Liberal Arts celebrates faculty publishing

Faculty members of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University will assemble April 3 to celebrate publishing and publication achievements in the biannual Authors’ Recognition Ceremony. The spring semester recognition will be from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Honors Hall lounge.

“This is one of the most important events in our college,” said Barbara Couture, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and founder of the authors’ recognition tradition. “Faculty research and academic achievement is the mainstay of any university, and taking time to acknowledge these achievements gives us a chance, as an academic group, to recognize the excellence of work across the college.”

The ceremony, started in April 2001, calls for faculty authors to give a brief presentation of their recently published work, followed by another faculty member discussing the significance of the research from the perspective of a different department within the college.

“As faculty members, it can be difficult to stay informed about the work of fellow faculty, especially if they are outside your department,” said John Kicza, professor of history and associate dean for the college. “The Authors’ Recognition Ceremony gives us a chance to hear about the significant work of our peers across the college. It causes one to realize what a privilege it is to be a part of an academic group that is continually responsible for this level of excellence.”

Kicza will profile his latest book, “Resilient Cultures: America’s Native Peoples Confront European Colonization 1500 – 1800.” Other books to be recognized include that of John H. Bodley, faculty member in anthropology, “The Power of Scale: A Global History Approach,” and Joan Burbick, English, “Rodeo Queens and the American Dream.”

The event will include a performance by Amari Barash, faculty member and oboist from the School of Music and Theatre Arts, as well as a presentation on original works by artist and fine arts faculty member, Patrick Siler.

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