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College of Arts and Humanities

How Green Is My Valley

La Nueva Frontera

Land, water, wind, the human impact on the world, sustainability, our relationship to the earth.

2012-2013 Events & Activities

Ellensburg, WA



History 481: Dan Herman's senior thesis class will focus on environmental issues

English 102: Science students in Karen Hull's English 102 Reasoning and Research class are investigating Scientific Mysteries, including those about wind, water, earth, and fire. Spring Quarter Professor Hull's 102 research theme will be Wild Weather.

Art Exhibition:  fluidity is a site-specific installation created by Andy Behrle for the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery that explores both the cycles of nature and the temporariness of humankind’s fingerprints on the landscape.  Artist talk at 4:00 p.m. in Randall 117 and opening Reception 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on 28 March.

ENGL 468:  As they write about place in preparation for Lion Rock Visiting Writer Elizabeth Austen, Kathy Whitcomb’s English 468 (Contemporary Writers’ Colloquium) students will visit the Gladmar biological monitoring site on the Yakima River during a joint field trip with REM, Environmental Studies, and Anthropology students.

SPAN 442:  Nathalie Kasselis' Spanish Translation and Interpretation course is focusing on translating texts dealing with environmental issues in the Spanish speaking world. 

FR 380: Nathalie Kasselis' French Literature and Culture course is working with texts dealing with environmental issues in the French speaking world.

ENG 468:  Students in Katharine Whitcomb's Contemporary Writers Colloquium are joining a Gladmar (the ambient stream biological monitoring site owned by CWU--an island in the Yakima River) field trip. The trip is put on by a REM grad student and includes students from environmental studies, resource management, biology and anthro, as well as students from this colloquium. They are working on a CAH theme project about water and place, in preparation for poet Elizabeth Austen's May 21 Lion Rock appearance.


Artist Talk by Nickolus Meisel:   A talk linked to the Yakima River  Diaries Exhibition (see below).   Nickolus Meisel is Assistant Professor of sculpture and installation art in the Washington State University Department of Fine Arts. For Yakima River Diaries he will create an installation piece in collaboration with CWU Department of Art students.  9 January at 4:00 in Randall 117.
fashion STATEMENT: Native Artists Against Pebble Mine - A travelling exhibition curated by Native Alaskan fisherwoman and artist Anna Hoover.  This exhibit of wearable art highlights a rural Alaskan community's opposition to foreign mining investors attempting to build North America's largest open-pit mine at the headwaters of fragile salmon spawning grounds.  Opens 10 January at 5:00 p.m. in the Museum of Culture and Environment.
Voices of the River:  Life Along the Yakima - The Museum of Culture & Environment will explore central Washington's largest river in its newest exhibit, Voices of the River, opening 9 January.  The exhibit integrates stories about the river's natural and cultural history, and discusses how the Yakima River continues to inspire those who live along its banks.  The opening reception will be on 10 January at 5:00 p.m.
Yakima River Diaries:  A group exhibition that focuses on the Yakima River's rich cultural and natural history and the quality of life (based on the waterways and a sense of place) within the Yakima River watershed. Curated by Gregg Schlanger, Chair of the CWU Department of Art, the exhibition includes historical to contemporary artworks.  Opening reception, 10 January 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Sarah Spurgeon Gallery.  Exhibition runs from 10 January to 8 February.
Philosophy Colloquium - Contemporary Daoist Approaches to Environmental Preservation:  A presentation by Professor Jeff Dippmann, 31 January, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Black Hall, 150.
French 252: Laurie Moshier's Second-Year French class will focus on nature readings and film.
French 380: Nature is the theme for Natalie Kasselis' French Film, Literature, and Culture class.
Wind, Water, Fire: Lisa Norris in the English Department is compiling a collection of CWU students' creative works on the CAH theme. Students may submit up to three works for selection. Submission deadline is Feb.22 (details at Students will read their works at SOURCE May 16.
Lion Rock Visiting Writers Reading: Poet and outdoorsman Tom Wayman, who lives in the Selkirk Mountains of southeastern British Columbia, reads from his latest collections of poetry at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, SURC 210.
Wind Ensemble: The winter concert on Feb. 26, directed by Larry Gookin, will feature Gustav Holst's Ballet from the Perfect Fool: Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire.
Symphonic Band/Winds Concert: The winter concert directed by Mark Lane and Larry Gookin is 27 February at 7:00 p.m. and features three pieces to do with our theme:  The View from the Mountain Top by Timothy Mahr, Sol Solator by Timothy Mahr, and Give Us this Day by David Maslanka
Paperless tickets: The CWU Theatre department continues its commitment to Green by offering paperless tickets for the Central Student Ensemble presentation of  Challenger (Feb. 28 and March , 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, and 10 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre). The production explores the Challenger disaster of January 1986. Find information for paperless tickets at
Orchestra Concert:  The winter concert directed by Nik Caoile will feature Debussy's La Mer (The Sea) - Sunday 3 March at 4:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall.
Yakima River Canyon: Professor Jim Huckabay offers more discussion about the Yakima River with a lecture in the Museum of Culture and Environment on Thursday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m.


