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Cultural Studies Graduate Student Berette Macaulay Recognized for Research on Embodied Memory & Identity in Black Diaspora

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Multidisciplinary artist, writer, and Cultural Studies graduate student Berette Macaulay has received a number of honors recognizing her scholarship recently. She was selected to present her capstone research titled “Embodied Witness” at the Tilting Axis conference on “Beyond Trend: Decolonisation and Art Criticism.” The conference was held at the Memorial ACTe Museum in Guadeloupe in June 2019.  Her participation was supported by travel grants from the School of IAS and the Graduate School. Macaulay also ...

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Dan Berger on the critical, overlooked history of WA's prison abolition movement

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In Crosscut, IAS faculty member Dan Berger published an op-ed about the history of prison abolitionist organizing in Washington state. Berger highlighted the state's role as a national leader in thinking about prison policy, prison reform, and alternatives to prison. The article focuses on efforts by incarcerated people, including the prisoner newspapers archived in the Washington Prison History Project, as well as ...

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Frances Lee discusses the power of citation in activist writing

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In their article “It Is Just Me, Or Does Activist Writing Need A Citational Practice?,” Cultural Studies alum Frances Lee discusses citing as an exercise of power. Says Lee, “When we fail to give credit to the authors of the ideas we are building upon, we are preventing people from being acknowledged for their gifts, and even robbing them of the ability to get paid.”

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Washington Prison History Project in the news

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Washington Prison History Project, a digital initiative codirected by IAS faculty member Dan Berger, has been in the news. OZY published an article about The Warden Game, a text-adventure game housed on the project's website. The game was designed by someone incarcerated at the Washington State Reformatory in the late 1980s; it was revamped and redesigned by Berger and Master of Arts in Cultural Studies alumna Magdalena Donea, both of whom are ...

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Kari Lerum presents at Seattle City Council & The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies (UW)

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IAS faculty member and Seattle LGBTQ commissioner Kari Lerum recently presented the commission’s 2 year work plan to the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic committee of the Seattle City Council. The video footage of Lerum along with two other LGBTQ commissioners can be seen starting at minute 54.

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