CWUNewsNews! "Comfort Women" examined through film, readings and panel discussion, 28 Apr 2015 12:11:03<p>TONIGHT: Tuesday, April 28, 2015<br>7 p.m., CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom<br>Free and open to the public</p><p>A panel of seven scholars from universities and colleges across Washington State will review the historical evidence about wartime sexual slavery and explore current struggles over historical memory in a panel discussion at 7 p.m. April 28 in the SURC ballroom. The program, titled "Sexual Slavery in the Wartime Japanese Empire: The Historical Record and the Politics of Memory," will examine the subject in the context of international attention to human rights, trafficking, and violence against women.</p><p>Panelists include Dr. Bang-Soon Yoon, Dr. Chong Eun Ahn and Dr. Mark Auslander from Central Washington University; Dr. Yukiko Shigeto from Whitman College; and Dr. Davinder Bhowmik and Dr. Justin Jesty from University of Washington. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Stacey Robertson, Dean of the CWU College of Arts and Humanities.</p><p>Preceding the panel, at 5:30 p.m. in the SURC Pit:</p><p>A screening of the 30 min. film, "The Butterflies: Flying High With Hope," followed by readings of victims' testimonies about the "Comfort Women" system delivered by students and community members.</p><p>All three programs are free and open to the public. More information and background about the subject and panelists can be found at</p><p>The program is being sponsored by CWU's Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Department of World Languages, Asian and Pacific Islander Studies Program, Department of History, William O. Douglas Honors College, Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies, Department of Political Science, and Museum of Culture and Environment. The readings are being coordinated by Professor Jay Ball, Theatre Arts.</p></br></br>History Club brings in guest speaker Dr. Marji Morgan, 23 Feb 2015 14:50:10<p>Mark your calendars for this Thursday, February 26, 2015, when the History Club sponsors a talk by Dr. Marji Morgan entitled "Bagels, Tacos and Champagne:&nbsp; Food and the Making of Identity".</p><p>Refreshments will be served from 5:00 - 5:45PM with the presentation and discussion period to run from 5:45 - 7:00PM.</p><p><strong>PLEASE come join us!</strong></p><p><a href="/history/sites/"><strong>flyer</strong></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 07 Nov 2014 09:31:22<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Don't Miss Out!</strong><br><strong>The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will be held<br>April 16-18, 2015, at Eastern Washington University.<br></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Abstracts are due December 2, 2014.</strong></p><p>This is a perfect opportunity for undergraduate students to gain a professional research presentation experience without having to travel far.</p><p>In order to promote CWU undergraduate participation in this amazing event, CWU’s Office of Undergraduate Research will reimburse student presenters for their transportation fees, registration fees, and most (or all) of the associated hotel fees, depending upon funding availability.</p><p>Let’s show Eastern Washington University and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research the amazing research by CWU students.</p><p>Please contact Dr. Kara Gabriel at or 509-963-2387 with questions or visit our website at:</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></p style="text-align: center;">C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship, 24 Oct 2014 10:15:08<p>This scholarship is available to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students at Central Washington University who are pursuing a fine arts project in Art, Music, Theatre, or Creative Writing, or who are pursuing a research project pertaining to the History, Geology, Archaeology of Kittitas Valley. This scholarship provides one year of in-state tuition, $200 book allowance, and project costs. Please see their website for more information.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship</a></p><p><strong>This scholarship is not distributed by the Department of History. Please see the website for deadlines, requirements, and eligibility.</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="History Scholarship" src="/history/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 345px;"></a></p>Prof. Dormady to speak at Day of the Dead Event on Oct. 30th, 17 Oct 2014 16:47:08<p>Busy night for CWU historians on Oct. 30th!&nbsp; Prof. Jason Dormady will be giving a brief&nbsp; talk at CWU's Dia de los Muertos [Day of the Dead] Celebration in the SURC on Oct. 30th at 6:00 PM. Check out the whole slate of Day of the Dead events that night!