IAS News

Dan Berger says incarcerated people must be freed to halt virus spread

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When the coronavirus pandemic hit Washington state, IAS faculty member Dan Berger thought immediately of prisons. As co-curator of the Washington Prison History Project, Berger joined a chorus of activists and scholars calling for Gov. Jay Inslee to release many of the 19,000 people incarcerated in the state’s prisons and jails. Read his interview in University of Washington Magazine.

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Jed Murr receives grant for Black Arts Northwest project

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IAS faculty member Jed Murr has received a UW Bothell Scholarship, Research and Creative Practice Seed Grant for his project, Black Arts Northwest, Phase One. The grant will enable the creation of a publicly accessible, interactive online digital history platform dedicated to preserving and sharing the story of a Black Power mural created in Seattle in the early 1970s in relation to the rich history, culture, and politics of Black Seattle. The digital platform constitutes ...

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Letter of Solidarity to our Black Students

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Dear IAS students,

We first want to apologize for our delay in getting this message to you. Please do not take our silence as inaction on our part.

From the first ship bringing enslaved people in 1619, to the Colfax, Louisiana massacre in 1873, to the burning of Tulsa this week in 1921, to the police murder of Amadou Diallo in New York in 1999, to Ferguson in 2014, and so many more, state violence with impunity against Black people is everywhere in US history. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd,Tony McCade, David McAtee. There are so many more names before these that should also be named out loud, exemplifying the Call to Action initiated by the Black students at the Seattle campus, the change.org petition signed by students, faculty, and staff throughout the UW, and the ongoing pain of the Black community, our Black students, our Black faculty, and our Black staff. ...

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Jed Murr receives Fulbright US Scholar award to Slovenia

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IAS faculty member Jed Murr has received a Fulbright US Scholar award to Slovenia, where he will work with students, educators, and cultural workers in two major institutions to explore the possibilities and problems that emerge when performing the transnational work of American Studies, Black Studies, and Ethnic Studies in classrooms and arts spaces outside of the US university.  ...

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Stephanie Chavez joins board of Latino/a Bar Association of Washington

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IAS Alum Stephanie Chavez (’14) has always been driven by her passion for law and helping underrepresented communities. A natural extension of this commitment is her recent appointment to the board of the Latino/a Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) as Director of Legal Clinics. The purpose of the LBAW to represent the concerns and goals of Latino attorneys and the Latino people of the State of Washington. Chavez has worked for ...

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