Recent News

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We want to 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!
Maria Elena Garcia, Director
Dear Friends, As fall draws to a close and winter settles in, I write with a brief update on CHID’s resilience in the midst of budgetary crisis and administrative restructuring. Since my last note in the spring, we have been fortunate to receive the green light to work toward CHID’s official move from “program” to “department” status. This process of departmentalization represents a significant moment in CHID’s history, as it solidifies our place at the University of Washington and offers exciting possibilities for programmatic growth. As always, we will move slowly and intentionally as we... Full story
CHID seeks proposals for the 2018-2019 Collaborative Learning and Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (CLIP) Fellows Program that focus on critical justice education, welcoming applications for courses on topics such as carceral politics, immigrant detention, and the cultural politics of criminalization, broadly construed. Two CLIP Fellows will be funded at 50% FTE for the academic year to teach one course per quarter and will receive up to $1,500 in research funds. Eligible recipients include: 1) current UW graduate students who will have advanced to doctoral candidacy by September 16, 2018, and who... Full story
Story by Nancy Joseph // September 2017 // Perspectives Newsletter  "The more we learn from one another, the stronger our movements, the stronger our analysis, and the stronger our connections."  When Anu Taranath led a study abroad program in Mexico this summer, the focus was LGBTQ issues. But the group also discussed migration. And xenophobia. And politics. And health. And numerous other related topics.   “Nothing happens in isolation from anything else,” explains Taranath, senior lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) program. “We are trained not... Full story
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CHIDdie Hua Meng Yu, also known as missTANGQ, received a 2016 Artist Trust GAP Award for her New Queer Creation Mythos project. Congratulations missTANGQ! She is profiled in the Artist Trust's September 7, 2017 blog/news item, Artist Profile Series: MissTANGQ (Hua Meng Yu). Read more about Hua Meng Yu and her creative process on her missTANGQ website.
Mary Childs
Mary Childs, lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Comparative History of Ideas program, was recently recognized for her contribution translating and digitizing Georgian literature to share online. “It started as a personal mission to present translations from Georgian, because when I was writing my dissertation there was very little translated or readily available," says Childs. "I am now able to use the material in my courses, and share it with colleagues in Georgia." Childs’ Georgian Digital Text Collective offers selected works of Georgian literature, with... Full story
Cyrus Olsen
CHID alumnus, Cyrus P. Olsen, III, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Advancing Interdisciplinary Study Award, which honors faculty members who cross boundaries between disciplines and departments to create innovative pedagogies that enhance students’ learning and prepare them for real-world challenges. Dr. Olsen, associate professor of theology and religious studies, received his bachelor’s degree from University of Washington and both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oxford. He joined the faculty at Scranton in 2006. Cyrus remarked, "I would attribute receiving the... Full story
Claire Dederer sidesteps both theatrical prose and broad clichés in favor of frank and colorful admissions of impatience, lust and guilt … Dederer is an excellent writer who spins her prose with the casual grace and easy humor of a seasoned professional.”–The New York Times Book Review  Claire Dederer is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga PosesPoser has been translated into 11 languages,... Full story
CHID alum, Brittain Ashford  played a lead role in the Musical nominated for a record 12 Tony Awards, "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. As a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, she is best known for fronting the band Prairie Empire.  Link: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is a ... Full story
KUOW and Humanities Washington hosted CHID's very own Nick Barr Clingan to learn about populism today. Check out the video! Massive movements like the Tea Party and The Resistance vow to stop the President at every turn. Candidates are raging against the very government they seek to lead. Bernie Sanders's candidacy—and Donald Trump's victory—were fueled by fury against an entrenched political class. And across the Atlantic, that same anger propelled Britain's exit from the European Union and the rise of far-right candidates like Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen. What fuels populism—is it... Full story