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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
María Elena García
October 6, 2021
To accompany the release of her book Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in PeruCHID professor María Elena García wrote a piece for UC Press Blog about the socio-cultural haunting looming over Peru & its relation to a history of colonialism and political violence. Read about it here and be sure to check out her book... Read more
Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World
September 29, 2021
October 21, 2021, 6:00 PM (Pacific Time) Virtual Free But RSVP Required: RSVP Here! This event is co-sponsered by CHID, Comparative History of Ideas and the English Department of the University of Washington. Dr. Taranath will be in conversation with author and activist Reagan Jackson. Dr. Anu Taranath brings both passion and expertise to her work as a speaker, facilitator, author and educator. A University of Washington professor for the past 20 years, she... Read more
The Fall and Return of Evo Morales in Bolivia Event Poster
September 22, 2021
The Quarrel Over the Excess - and the Truth: The Fall and Return of Evo Morales in Bolivia Bret Gustafson Friday October 15, 12:30-2:00 CMU 120   Bolivia's former President Evo Morales led the country through a period of political stability and economic growth, much of it fueled by a boom in natural gas exports. Seen by many as an icon of Indigenous and revolutionary struggle in Latin America, Morales was also attacked by detractors as an immoral imposter, authentic neither as... Read more
W statue on campus, taken on sunny May day
April 8, 2021
Sophia Carey is a junior at the University of Washington studying English and the Comparative History of Ideas with a minor in Theatre Studies. Sophia is motivated to pursue experiences in performance studies research, public policy, and community-based theater. To read about Sophia's nomination, read more here.
Stop Asian Hate
March 21, 2021
I’m writing as the chair of the CHID Department to let you know that the department stands in solidarity with the Asian American, Asian, and Pacific Island members of our learning community. Although horrifying violence born from racism, misogyny, and exploitation have long been a part of American history, the murders committed on Wednesday are especially harmful as they come during an intensified period of hate directed toward Asians and Asian Americans. I know many in our community are... 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