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A portrait of the woman

Jacqueline Wilson.When Jacqueline Wilson took the stage at New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art earlier this month, she and 12 other Native women musicians performed original scores written specifically for each of them by the first Indigenous Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Raven Chacon.

“It is by far the most special thing I’ve ever » More …

Successful recording in the COVID era

Chris Dickey.At the onset of the pandemic, performers around the world had to come to terms with what safe music making would look like for the foreseeable future. Many instrumentalists hoping to perform had to play solo or utilize music with electronics to accompany them.

“When I think of performing, I immediately envision playing with other musicians in the same space. » More …

Award honors Peabody’s groundbreaking historical work

Sue Peabody.The French Colonial Historical Society has established a new prize in honor of Sue Peabody, Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at WSU Vancouver.

Peabody is considered a major scholar of race and the law in the Atlantic world, and her books have helped transform the field of French colonial history. Her most recent book, “Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in » More …

International scholars join Electronic Literature Lab

Electronic Literature Lab.Two internationally renowned scholars will spend the 2020-21 academic year at WSU Vancouver as research affiliates in the Electronic Literature Lab (ELL).

One of only a handful of media archaeology labs in the United States, the ELL is used for advanced inquiry into the curation, documentation, preservation and production of born-digital literary works and other media.

The two will collaborate with ELL director and WSU professor Dene Grigar on projects such as » More …

Using photography to help combat racial, social injustice

Protesters march in a BLM demonstration.Sharing the complete picture of humanity, especially the hard topics, so that one day she can affect positive change.

That’s the reason photographer and WSU Tri-Cities alumna Madison Rosenbaum first picked up a camera. Shedding light on difficult social issues and providing a voice for the unheard is also what led her to document local protests following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. » More …

Research opens a new approach to mental illness

Silhouette of someone on a bench with hands held to head.Some of the most common mental disorders, including depression, anxiety and PTSD, might not be disorders at all, according to a recent paper by WSU biological anthropologists.

The researchers propose a new approach to mental illness that would be informed by human evolution, noting that modern psychology, and in particular its use of drugs like antidepressants, has largely failed to reduce the prevalence of mental disorders. For example, the global prevalence of » More …

International acclaim for music faculty

five musicians stand near piano The Pan Pacific Ensemble’s debut album has been listed as one of the top 10 classical recordings of 2019 by The Daffodil Perspective.

“Feng” was initially funded by a WSU New Faculty Seed Grant and  recorded in the WSU Recording Studio.

Ensemble members include four WSU School of Music faculty: » More …

Searching for La Belle Dame

Joan Grenier-Winther.Where in the world had the Clumber Park Chartier disappeared to? Joan Grenier-Winther, a Marianna M. and Donald S. Matteson Distinguished Professor of Foreign Languages at WSU Vancouver, really needed to examine the fifteenth-century collection of poems by Alain Chartier and others.

After all, her critical edition and translation of an unusual poem of the era was about to be published, and the Clumber Park manuscript had a version she hadn’t yet seen. » More …

Innovative murals created for local elementary school

About 20 WSU students along with faculty project leaders and Kamiak Elementary principal Evan Hecker stand in front of 2 murals depicting the molecular vision of thermochromatic pigment.Imagine a large, outdoor painting that changes colors when warmed by the sun or by the touch of a child’s hand and shifts hues again in cool rain and winter’s chill.

Two such temperature-sensitive paintings are among four vibrant murals created this fall at Kamiak Elementary School in Pullman through a unique collaboration between WSU artists and chemists. » More …

WSU tuba professor releases third solo album

Chris Dickey holding a tubaWSU tuba professor Chris Dickey recently released his third solo album, titled “Inventions,” under the Emeritus Recordings label. The album was recorded in the WSU Recording Studio by recording engineer David Bjur. Karen Savage, Sarah Miller, and Martin King joined Dickey for the project.

“Inventions” represents Dickey’s ongoing commitment to inclusive programming in art music. The album demonstrates » More …