Winter Events

Presentations and Panel Discussions

Wednesday, January 14

Dale McKinnon
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Lecture Room, Bellingham Public Library


Tuesday, February 3

Kevin Leonard
6:00 p.m.
Lecture Room, Bellingham Public Library


Whatcom Reads Presents:
A Rower's Heart: Reflections on Life, Rowing and Everything That Really Matters

Wednesday, January 14
Bellingham Public Library

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Come hear a former world class athlete and noted wilderness rower, Dale McKinnon, reflect on her adventures, her love of the sea, and how rowing changed her life.

Visit the Whatcom READS website for more details about Whatcom READS programming!

Western Reads & Whatcom Reads Presents:
Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia Parts 1 & 2

Wednesday, January 28
Pickford Film Center

Part 1 @ 6:30pm followed by a 45 minute discussion
Part 2 @ 9:30pm

Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat, the 2014-15 selection for Western Reads and Whatcom Reads, details the story of the University of Washington crew team that won gold during the 1936 Olympics. As an adjunct to the reading, experience Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia, made in 1938, which documents the 1936 Olympics and set precedents for ways in which sports were filmed and edited. Riefenstahl’s films were, of course, complicated by her association with Nazism, a subject that won’t be ignored during this evening’s discussion.

For more information, view the event on the Pickford Film Center website.

Tickets for this event are now sold out.

Western Reads & Whatcom Reads Presents:
Faculty Panel Discussion

The Boys in the Boat:
The History & Politics That
Changed the World

Thursday, February 5
4-5:30pm, Academic Instruction West 204
7-7:30pm, Village Books, Fairhaven

The rebroadcast of this event is available via WWU's Ustream Channel

Adolf Hitler sought to use the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin to convince the world's people of the superiority of his political ideology and of the "Aryan" race. The success of some U.S. athletes, most notably sprinter Jesse Owens and the University of Washington crew - "the boys in the boat" – challenged Hitler's carefully crafted narrative. The panelists in this discussion will explore the relationships among politics, sports and popular culture in the US and the Third Reich.

Kevin Leonard, History
Prof. Leonard's research focuses on the history of racial ideologies and the experiences of African Americans in the 20th century United States. He teaches courses in African American history, LGBT history, and the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Sheila Webb, Journalism
Prof. Webb teaches visual journalism, research methods, and history and ethics of media. Her publications analyze the role of magazines in American life and culture, focusing in particular on the 1930s & ‘40s.

Cornelius Partsch, Modern & Classical Languages
Prof. Partsch teaches in the German Section in Modern and Classical Languages. His research focuses on German popular culture with an emphasis on popular music, film, soccer, and crime & spy fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries. He teaches courses at all levels of the German curriculum.

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Contact New Student Services/Family Outreach, 650.3846

Provided in partnership with Whatcom Reads.

WWU is an equal opportunity institution.

Whatcom Reads Presents:
The Story Behind "The Boys in the Boat"

Thursday, February 12
Bellingham Public Library

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Come hear Judy Rantz Willman, daughter of Olympian Joe Rantz, speak about the genesis of "The Boys in the Boat, tell several stories about her dad and her family, and reflect on why the best-selling book is having such an intense effect on readers all over the nation.

Visit the Whatcom READS website for more details about Whatcom READS programming!

Author Events with
Daniel James Brown

Tuesday, February 24

Art & Craft of Writing
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Heiner Theater, WWC

Author Talk
7:30 p.m.
Jansen Art Center, Lynden

Wednesday, February 25

Book Discussion
with the Author

2:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Fairhaven Branch Library

Author Keynote Event
7:00 p.m.
Mt. Baker Theater

Check out the Whatcom Reads website for more information!

Check back for updates and additional information about events taking place at WWU and in the Bellingham community.

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