IAS News

Comics aficionado T. Andrew Wahl curates exhibit and launches speaking tour

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In February, IAS alum T. Andrew Wahl began traversing the state with his presentation, Four-Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other, as part of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau.  In this interactive presentation, he explores how everything from social movements to business concerns to changing demographics have shaped the reality seen in the pages of comics. Wahl’s talk will bring him to dozens of communities on both sides of the Cascades throughout 2019 and 2020. Wahl has also ...

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Ted Hiebert and Jin-Kyu Jung: At the intersection of art and geography

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As IAS faculty members, Ted Hiebert and Jin-Kyu Jung have been colleagues for a long time. But they seldom had occasion to talk until they found themselves commuting on the same bus. Those commuter conversations a few years ago led to a creative collaboration of researchers from two different fields. Recently, Jung and Hiebert received a UW Royalty Research Fund (RRF) Scholar award for nearly $39,000 for a research project called “Imagining the Details: Creative-Critical Engagement of Mapping and Imagining.”

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Alex Rubens publishes 8-Bit Apocalypse: The Untold Story of Atari's Missile Command

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IAS alum Alex Rubens is enjoying success as a business strategist and writer in the gaming industry. A gamer since childhood, Rubens began his career as a journalist writing for major gaming outlets. He then moved onto content management and strategy and currently lives in L.A. where he works at Google helping gaming creators thrive on YouTube. Rubens is also ...

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Ericka Weathers builds education policy career as faculty member at Penn State

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Last year M.A. in Policy Studies alum Ericka Weathers joined Penn State as an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies. Education policy wasn’t always Weathers’ long-term goal. After graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology from Hampton University in Virginia, she moved to Seattle for a research position with the University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) where she ...

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Shannon Cram publishes flash prose: "Mastectomy: Instructions Before Surgery"

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IAS faculty member Shannon Cram published a flash prose piece entitled "Mastectomy: Instructions Before Surgery" in the latest issue of Fugue (Issue 56).  This short creative nonfiction essay adopts the language of a how-to-guide, annotating the pre-operative instructions she received before her own mastectomy.  Cram's current book ...

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