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Worldwide Attention for e-book on Mali

Chilson book on MaliMonths of onsite investigative journalism by English professor Peter Chilson into al-Qaeda’s takeover of northern Mali last spring have put him in high demand with the national and international media.

“Peter Chilson’s work in Mali is some of the finest crisis reporting we’ve seen in a long time,” said Tom Hundley, senior editor, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. “Peter’s graceful writing, his deep knowledge of the subject, his gift for storytelling and willingness to go to where the real story was unfolding – all of this has made for a very rewarding piece of journalism…that will inevitably inform policy discussions on the future of Mali.”

In his e-book, Chilson recounts how the Tuareg nationalist campaign, mounted with support from al Qaeda-affiliated jihadist groups…

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Leonard to give keynote at 2013 MLK Distinguished Service Awards

David Leonard, associate professor and chair of the college’s Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, will give the keynote speech at the University’s 2013 MLK Distinguished Service Awards ceremony on January 24.

“Dr. King’s Dream, Body Politics and the Continual War on Women of Color” will examine links between Martin Luther King’s legacy, the life of Henrietta Lacks (portrayed in this year’s Common Reading book), the historical experience of African-American women, and social justice.

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Learning from the best

Students in a new music survey course are getting front-row seats to video performances by top WSU faculty.

“I think we have recorded faculty or students from every area, and these include jazz, traditional instrumental works, percussion ensemble and opera scenes – which are quite theatrical,” said Keri McCarthy, an internationally known oboist, master-class teacher, Fulbright scholar, and professor for the new online course.  Read the full story story →