IAS faculty members receive funding to host speakers and events

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This fall quarter 5 IAS faculty received funding to host speakers and events on campus.

Jennifer Atkinson brought Tulalip storyteller and master wood carver Kelly Moses in October who spoke about the relationship between Salish people and the forests in our region; he also shared examples of his artwork. The event was co-sponsored by Social Justice Organizers (SJO) and the Diversity Center.

Dan Berger will bring Garrett Felber, to talk about Black Resistance to the Carceral State. Dr. Felber who will be speaking at UW Bothell on March 5, 2020 about his scholarly monograph on the history of the Nation of Islam and antiracist prisoner activism, as well as his public scholarship on prisoner literacy and establishing reading groups inside prison. In addition to his campus visit, he will speak to people incarcerated at Washington State Reformatory at Monroe and at Clallam Bay Correctional Complex.

Jeanne Heuving and the MFA in Crreative Writing & Poetics program are helping to sponsor a Seattle Town Hall Marathon Reading on January 10, 2020. Over sixty people are invited to read when the Modern Language Association is holding its annual conference in Seattle. The purpose of this event is in part to provide knowledge of the MFA.

Ted Hiebert received a grant on behalf of the IAS arts faculty to turn Husky Hall 1510 into a student exhibition space for winter and spring quarters. The first exhibition will feature 15-20 large-scale prints of student artwork that will remain on display throughout Winter quarter.

Yolanda Padilla will bring Claudia Castro Luna who is the poet laureate of Washington State to campus on February 26, 2020. Castro Luna is the first Latina and first immigrant to hold this position. She will visit BIS 258 in the morning to discuss her book of poetry on the Ciudad Juarez feminicides, and to run a workshop on her Washington Poetic Routes project. She will have lunch with students. In the afternoon she will give a presentation and read from her poetry. Her presentation will address her experiences as a Central American refugee, how that informs her Latinx identity and her political commitments, and how all of that shapes her work as poet laureate of Washington State.