Particles on the Wall: exhibition on Hanford Nuclear Site and the Columbia River at CWU's Museum of Culture and Environment - opens 19 September and runs through 1 December;   opening reception 27 September, 6:00 to 8:00 in Dean Hall Lobby
Ode to the Wind – college-wide celebration of the wind with a Kairos Quartet Concert and Silent Auction at the Wind Farm from 4:30 to 7:00 on Saturday, 29 September.  Funds raised will support CAH student and faculty awards.  Seating limited - must rsvp to by 20 September
English 301: Students from  ENG 301 Intro to Professional Writing are doing a collaborative project with students from Lene Pedersen's ANTH 351 Visual Anthropology class in creating "Profiles from the Taylor Bridge Fire." The students are in teams of two (one from each class) and will interview people involved and affected by the fires--their final projects will be  PowerPoint presentations.  The best of these projects will compose two panels at SOURCE.

French 398:  Nature Under Study: French Grammar Through Composition and Conversation.  Nathalie Kasselis's course will focus on environmental issues in France and Francophone countries
Spanish 343: Spanish Intermediate Conversation: Nature in Perspective.  Nathalie Kasselis's course will focus on environmental issues in Spain and Latin America.
Tambien la lluvia/Even the Rain - film in our 2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series, 2 October, Dean Hall 104, 7:00 p.m.
Jeffrey Snedeker Recital: horn pieces inspired by flowers and plants, 7 October, 4:00 p.m., Recital Hall
The Milagro Beanfield War - film in our 2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series, 9 October, Dean Hall 104, 7:00 p.m.
Arid Lands: Film and Discussion:   a documentary film about the land and peoples in the Columbia River Basin near the Hanford Nuclear Site, screening 11 October in Dean Hall Room 104
La Cosecha/The Harvest - film in our 2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series, 16 October, Dean Hall 104, 7:00 p.m.
Lion Rock Visiting Writers Reading - reading by Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, 17 October, 7:30 p.m., Museum of Culture and Environment, Dean Hall  (in conjunction with Particles on the Wall Exhibition)
Cello Celebration Finale Concert - World premiere of Tom Walworth's The Elemental Beatles - a Beatles medley including Yellow Submarine (water), Penny Lane (earth), Blackbird (air), and Here Comes the Sun (fire),  20 October, 7:00 p.m., CWU Concert Hall
Wasteland - film in our 2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series, 23 October, Dean Hall 104, 7:00 p.m.
Workshop: Teaching Hanford Across the Curriculum.   1 November from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Dean Hall Lobby
The Tempest - CTE's production on 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 November at 7:30 p.m. and 18 Nov at 2:30 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium.  Use of biodegradable fabrics and pallet scenery enhanced creativity, reduced costs, and promoted sustainability!!
Lion Rock Visiting Writers Reading - reading by Montana novelist David James Duncan, 6 November, 7:30 p.m., SURC Theatre
Theatre 166: Jerry Dougherty's Theory of Play Production class is doing Pecha Kucka presentations on sustainability, 15 November
Aurora Awakes:  John Mackey's amazing composition about the coming of light, performed by CWU's Wind Ensemble, 27 November, 7:00 p.m.
Hanford Story Circle.  1 December, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m, in Dean Hall Lobby



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