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Maria Elena Garcia
May 7, 2018
Dear Friends, As I write on this spring morning the sun is shining and there is a feeling of renewal. CHID, which is no stranger to renewal and reinvention, is also entering another moment of change. I want to begin with an update on our journey toward departmentalization. We are very close to achieving our goal of transforming the CHID program into a full department with greater autonomy than ever before. There are still a few bureaucratic hoops to clear, but we are close! We hope to... Read more
Graphic of a human chain
May 3, 2018
To celebrate the many accomplishments of CHIDdies of all types—students, faculty, alumni—we have compiled below a sampling of recent honors and news items - and there is a lot to celebrate!! Do you have news that you want to share with your CHID community? An award or recognition? A great gig? Going to grad school? Life event to share? Let us know – send a short description and any web links to CHID Outreach Coordinator Nat Mengist, chidout@uw.edu. We want to... Read more
A portrait of Lorraine Berry
May 3, 2018
by Lorraine Berry I transferred to the U-dub in 1982. My freshman year had been spent at Western Washington University, where I had come in as a political science major, but during the course of the year, anytime anyone asked me what my major was, I had a new answer each week as I struggled to find the right fit. I took some time off and went to Memphis , where I discovered that I wasn’t cut out to be a... Read more
Portrait of Che Seyhun
May 3, 2018
by Che Sehyun I accidentally got a CHID major—but it was a perfect fit. I have always looked at my life as a learning process. More than aiming for some grandiose goal, larger purpose, or emulation of greatness, I strive to get better at life, in a holistic sense, within all of its various aspects. By studying what I was drawn to, interested in, and found relevance and meaning in—I completed all of the CHID major requirements except their core courses and thesis. I was honored to work... Read more
bring the war home_belew
April 19, 2018
White-power activity in the United States is not new, nor has it been as shadowy as we may have imagined. It was known and then forgotten. We must, collectively, recognize its strength and history, or our amnesia will make it impossible to respond to such activism and violence in the present. Dr. Kathleen Belew calls the country to action in her recent New York Times Op-Ed titled, "The History of White Power." A... Read more
Claire Dederer
March 9, 2018
"Writing ‘Love and Trouble’ was kind of a feminist act, and it changed me.” 1993 CHID alum Claire Dederer came to the UW from Oberlin College with dreams of becoming a writer. She is now a best-selling author. Known for her books Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning (2017) and Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses (2010), Dederer also writes for the New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Featured in the Spring issue of... Read more
Portrait of Che Seyhun
February 13, 2018
Che Sehyun Receives Neddy Artist Award!  From article written by National Juror ClaireTancons: http://www.cornish.edu/news/release/christopher_paul_jordan_and_che_sehy...  Christopher Paul Jordan and Che Sehyun as the recipients of this year’sNeddy Artist Awards, each of whom will receive an unrestricted grant of $25,000. In her summary of her selections, Tancons... Read more
Susan Ashford performing with the Ghost Quartet
January 23, 2018
After her breakout performance in Dave Malloy’s “Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812,” CHID alum Brittain Ashford is now one part of the new “Ghost Quartet.” She plays autoharp in the “spooky, neo-folkie chamber musical,” playing at Erickson Theatre Off Broadway from January 19th to January 28th. Brittain and her band Prairie Empire will be in Seattle for one night only; February 2nd at the... Read more
Nicole Bradford with her children
December 11, 2017
When still a babe, I internalized the story that a good serious person cultivates a clean, technical set of interests, and pursues them with uncanny passion until one’s efforts are duly exchanged for money-money. I swear, sometimes I still think that idea might work out for me, but mostly I work for pennies-pennies, trying to save the world from imminent climate catastrophe. Classified as an “unconventional student,” I came to CHID after ten years of infrequent schooling from various... Read more
Cyrus Olsen Headshot
December 11, 2017
I teach at a Jesuit institution in northeastern Pennsylvania, The University of Scranton, in the town made famous by the American version of The Office. (When I was leaving England for this job, many a person quoted John Betjemen’s poem “Slough” (1937) by way of jocular encouragement: “Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!/ It isn't fit for humans now…”). In truth, Scranton is post-industrial, still finding its way forward in an economy without need for anthracite coal.... Read more
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