From Archery to Africa, Toilets to TV

Recent faculty accomplishments in scholarship, research, and other creative endeavors

by John McLain

Llyn De Danaan

LLyn De Danaan’s work has taken her to Malaysia, Thailand, Romania, and the Yakima Valley. For her newest book, she didn’t need to go nearly so far. Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), documents the life of a Salish woman born in the 1850s. Katie Gale tells the remarkable true story of a woman who, after her people’s forced removal from their traditional hunting and fishing grounds, built a successful oyster business in the rapidly shifting, hardscrabble, multicultural society of 19th-century southern Puget Sound. And Gale lived little more than a stone’s throw from De Danaan’s own home of 40 years on Oyster Bay in Mason County, Wash.

De Danaan dedicated Katie Gale to the late Evergreen faculty and Squaxin leader David Whitener, as well as to former student Margaret “Midge” Ward ’94 (Quileute) and Judy Wright (Puyallup) who both got her started in her work with the Puyallup. For De Danaan, the book is a give-back for her own rich and varied life. These stories, she said, need to be told because they paint a larger and truer picture of the history of the Puget Sound region. She clearly loves the work, but she also sees it as a cultural and personal obligation. “They are the stories of my own place and my own home, and they are the stories that belong to the people who have given so much to me.”

Nancy Anderson

Nancy Anderson, M.D., presented her recent field research, “Immunization Advocacy: Saving Lives of Africa’s Children,” at the 141st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Boston last fall. Anderson conducted her field work in Benin, Nigeria, and Senegal with the organization PROMETRA International.

Peter Bacho’s screenplay, CEBU, was accepted into the 2014 Beverly Hills Film Festival held in April. The script is based on Bacho’s novel of the same name, which won the 1992 American Book Award.

Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz (emerita) appeared in “1964,” an episode of the PBS series American Experience that aired in January. In the film, she discusses the impact of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique as well as the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley. Her op-eds have appeared in a number of publications over the past few months, including: “How Can We Help Men? By Helping Women” in The New York Times Sunday Review in January and “Who Still Can’t Sit at America’s Table” on in February.

Righteous Mothers

Marla Beth Elliott and her band, the Righteous Mothers, were the featured performers on the main stage at the Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland, Wash. over Labor Day weekend. The viral YouTube video of their song, “Old Fat Naked Women for Peace,” has been viewed more than 950,000 times.

Dylan Fischer

Dylan Fischer wrote a chapter, “The Outsiders: Undergraduate Research in a Liberal Arts Institution,” for the book, Roads Taken: The Professional Life, Scholarship in Place, and the Public Good (Truman State University Press).

José Gomez

José Gómez was one of three Harvard Law School alumni to participate in a special opening discussion for “LGBT Retrospective and the Road Ahead,” an October colloquium at Harvard. The event celebrated the 35th anniversary of the student organization Gómez founded when he was a law student, the Committee on Gay and Lesbian Legal Issues. Now called Harvard Lambda, the committee was the first gay rights organization in any law school in the nation.

Faculty emeritus Tom Grissom’s recent books include the non-fiction Principles of Traditional Archery and the poetry collection One Spring More, both from Sunstone Press.

Steven G. Herman

Steven G. Herman (emeritus) and visiting faculty Noelle J. Machnicki ’02 are two of the co-authors of “Natural History’s Place in Science and Society,” in the April issue of BioScience. The article argues “that a revitalization of the practice of natural history— one that is focused on new frontiers in a rapidly changing world and that incorporates new technologies—would provide significant benefits for both science and society.”

Last August Betty Kutter (emerita) and her students organized the 20th biennial Evergreen International Phage Meeting. Phages are viruses, and Betty and her colleagues’ research involves manipulating them to treat bacteria-caused illnesses. The six-day conference drew 170 participants from 35 countries.

Julie Levin Russo

Julie Levin Russo’s first two book chapters recently appeared in print. Look for “Labor of Love: Charting The L Word“ in Wired TV: Laboring Over an Interactive Future (Rutgers University Press, 2014) and “Textual Orientation: Queer Female Fandom Online“ in The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender (Routledge, 2014).

Faculty emeritus Dean Olson’s latest book of poetry, Useful Feeling, came out in August. His 2012 collection, Crossing, was nominated for the Washington State Book Award. Fithian Press published both.

Stokley Towles

The newest performance study by Stokley Towles, Flushed: Into the World of Wastewater Treatment, asks the question: Where does it all go? Stokley gave the premier performance to the Seattle Department of Natural Resources and Parks in September. For upcoming performances, keep an eye on Stokley’s website,

Llyn De Danaan

Elizabeth Williamson published two journal articles in 2013: “Staging the Tortured Body in The Martyred Soldier“ in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England and “Fireboys and Burning Theaters: Performing the Astor Place Riots“ in Journal of American Drama and Theatre. She also contributed an essay, “Dismembering Rhetoric and Lively Action in The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” to Staging the Blazon: Poetic Dismemberment in Early Modern Theater (Ashgate, 2013).