January 2021

Katrina Harack nominated for UW Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology

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IAS faculty member Katrina Harack was honored as a nominee for a 2021 Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology by the University of Washington. This award "recognizes a current faculty member for improving student learning or engagement through an approach that leverages technology." She has enjoyed learning more about online pedagogy while converting her writing courses ...

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Jennifer Atkinson launches the "Existential Toolkit for Climate Educators" discussion series

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Last fall IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson launched the Existential Toolkit for Climate Educators discussion series, a project supported by the Rachel Carson Center to help climate experts and activists share their research and teaching strategies with audiences around the world. Working with Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray, author of A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety, and Dr. Elin Kelsey, author of Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis, Atkinson's group brings together an international community of scholars, educators and climate justice leaders each month to explore the emotional impact of climate disruption, and how we can help students navigate the long emergency ahead.

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Community engagement on a global scale

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Isolated at home by the pandemic, members of UW Bothell’s 2020 Global Scholars cohort said they nonetheless had a meaningful experience of global engagement. Through an inspiring book, deep discussions and remote projects with partners in different countries, they also experienced personal growth and community building.

The Global Scholars program was launched by IAS faculty members Ben Gardner and Ron Krabill, along with Global Initiatives Director Natalia Dyba and Eva Navarijo, director of undergraduate advising for IAS.

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Timely lessons from 2020: The Course

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IAS faculty members Karam Dana and Cinnamon Hillyard were among the two dozen faculty from across the University of Washington who shared insights about a year of historic upheaval and change in a class called 2020: The Course.

A good fit with UW Bothell’s cross-disciplinary approach, 2020: The Course featured perspectives from diverse faculty in public health, social science and data science, with nearly everyone touching questions of social justice, Hillyard said. Issues included racial inequities, health care access, domestic violence, the presidential election and how social media tells you what you want to hear.

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Alka Kurian interviews Pulitzer Prize winner, leads South Asian film events

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In December 2020, IAS faculty member Alka Kurian interviewed the Pulitzer Prize winner poet Vijay Seshadri for the Tasveer Author Meets event. In November 2020, Kurian was a panelist for the “Triumph over Misogyny,” “Duties, Dreams and Desires in a Young Woman,” “Displacement and Trauma: Sri Lanka’s Civil War and Partition of India,” and “Courageous Ordinary Lives in Flood-prone Assam,” panels at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal.

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