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Meshell Sturgis reviews The Rachel Divide and Fearing the Black Body

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M.A. in Cultural Studies alum Meshell Sturgis ('17) studies representations of difference and identity in the media using Black feminist critical-cultural communication theories and methods. A Ph.D. candidate in the UW Department of Communication, Sturgis recently published reviews of the documentary film, The Rachel Divide, with co-author Victoria Thomas, and the book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, by Sabrina Strings.

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Alka Kurian: Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, and model minority discourse

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IAS faculty member Alka Kurian had a busy summer!  She gave virtual lectures in June and September on "Youth, Education, Gender, and Human Rights in India" to students of the Foreign Services Institute, and presented a virtual paper entitled “Growing Up South Asian in America Today” at the University of Lucknow, India. She also participated in virtual ...

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Building Community: A Writing Group for Trans Scholars

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IAS faculty members Ching-In Chen and Neil Simpkins have launched a UW-wide Imagining Trans Futures research group.  Funded by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the group support trans scholars in their research and writing and to bring trans studies scholars to the UW community through a speaker series open to the public. The aim of this group is ...

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Becca Price: "Starting Conversations About Discrimination Against Women in STEM"

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IAS faculty member Becca Price published an article about a workshop that helps end discrimination against women in university science. Attendees learn how to recognize discrimination against women—and how to intervene when they see it. The workshop focuses on four case studies about gendered microaggressions, intersectional ...

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Ursula Valdez “Slipping Through the Cracks: Racism and the struggle for equity in the field of conservation”

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IAS faculty member Ursula Valdez was one of 5 panelists who participated in this event as they discussed their experiences as members of the BIPOC community and co-conspirators working in and around the field of conservation. Together, panelists discussed how racism and other issues of social injustice are connected to ...

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