News and Events

Becca Price helps students learn about insects that use gears to jump

February 25, 2015 - IAS faculty member Becca Price published a set of resources for teachers to teach and students to learn about the first-ever interactive gears found in animals. The resources accompany a Science article by Malcolm Burrows and Gregory Sutton that describes the insects that have these gears. The gears synchronize the insect’s legs as at prepares to jump—and it works so well, that the jump happens in just 2 one-thousands of a second.

Becky Aanerud, Lauren Lichty, and Julie Shayne present at Sociologists for Women in Society

February 23, 2015 - Becky Aanerud, Lauren Lichty, and Julie Shayne presented at the Sociologists for Women in Society winter meeting in Washington, DC.  Shayne organized a session titled “Curricular and Administrative Feminist Activism” where she presented on a feminist focused undergraduate assignment she is launching this spring.  Lichty presented on ethical considerations when having students engage community-based activities.  Aanerud discussed the ways in which feminist principles guide her administrative work.  Shayne also was a feature author for her new book Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas.

IAS Graduate Students host first annual IAS Grad Research Flash Talks

February 23, 2015 - Graduate students in the MA in Cultural Studies and MA in Policy Studies programs organized the first Research Flash Talks event, which highlighted ongoing projects from second year students in each program. The event was created to facilitate cross-program collaboration among IAS graduate programs and to provide graduate students the chance to discuss their work. Six graduate students presented their work, followed by a research workshop with presenters and attendees.

Amaranth Borsuk exhibits her students' work on “Chapbooks and Artists’ Books”

February 23, 2015 - IAS faculty member Amaranth Borsuk is exhibiting work by students in her BISIA 483B "Chapbooks and Artists' Books" course.  Check out the display cases on the lower level of Discovery Hall to see what current and recent IAS students have done.  The exhibit is up through the end of winter quarter.  Borsuk also recently gave a poetics talk with her collaborator Andy Fitch and presented their work at the Evergreen State College as part of the Art Lecture Series. A video of their seriocomic presentation is now available online:

Dan Berger publishes on Malcolm X in Al Jazeera America

February 23, 2015 - IAS faculty member Dan Berger published "Malcolm X's Challenge to Mass Incarceration" in Al Jazeera America, discussing the significance of Malcolm X and his legacy, fifty years after his assassination in 1965.  Berger notes that "prison" was, for Malcolm X, both a reality and a metaphor for "the daily indignities black women and men faced," and links this insight to contemporary movements against mass incarceration and "preemptive policing."

Nives Dolšak promoted to full professor!

February 20, 2015 - IAS faculty member Nives Dolšak has been promoted to the rank of full professor.  Dolšak joined IAS as an assistant professor in 2002.  She was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2007.  She currently holds a joint appointment between IAS and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at UW Seattle. Congratulations, Nives!!!

Georgia Roberts, Nafasi Ferrell, and Brandon Washington participate in “Power, Justice & Freedom Through Education Summit”

nafasi-photo.jpgFebruary 17, 2015 - IAS faculty member Georgia Roberts, MA in Cultural Studies student Nafasi Ferrell, and Media and Communication Studies major Brandon Washington participated in Franklin High School's annual "Power, Justice & Freedom Through Education Summit" on January 14th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Each year Franklin invites community members to present workshops and engage students in discussions around social justice.  Ferrell facilitated a workshop based on her thesis work called "Cultural Inception: A Journey Through Hip-Hop, Poetry & Spoken Word" and Washington attended a special forum facilitated by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

Kristin Gustafson and Andreas Brockhaus facilitate workshop on UW Bothell learning objectives

IAS-News-AllCampus-Gustafson-(4).jpgFebruary 17, 2015 - IAS faculty member Kristin Gustafson, along with affiliate faculty member Andreas Brockhaus, facilitated campus-level discussions of assessment of student learning at UW Bothell, particularly in terms of the undergraduate learning goals.  Brockhaus and Gustafson serve as this year's assessment working group leaders for technical literacy/information literacy and communication respectively. IAS is also well represented in the membership of the four ongoing working groups. This forum provided one of several opportunities for the campus community to participate in the process of articulating key elements of each learning goal or proficiency. The intent is to develop a common language to describe our shared enterprise in undergraduate learning.

