Putting Local History to Work for Social Justice
Bellingham increasingly markets itself as an upscale tourist attraction, building on a long history of the arrival of unwelcome visitors as well as the exclusions of both Indigenous people and certain newcomers. Josh Cerretti will share a video version of his Bellingham History from Below tour and then take questions about local histories of violence against the land and white supremacist exclusions that underlie today's projections of a welcoming destination for all visitors.
Josh Cerretti is the Interim Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and an Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University. He teaches about sexuality, race, and gender in recent US history while conducting research that focuses on the problem of state violence. Dr. Cerretti is a board member of the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center and a delegate to the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council.