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2020 - 2021

For Fall 2020, HUM 101 is titled What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Journeys? and is taught by a team of faculty from Asian Languages and Literature, Classics, and Scandinavian Studies.

In Winter 2021, students who continue with HUM 102 will read Deborah Miranda’s Bad Indians and take four “field trips*” to campus locations such as the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Intellectual House. Students continuing in Spring with HUM 103 will read John Okada’s No-No Boy and visit locations such as the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, the Suquamish Museum on Port Madison Indian Reservation, and the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial on Bainbridge Island.

*Public health guidelines and UW policies related to COVID19 will inform exact timing and format of field trips for the 2020-2021 academic year.


2021 - 2022

In Fall 2021, HUM 101 will be titled What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Health and Wealth. The Winter and Spring seminars will again focus on shared texts, campus and community field trips, and public humanities scholarship.