Kristy Leissle, aka Dr. Chocolate, publishes "Labels of Love"

 February 13, 2015 - IAS faculty member Kristy Leissle, known in the chocolate industry as Dr. Chocolate, has published "Labels of Love" in the Business & Economy section of The Conversation, an online newspaper. As chocolate comes under its annual scrutiny in the lead up to Valentine's Day, Leissle's piece discusses the differences among various labels and claims on chocolate bars, and what these mean for consumers as they shop for chocolate. In related Valentine's Day work, Kristy appeared on KBCS Morning Blend Wednesday through Friday, discussing political, economic, and cultural aspects of the chocolate industry globally.

Lauren Berliner and students host interactive documentary gaming event

fort-mcmoney.jpgFebruary 12, 2015 – IAS faculty member Lauren Berliner and students from her Participatory Media Culture class will host a live RPG gaming event, plus viewing and discussion of Fort McMoney at the Northwest Film Forum on February 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Fort McMoney is a documentary game that offers players an immersive, interactive portal into the world’s largest oil sands and accompanying boomtown in northern Canada. Student tickets for this event are available from Northwest Film Forum at the link above.

IAS hosts "Mentor Chat" with Deborah Oaks

February 6, 2015 - IAS hosted its first “Mentor Chat” in January with alum Deborah Oaks (Science, Technology and the Environment, '08).  Mentor Chats assist students with career exploration and networking by providing opportunities to dialogue with IAS alum and community partners working across diverse roles and sectors.  At this mentor chat, a small group of students learned how Oaks has navigated her career and how interdisciplinarity informs her work.  Oaks has dedicated much of her career to restoring rivers, serving five years with Stewardship Partners and actively volunteering with Sno-Valley Tilth.  She currently works as the Habitat Program Coordinator for Sound Salmon Solutions.

Karam Dana speaks on “Confronting Injustice” at Brown and Northeastern

February 6, 2015 - IAS faculty member Karam Dana will speak on “Confronting Injustice: Palestinian Identity and Non-Violent Forms of Resisting Israeli Occupation” in a live streamed lecture on February 19 at Brown University.  He will also co-facilitate a workshop co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and the Boston Consortium on Arab Region Studies at Northeastern University on “Conducting Research in the Middle East: A Methods Workshop for Graduate Students.”

Dan Berger speaks on radio about Captive Nation

February 6, 2015 - IAS faculty member Dan Berger discussed his book Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era on the Morning Blend, a program of KBCS radio in Bellevue. KBCS played excerpts of the interview with Berger throughout the week of Feb 2.  Berger has also been discussed his book on other radio programs and podcasts recently, including "Against the Grain" and "Up Front Radio" on KPFA, "A Just Cause Radio" podcast, and "KZYX Forthright Radio" in Mendocino.  

Jin-Kyu Jung and Janelle Silva present on geographies of children, youth, and families

February 2, 2015 - IAS faculty members Jin-Kyu Jung and Janelle Silva presented their research at the 4th International Conference on the Geographies of Children, Youth & Families, held in San Diego, CA.  Jung presented a paper on "Walk to school together: Qualitative and affective visual meaning-making with children," while Silva spoke on "Seeing and 'doing': Using critical pedagogies to facilitate social action in first grade." 

Robin Oppenheimer and Jason Pace speak on art and technology at Cornish Playhouse

Peca KuchaJanuary 30, 2015 - IAS faculty members Robin Oppenheimer and Jason Pace presented at the Seattle Pecha Kucha event on Art & Technology: Bridges and Thruways held at Cornish Playhouse.  Oppenheimer spoke about her research on the 1966 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering event, which focused on how creative collaboration between artists and engineers was transformative and revolutionary.  Drawing on his experience directing UW Bothell's Digital Futures Lab, Pace focused on how embracing radical diversity on creative teams can transform our vision not only of what we make with technology, but also what kinds of technologies we invent. 

Nine IAS faculty members named eLearning Fellows

January 26, 2015 – Nine of the fifteen members of the inaugural cohort of the eLearning Fellows program are IAS faculty. Lauren Berliner, Gary Carpenter, Karam Dana, James Gray, Kari Lerum, Lauren Lichty, Camille Walsh, Linda Watts and Becca Price/Susan Waters (team proposal) have been selected to work together along with the UW Bothell Learning Technologies team on course development and design. The redesigned courses will be offered during the 2015–2016 academic year. IAS faculty member Leslie Ashbaugh was a key architect of this program from its beginnings. Congratulations to all!

