During the academic year, the Washington State History Museum partners with our neighbors at the University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (UWT SAIS) to offer the Scholarly Selections Series. These talks are presented by professors, graduate students, and researchers, and held on FREE Third Thursdays at the History Museum froom September through May. They’re open to the community at no charge.

The final Scholarly Selections for the 2021/2022 academic year are listed on our Events page, they’re coming up on April 21 and May 19. Be sure to check back as we approach the 2022/2023 academic year to find out what UWT has in store for the next series.

Several of the Scholarly Selections programs have been held online and you can see those recordings on our YouTube channel (along with many of our public programs). Scroll through the slide show for links to those talks.

  • National Day of Remembrance: Structural Erasure – Remembering Japanese Americans in Prewar Tacoma
    February 17, 2022

    Tacoma’s prewar Nihonmachi (Japan Town) was a vibrant and close-knit community of first-generation Japanese immigrants and their second-generation American children with businesses, homes, hotels, churches, and the Tacoma Japanese Language School. This world was destroyed by Executive Order 9066, and erased in the years that followed. Join Lisa Hoffman and Mary Hanneman for a presentation on their recently published book Becoming Nisei: Japanese American Urban Lives in Prewar Tacoma

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  • Scholarly Selections: Gender Transgressors in the Library – Building Community and Personal Independence Across the American West
    January 20, 2022

    Hear from University of Washington Tacoma professor Annie Downey, Ph.D., LMS. She will present her fascinating research focused on gender-nonconforming librarians, with a focus on the American West from the late 1800s through today.

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    Image Credit: Agnes C. Hall at a card catalog, Boston Public Library via Flickr/Boston Public Library

    Scholarly Selections: Re-writing Women into the History of Modern Librarianship
  • UWT Scholarly Selections: Gender Norms, (Dis)Empowerment, and the Digital Dating Paradigm
    October 21, 2021

    UWT professor Riki Thompson presents her research about online dating for individuals who identify outside of binary gender norms. Dr. Thompson’s research has been featured in The Conversation and Salon, and interviews about pandemic dating can be found on Vox, the Learning More podcast, and Boise State Public Radio. She is currently working on a book about online dating which explores how people represent self, evaluate others, and communicate in digital dating spaces.

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  • UWT Scholarly Selections: Never Again is Now: Japanese-American Incarceration, Anti-Asian Violence and Immigration Detention in the 21st Century
    May 20, 2021

    This panel discussion is provided by University of Washington Tacoma faculty and the Washington State Historical Society through a joint program called Scholarly Selections.
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