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AES faculty at the September retreat.
On September 19th, AES faculty and staff participated in a daylong departmental retreat at the Urban Horticulture Center to review and update the curriculum and to revisit and revise the department’s mission and goals. The retreat also served as an opportunity to familiarize four new faculty members with the range of work all AES faculty will be doing in the classroom over the coming academic year. Professor Juan Guerra, the department chair, moderated the first discussion on curriculum;... Read more
Group photo of AES Faculty
As I begin the second year of my term as AES Chair, there is much to look forward to despite the challenges—political and otherwise—that we will all be facing in the coming academic year. There is always a need to pause and take a look backwards to see how far we have come, but we also need to move forward into the future with an uncompromising commitment to the collective work of faculty, staff, students and community members allied with our department. As is always true, it is in the... Read more
As a result of last week’s presidential election, many of our undocumented students are experiencing a very high level of stress and angst from fear of an uncertain future for themselves and their families.  Coping with personal and familial anxiety has clearly affected the ability of many of our students to concentrate fully on their coursework.  Recognizing that the University has rightfully opened its doors to all qualified students regardless of resident status, faculty and staff in the... Read more
KUOW asked some of America's leading scholars if Trump's election meant doomsday. Some said yes. But many also said this election will hopefully launch a liberal awakening. Read more here.
Associate Professor Sonnet Retman, American Ethnic Studies
The Executive Board is the deliberative body responsible for grant selection decisions in the Simpson Center’s twice-yearly funding rounds. Board members include six tenured faculty members together with the Simpson Center’s Director and the Divisional Dean of the Humanities.
AES 2016 Graduation
AES Graduation Celebration -- June 10, 2016
UW students who constructed an horno.
The University of Arkansas Press is publishing a major new book, Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: A Decolonial Reader as a volume in an exciting new series on Food and Foodways edited by Dr. Jennifer Wallach. The book includes sixteen original chapters and was assembled and co-edited by AES Professor Devon G. Peña in conjunction with Dr. Luz Calvo (California State University-East Bay), Dr. Pancho McFarland (Chicago State University), and one of his... Read more
Alfredo Arreguín and Professor Lauro Flores
After years of laying the ground for it, Professor Lauro Flores recently saw the opening of his curated exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art. The exhibit, titled “Beyond Aztlán: Mexican and Chicano/a Artists in the Pacific Northwest,” has draw together a collection of work by fifteen visual artists with ties to the Northwest. Directors of the MONA contacted Flores two years ago inviting him to assemble an exhibit on the basis of his work as a historian of Pacific Northwest art. As Flores... Read more
Richard Atienza and Jacqueline Waita
This spring, the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts and Sciences authorized searches for three-year lecturer appointments in the teaching of Tagalog and Swahili. After a national search, UW was able to offer appointments to long-time AES lecturers Richard Atienza and Jacqueline Waita. Their language instruction has been invaluable for the many students they have served over the last several years, and AES welcomes their continued service in the department. Richard Atienza, a native of Manila... Read more
Professor Stephen Sumida sits in the same office that he once occupied as a graduate student. Years passed between Sumida receiving his PhD in English in 1982 and then returning to teach at the UW in 1998, but it seems that he and his office were meant to be together. When Sumida finally vacates the office in June, retiring after 18 years as an AES professor and after a long career as a pioneer of Asian American literary studies, the office will be left without its most important tenant.... Read more