IAS News

Alum Avery Viehmann teaches approaches to queer and trans activism

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Avery Viehmann (they/them pronouns) grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the M.A. in Cultural Studies (MACS) program in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in Writing and Composition. They have 10 years of teaching experience and spent the last 5 years teaching English at Highline College in Des Moines where they formally served as their Writing Center Director. In February...

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Alumni Shout Out!

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Jaime Fajardo (’12, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior) earned his Master’s in Social Work in 2016 and is now serving as Program Supervisor for Snohomish County Superior Court’s Youth Enrichment Services program. Tera Figueroa (’98, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior) is the Administrative Specialist for the Career & Internship Center and Disability Services at UW Seattle and was recently interviewed about her career journey as part of the “Ask an Alum” blog series. Emily Olson, Salvador Salazar Cano, Markus Smith ...

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Streamkeeper Nick Chen shares career navigations with IAS students

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IAS alum Nick Chen recently spoke with faculty member Raissa DeSmet’s senior students about his career navigations since graduating in 2016. Chen is a Restoration Technician and Ecologist at Adopt A Stream Foundation who earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Chen originally ...

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Aarshin Karande publishes “I Know Why the Mockingbird Sings: Between America’s Blackness and Whiteness”

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IAS alum Aarshin Karande has published “I Know Why the Mockingbird Sings: Between America’s Blackness and Whiteness” in The Republic. In his essay, Karande reckons with America’s identity and its binaries. He contends, “America as we know it is in the midst of many changes—the postponed reckoning of its many discontents. Changes that will decide, among other things, whether the journey from President Obama to President Trump represents a triumph of diversity or an omen of immorals. The looming answer lies ...

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Comics aficionado T. Andrew Wahl curates exhibit and launches speaking tour

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In February, IAS alum T. Andrew Wahl began traversing the state with his presentation, Four-Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other, as part of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau.  In this interactive presentation, he explores how everything from social movements to business concerns to changing demographics have shaped the reality seen in the pages of comics. Wahl’s talk will bring him to dozens of communities on both sides of the Cascades throughout 2019 and 2020. Wahl has also ...

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