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William O. Douglas Honors College

William O. Douglas Honors College Miniversity


Become a Douglas Honors College

Renaissance Scholar!


Are you curious about your world? Would you like to explore it with like-minded seekers, led by award-winning professors?

Central Washington University’s William O. Douglas Honors College is hosting a series of four-week symposia designed to nurture your sense of wonder about the world.


Registration is open for the spring 2017 Miniversity!


Migration: Rhetoric and Reality

Did you know that despite political rhetoric, immigrants from Mexico have a crime rate as low, and, in some research, lower, than non-immigrants. The U.S. Government has in more recent years treated the civil violations of immigration laws as criminal rather than purely civil. This “crimmigration” has been focused upon the Mexico/U.S. border, not the U.S. /Canada border.  The history of U.S/Mexico border relations is important to understand to address the events and policies of today. Also, while the chaos and migration in the Middle-East is often presented as a consequence of non-state terrorism, nation-states in the Middle-East and elsewhere have been significant in creating the massive migration due to war and conflict. Join us in understanding these and other issues and possible solutions to these man made problems. May 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 5:30pm. Located in the Language and Literature Building, room 103. 

May 9
Dr. Susana Flores
"And Some, I Assume, Are Good People: An Immigrant Counterstory"

May 16
Dr. Gilberto Garcia
"Mexico-U.S. Immigration Policy: A Historical View"

May 23
Dr. Chuck Reasons
"Crimmigration: The Criminalizing of Immigrants"

May 30
Dr. Anne Cubilié
"Middle East Migration, War and Chaos"


Past Miniversities

Fall Quarter 2015
It’s About Time

What is time? Albert Einstein said that time is an illusion. This symposium will examine the fascinating and puzzling concepts of time from several different points of view. We will discuss calendars and clocks, the relationship of time and culture, the philosophy of time, and the special place of time in modern physics—including the possibility of time travel.

Winter Quarter 2016
Their, They’re, There. . .It’s Only Grammar

Do the rules of grammar confound you? Over the course of four classes, we will review the most common grammar errors and how to avoid them. Improve your verbal and written communication skills in this engaging and interactive course.

Spring Quarter 2016
Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice

Did you know the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world? And that blacks and Latinos are greatly overrepresented among those under correctional supervision (probation/prisons/jails and parole)? Join us in exploring how this situation evolved over the last several decades. Together we will address the policies and practices that created this problem and those that can help reduce this kind of racial injustice.

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