History majors are required to attend one colloquium a quarter for their Junior and Senior years as a part of their major requirement. Colloquia connect students with working professionals, issues and ideas in their area of future employment and study.


Wednesday, October 28
7:00 p.m., Teams

Our history colloquium this quarter will be presented by one of our Walla Walla University history major graduates, Hannah Cutting-Jones, who teaches in the Honors College at the University of Oregon.  Dr. Cutting-Jones obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Auckland, where she studied the history of food in the South Pacific, particularly the impact made by Western foods introduced by missionaries.  Continuing her research on the history of food, Dr. Cutting-Jones received a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Library of Congress for her current topic, which she will describe to us in her colloquium lecture, titled, "Treasure Hunting in the Archives."  

The title of her Library of Congress Fellowship project for spring 2021 is “Protein Wars: The Fight Over Our Favorite Nutrient,” and her project description follows:

"In this project I will explore the history of protein as the most compelling and controversial food component of the modern age, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century when scientists first identified protein as an important nutrient. Novel protein-rich products such as Justus von Liebig's Extract of Beef and John Harvey Kellogg's plant-based Nuttose and Protose soon entered the marketplace. These processed foods illustrated trends in the emerging field of nutritional science and the opposing ideologies over what foods were healthiest. Some posited that animal products provided the sole source of “complete protein"  - a view seen in doctor's reports and popular products such as beef broth and powdered milk, while others proposed that plant-based proteins were sufficient and even optimal for the health of both the body and the environment. Two world wars refocused and retrenched efforts to provide American soldiers with diets rich in protein and diverted meat to theaters of war. I will examine the marketing and science of “protein-rich” products from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century and trace the evolving, contradictory, and persistent narratives surrounding protein as an essential nutrient.”

Wednesday, November 20
7:00 p.m., ADM 117

Dr. Jakobina Arch, Assistant Professor of History at Whitman College, will present "Whales as More than Meat:  Whale Consumption and Culture in 19th and 20th Century Japan" on November 20 at 7 pm in ADM 117.  Dr. Arch's presentation examines the historical roots of the contemporary issues with whaling in Japan today.  Her  research interests include marine environmental history, the history of science, and Japanese history from 1600 to the present. 

Sunday, November 10
7:00 p.m., Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Distinguished Faculty Lecture by Debbie Muthersbaugh.  "Seeing is Knowing: Exploring the Impact of Visual Representations in Teaching and Learning"

Pictures and drawings have been used in teaching practices over time. Most educators use visual cues in teaching to support what we think or know. Using visual representations provides more meaningful learning experiences and confidence in their abilities. But how can we better understand the value of visual aspects for learning? Debbie Muthersbaugh, dean of the WWU School of Education and Psychology, has researched the subject and analyzed the findings of a series of studies. In the annual WWU Distinguished Faculty Lecture she will share some of her findings, including answers to such questions as: What are the connections between art, science, math, and other subjects? How can being intentional when choosing and using images for teaching learning assist students in creating a more positive attitude toward their own learning? How do these integrative practices lead to a more inclusive classroom and campus?

Monday, October 7
7:00 p.m., ADM 117

Tractor Show Film presented by the Blue Mountain Land Trust

Thursday, November 1
7:00 p.m., ADM 117

Justice for Hanford Nuclear Site Workers: Ensuring a Safe Cleanup through Advocacy and Legal Representation
Nikolas Peterson


Wednesday, October 24
5:45 p.m., Village Hall

Congressional Debate Live Stream: Cathy McMorris-Rogers, Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger, Lisa Brown
The History & Philosophy Department is co-sponsoring, with ASWWU, a live stream of the Walla Walla City Council debate between Cathy McMorris-Rogers and Lisa Brown.


Tuesday, October 9
6:00 p.m., CTC 128

Illuminate: Finding Light at the Intersection of Faith and Practice
Church discipline: Understanding the history and implications of the compliance initiatives for the GC Annual Council.
The Adventist Church is having its Annual Council in a few weeks to discuss several issues related to church power, authority, and discipline. Dr. Greg Dodds, Dr. Mathilde Frey, and Dr. Dave Thomas will be on a panel to discuss these issues in their historic and contemporary contexts.

May 29

(Two) Innocents Abroad: Myth and Maybe a Few Downright Lies about Classical Greek and Roman History
Terry Gottschall and Monty Buell will present the third and final colloquium of the quarter for the History Department on travel and study of Classical Greece and Rome


April 27

Carlos Schwantes on The Role and Impact of Railroads on Western Expansion
Carlos Schwantes, St. Louis Mercantile Library Endowed Professor of History Emeritus, will be presenting an illustrated history of the role and impact of railroads on western expansion and the development of the American frontier


April 19

The Second Annual Academic Conference, Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
Dr. Benjamin Madley, Associate Professor of History at UCLA, will be delivering his keynote address based upon his recent book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe. 

January 18

Peacekeeping Week: Onions, Wine, and Immigrants—Justice for the Sojourner
Panel discussion with Mariela Rosas, Mary Aparicio, Aaron Brobow-Strain, and Jody Washburn. Learn more about Peacekeeping Week at


February 7

Professor of Philosophy Dr. Tim Golden performs George Stevens Jr.'s one-man Broadway show, Thurgood. Come and see this compelling story of America's first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Following the performance Dr. Golden will answer questions and have discussion with the audience. Run time: 1 hr 35 min + 20-30 min talk-back.


March 6

Moved by the Moabites: The New Excavations at Khirbat al-Balua, Jordan
Monique Vincent, Co-Director, Balua Regional Archaeological Project

Archaeologist Monique Vincent will share the exciting results of the 2017 season of excavations at Khirbat al-Balua. Balua is a vast, 40-acre, Iron Age settlement located in the traditional realm of the ancient Moabites in central Jordan. Finds included a house with doorways and walls towering over intact storage jars (and excavators!), a 10-foot city wall with a room full of weaving tools, and a monumental tower at the top of the city. 

October 31

Reformation: A Conversation with Martin Luther
This colloquium event, in collaboration with Forum: A Conversation, will feature a conversation with Luther. This event honors the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.


October 19

Washington Court of Appeals, Div. III
Chief Judge George B. Fearing, Judge Laurel H. Siddoway and Judge Rebecca L. Pennell, presiding
View more information about the court appeal.


October 2

Beaten to Life: Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall
Dr. Timothy Golden

April 10

Complicity in the Holocaust
Robert P. Ericksen, historian


April 20

Keynote Address for the 1st Annual Academic Symposium on Race, Ethnicity & Culture
Dr. George Yancy


January 19

Inside the Temple of Liberty: A Look at the United States Capitol
Dr. Terrie Aamodt

February 22

John Luther Adams’ Ecology of Music
Professor Albert Diaz


February 8

Walk Like a Canaanite: How to Become an Archaeologist
Dr. Monique Vincent


January 19

Inside the Temple of Liberty: A Look at the United States Capitol
Dr. Terrie Aamodt

October 5

Criminal (In)Justice: Stop and Frisk, Equal Protection, and the Problem of Race
Dr. Timothy J. Golden