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Jan. 27-31: Humanities Week looks at scholarship, influence

Three free, public presentations will highlight Humanities Week presented by the WSU Humanities Planning Group.

Guest speakers from Duke and Michigan State universities will join WSU faculty in covering a range of topics, including:

  • “Is a Little Pollution Good for You? How the Humanities Can Contribute to Science and Policy”
  • “Four Glimpses of Scholarship in the Humanities: A Roundtable”
  • “Cosmopolitan Humanities”
  • “Empathy and Religious Diversity”

Get more details and a list of events

Exploring citizenship in Asian American women’s lit

Pamela Thoma, Critical Cultures, Gender, and Race Studies
Pamela Thoma

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.

Read more about Thoma’s book

Oct. 24: Black masculinity, gender, popular culture to be explored in free lecture

Mark Anthony Neal
Mark Anthony Neal
Race, popular culture and masculinity are the topics of a free, public presentation at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Todd Hall 276, WSU Pullman.

Speaker, author and news commentator Mark Anthony Neal will present “Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities” – also the title of his most recent book. It explores the cultural meaning and significance of Jay-Z, Luther Vandross, Barack Obama and R. Kelley.

“Mark Anthony Neal is one of the nation’s foremost experts on black masculinity, particularly as it relates to media and popular culture,” said David Leonard, professor and chair of the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, which is hosting the event. The talk will help attendees better “interpret images and identities and engage popular culture critically,” Leonard said.

Read more about the talk

NEH and WSU: Preserving Native American History

NEH and Native Americans
NEH and Native Americans

The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal, directed through the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, is among five initiatives highlighted in a new report of NEH-funded projects designed to support Native Americans and their communities. The projects preserve Native American history and serve tribal communities by engaging them through the humanities.

The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal is a gateway to cultural materials held in WSU’s Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections; the Museum of Anthropology; the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution; and other museums and archives.

Read the report at NEH Newsroom

A sense of imperiled whiteness

Richard King
Richard King

Richard King, professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, says III Citadel — a walled city which may be built this summer in northern Idaho’s Benewah County — “fits a long pattern among Patriots, neo-Nazis, sovereigns and those with antigovernment agendas to prize the Pacific Northwest as an ideal location to escape from modern America.”

Quoted in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, Dr. King said that those lured by III Citadel may be experiencing “a sense of an endangered way of life, anchored in a sense of imperiled whiteness, especially as inflected by class, gender and sexuality.”

Read more about III Citadel in the Intelligence Report >>