Recent News

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
Prof. Stephen Sumida
During the 2016-2017 school year, Professor Emeritus Stephen Sumida was able to serve as a host and mentor to a visiting scholar from the University of Dalian in China, Professor Helen Jiang. Jiang is an associate professor of literature who has published scholarly work in American Ethnic and African American literary studies. Jiang contacted Sumida in 2015 to express interest in studying with him at the University of Washington. She wanted to come to work with Sumida to enrich her studies in... Read more
Prof. Gamboa with President Ana Mari Cauce, Provost Jerry Baldasty, and Graduate School Dean Dave Eaton
Professor Erasmo Gamboa, who retired from AES at the end of Spring Quarter 2017, brought a  nearly 50-year stay at the University of Washington to a dramatic close on May 17 as one of 18 award recipients at the first annual Latinx Faculty Recognition Event sponsored by the UW Latino Center for Health. At the event, Gamboa was recognized for his many accomplishments and contributions to the UW by President Ana Mari Cauce, Provost Jerry Baldasty, and Graduate School Dean Dave Eaton, among them... Read more