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David Nixon’s class inspires students long after it ends

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Students recall lifelong inspiration from the Discovery Core course Music and Philosophy taught by IAS faculty member David Nixon since 2008. Over the 13 years, Nixon’s course has undergone many changes, but it has always been about assisting students in personal growth by teaching skills rather than facts. Alumni Sarah Park and Kyle Piper discuss the course’s impact on their lives...

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David Goldstein awarded Fulbright to teach in Japan

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IAS faculty member David Goldstein is headed to Japan. Goldstein received one of eight Fulbright awards given to U.S. scholars to teach U.S. studies in Japan for the 2021-22 academic year. He will teach four American studies courses in fall semester and ...

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Learning about lakes prompts public action

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Why study a lake? Information lends important insights into ecological and human health. Students in IAS faculty member Avery Shinneman’s course on inland waters partnered with King County and Lake Advocates to make changes in the world — despite having to do the work remotely. Supported by a grant from WaterWorks, the students were able to create educational tools designed to inform the public on what they can do and what they should refrain from doing to help improve water quality.

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Jed Murr: Teaching ethnic studies here and in Slovenia

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During a sabbatical originally planned as a teaching Fulbright in Slovenia, IAS faculty member Jed Murr is working on a project funded with a UW Bothell Scholarship, Research and Creative Practice Seed Grant. As part of a larger Black Arts Northwest collaboration with scholars, librarians and archivists, Murr is creating a digital history platform. Part of the platform will be a website about a Black Power mural in Seattle that was created in the early 1970s and destroyed in the 1990s. Another project would digitize Black periodicals published in Seattle and make them publicly accessible.

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Linda Watts: Historical detectives on the Nat Turner case

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IAS faculty member Linda Watts teaches the Nat Turner slave rebellion as a case study in history and a way for Discovery Core students to learn through the different stories told about the event. Nat Turner led a slave rebellion in 1831 in Southampton County, Virginia where many people were killed, including Turner who was hanged. “We have almost nothing that comes directly from Nat Turner. We see him refracted through other people’s accounts,” said Watts, who challenges her challenges her students to become historical detectives. They not only investigate the historic situation, they also analyze its implications in artists’ imaginations.

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