Summer Connections for Cohort 2021

Welcome Cohort 2021!

We look forward to meeting you all virtually over the summer and then IN PERSON in the fall. Below are some opportunities for you to meet with Honors faculty, staff, and your future peers. Zoom links will be sent to students' WWU emails closer to event dates.

Additionally, keep track of any to-do's you need to accomplish before the start of Fall Quarter with the WWU Admitted First-Year Guide.

Salon Schedule

Each month, we’ll meet for low-pressure discussions to toss around our ideas and reactions to different readings. As a jumping-off point, we’ll discuss three main questions that introduce some of the core principles of WWU Honors:

  1. What must we change and challenge to create the classrooms we desire?
  2. What could it mean to trust in uncertainty and to explore without intent?
  3. How can selfless learning empower the communities we inherit, inhabit, and establish? 

We hope you will join us as your schedule allows. If you need financial assistance with purchasing any or all of the texts, please email honors@wwu.edu with a book request.

June 30 @ 5 pm PDT

Cover of Ted Chiang's "Exhalation"

Short stories by Ted Chiang
Discussion leaders: Dr. Scott Linneman and Prof. Ryan Walker

Students can choose any story (or stories!) by Ted Chiang to read in preparation for discussion.

September 1 @ 5 pm PDT

Cover art of Unflattening by Nick Sousanis

Unflattening by Nick Sousanis
Discussion leader: Prof. Thomas Hummel

July 14 @ 5 pm PDT

Cover art of Eros the Bittersweet by Anne Carson

Eros the Bittersweet by Anne Carson
Discussion leader: Dr. Kathleen Brian

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September 15 @ 5 pm PDT

Cover art of Sublime Subliminal by Rena Priest

Sublime Subliminal by Rena Priest
Discussion leader: Dr. Lori Martindale

August 11 @ 5 pm PDT

Cover art of The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Discussion leader: Dr. Tristan Goldman

Discussions with Dr. Tom Moore

Join Dr. Tom Moore, Honors professor and Fellowship Director, as he holds a discussion on The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Basho.

At Western, he has taught in English and Liberal Studies in addition to Honors. He has published poems in journals such as Nimrod, St. Petersburg Review, and Tiferet as well as articles on literature and hermeneutics (“Dispatch from the Hermeneutic Jungle”). 

August 25 @ 5 pm PDT

Cover art of The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Basho

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Basho

Discussion leader: Dr. Tom Moore