Fly fishing, KVOS history among topics of new WWU lecture series

Fly fishing, the downfall of a former college president and the impact of Bellingham’s first local radio and TV station will all be topics presented in a new speaker series at Western Washington University.

Academic leaders around western Washington who used the Western Libraries Heritage Resources collection at WWU for their research will give presentations on various topics throughout the 2014-15 academic year.

The series will include two speakers per quarter. All events are free and open to the public.

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in Special Collections (sixth floor of Wilson Library): Sylvia Tag, WWU librarian, associate professor and curator of the Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection, will explore language, illustration and composition of early readers and historical textbooks over the last 150 years. Tag’s research has focused on educational texts from 1866-1973.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building: Helen Morgan Parmett, WWU communication studies professor, will examine the ways KVOS — Bellingham’s first local radio and TV station — created a sense of identity and culture in the city from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building: Michael Vendiola, doctoral student in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington, will focus on his research of the College of Ethnic Studies at Western Washington State College, now WWU.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. in Special Collections: Seth Norman, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and renowned fly fisherman, will discuss how to write about fly fishing and will display treasures from the Special Collections’ Fly Fishing Collection.

Tuesday, April 7, at 4 p.m. in Special Collections: Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts and Rare Book curator at the University of Washington Special Collections, will speak about how artists’ books are experienced as visual images by people and how that impacts the book’s reception.

Tuesday, May 5, at 4 p.m. in the Wilson 4 Central Reading Room: Ron Judd, Seattle Times reporter and a WWU journalism instructor, will examine the successful campaign to remove Western Washington College of Education President Charles H. Fisher from office, and provide a glimpse into the battle between New Deal liberals and old-guard conservatives in Bellingham during the mid-1930s “Red Scare.”

Email Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu or call 360-650-7534 for more information.