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Cover of Labyrinth of Ice
Summer 2020

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

Cover of Labyrinth of Ice

Buddy Levy

St. Martin’s Press: 2019

 

Lt. Adolphus W. Greely, commander of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, assessed the situation from the edge of the ice floe upon which he and his men were stranded.

It was dire.

They were adrift on a raft of ice, and it was 11 degrees Fahrenheit—cold for the time of year but not as low as the sub-zero temperatures they regularly experienced during their two years of exploration and data collection, … » More …

Carla Peperzak and friends in pre-World War II Holland
Summer 2020

Carla Peperzak: Her life

Carla Peperzak is Washington’s 2020 Person of the Year.

For more than 50 years, she wouldn’t talk about her years as a teenage operative in the Dutch Resistance during World War II. Washington State University associate history professor Raymond Sun is now helping Carla tell that story.

Produced by the Edison Creative Group

Learn more about her life:

Keys of my life

Read the article that first connected Raymond Sun and Carla Peperzak.

Read about Carla Peperzak being honored in Olympia. 

 

Video: Carla Peperzak speaks at North Idaho College … » More …

Unite, 1971 | Courtesy National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution
Spring 2020

Gallery: Works from the Black Arts Movement in Chicago

A group of artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and writers in Chicago gave birth to the rich aesthetic based on Black American experience known as the Black Arts Movement (BAM). Below are just a few examples of their work.

Read about a new documentary on BAM in Chicago from WSU Vancouver associate professors of English Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan.

Cover of To Think Like a Mountain
Spring 2020

To Think Like a Mountain: Environmental challenges in the American West

Cover of To Think Like a Mountain

Niels Sparre Nokkentved

WSU Press: 2019

 

“Thinking like a mountain” is the name of a short essay from Aldo Leopold’s 1949 book A Sand County Almanac. In it, he reflects on an old wolf he shot and killed as a young hunter and how he came to realize wolves play a critical role between prey, such as deer and elk, and the flora of the forest and other natural habitats. He lamented humans need to learn to think … » More …

Fall 2019

Traffic signals: A brief history

Before automobiles even swarmed over the roads and streets, there was a need to control traffic to avoid accidents and keep vehicles moving smoothly.

The current systems have developed over more than a century, and they’re poised to change once again as vehicles become more connected and traffic control moves toward AI and complex computer-driven systems.

 

A signal history

December 10, 1868 — The first gas-lit traffic lights were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Proposed by British railway engineer J.P. Knight to control the traffic of horse carriages, gas lights were manually controlled by a police officer using semaphore arms. … » More …