Gregory Laynor hosts Judith Rodenbeck

January 26, 2015 - IAS PIP fellow Gregory Laynor will be hosting the visit of Media and Cultural Studies scholar Judith Rodenbeck.  During her visit, Rodenbeck will give two talks, both on Friday, February 20.  The first,  "Bipedal Modernity," will take place at the Simpson Center for the Humanities and sponsored by the Affect & Audience in the Digital Age crossdisciplinary research cluster (of which IAS faculty members Amaranth Borsuk and Sarah Dowling are also part).  The second, "Bipedal Modernity: the other foot" will be at INCA, the art space run by IAS faculty members Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman

IAS faculty members and students participate in UW Ferguson and Beyond teach-in

January 26, 2015 - Several IAS faculty and students participated in the UW-wide teach-in, “Ferguson and Beyond: Race, State Violence, and Activist Agendas for the 21st Century,” which was written up in the Seattle Times.  IAS faculty members Dan Berger and Scott Kurashige presented on the panel "The Past is Always Present: Contextualizing US State Violence," and Wadiya Udell moderated the panel "#Blacklivesmatter: A Universal Call for Social Justice."  IAS undergraduate student Alejandra Perez, presented on the "Student/Youth Activists: Vanguards of 21st Century Social Justice."  IAS faculty members Ron Krabill, Yolanda Padilla, and Wadiya Udell, along with IAS graduate student Marcus Johnson, moderated the lunchtime break-out discussions.  More than 303 students and faculty and staff members attended the teach-in, including those taking part in a course co-taught by IAS faculty members Sarah Dowling and Ron Krabill. 

Kelle Grace Gaddis is on a publishing streak

January 26, 2015 – Kelle Grace Gaddis, a 2014 graduate of our MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program, has launched Brightly Press.  This small press will debut at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in April 2015, featuring some of the coutry's top poets. Gaddis' own work has recently been published in a number of venues. Her poem, “The Way Home”, has been selected for the “Poetry on Buses” project. Other of Gaddis' poems and literary fiction have been published in the last year by Blackmail Press, Dove Tales Literary Journal, and in Dove Tales’ forthcoming "Nature" edition. She has also had four poems and a short story featured in Knot Literary & Arts Magazine's November-January 2015 online edition. Her book Polishing A Gem On The Surface Of The Sea is currently a finalist in Omnidawn's Fabulist Fiction contest. 

Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas exhibit their work in Vienna, Austria

January 26, 2015 - IAS faculty members Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas are exhibiting their work at WUK-Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna, Austria from January 28 to March 14, 2015. The exhibition, “Pipe Dream,” is organized by Croatian curator Irena Borić.  It analyzes the ambiguous role of political potential in art practices. Other participating artists include Claire Fontaine, Pilvi Takala and Amalia Pica. Bergman and Salinas will exhibit a new, revised version of their work “Monument to Rebellion”.

Kristy Leissle appears in film about Antarctica, Penguin Post Office

January 23, 2015 - IAS faculty member Kristy Leissle appears in a new film, Penguin Post Office, about humans living among wild animals.  While doing research in Antarctica in winter 2014, Leissle worked with the BBC film crew, focusing on her team's interactions with a colony of Gentoo penguins.

Amaranth Borsuk’s video work featured in the Huffington Post

January 23, 2015 - IAS faculty member Amaranth Borsuk's video project from her new book As We Know was featured this week in the Huffington Post. The book and videos are a collaboration with writer Andy Fitch, who visited Bothell on January 20 as part of the From the Convergence Zone reading series. Fitch discussed his work and its relation to indexical art and read from a number of projects in collaboration with students in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics. Borsuk and Fitch also read from As We Know on January 22 as part of the Margin Shift reading series at the Hedreen Gallery in Seattle. A selection from the book was just published in the anthology Best American Experimental Writing, 2014 (Omnidawn, 2014).

Dan Berger discusses Eric Holder and civil rights in the International Business Times

January 23, 2015 - IAS faculty member Dan Berger was interviewed for a story in the International Business Times about U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s civil rights legacy. Berger places Holder’s legacy in the context of the protest and civil disobedience currently organized under the banner “black lives matter,” suggesting that Holder “has not been as proactive or aggressive in pursuit of racial justice as many would have hoped… and that rather dire circumstances mandate.”

Miriam Bartha speaks on careers for humanists at the Modern Language Association

January 23, 2015 - IAS Director of Graduate Programs and affiliate faculty member Miriam Bartha spoke on the portfolio-based pedagogy of the MA in Cultural Studies and the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship at the 2015 Modern Language Association convention in Vancouver BC.  The panel, one of a series on “Careers for Humanists,” examined programmatic innovations and obstacles in diversifying career options and professional development for humanities graduates. 