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/history/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 331px; float: left;"></p></p style="text-align: center;">Prof. Carroll to give talk on New England Vampirism, 17 Oct 2014 16:43:43<p>Prof. Carroll will be speaking at CWU's Museum of Culture and Environment on October 30th at 5:30 on why hundreds of suspected 'vampires' were dug up in New England and burned in the thirty years following the American Revolution.</p><p><img alt="" src="/history/sites/" style="width: 464px; height: 600px; float: left;"></p>Dr. Karen Blair's Retirement Party, 20 May 2014 15:54:17<p>Please come join the History Department in celebrating with Karen Blair her retirement from Central Washington University on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00-6:00PM in the Mary Grupe Center.&nbsp; All are invited to come and be part of her celebration. <a href="/history/sites/"><strong>Please see attached flyer</strong></a></p>History Student Wins Top Award for Paper, 20 May 2014 12:28:06<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/history/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 253px;"></p><p><strong>May 20, 2014.</strong> Chris A. Davis, a CWU History student won the Raymond A. Smith Award for Scholarship at the College of Arts and Humanities annual banquet last Monday. His paper, "I'm Going Home Before Long: Blues Music as Resistance in the Mississippi Delta," is notable for its strong scholarship and innovative use of the lyrics of Blues tunes to draw a picture of life in Mississippi's Delta area around the time of the Great Mississippi River flood of 1927.</p><p>Davis wrote the paper for Dr. Lacy Ferrell in History 481. The award is named after the late Professor Raymond A. Smith, longtime member of the CWU History Department, head of Central's Humanities Program for over 20 years and masterful raconteur.</p></p style="text-align: center;">INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY-Apply NOW, 11 Mar 2014 13:23:52<p>Please read through this for information regarding an<a href="/history/sites/"> Internship Opportunity </a>for credit.</p><p><strong>Important items to remember when applying</strong><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ~Must be a junior or senior<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ~Must be a declared History major OR minor<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ~Include a CV, cover letter, unofficial transcript and letter of recommendation from<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;a History Department faculty member<br><br><em><strong>Don't miss this opportunity!!!!</strong></em></p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Talk on Vampires in New England Draws a Crowd, 18 Feb 2014 14:29:29<h6><img alt="" src="/history/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 300px; float: left; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px 3px;"><em>Prof. Carroll and history student Ian Henderson 'horse' around before the talk while enjoying some snacks.</em></h6><p><strong>Feb. 18, 2014.</strong> On the evening of February 13, 2014, Professor Brian Carroll gave an hour long talk entitled “Burning the Hearts of the Dead:&nbsp; Historicizing Vampire Belief in Nineteenth-Century New England” as part of the ongoing CWU History Club lecture series.&nbsp; Speaking to a boisterous, packed house–the room seated thirty-five but between fifty and sixty people showed up—the audience included faculty from at least four different departments, numerous history students, and various interested folk from around the university community and Ellensburg. Refreshments were served from 5:00 to 5:30 PM with the talk following from 5:30 to about 6:30.&nbsp; Despite being on the eve of Valentine’s Day the event had a decidedly festive and macabre (dare we sat Halloween-esque) feel to it—refreshments included cupcakes with white frosting and strawberry filling oozing through two “fang” punctures in the top of each, blood-red fruit punch was served along with an assortment of other snacks both ghoulish and not-so-ghoulish.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="History students and other attendies chat, mill about and devour food before the talk. " src="/history/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 199px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px 3px;"></p><h6 style="text-align: center;"><em>History students and other attendees chat, mill about and devour food before the talk</em>.</h6><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Carroll’s talk began with an introduction to folk vampire belief in New England from 1785 to 1895, as currently understood by Anthropologists and Folklorists. They argue the phenomenon developed in response to a devastating tuberculosis epidemic, which was then known as ‘consumption.’ There was no cure or effective treatment for the disease at the time. People were not even sure how it spread.&nbsp; New Englanders, mainly in Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut, so the story goes, fell back on old European folklore about vampires to explain why people were getting sick and dying.