Recent News

The cover of ‘Walk Tall Y’All by Dale Hom
AES's Vince Schleitwiler recently interviewed Dale Hom about his latest graphic novel, on gentrification in Beacon Hill, for the International Examiner... Read more
Attendees of award ceremony (Photo by Assunta Ng,
Dr. Tetsuden Kashima, Professor Emeritus of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington, was presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays... Read more
AES's Vince Schleitwiler recently reviewed a video installation by Afghan American artist and UW alum Gazelle Samizay, documenting her visit to the Manzanar concentration camp. The video will be on view at 4Culture's Pioneer Square storefront ... Read more
AES’s Vince Schleitwiler reviews What’s In Your Cup? Community-Brewed Culture, an exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum through September 2018, in Seattle’s International Examiner.
AES’s Vince Schleitwiler recently attended a reading at the Wing Luke Museum by Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins, authors of the children’s book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up.... Read more
Linh Nguyễn
In Autumn 2017, AES will welcome two new Assistant Professors to the department. Professor Jang Wook Huh received his PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, with a dissertation focusing on Afro-Korean connections in literature. Huh is originally from Seoul, South Korea where he attended Seoul National University. Since receiving his PhD, Huh had been teaching literature at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. At UW, Huh will be teaching Comparative American Ethnic... Read more
Sonnet Retman, Ileana Rodríguez-Silva, and Rick Bonus
On February 4th, 2017, several AES professors attended the 5th Annual Legacy Soiree presented by the UW Black Student Union at the Husky Union Building. Those in attendance included AES Professors Rick Bonus, La TaSha Levy, LaShawnDa Pittman, and Sonnet Retman, as well as AES lecturer Brukab Sisay and Professors Ileana Rodriguez-Silva and Stephanie Smallwood from History.  As Professor Bonus explains, “It was important to have a group of faculty attend an event that honored the legacies and... Read more
The cover of a zine produced for AFRAM 498
During Spring Quarter 2017, Professor La TaSha Levy offered a course on the Black Lives Matter movement for an engaged student community. Because it is a nascent movement, Professor Levy believes that the Black Lives Matter community and message is often mischaracterized in a way that provides a strong pedagogical incentive for an intervention through course work in her class. As Levy explains, there is a distinct disconnect between people’s perception of the movement and the actual action... Read more