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“An interview with Kari Lerum” published in Sex Matters: The Sexuality & Society Reader

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An interview with IAS faculty member Kari Lerum is featured in the 2019 edition of Sex Matters: The Sexuality & Society Reader. The edited volume spotlights 10 leading researchers in the field of sexuality studies. Lerum is interviewed on her research trajectory and philosophy regarding commercial sex.

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Dan Berger publishes introduction to new edition of Concrete Mama: Prison Profiles from Walla Walla

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger published a lengthy introduction in the new edition of Concrete Mama: Prison Profiles from Walla Walla. A photo essay authored by two journalists with unprecedented access to Washington's infamous prison, Concrete Mama was first published in 1981 and won a Washington State Book Award before going out of print. The University of Washington Press has just republished the book in connection with the UW Library. Berger will join Concrete Mama author John McCoy, formerly incarcerated activists ...

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Mira Shimabukuro's Relocating Authority reviewed

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In December 2018, IAS Associate Dean and faculty member, Mira Shimabukuro, received three glowing reviews of her book, Relocating Authority: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration: “Review of Relocating Authority” in Community Literacy, “Reconciling Past and Place through Rhetorics of Peacemaking, Accountability, and Human Rights in the Archives” in College Composition and Communication, and ...

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Frances Lee writes on the pitfalls of empathy and the commodification of suffering

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Frances Lee’s article, “Seeking change without the commodification of pain and suffering,” was published in The Seattle Globalist on Dec 10. The Cultural Studies alum discusses how social movements rely on emotion and the dead end this creates. “If you don’t care about someone or a group of people until the media has made it abundantly clear that they are suffering, then your concern and engagement is not laudable, but ordinary, expected, and unremarkable.”

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Queer and Trans POC sex worker perspectives

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IAS faculty member Kari Lerum, in collaboration with the Seattle LGBTQ Commission,  the Seattle Commission for People with DisAbilities, SWOP-Seattle, and the Coalition for the Rights and Safety for People in the Sex Trade, led a public forum at Seattle City Hall featuring the voices of Queer and Trans POC in the sex industry. The event, which attracted approximately 70 community members, focused on the crisis caused by recent federal legislation (SESTA/FOSTA) on the lives of the minoritized ​...

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