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by Phillip Thurtle, CHID Director
Forty years ago, a new program at the University of Washington offered its first class, intent on creating an undergraduate curriculum based on “comparative and interdisciplinary courses”. It was called the Comparative History of Ideas Program, was originally housed in the Comparative Literature Department, and borrowed its instructors from the departments of History, English, Comparative Literature, Art History, and Comparative Religion. Not many... Read more
by Wilson Rahn, CHID Major
Hi! My name is @wilson.likethevolleyball, but the government just calls me Wilson.
Honestly it kinda bugs me that the government has given me a name because, honestly, we haven’t historically been super tight. In fact, I feel like often times the government represents ideas that don't at all reflect my values or truths. And that’s wack.
But you know what? For the better part of my lifetime, I have done little to nothing to change that. I am happy to report... Read more
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 graduated... Read more
by Nat Mengist, '15Selections from a recent interview with CHID’s first director, Professor Emeritus John Toews:
Nat: You've talked about relationships with former students over the years.
John: I've actually talked to some people about this and my colleagues have said that what you'll find out is that it won't be the honors you've received—it won't be the accolades you've gotten from your academic colleagues, which will fade very quickly because a lot of... Read more
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to... Read more