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IF YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR OWN EDUCATION, YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR LIFE

FAIRHAVEN COLLEGE 2021 GRADUATION

The Fairhaven Difference

Our commitment to transformative, creative, inquiry-based learning empowers students to pursue social, economic, and environmental justice.

Christopher ‘Caskey’ Russell Named New Dean of Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Christopher ‘Caskey’ Russell has been named the new dean of the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.

Russell, hired following a national search, will start in his new job at Western on Aug. 16. He succeeds John Bower, a Fairhaven College faculty member, who served a one-year, fixed term appointment as Fairhaven College dean.

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Western Today

Fairhaven College Spotify Playlist

 

Music is bonding and exciting, so let’s unify around it! Join us as we collaboratively create a playlist commemorating our process, growth, and community. Share songs that helped you survive, feel, and exist throughout this extraordinary year! We will collect these songs from the Fairhaven community to then make a playlist on Spotify that is open for all to listen and engage with. Please send any questions to Avry Richter, Kailey Droz , or Dr. Villicana. Suggestions are welcome from all Fairhaven community members and can be made at the following link: Fairhaven Playlist Suggestions

This is the Fairhaven Playlist thus far! We'll continue adding songs as they come in. 

FAIRHAVEN SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

 

WWU's Richard Simon named a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

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Richard Simon, a senior instructor in WWU's Honors Program and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, was recently named a finalist in the Pen America Literary Awards' Pen/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for his unpublished book, "The Dolphin Ambassador's Daughter."

The PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction is a career-founding prize, which promotes fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Established by Barbara Kingsolver in 2000, it is awarded biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel of high literary caliber that exemplifies the prize’s founding principles.

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Western Today

 

FAIR 297G Experiential Farm Skills Course Summer 2021

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GET CREDIT FOR LEARNING HOW TO FARM, RIGHT ON WESTER’S CAMPUS!

Fairhaven 297G – 2 credits – Fridays 9-12 – Outback Farm

For more info: Terri Kempton kemptot@wwu.edu

Come learn about food and agriculture at the Outback through hands-on experience, including honey bee hive maintenance in our apiary! During the tastiest time on the farm, you’ll get to weed, water, mulch, plant, harvest, and taste a variety of fruits, nuts, berries, vegetables, and herbs. All while discussing essays about homesteading and small-scale farming. 6 weeks, in person.

Course Description

FAIR 336v Arts as Therapy Course Summer 2021

 

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Summer A Term 2021: FH 336v CRN 31155 Chris Brewer, instructor

An interdisciplinary course exploring creativity in the Expressive Arts therapies: music, art, drama, dance, poetry/writing. How do these modalities engage us? How have they evolved and how are they used today in wellness and medicine. For more info: contact Chris Brewer, brewerc@wwu.edu, 336-207-7505

Ideal for: Fairhaven Concentrators and Western students interested in Psychology, Sociology, & the Arts; Transfer students & community members welcome.

Meets Fairhaven upper-division Core requirements for Humanities.

Format: Synchronous remote learning

Learning Strategies: experiential activities, reading / video resources, guest speakers from the profession, class discussion, independent student project.

Course Description

FAIR 312D Global Culture and World Society Course Summer 2021

Nine small movie posters of films to be shown in the course. A sample of the films to be shown are; Within Our Gates, Battleship Potemkinand and No.

 

 

 

 

Global Film as World History – ACGM GUR

Taught by: Prof. Niall Ó Murchú, Fairhaven College

This course traces the history of globalization through world cinema and uses to study local histories in their transnational and global contexts.

Ideal for: • Transfer students, Global studies and Film studies Concentrators, INTL and Film Studies Minors•

Meets Fairhaven upper-division Core & ACGM GUR credits

Class Format: Independent (asynchronous) movie screenings

• Movies from the United States, Soviet Russia, Algeria, Chile, , Lebanon, Palestine & Saudi Arabia

• Online seminar each Wednesday (2:00-3:50)

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Engagement

Outback Farm

World Issues Forum

Adventure Learning Grant

Fairhaven College nurtures engaged learning, fostering social justice through innovative programs. 

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Impact

Local

National

International

Fairhaven College is committed to Solving Local & Global Problems. Our students and faculty are actively engaged in community activism and research at local, national, and international levels.

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Collaboration

Niall Ó Murchú and Rachel Malia Newkirk

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Fairhaven’s interdisciplinarity fosters collaboration within the College and across campus. Check out some of our exciting collaborations.

 

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Our students, staff, and faculty have followed many unique paths to get where we are today.

 

 

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Fairhaven's Commitments to the World

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University cultivates student responsibility for designing and assessing learning through interdisciplinary inquiry, creativity, and scholarship

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OUR IMPACT

A Collaborative Living and Learning Community committed to Social, Economic, Racial, and Environmental Justice.

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