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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.

Colloquium Presenters

Fall 2018

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

Nikolas Peterson

Thursday, November 1
7:00 pm, ADM 117

Congressional Debate Live Stream: Cathy McMorris-Rogers, Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger, Lisa Brown

Wednesday, October 24
5:45 pm, Village Hall

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.

Illuminate: Finding Light at the Intersection of Faith and Practice

Tuesday, October 9
6 pm, CTC 128

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.

Spring 2018

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe

Thursday, April 19
7:00 pm, Fine Arts Auditorium (FAC)

TheSecond 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. 

Winter 2018

Peacekeeping Week: Onions, Wine, and Immigrants—Justice for the Sojourner

January 18, 2018
6:00 pm, Peterson Memorial Library, Reference Room

Panel discussion with Mariela Rosas, Mary Aparicio, Aaron Brobow-Strain, and Jody Washburn. Learn more about Peacekeeping Week at



February 7
7:30 PM, Village Hall

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.


Moved by the Moabites: The New Excavations at Khirbat al-Balua, Jordan

March 6, 2018
7:30 pm, ADM 117

Monique Vincent, Co-Director, Balua Regional Archaeological Project

Archaeologist Monique Vincent will share the exciting resultsof 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. 

Autumn 2017

October 31, 2017
7:00 PM, Village Hall

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, 2017
1:30 PM, Village Hall

Washington Court of Appeals, Div. III

Chief Judge George B. Fearing, Judge Laurel H. Siddoway and Judge Rebecca L. Pennell, presiding
More information at this link

October 2, 2017
7:00 PM, ADM 117

Beaten to Life: Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall

Dr. Timothy Golden

Spring 2017

April 10, 2017

Complicity in the Holocaust
Robert P. Ericksen, historian

April 20, 2017

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

January 19, 2017

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

Winter 2017

February 22, 2017

John Luther Adams’ Ecology of Music
Professor Albert Diaz

February 8, 2017

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

January 19, 2017

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

Fall 2016

October 5, 2016

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


Last update on October 19, 2018