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Winter Book Series

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Date and Time

Various dates, see below for details


JFK Library


EWU Libraries and Trio McNair Scholar Program

Event Details

  • Navigating the Spanish Lake, by Dr. Edward Slack
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Noon-1 p.m.
    JFK Library
    Edward R. Slack, Jr. is Professor of History at Eastern Washington University. He earned a Ph.D in history from the University of Hawaii in 1997, and taught at Virginia Tech and Indiana State University prior to arriving at EWU in 2002. His first book, Opium, State, and Society: China's Narco-Economy and the Guomindang, 1916-1937 (2001), investigated the complex web of relations between drugs and politics during a chaotic period of Chinese history. Since 2008, Professor Slack has become widely recognized in his discipline as a pioneer in studies that focus on Asian cultural influence in colonial Mexico. He has been invited to speak about his research at Brown University, the University of Minnesota, and University of Guadalajara. Professor Slack is currently writing a manuscript that illuminates the manifold cultural exchanges taking place between China, the Phillipines and New Spain dring the era of the Manila Galleon (1571-1815).
  • Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement, by Dr. Julie Neuffer
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Noon-1 p.m.
    JFK Library
    Julie Neuffer teaches American history at Eastern Washington University. She earned her master's degree in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University, and her Ph.D in American history from Washington State University. Her research and teaching interests are in 20th century American history, women's history, and the history of American Christianity and its relationship to the nation's political landscape. She is currently working on a book about the Indian Placement Program, a program sponsored by the Mormon Church in the 1960s and 70s that took Indian children from the reservation and placed them with LDS families in order to teach them religious values and acculturate them into white society.
  • Rivers, Memory, and Nation-building, by Dr. Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Noon-1 p.m.
    JFK Library
    Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted is Professor of Government and International Affairs at Eastern Washington University. She has held senior administration positions at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Eastern Washington University, and served as Chair of the History Departments at the United Arab Emirates University and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
    Her current research examines the intersection of race, class and gender with the environment, specifically rivers. Professor Zeisler-Vralsted's research agenda includes grant writing and publications including Rivers, Memory and Nation-Building: A History of the Volga and Mississippi Rivers (Berghahn Books, 2014). "Aesthetics of the Volga and National Narratives in Russia," in a special issue "Nature and Nation in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe," Environment and History, was published in February 2014. Another article, "Water and Art," UNESCO series, Water and Civilization (Paris: International Hydrological Program) is scheduled for 2015.
    She has been invited to present on her research at the Environmental Humanities Lab at the Royal University of Armenia, United Arab Emirates Heritage Center, and the European University of St. Petersburg, among others.
  • Living with an Open Hearth, by Dr. Russel Kolts
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Noon-1 p.m.
    JFK Library
    Russell Kolts is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in EWU's psychology department. He grew up in rural Oklahoma and recieved his bachelor's degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1993 and his Ph.D from the University of Mississippi in 1999. Dr. Kolts joined the EWU faculty in 1999. His areas of specialization an research include the effects of traumatic stress across the developmental spectrum, the development and implementation of effective therapeutic treatments for mental illness, sexual assault prevention, and the analysis of therapeutic responses and suicidal behaviors to placebo and active drugs in FDA clinical trials research. 

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