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IAS alumni are thriving in their lives and careers! Learn what our graduates are up to through this collection of stories.

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Zarefah Baroud creates documentary “Stories from the Homeland”

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Telling the story of her own family, Zarefah Baroud created a documentary film about the displacement of Palestinians, an event they refer to as the Nakba - Arabic for “catastrophe.”  Baroud undertook this endeavor as her undergraduate capstone project while studying Media & Communication Studies (’19) at UW Bothell. 

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Snail Trail: MFA graduates launch eco-poetics press and journal

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Recent graduates of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at University of Washington Bothell have launched a unique publication project, a small press and a hand-bound journal of ecopoetics entitled Snail Trail. Nurtured in the spaces of the MFA program, the journal had multiple inspirations. Eric Sneathen’s Snail Poems (Krupskaya, 2016). AFTER LIFE (what remains), an exhibition/experience exploring Asian Pacific American and Indigenous artists’ exploring precarity and persistence under environmental and military devastation (June/July 2018, Alice Gallery, Seattle). Through dialogue with one another and faculty members Woogee Bae, Aya Bram BonnLuders, and Amy Jones developed Snail Trail: an ecopoetics journal as a way to think about poetry and social change.

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Mary Jane Topash educates the public on the thrivance of Native communities in the Pacific Northwest

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Mary Jane Topash (Tulalip and Potawatomi) was working full-time at the Hibulb Cultural Center in Tulalip when she was completing her M.A. in Cultural Studies (‘17) at the University of Washington Bothell. It was during this time when Mary Jane gained interest in addressing issues of (mis)representation and the commodification of Indigenous people in museums. She explained ...

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Shibuki Hanai discusses his Public Management Fellowship with City of Hillsboro

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IAS alum Shibuki Hanai (‘14, ’18) has been serving as a Public Management Fellow for the City of Hillsboro, Oregon since July. This fellowship is designed for emerging leaders with a strong commitment to public service and provides a breadth of experience in local government. Hanai talked with IAS News about his motivations to seek the fellowship and how his interdisciplinary education prepared him for this experience.

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Alumni Shout Out!

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Danny Molvik (Society, Ethics & Human Behavior, ’04, Policy Studies, ’07) is a Senior Technical Program Manager at Amazon working on their mobile shopping app. Hillary U (Culture, Literature & the ArtsSociety, Ethics & Human Behavior, ’10) has joined Amazon Web Services as their Senior Communications & Operations Manager for EC2 Business Development. Woogee Bae (Creative Writing & Poetics, ’19) has joined Seattle Arts & Lectures as a Donor Relations Associate. Ray Corona (Society, Ethics & Human Behavior, ’13) visited Julie Shayne and ...

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