CHID Newsletter: Spring 2017 Edition

Dear Friends, As I write, the sun is shining after weeks of rainy, cold Seattle days. CHID, in a similar fashion, still exudes warmth and light despite the various dark clouds that have hovered over us. Taking inspiration from the sunny days, I wanted to send a few lines noting how CHID has been blossoming.    Let us first celebrate some of the amazing new intellectuals that will formally be a part of CHID in the fall. Read more
Students often say that their CHID classes are by far the most intellectually stimulating courses they have taken at the UW. This is because CHID’s philosophy is rooted in providing critical thinking tools to students. CHID 250: Critical Community Organizing is one of the courses these students are talking about. In Winter 2017, CHID offered this pilot course on the basics of community organizing, instructed by former Washington State 11th District Representative Velma Veloria and Third… Read more
When it comes to the relationship between the US and Mexico, these days it’s common to hear about walls more than bridges, fraught politics more than fierce friendships. In a small way, one CHID program hopes to change that. The study abroad program “LGBTQ Communities, Public Health, and Migration in Mexico” explores questions that put US and Mexico relations within a broader framework of borders, opportunity, safety, and dignity. Focusing on the voices and stories of the LGBTQ communities, the… Read more
Seven. That’s how many readers the typical academic journal article could expect to have, my graduate advisor told me when I presented him with the fruits of my months of labor. His comment wasn’t meant to be discouraging. Scholarship often develops slowly and incrementally, and I should be proud of my first contribution, even if its measurable impact might be low. The article was also important for developing my intellectual voice, he suggested.   Given that he was probably the first of those… Read more
Crystaline Brown is finishing her CHID senior thesis by writing speculative fiction, which focuses on pregnant bodies. One of her favorite things about CHID is the desire to find connections between things that are not obviously connected, explore those connections, and then ask questions. Narrative 1: Pregnancy is painful “Women have a higher pain threshold than men.”    “Women have a higher pain threshold than men because they have to give birth.”    “Giving birth is extremely… Read more
In this section, we celebrate the many accomplishments of CHIDdies of all types—students, faculty, alumni—by highlighting recent honors and news items. 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 administrator Suzanne St Peter, We want to hear from you… Read more