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Category: IAS

A Call for Global Cultural Change to Shift Civilization and Save the Planet

In a review published April 2, 2024, University of Hawaii atmospheric scientist Charles Fletcher, UWB professor Phoebe Barnard and a team of eminent western and indigenous scientists, historians, futurists, and other global colleagues consider the causes of and solutions to multiple converging and interwoven crises on Earth, including climate change, ecological destruction, disease, pollution, and...

April 3, 2024

MFA Alum Abigail Mandlin founds Literary Journal – Heart on our Sleeves Press

Abigail Mandlin (MFA ’20) recently launched Heart on Our Sleeves Press, a literary magazine featuring poetry and prose. The title is a reference to the way writers encounter the world. As Mandlin writes, “[i]t’s our burden and our pleasure to experience the world in technicolor–in all caps–and it’s what drives us to the page, to...

March 28, 2024

Purpose, History, Justice, and the Paranormal

IAS alum Anthony Safai finds his passion in an unconventional place through his web series Existence in Silence “Just go out there and you’ll find something. You won’t expect it, but you’ll definitely find it.”  These are the words of Anthony Safai (’24), a recent graduate of UW Bothell who majored in Media & Communication...

March 25, 2024

Jennifer Atkinson Leads Climate Workshop for 200 Faculty at California State University

IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson worked with climate author Sarah Jaquette Ray to train over 200 faculty on how to center emotion in climate education. The sessions took place in March 2024, with faculty from across the California State University (CSU) system attending. The workshops are part of CSU’s Teaching Climate Change and Resilience Faculty...

March 21, 2024

Wanda Gregory collaborates on Project Aurora, now on display at the National Nordic Museum

Project Aurora, a collaborative effort by IAS faculty member Wanda Gregory, renowned glass artist Ginny Ruffner, and Ed Fries, former head of Microsoft Xbox, is currently on display at the National Nordic Museum until June 2024. Inspired by Iceland’s northern lights, Project Aurora is a 20-foot light installation that utilizes AI programming.

March 14, 2024

Jin-Kyu Jung coauthors “Digital Food Apartheid: The Uneven Food Geographies of Seattle In The Era of Amazon”

Jin-Kyu Jung has published a co-authored paper, “Digital food apartheid: The uneven food geographies of Seattle in the era of Amazon” in Environment and Planning F: Philosophy, Theory, Models, Methods and Practice. The paper puts forward the concept of “digital food apartheid” to articulate differentiation in terms of one’s agency concerning their food that is...

March 14, 2024

Jennifer Atkinson Discusses Climate Anxiety on Crosscut Reports, PBS

Faculty member Jennifer Atkinson spoke with “Crosscut Reports” on Cascade PBS about the vast range of emotions people experience in climate education and climate activism — from outrage and fear to solidarity, purpose, apathy, and joy. In introducing this episode on How Climate Change is Taxing Our Mental Health, Crosscut host Maleeha Syed summarized her...

March 7, 2024

IAS Affiliate Faculty Jill Freidberg has been awarded a $400,000 Mellon Humanities In Place grant

IAS Affiliate Faculty Jill Freidberg has been awarded a $400,000 Mellon Humanities In Place grant for the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute, an oral history training program that she founded and co-directs as part of her work at Wa Na Wari. Since its inception, the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute has also received curricular support from IAS geographers...

February 29, 2024

Cedar Sigo and Simon Wolf new collaboration – Occasional Objects

MFA Visiting Writer & Alum, Cedar Sigo and Simon Wolf recently celebrated their new collaboration “Occasional Objects” at Common Area Maintenance. “The words stretched severely.” We arrived early to help Timothy set up the chairs, and to arrange them in a certain way, decide just where the mic would be. The small things like this...

February 29, 2024

Lauren Berliner publishes “When Contexts Collapse” which discusses collaborative, experimental models of media making that emerged during Covid 19 lockdowns and

Lauren Berliner recently published “When Contexts Collapse: How Ubiquitous Video Cameras in the Home During COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdowns Transformed Family Representation” in Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media. Utilizing interviews from a range of caregivers and teachers alongside textual analysis of circulating and non-circulating videos made by children during the COVID-19 quarantine, this article...

February 29, 2024