CWUArts NewsArts News beat the summer heat by swimming in the deep end of life's important questions., 14 Aug 2019 14:50:08<p><span><span><span><span><span>Join us for the next Thursday Thinks event on August 22 at 7 pm in the backroom of the Iron Horse pub at 412 North Main in Ellensburg. The presentation this month will be Dr. David Schwan of the CWU Philosophy and Religious Studies Department.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Title:&nbsp;</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>What is the good life? Three views</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Summary:&nbsp;</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Most people want to have a good life. But, what is the good life? In this workshop, we&rsquo;ll investigate three central views of the good life and how these ideas can apply to you.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Hosted by the CWU College of Arts and Humanities and the Iron Horse Brewery.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> CWU Names 2019 Distinguished Professors, Celebrates Faculty Excellence, 05 Jun 2019 09:49:22<p>Central Washington University&rsquo;s Board of Trustees have recognized Matthew Altman, Nathalie Kasselis, and Yukari Amos as this year&rsquo;s Distinguished Professors.</p> <p>The awards honor professors who excel in teaching, research, artistic accomplishment, and public service. Honorees names are placed on a continuing plaque and each receive a $2,500 monetary award.</p> <p>All three were recognized for their achievements by the Board of Trustees during the May 16 meeting and honored during the annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony and Reception on May 20 in the CWU Student Union Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom.</p> <p>The three 2019 distinguished faculty were acknowledged for the awards listed below. Recipients of each award are listed along with details on why they earned the honor.</p> <p><strong>Distinguished Faculty of Service</strong><br /> <strong>Matthew Altman - Philosophy and Religious Studies</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 150px; height: 225px; float: left; margin-right: 3px; margin-left: 3px;" />Matthew Altman joined the tenure-track faculty at CWU in 2009. Altman&rsquo;s service record is said to be exemplary--benefiting those on campus, residents of Central Washington, and those within his profession. His record is noteworthy in terms of quantity and scope, but is particularly distinguished by his election to numerous leadership roles within service activities.<br /> At the department level, Altman served as chair of philosophy and religious studies, where he was recognized as the College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Chair. He was also recognized with an Academic Service Learning Award for his support and inclusion of community-based learning in teaching.</p> <p>At the university level, Altman was director of the Douglas Honors College from 2009-2013, during which time enrollment grew fivefold.</p> <p>Altman serves on numerous university committees, making impacts in curriculum, campus culture, and labor-management. At the same time he engages in the community by serving as a member of the Medical Ethics Committee at Kittitas Valley Healthcare and serving a 6-year term as commissioner on the Public Hospital District 1 Board of Commissioners.</p> <p><strong>Distinguished Faculty of Teaching</strong><br /> <strong>Nathalie Kasselis - World Languages and Cultures</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 150px; height: 225px; float: left; margin-right: 3px; margin-left: 3px;" />Nathalie Kasselis joined CWU&rsquo;s faculty as an assistant professor in 1996, where she soon became a favorite among both students and colleagues. She has taught no less than 39 different courses, most of them in the world languages department, but also in the Douglas Honors College. Thirty-nine separate and unique courses is more than anyone else in world languages has taught and arguably more than anyone else at CWU.</p> <p>She has taught courses in Spanish language and culture, Latin American culture, French language and French culture, cinema, and translation. Recently she won funding for, and then implemented a new certificate program.</p> <p>Kasselis has brought the scholarship of her students into the community and region. Her students translate materials for multiple organizations including the Ellensburg Early Learning Coalition, Ellensburg Parks and Recreation, HopeSource, Ellensburg School District, the Shady Acres Association, and Apoyo Food Bank. She has also led multiple study abroad trips abroad, fostering diversity and diverse experiences among her students.</p> <p><strong>Distinguished Faculty of Research/Artistic Accomplishment</strong><br /> <strong>Yukari Amos - Education, Development, Teaching and Learning</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 125px; height: 188px; margin-right: 3px; margin-left: 3px; float: left;" />Yukari Amos is a professor in the Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning, where she teaches in the English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education program.</p> <p>Amos is an internationally-recognized, prolific and engaged scholar. Last year alone she authored a book and co-edited two others. During her 13 years at CWU, Amos has been the sole author or lead co-author of 12 articles, 13 book chapters and 6 other works.</p> <p>The breadth of Amos&rsquo; research covers contributions to scholarly literature as well as impacts to the discipline, profession, and K-12 schools. This work has concentrated in three key areas: the journey of LatinX teachers and teacher candidates; diversity in children&rsquo;s literature; and understanding of comparative education, especially in Japan and the United States.</p> <p><strong>Faculty Promotions/Honors</strong><br /> The ceremony also celebrated faculty promotions, tenure, senior lecturers as well as faculty awarded emeritus status. Download the program, for a complete list of honorees.</p> <p>For more information on the CWU faculty recognition ceremony contact Della Gonzales, in the Associate Provost Office at, 509-963-1413.</p> <p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,<br /> Tuesday, June 4, 2019</p> CWU Announces New Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, 10 May 2019 08:39:23<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 180px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">CWU Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life Katherine Frank has announced the hiring of Jill Graper Hernandez to become the next dean of CWU’s College of Arts and Humanities (CAH). Hernandez will begin her new role on August 1.