News from School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Category: Students

Q&A: First-generation students

In honor of National First-Generation College Celebration Day on Nov. 8, a few of UW Bothell’s first-gen students answer questions from Director of Communications Maria Lamarca Anderson. Included are three IAS students: Hieu Doan, a Black and Vietnamese senior in Interactive Media Design; Jacky Guzman, a Mexican-American transfer student from Everett Community College majoring in both American & Ethnic Studies and in Society, Ethics & Human Behavior, with a minor in Diversity Studies; and Maritza Lauriano Ortega, a Mexican/Latina senior in Environmental Studies with a minor in Human Rights.

November 6, 2020

My Story: Why I vote

Elisabeth Schnebele, a senior majoring in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, could have voted in 2016, but didn’t. Learn what happened, how her mind has changed since then, and why she voted in 2020. “This year, I am voting — for myself, for Molly, the Jane Doe’s, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants both documented and undocumented ... for anyone who feels like they don’t have power. I will fight for you with my vote and help write a better future for us all.”

October 28, 2020

Denise Vaughan discusses the difference between the presidential debate and academic debate (KOMO news)

IAS faculty member Denise Vaughan was interviewed by KOMO news sports reporter Bill Swartz about the UW Bothell Speech and Debate team and the upcoming Presidential Debate. The discussion (listen here) focused on difference between academic debate and what we see on the Presidential Debates where interruptions are frequent, as well as how the UW Bothell team has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 23, 2020

Study abroad in India turns into virtual internship

Everyone on campus had to pivot when the coronavirus forced the University of Washington Bothell into remote operations, but one of the biggest twists may have been how a planned study abroad trip to India turned into a virtual internship program.

October 19, 2020

Alumni support virtual human rights seminar

While the pandemic has pushed most courses online, students continue to benefit from rich learning experiences like UW Bothell’s annual Washington D.C. Human Rights Seminar. When the 2020 D.C. Seminar went virtual, leaders Ron Krabill and Jung Lee enlisted the program’s vital network in a series of online dialogues. Several IAS alumni joined this cadre of experts and mentors, sharing their firsthand experiences with human rights and social justice. ...

October 9, 2020

Troy Landrum Jr. wins first Quarantine Book Club Fellowship

Troy Landrum Jr., second-year student in the UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program, is the winner of the first Quarantine Book Club Fellowship. This fellowship supports Troy’s four week long in-depth study of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved as part of the Quarantine Book Club, a nationwide group of ...

October 9, 2020

MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics students and alumni interview recently-published authors

Since 2018, the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics has collaborated with Essay Press on the annual publication of a work or works of innovative prose. The first two books in the series were published this summer, and MFA students and alumni have come together to interview the authors to gain deeper insights into their work and poetics. Stephanie Segura (2020), N. L. Sweeney (2020) and Scott Bentley (2021) interviewed Katherine Agyemaa Agard about their book of colour, an experimental essay about color, hybridity, and art-making that provides a memoir of Agyemaa Agard’s coming to North America and encountering binaries of black and white within global anti-blackness. Cliff Watson (2021), Annika Bunney (2021), and Sabina Livadariu (2020) spoke with Kaia Preus about ...

October 2, 2020

Julie Feng and Pamela Santos receive PAGE Fellowships

Two IAS graduate students, Julie Feng, second-year M.A. candidate in Cultural Studies and Pamela Santos, first-year candidate in the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics have received Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) fellowships for 2020-21 from the national consortium of Imagining America: Artists & Scholars in Public Life (IA). University of Washington Bothell is a member campus of Imagining America, which “promotes public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues.” ...

September 1, 2020

Students screen “The City as Character” at Northwest Film Forum

On August 23, 2020, students from IAS faculty member Minda Martin's class, "The City as Character Vol. 2," screened their work in an online event hosted by the Northwest Film Forum, and streamed live on their webpage and on Facebook. The course (BISMCS 343) is partnered with Seattle Municipal Archives and Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS) and requires students to work with the archives to tell stories about specific issues in Seattle from more than 50 years ago and connect it to the present. Some of these topics that surfaced are police accountability ...

August 24, 2020

Bee Elliott: A musical activist for the environment

Bee Elliott, an Environmental Studies major, said she was sold on attending the University of Washington Bothell when she saw the wetlands on campus. “It was really attractive to me, not just another concrete paradise.” Elliott was recognized this last academic year as one of the Husky 100, students from across UW honored for making the most of their education. She has been an outdoor wellness leader, member of the Sustainable Student Action Club, and singer in the musical group, The People’s Echo, among other pursuits

August 19, 2020