Fairhaven in the News

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The Outback Farm is proud and honored to be recipients of the Whole Cities Foundation "Community First" grant! This will enable us to rehabilitate our chicken area and invest in shoulder-season microgreens production to feed WWU students facing food insecurity. To learn more, please visit WWU Alumni News.

Fairhaven Asst. Prof. Regina Jefferies published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law

Fairhaven College’s Asst. Prof. Regina Jefferies recently published “Transnational Legal Process: An Evolving Theory and Methodology” as the lead article in Volume 42 of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law

Mark Miyake sits while cradling an electric guitar

Mark Miyake, an assistant professor in Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, has been named to the Federation of State Humanities Council Board of Directors, representing Washington state.

Founded in 1977, the Federation of State Humanities Councils providse leadership, advocacy, and information to help members advance programs that engage millions of citizens across diverse populations in community and civic life.

Miyake leads the program in Audio Technology, Music, and Society at Western Washington University.

Western Today

Federation of State Humanities Councils



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Latest publication by Dr. Mary Tuti Baker

Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, 2021.1


Mary Tuti Baker is an Assistant Professor at Western Washington University, where she enjoys joint appointments in Canadian and American Studies, Salish Sea Studies, and at Fairhaven College. A Kanaka Maoli scholar, she earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with specializations in Indigenous Politics and Futures Studies. Her research examines the relationship between Kanaka Maoli values and practice and the politics of decolonization.

Gardens of Political Transformation: Indigenism, Anarchism and Feminism Embodied

Christopher "Caskey' Russell standing in the middle of his office

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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Dean's Newsletter


Babafemi wears a suit jacket and shirt with a colar

WWU Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Babafemi Akinrinade recently sat down with Western Today to talk about his new book, “Atrocity Crimes, Atrocity Laws and Justice in Africa.”

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a red square on white background with the text Pen America inside of it

Richard Simon, a senior instructor in WWU Honors College 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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John Feodorov’s painting “Living Beneath a White Rainbow,” from 2020. an american flag flies upside down over a colorless rainbow and a house with a brown hand giving the thumbs up sign. the artist grandfather and mother stand in the doorway of another simple house

John Feodorov’s exhibition, “Assimilations,” at CUE Art Foundation recounts what Native Americans lost, culturally, under European colonization: language, religion and history. His crude, faux-naïve and elegantly composed paintings are the best works in the show. Enlarged family photographs and an installation with a Bible translated into Navajo, juxtaposed with a recording of the artist’s mother and grandfather singing Navajo songs, add to the overall, devastating effect.

The New York Times:  3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now

Faculty and students participate in a Human Rights workshop.

This fall, Western will launch a new interdisciplinary minor in Human Rights, a combined program of study offered through Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies (FCIS) and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity (RWI).

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Former Fairhaven College instructor Rena Priest has been appointed the new incoming Washington State Poet Laureate by  Governor Jay Inslee.

Priest’s literary debut, Patriarchy Blues, was honored with the 2018 American Book Award, and her most recent work is Sublime Subliminal. A member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, she will be the first Indigenous poet to assume the role.

Humanites.org announcement

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Raquel stands at a podium next to washington state Govenor Jay Inslee

This article features Washington State Supreme Court Justice and former Fairhaven College professor Raquel Montoya-Lewis. Justice Montoya-Lewis frequently visits our Law, Diversity, and Justice classes – we are grateful for her past and present involvement with the LDJ program.

Washington State Shows How a Truly Progressive Court Changes Everything

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This event took place on March 25th 2021 as a part of an ongoing dialogue on the meanings of solidarity and to carry forward what we planned from 2020.

The dialogue is with Dr. Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, Dr. Kyle Kajihiro, Dr. Cynthia Franklin, Dr. Candace Fujikane, and Dr. Mary Tuti Baker.

Learning and Living in Solidarity: A Conversation with/from Hawai'i

one person playing the banjo next to another person playing guitar

With in-person concerts canceled, musicians turn to live streaming as way of maintaining tradition.

By Sophia Pappalau

Fairhaven College is hosting a series of weekly virtual music performances held on Facebook Live. The Fairhaven College Music Festival is an annual celebration of the musical community held at The Outback farm with performances by Fairhaven alumni. 

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