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WWU to host NYU's Marion Kaplan May 18 for 'Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal'

Cover of Kaplan's book shows Jewish refugees at a port in Portugal waiting to board a ship
Western’s Department of Modern & Classical Languages and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity will host an online presentation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18 with New York University Professor of Modern Jewish History Marion Kaplan, a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Kaplan will discuss her newest book, "Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal" (Yale University Press, 2020). 

To register for the webinar, please contact Angela Brown at Questions about the presentation? Contact Cornelius Partsch, professor of Modern & Classical Languages, at

Vax tools: Hundreds of slots open at Peace Health, BTC clinics

National Guard nurse gives a vaccine injection to a Western student
Did you miss out on the first Viking Vax Day? No worries, there are plenty of community clinics still working to get you vaccinated.

PeaceHealth has opened vaccine appointment slots specifically to students; simply log in and pick a time slot by clicking here.

The county has opened up registration for its BTC clinics on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Hundreds of slots are available! If you need your second dose and have had a hard time finding an appointment, call 360-778-6075 for scheduling assistance.

Search for the nearest clinic and book a slot here.

For more info, go to

Western's riff on the CDC's "I got vaccinated" sticker; ours is two shades of blue with a viking helmet symbol


Western encourages all students who are able to get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect our friends, families and the entire Western community! Are you a student who needs help or ideas on how to get to one of the vaccination clinics? Contact the WWU Transportation Services office at Public transportation to Bellingham Technical College is also available, and fares are currently free; you can find bus schedules and plan your trip at:


WWU Vax-O-Meter

The number "1316", referencing the number of people who have used one of the vaccine schedulers above
1,316 The number of Western Washington University students, faculty and staff that have used one of the links above via Western Today and Western's social media channels to schedule a vaccination since April 20 (up +57 since Friday, up +142 for the week).
664 employees have submitted their Covid vaccination status, how about you?
664: The number of Western Washington University employees that have let Human Resources know via this form that they are fully vaccinated (up +23 since Monday, up +42 for the week).

Keep it going, Viks!

Campus Life

As its owners chat, behind them an Australian shepherd slinks away to find mischief.
ABOVE: A happy Australian shepherd looks for a sunny spot for a nap near the PAC Plaza yesterday.

Western Washington University Visual Journalism student and Office of University Communications intern Max Gleiberman will document the student experience and life on campus this spring in this photoblog. Check back every day for new images, or see the entire Campus Life photo collection for the quarter on the Western Today website, here.

Campus Coronavirus Dashboard for 5/11

Dashboard showing 21 cases for spring quarter
Please note that these results reflect only tests given through the Student Health Center. Student cases identified through outside sources are not reflected in this data.

Coronavirus site FAQ updates and announcements

Western's coronavirus site is a living document that is getting added to often; the latest changes can be found at

COVID Resource Link: Quick Index

Campus News

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AS Multicultural Center hosting Asian / Pacific Islander/ Desi American film series in May

Flyer to register for next film screening in the film series

TODAY: Off-Campus Living to host 'Get Ready to Rent'

"get Ready to Rent" in yellow letters on a light blue background

Child welfare advocate Amnoni Myers to present 'Trauma to Redemption' May 13

Amnoni Myers smiles at the camera while sitting on a bench

"Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and beyond Institutions" May 18 

Cover to Susan Burch's book, "Committed," shows handmade quilt with many names on it

Click on the image below to register for the second panel for the 'Each One Teach One' conference

The Next "Each 1 Teach 1" webinar session is May 13

May is Bike Month! Find resources here and get in the saddle!

A mom is on a bike at Boulevard Park with two babies sitting in seats behind her

Be #Viktorious

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