Humanities

  • Celebrating Contemporary Indigenous Music

    Markus Teuton, a musician and citizen of Cherokee Nation, explores contemporary Indigenous music through his academic work and as host of “Indigenous Jazz,” a radio show.

    June 2024 Perspectives
  • Japanese and Chinese languages lead language learning trends in WA state

    From high school to college, interest in learning a language can come from cultural obsessions, to hopes for a career in business, to fascination in personal ancestry. Kaoru Ohta, teaching professor of Asian languages and literature at the UW, is quoted.
    Northwest Asian Weekly
  • Getting Personal About Wilderness

    UW senior Tisbe Rinehart, a wilderness guide for UW adventures, attended a wilderness therapy program as a teen — a difficult experience she explores in her CHID senior thesis.

    June 2024 Perspectives
  • Analysis: Everyday life and its variability influenced human evolution at least as much as rare activities like big-game hunting

    "In my research as an anthropologist, I’ve focused on the evolution of human walking and running because I love the flexibility people bring to these behaviors. Humans in all kinds of environments across space and time vary how far they go, when they go and what they go for – whether food, water or friends – based on a multitude of factors, including season, daylight, rituals and family," writes Cara Wall-Scheffler, affiliate assistant professor of anthropology at the UW.
    The Conversation
  • Learning Through Storytelling

    Through a UW-led storytelling workshop and course, English language learners in the Seattle area strengthened their language skills and built community.

    May 2024 Perspectives
  • Exploring Connections Through Global Literary Studies

    The UW's new Global Literary Studies major encourages students to explore literary traditions from around the globe and all eras of human history.

    April 2024 Perspectives
  • Found in translation: Letters from a multilingual island

    In Singapore’s growing microcosm of modern multiculturalism, literary translators bridge people across walks of life. These skilled story-weavers shoulder the responsibility of making our far-reaching roots accessible to readers around the world. Nazry Bahrawi, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literature, is quoted.

    BBC StoryWorks
  • Lifting Marginalized Voices — from Ancient Rome

    "Interesting, frustrating, and necessary,” is how Sarah Levin-Richardson, professor of Classics, describes her research into the lives of enslaved individuals in the ancient world. 

    March 2024 Perspectives
  • 10 key events that shaped Seattle history

    To celebrate the 25th anniversary of HistoryLink.org, Pacific NW Magazine lists 10 key events in Seattle's history. Harold Tobin, professor of Earth and space sciences, and Josh Reid, associate professor of American Indian studies at the UW, are quoted, and the founding of the UW Black Student Union is mentioned.
    The Seattle Times
  • It seems like everyone you know is moving — they're not

    Americans are moving within the country far less often than they once did. The peak of U.S. migration followed the end of World War II and lasted through the mid-1970s. But while overall migration is down, state-to-state moves are slowly on the rise again. James Gregory, professor and associate chair of history at the UW, is quoted.
    Business Insider
  • State inspectors denied entry to privately-run immigration detention center in Tacoma

    The Department of Health has received over 300 complaints from detainees about the facility’s conditions. A state law meant to give state agencies more oversight is tied up in court. Angelina Godoy, professor of law, societies and justice and of international studies and director of the Center for Human Rights at the UW, is quoted.
    Washington State Standard
  • Mellon Support for UW Arts & Sciences Futurists

    A group of Arts & Sciences faculty known as the Dean’s Academy Futurists are  imagining what higher education might look like after 2050 and envisioning new models for the liberal arts

    01/17/2024 | College of Arts & Sciences
  • WA’s Sudanese community suffering amid war that’s displaced millions

    You don’t interrupt your quiet life in a Seattle suburb and book a plane ticket to war-torn Sudan unless you have a really good reason. Not right now, in the middle of a brutal conflict between rival forces that’s killed more than 12,000 people and displaced 7 million. Christopher Tounsel, associate professor of history at the UW, is quoted.
    The Seattle Times
  • Opinion: The growth of Southeast Asian and Korean programs at the UW

    "Asian communities in Washington are changing, and our state’s century-old Asian languages department must change as well. Comparison of the U.S. 2020 Census results with the previous 2010 Census demonstrates that Asian demographics in our state and region are undergoing dramatic changes," writes Zev Handel, professor and department chair of Asian languages and literature at the UW.
    Northwest Asian Weekly
  • Endowed chair in Telugu to expand language and cultural opportunities

    “Almost 80 million people speak Telugu,” says Hanuma Kodavalla. “Not many people know its richness as a language and culture.” He and his wife recently established the Hanuma and Anuradha Kodavalla Endowed Chair in Telugu at the UW, providing an invaluable investment in the College of Arts & Sciences and Department of Asian Languages & Literature. 

    11/27/2023 | College of Arts & Sciences