Bruce Kochis and Ron Krabill speak on Conflict and Human Rights

Capture.PNGJanuary 20, 2015 - IAS faculty members Bruce Kochis and Ron Krabill contributed to a panel discussion, "Conflict and Human Rights," as a part of Cascadia College's Human Rights Awareness Week. Kochis spoke on "The Kurdish Question," while Krabil focused on "Media, Conflict, and Human Rights."

Jeanette Sanchez collaborates with Cascade K-8 Community School

January 14, 2015 - IAS faculty member Jeanette Sanchez taught BIS 212 Engaging Performing Arts: Theater for Young Audiences in autumn 2014 in collaboration with the Cascade K-8 Community School.  Students in the course created drama, dance, culinary, and poetry workshops centered on the theme of diversity in Seattle.  They then facilitated those workshops for the kindergarten and first grade classes at the school.  The poetry group constructed original poems about the city celebrating their experiences with other cultures and making Seattle home using English, Korean, and Ethiopian. The drama group used a local author, Jay Steare's, Goodnight Seattle to guide the students in an exploration of the city through movement and imagination.  The dance group created an original piece of choreography using ballet, jazz, hip hop, and club dancing set to an instrumental version of a Macklemore song.  The culinary group led the students through a food tour of Seattle offering items that would be found at Pike Place Market, Chinatown, the International District, and the Waterfront.

Ron Krabill leads retreat on interdisciplinary pedagogies

Seattle School logoIAS faculty member Ron Krabill led a faculty retreat for the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology on developing interdisciplinary pedagogies.  Krabill used community organizing strategies to develop shared narratives of interdisciplinarity among the core faculty of the school based on his experiences within IAS and at UW Bothell.

IAS student Zoe Wong publishes in The International Examiner

ielogotext1.pngJanuary 08, 2015 - IAS student Zoe Wong published an article, "Standardized tests: Asian parents need to be part of the solution," in The International Examiner. Wong reported and wrote the story as part of IAS faculty member Kristin Gustafson's Introduction to Journalism course.  The course has a community-based-learning component.  During the quarter, Wong and three other students visited the newspaper, talked with Editor-in-chief Travis Quezon, and created a blog about their experience.

Julie Shayne’s Taking Risks receives positive reviews

shayne.jpgJanuary 6, 2015 - Julie Shayne’s new book Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas is out in paperback and receiving positive reviews. Taking Risks was reviewed by the journal Gender & Society. Reviewer Elizabeth Borland writes: “Editor Julie Shayne makes a strong case that reflections of feminist risk-taking of varying kinds and degrees help us recognize both the challenges and benefits that can result. For this reason, the reflexive volume will be helpful to scholars engaging in feminist research in Latin America and other Southern/non-Western.” She concludes: “The book will be particularly useful to graduate students and others embarking on feminist research projects, for it can help inspire us not to leave our politics aside as we work. The authors’ personal reflections provide the reader with the sorts of details you might hear when you talk with another scholar, but seldom read about in an article or monograph. In this way, the editor and authors have also taken risks to tell these stories; as readers, we benefit from their candor.” Shayne, along with co-author Kristy Leissle, will be presenting on the book at the IAS Research Colloquium on Tuesday, February 3rd at 4:00pm.

Joe Milutis publishes "Marcel Duchamp's The [Creative] Act"

tumblr-inline-nej0pmeUt11qdmnce.jpgJanuary 6, 2015 - IAS faculty member Joe Milutis published "Marcel Duchamp's The [Creative] Act" with Gauss PDF.  The 14-page book transforms Duchamp's 1957 lecture "The Creative Act" into a playful commentary on interactivity in the digital age, complete with broken links and mad libs.  It has been written-up in the Paris Review and translated into Turkish.

Dan Berger joins advisory board of Global Dialogues on Incarceration


January 5, 2015 - IAS faculty member Dan Berger joined the advisory board for a national project on mass incarceration coordinated by the Global Dialogues program of the Humanities Action Lab at The New School. Global Dialogues on Incarceration will coordinate over 300 students from a dozen partner universities around the country to research, document, and interpret the history of mass incarceration while fostering public dialogue on the urgent questions it raises today. The student work will be assembled into a traveling digital and textual exhibit.

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