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Cynthia Anderson speaking at Tasveer's 2019 Storywallahs event
January 24, 2019
A few of us were privileged to witness a powerful voice at Tasveer’s recent “Storywallahs: What’s In Your Name?” event: CHID’s own Cynthia Anderson! Cynthia was the first performer of the evening, and she left the large audience breathless until the end. Please watch: Her performance was also just featured in a... Read more
Portrait of Che Seyhun
December 13, 2018
Comparative History of Ideas and Biology alum Che Seyhun ('11) has been busy. A 2017 Neddy Artist Award winner, Che has been organizing artists of color to eat together and honor their communities. This year he launched his new G'ma Project, which brings together real stories about real grandmas from all over the world. Check out the... Read more
Graphic of a human chain
November 2, 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
Suzanne St Peter Headshot
November 2, 2018
by Suzanne St Peter, '91 Having served as CHID Administrator for just over two-and-a-half years, I have been introduced as a CHID staff member numerous times while also being acknowledged as a CHID alum, as are all current CHID staff. There is usually talk about how, as CHID alumni, we all embody the values and principles inherent in the CHID program. At these times, however, I have felt compelled to issue a caveat, saying something to the effect of, “Yes, well, I... Read more
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
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