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Phillip Thurtle at Table
November 14, 2019
Welcome to the Autumn edition of the CHID Newsletter. If pressed to identify a theme for the Autumn Newsletter, I would suggest “Critical Making”. This strange term increasingly describes the projects that our students create and the focus of many of the new classes we teach. Most CHID students and alumni are familiar with the term “critical” as we are used to describing our academic practice as “critical thinking”. The department is known for emphasizing critical reflection--a form of... Read more
Jasmine Stork
November 13, 2019
I got to experience CHID hospitality for the first time in Autumn 2006. As a new member of the Husky Marching Band, I was on campus nearly two weeks before the start of the term, I didn’t know any of the good spots on campus, and there wasn’t much student activity on campus yet. I had taken to wandering campus to scope out possible majors and hang-out spots, and I found out very quickly that Padelford Hall was…a maze. After peeking in dozens of offices without seeing people and taking what... Read more
Ghana Study Abroad
November 13, 2019
What moves you to help others? Many of us care about social justice, equity, gender equity, and human rights. This helpful spirit certainly comes from a good place but we have to also be asking critical questions of our good intentions and what “help” means to people in the global south especially when it’s coming from those from the global north. These discussions are more important than ever in our complex and unequal world and these are the conversations we had while in Ghana this last... Read more
Raza (with microphone) at a Young People For summit, surrounded by audience of students listening to Raza speak.
November 1, 2020
CHID Senior, Marium Raza, was featured in the University of Washington's October 2020 Perspectives Newsletter. The article speaks on how CHID's humanist outlook and focus on the interrelation of society has influenced Raza in her educational journey to become a better doctor. Marium Raza, along with a group of UW computer science & engineering majors, has been working to develop... Read more
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December 9, 2019
Dr. Ileana Marin and Dr. Otilia Baraboi have been awarded the Order of Merit in Education at the rank of Cavalier by the government of Romania. President Klaus Iohannis gave the award for Marin and Baraboi's contributions to the promotion of Romanian language and culture, including their co-taught course, "Romania Transformed." Dr. Marin is also the... Read more
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December 2, 2019
ZINES AND ZINEMAKING: THE RADICAL HISTORY AND CREATIVE FUTURE OF SELF PUBLISHED WORK Alwyn Mouton's focus group created a series of images to showcase their experiences this last Autumn Quarter. You can read more about Alwyn's work with the focus group in this article in The Daily. ... Read more
Profile Picture of Sasha: They are wearing black rectangle framed glasses and a red button-up shirt.
November 15, 2019
Sasha Duttchoudhury began as an honorary Chiddie by way of helping to develop the Queer Study Abroad Resource and staffing the LGBTQ Communities, Public Health, and Migration in Mexico program under the direction of Dr. Anu Taranath. Sasha... Read more
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November 13, 2019
There comes a moment when analyzing and understanding the complexity of what currently is limits the possibilities of what could be.  In June, five professors and 20 students came together for this year’s Summer Institute of the Arts and the Humanities (SIAH), “Creating Alternate Worlds.” The professors consisted of Phillip Thurtle and Nat Mengist from CHID, Tyler Fox from CHID and HCED, and Audrey Desjardins and Heidi Biggs from... Read more
A group portrait of Comparative History of Ideas faculty and staff beneath cherry blossoms in the quad, holding signs that say, "question. critique. create."
June 6, 2019
Alumni The CHID Alumni Advisory Board welcomed two new members, Marie Shimada (‘14) and Karan Grewal (‘16), and is saying farewell to longtime member Sunshine Eversull (‘06). Welcome aboard, Marie and Karan, and thank you for your many years of service, Sunny! The board is excited to launch their new Alumni Mentorship Program to connect current students and recent graduates... Read more
June 6, 2019
I was a chiddie from day one. Seriously, the first class of the first day of my first year at UW, I walked into Prof. Christina Wygant’s class on feminism in literature. I knew within a few weeks that I wanted to be a part of whatever Christina was a part of, and anyone else who has ever had the pleasure of being her student knows the exact care and passion she teaches with. Thankfully, she’s not the only one. Anyone who has ever taken a CHID class at all knows that there’s something unique and... Read more