Recent News

Event Poster for Gamboa's Project
In a project funded through the State Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation, Dr. Erasmo Gamboa is drawing together a group of AES students to embark on an ongoing initiative to collect the stories of Latino/a residents of the Yakima Valley. Gamboa is working on the grant in partnership with Granger’s Radio KDNA, Toppenish’s Heritage University, and the preservation firm Artifacts. Together, they are creating an accessible electronic map that inventories over 40 sites of historical... Read more
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Early last summer, College of Arts & Sciences Divisional Dean Judy Howard provided the chairs of four departments— American Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, Geography, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies—with the resources to establish a center that would provide additional support for the writing needs of their undergraduate students. The project is a one-year pilot program that will be assessed next summer; the hope is that it will be successful enough to warrant continued... Read more
Cover of Juan Guerra's new book
During the 25 years he has been a faculty member at the University of Washington, Dr. Juan Guerra, our new AES chair, has addressed the varied needs of historically underrepresented students who face challenging obstacles in their writing as they transition from high school to college. Much of the scholarly work he has done as a UW faculty member is informed by the 16 years he spent as a lecturer in basic writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was charged with intervening in... Read more
AES Faculty at MAP Breakfast
Students from American Ethnic Studies were well-represented at the 21st annual Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) breakfast. MAP, which was founded in 1994 as a university group dedicated to the promotion of diversity at the University of Washington, hosts the breakfast every year as a way of honoring university and community leaders as well as recognizing student achievement with scholarships. At this year’s breakfast, AES professors Stephen Sumida, Sonnet Retman, and Gail Nomura all... Read more
Students attend a screening of Rage, Rock and Self-Defense
Dr. Sonnet Retman’s Fall 2015 AFRAM 337 course is a musical intervention into more conventional cultural studies scholarship. The course, which is cross-listed as GWSS 241, is described as an introduction to “popular music studies through the practice of archive building, oral history analysis, critical writing and digital scholarship.” Co-teachers Retman and GWSS’s Dr. Michelle Habell-Pallán engage diverse genres of music such as blues, gospel, estilo bravío, punk, son jarocho, and disco in... Read more
Gutierrez Reacts to Election Results. GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic
In a historic election, Yakima Valley has elected three Latinas to their City Council. One of these new council members is 2014 AES graduate Dulce Gutierrez. Gutierrez was born in the economically disadvantaged area of East Yakima that includes a majority Mexican-American population. After receiving a scholarship through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gutierrez became the first woman in her family to attend college.   At the University of Washington, Gutierrez became deeply involved... Read more
PICA Reading
The annual Pre-Conquest Indigenous Culture and the Aftermath Conference was held in early November at sites throughout Seattle and beyond the university. Drawing large crowds, the conference continued its mission of engaging undergraduate students in academic work in the larger Seattle community. Started in 2013, PICA has emerged as a student-run event that engages multiple communities in both celebrating and drawing attention to what is happening within Asian American and Native American... Read more
AES Students
The Department of American Ethnic Studies celebrated its 30th anniversary on October 12th by hosting an open house for faculty, staff, students, and administrators from across the university. We were also fortunate to have several community partners in attendance.  Held throughout the department offices on the fifth floor of Padelford Hall, the open house consisted of food, drinks, and brief speeches by university and community members that truly captured the spirit of cooperation and... Read more
AES Chair Juan Guerra
The publication of the inaugural issue of All Eyes on AES last spring marked a concerted effort on our part to showcase and share, as broadly as possible, the diverse activities and multiple accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and allies in the community. As former Chair Dr. Lauro Flores indicated at the time, each new issue will feature the profile of prominent AES graduates who are making a difference in their communities, include stories highlighting significant faculty... Read more
Increasing numbers of grandmothers across the United States are raising their grandchildren, many of them living in poverty and grappling with a public assistance system not designed to meet their needs. Assistant Professor LaShawnDa Pittman interviewed 77 African American grandmothers living in some of the poorest areas of south Chicago. Her findings ... Read more