Trump’s base by projecting onto Putin precisely what appealed to Trump himself—the image of the world leader as super-tough hombre.

Matthew Avery Sutton.
Sutton

Rapture. End Times. World War III. Such prophesies—including those that bring Russia into the mix—are nothing new. In certain American strands of apocalyptic thought, adherents have long put a Russian spin on the end of the world. Matthew Avery Sutton, the author of American Apocalypse, reflected in 2015 (in the aftermath of Putin’s takeover of Crimea) that as long ago as the 19th century, preacher John Nelson Darby fingered Russia as the West’s possible antagonist in a face-off between Christ and the Antichrist. Rumors of Russia’s potential role in the end of days surfaced again 100 years ago (during the country’s revolutionary transition to Communism); during the atomic- and nuclear-weapons race of the mid-1900s; and, closer to our day, during periods of conflict in the Middle East.

Find out more

Vanity Fair

‘It’s not impossible’: Yakima Valley College scholarships help ‘Dreamers’ pay for books

Yakima Valley College is offering scholarships to help pay for books and fees for students who may be ineligible for other financial assistance due to their citizenship status.

YVC graduate and Beyond Dreaming Scholarship recipient Xochilt Lopez said prior to receiving financial assistance, she had anxiety surrounding purchasing expensive textbooks — some priced at $300 each.

Lopez is also taking online courses at Washington State University Global Campus to get a bachelor’s degree in political science to help her better advocate for legislative reforms to improve educational opportunities for students.

Find out more

YakTriNews

 

2022 Showcase award winners announced

The Office of the Provost has announced the names of faculty and staff to receive this year’s top honors for scholarship, teaching, service, and community engagement.

Keri McCarthy, professor in the School of Music, will deliver this year’s Distinguished Faculty Address on Monday, March 21, in recognition of her scholarly achievements. McCarthy has built global awareness of music from Asia and the United States. She has earned international acclaim as a chamber musician, soloist, teacher, and clinician.

Distinguished Faculty Award

  • Keri McCarthy.
    McCarthy

    KERI MCCARTHY
    School of Music
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Career-Track Faculty

  • Ken Faunce.
    Faunce

    KEN FAUNCE  
    Department of History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award – Instruction

  • Jesse Spohnholz.
    Spohnholz

    JESSE SPOHNHOLZ  
    Department of History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    WSU Pullman

Find out more

WSU Insider

Russia’s war on Ukraine has some Christians wondering: Is this the end of the world?

The war in Ukraine has reignited beliefs among some conservative evangelicals that Russia could help fulfill biblical prophecies about the end of the world.

Matthew Avery Sutton.
Sutton

For many White evangelicals, Russia is part of that narrative, said Matthew Avery Sutton, a Washington State University history professor and author of “American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism.”

“The apocalyptic obsession ebbs and flows in moments of crisis,” Sutton said. “We’re at another moment where prophecy is invoked to make sense of current events.”

Find out more

The Washington Post