&nbsp; Some were so convinced the dead were praying on the living that they began digging up the recently-deceased to look for ‘evidence’ of vampirism. But due to a poor understanding of what happens to bodies when they decompose, if a body looked too well-preserved, they were assumed to be a vampire. In such cases their hearts (and sometimes other organs) were ripped from their chest cavities and burned, sometimes in public with family members, town officials, doctors, and ministers in attendance. Consumptives sometimes inhaled the smoke from the fires or mixed the ashes with water and drank them as a “cure.” After the Civil War the belief declined rapidly, due mainly to advances in science and medicine—the final ‘nail in the coffin’ for vampire belief in New England (groan for bad pun)! Twenty-four of these vampire “exhumations” can be documented, but probably dozens more, perhaps hundreds, went unrecorded.&nbsp; Over the last twenty-four years about a half-dozen books have come out on the subject, in addition a number of scholarly and popular articles, dozens of newspaper stories, and a half-dozen local television documentaries.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/history/sites/" style="width: 370px; height: 190px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px;"></p><h6 style="text-align: center;"><em>Now the boring part, he talks, and talks, . . . making one long for the grave!&nbsp; Wait, is Professor Carroll talking about people digging up dead bodies in the 1800s? Eew.</em></h6><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But Carroll argues that while Anthropologists and Folklorists did yeoman’s work uncovering and explaining this cultural episode, from the perspective of historians many questions remain.&nbsp; In particular, Carroll’s research seeks to understand the timing and location of the New England vampire “outbreak.” Why Rhode Island and Connecticut and not somewhere else—say Kentucky, North Carolina or Pennsylvania? Also, why did it start after the American Revolution and not earlier or later? In short, Carroll argues the phenomenon needs to be historicizied—placed into its proper context in relation to other historical developments of Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary era New England.&nbsp; As vampires were as much a medical as a spiritual belief, Carroll began by sketching the outline of both supernatural or occult beliefs in early New England and the state of medicine in Eighteenth- and early Nineteenth-century New England.&nbsp; Arguing that Enlightenment-era empirical science had only limited impact on Europe and America at this time, there was in fact not much of a dividing line between medicine, science and the occult.&nbsp; Medicinal practices of the era were hardly scientific, as they included various superstitions, folk beliefs, quack remedies, faith healing, and the like. Working vampires into already existing beliefs about ghosts and the supernatural was not as much of a stretch as it would seem nowadays.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/history/sites/" style="width: 375px; height: 281px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px;"></p><h6 style="text-align: center;">After a while, some students (like Liz) begin to take the talk a bite, . . . eh bit, too seriously.</h6><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As vampire belief was actually quite rare in England in the 17th and 18th centuries, Carroll then explains the influence on America of European reports about vampire “scares” which plagued Central and Eastern Europe in the 1720s and 1730s—by looking at how they were reported in American newspapers. Romantic-era literature also introduced vampires to Americans starting with the publication of <em>THE VAMPYRE</em> by John William Polidori in 1819, followed by numerous knock-offs, parodies and theatrical productions of Polidori’s work—some of which were staged in Rhode Island and Connecticut during the period from the 1820s to the1860s, the height of the folk vampire phenomenon.&nbsp; Bram Stoker’s novel <em>DRACULA</em> was not published until 1897, after the decline of New England folk vampire belief, so it had no influence on the phenomenon whatsoever.&nbsp; Finally Carroll examined the history of immigration into the region to identify a source for the direct transmission of the belief—as no evidence suggests it existed in New England prior to the American Revolution. Carroll therefore argues vampire belief was not a long-held age-old folk belief in the region but rather an introduced phenomenon brought in by recent immigrants to Rhode Island and Connecticut and reinforced by popular portrayals of vampires in literature and on stage.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></h6 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></h6 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></h6 style="text-align: center;">