The Washington State University Department of History is hosting alumnus Dr. Matthew Godfrey (Ph.D. ’01, American and public history) as the visiting presenter at the Wednesday, October 3, history colloquium. Godfrey’s hour-long talk, “History as a Business: The Historian as Consultant,” will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Murrow 55. This event is free and open to all.

Godfrey is the history division manager and association historian for Historical Research Associates Inc., where he conducts historical-legal studies on issues concerning federal reclamation and water rights, navigability of waterways, natural resource management on Indian reservations, ratification of Indian treaties and environmental cleanup.

He has also worked on administrative histories for federal agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the National Park Service. His areas of expertise include western American history, water rights and management, legislative history, administrative history, corporate history and oral history. Godfrey is the author of “Religion, Politics and Sugar: The Mormon Church, the Federal Government and the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, 1907–1921” (Utah State University Press, 2007).

Upcoming Fall 2007 History Colloquia:

All colloquia are held from 12:10–1:00 p.m. in Murrow 55 on the WSU Pullman campus.

October 3: Dr. Matt Godfrey, “History as a Business: The Historian as Consultant”

October 10: Dr. Rob McCoy and Dr. Ian Wendt, “Entering the Job Market Part II: Strategies from the Search Committee’s Perspective”

October 17: Birgit Schneider, “Religious Nationalism in India and Japan”

October 24: Dr. David Pietz, “Successful Grant Writing”

October 31: Dr. LeRoy Ashby, “Through the Looking Glass: The Mysteries of Getting Published.”

November 7: Lorena O’English, “Keeping Up and Keeping Track: Academic Social Bookmarking”

November 28: Dr. Xiuyu Wang, “Seeing Qing China through Ethnic and Local Perspectives: Local Crisis and State Activism in Late Qing Chinese Expansion in Eastern Tibet”