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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
Phillip Thurtle at Table
November 2, 2018
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
Wilson Rahn Playing Guitar
November 2, 2018
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
John Toews Headshot
November 2, 2018
by Nat Mengist, '15 Selections 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
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
Alyssa Taylor reaching to grab a library book from a packed shelf
June 14, 2018
Alyssa Taylor has been featured as one of four College of Arts and Sciences graduates in order to "demonstrate the breadth and depth of the College while highlighting outstanding students." Check out Alyssa's Spark page here: http://bit.ly/AlyssaTaylor Alyssa majored with a B.A. in CHID and a minor in Diversity, and is completing a senior thesis project titled “Decolonizing Healthcare: Colonial Legacies and the Health of Filipino... 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
CHID study abroad program students and program directors in front of a store in Peru
May 3, 2018
by Monica Rojas-Stewart and Adam Warren Last summer, nine UW students had the opportunity to participate in a new CHID Study Abroad program in Peru, in which they explored the politics of Blackness and Indigeneity in the Andean country. Bringing together the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences, this interdisciplinary program led by Adam Warren (History) and Mónica Rojas-Stewart (Latin American and Caribbean Studies) invited students to observe, work alongside, and learn from... Read more

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