</p><p>“Dr. Hernandez impressed the university with her knowledge, ideas, and passion,” said Frank, in announcing the appointment. “She is bringing valuable experience to the university, and I am looking forward to working with her as part of the Academic and Student Life leadership team.”</p><p>Hernandez is currently the associate dean of University College and a professor of philosophy at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).</p><p>"It’s a privilege to join Central at a moment when the university has committed itself to inclusive excellence and high-impact, engaged learning across the disciplines,” Hernandez said. “The College of Arts and Humanities is the heartbeat of Central's liberal arts mission, and is a leader in enriching students' lives through the creative enterprise, innovative pedagogy, and community-focused experiences. The faculty are dedicated to facilitating generational and geographical change for CWU students, and I can't wait to join them in their endeavors."</p><p>CWU’s CAH incorporates the departments of Art and Design, Communication, Foreign Language, History, Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Theatre Arts, along with program offerings in Africana and Black Studies, Asian Studies, and Latino and Latin American Studies.</p><p>At UTSA, Hernandez has served in a variety of other administrative posts, including associate dean of Undergraduate Studies. She also led numerous student success initiatives to increase student graduation rates, improve the student experience, strengthen student services, develop faculty and student mentorship, and grow graduate programs there.</p><p>Hernandez is also widely published on topics including ethics, early modern philosophy, and existentialism.&nbsp; She has won national and international recognition for her research and teaching, including a faculty award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the International Journal of Philosophical Studies Robert B. Papazian International Prize in Ethics.</p><p>Hernandez received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Taylor University, in Upland, Indiana; her Master of Arts in philosophy from Texas A&amp;M University, College Station, Texas; and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis, Tennessee.</p><p>Hernandez will come to Ellensburg with her husband, Gustavo, and their two daughters, Allie, who is looking forward to becoming a freshman at CWU next fall, and Sofie, 11.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p>Skills Developed in Courses Within the Arts and Humanities Highly Desired by Employers, 17 Apr 2019 08:17:13<p>Career services practitioners looking to help college students impress employers with their resumes should advise them to emphasize their problem-solving skills and teamwork abilities, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2018 survey.</p><p>Employers responding to thesurvey said these are attributes—beyond a strong GPA—that they most want to see on students’ resumes. Not only are problem-solving skills and teamwork abilities the most desired attributes, but they are of equal importance.</p><p><a href=""><strong>See the full article</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 600px; height: 331px;"></p>Report Finds Economic Impact of Arts and Cultural Sectors Growing, WA Leads States @ 11.9%, 17 Apr 2019 08:12:06<p>by Wellons, Richard</p><p>The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) released its latest report, finding that the arts and cultural sector contributed $804.2 billion (or 4.3 percent) to total U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. This is a slight increase over the $763.6 billion (4.2 percent) reported in 2015. Each year, the ACPSA analyzes data from 35 industries involved in arts and cultural production - both commercial and non-profit. The report was produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Office of Research &amp; Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts.</p><p><strong>For the complete&nbsp;article&nbsp;<a href="">click here</a></strong></p><p><strong></strong><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 620px; height: 372px;"></strong></p>CWU Professors Present in Beijing at World Congress of Philosophy, 12 Sep 2018 09:32:37<p><img alt="Professor Matthew Altman" src="" style="width: 650px; height: 323px; margin: 3px;">Central Washington University philosophy professors Matthew Altman and Cynthia Coe recently presented at the 24th World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing, China. The World Congress is hosted by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies, the highest non-governmental world organization for philosophy.</p><p>“Today, we are confronted by important philosophical questions,” said Altman. “Does the creation of autonomous military drones put us at moral risk of dehumanizing the enemy, or does it protect against human error? What kinds of limits should we put on the right to control our own bodies? Philosophy can guide our discussions about war and terrorism, science and technology, law and morality.”</p><p>Altman presented "Why Punish? Parallel Reasoning in Retributivism and Consequentialism" during a session on the philosophy of law. His lecture focused on how we justify punishment, specifically how giving people what they deserve and deterring future crimes share social aims.</p><p><img alt="Professor Cynthia Altman" src="" style="width: 150px; height: 213px; margin: 3px; float: left;">During a session on Jewish philosophy, Coe’s presentation, “A Levinasian Reading of Compassion Fatigue," explored why our moral attention to the suffering of others is so fragile and easily disrupted, especially when that suffering is experienced by a large group, such as Syrian refugees.</p><p>“It was an amazing experience to be among so many philosophers from a variety of countries, specializations, and concerns. One highlight was a keynote lecture by philosopher and author Judith Butler, on the apropos topic of translation as a philosophical issue — as a reminder that what is familiar is always open to reinterpretation” said Coe.</p><p>Coe and Altman were among a number of speakers from throughout world, including Yale University, National Autonomous University of Mexico, University of Nigeria, Tokyo University, and Russia’s Saratov State Law Academy. Their papers were also accepted to be published in the conference proceedings.</p><p>Every five years, the World Congress brings together philosophers to address emerging global issues through interactions with other disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. This was Altman’s and Coe’s first time attending and presenting at the conference.</p><p>Learn more about the <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies</a> by visiting the CWU website.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p>