March 2018

Priya Frank promotes SAM exhibit “Figuring History” on New Day Northwest

Alum Priya Frank (’11, Cultural Studies) discussed Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) exhibit “Figuring History” on KING5 TV’s New Day Northwest.  Figuring History features the works of Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas, three contemporary American artists from different generations, who challenge the Western tradition of History Painting and its underrepresentation of people of color.

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Karam Dana lectures at Harvard on “The Future of Palestine and Palestinians"

IAS faculty member Karam Dana delivered a lecture at Harvard University on March 20, 2018 titled “The Future of Palestine and Palestinians: Key Insights from Public Opinion and the Making of Future Policy.”  The lecture examined the military occupation and conditions under which Palestinians are currently living. The lecture outlined the directions to which Palestinians have been headed based on a public opinion survey he conducted. The lecture also ...

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Evan Westenberger finds career success in digital media

Evan Westenberger (’09) was born and raised in Seattle and once made his living as a teenage magician, delivered balloons, and scooped ice cream.  Westenberger has come a long way over the past decade, and his creative, entrepreneurial drive has only shifted in form.  Currently, he runs the global social and digital engagement program for Microsoft Enterprise Services, a group that makes up about one fifth of Microsoft. ...

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Alumni Shout Out!

Jennifer Gess (’07, Community Psychology) began an adjunct faculty position at Seattle University this spring.  She is also a full-time professor for Walden University,  and for both institutions, she teaches in their graduate counseling departments.  Salem Levesque (’11, Cultural Studies) and co-author Butch de Castro were published in Public Health Nursing.  Their paper “Using a digital storytelling assignment to teach public health advocacy” describes how digital story making can be utilized as an academic assignment to teach public health advocacy within an undergraduate nursing curriculum.  Travis Sharp  ...

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Barbara Noah completes her Likely Stories series through a Hatchfund project

IAS faculty member Barbara Noah successfully undertook a Hatchfund project in support of a solo exhibition of the concluding work in her Likely Stories series, which will be shown at Davidson Galleries in 2019. The series features digital images of airborne metaphoric objects that allude to aspiration and transcendence, as well as the imperilment of both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial landscapes. Many of the images express the urgency of climate change, which has sparked recent cultural consideration of the colonization of other planets. The work also poses dichotomies between a search for meaning and the urge to escape from ...

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