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August 2014
Update Myanmar: UW Fellows on Myanmar’s Political & Economic Transitions

Center for Global Studies

Jackson School Information

Southeast Asia Center

Thursday August 21, 2014
University of Washington Club

Fellows from Myanmar

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Information School's Technology & Social Change Group

This summer, the University of Washington is pleased to be hosting 25 of Myanmar’s leaders from government, civil society, political parties, ethnic communities, libraries, and the media. The fellows are taking part in a 5-week professional development program about information strategies for societies in transition.

These distinguished individuals invite you to learn about Myanmar and to meet them during a panel discussion and reception on August 21st, 5-8pm, UW Club. These leaders are eager to connect with leading members of the Seattle community to exchange ideas and learn from you.

We are pleased to offer light hor d'oeuvres and drinks. Update Myanmar is co-hosted by the UW's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Information School's Technology & Social Change Group. The program begins at 5:30pm and will include brief remarks by the fellows about Myanmar’s political and democratic transitions, peace building process, economic landscape, and rapidly changing information and communication landscape. A brief question and answer session will follow. At 6:00pm, guests and fellows can mingle and get to know each other better.

Please RSVP as space is limited

To learn more about the UW Fellows and the program, please visit our program website.

The program is supported by USAID, Microsoft, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program is housed in the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and is run in collaboration with the Technology & Social Change Group in the University of Washington’s Information School, Myanmar Egress Capacity Development Centre, and the Myanmar Minerva Educational Centre.

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September 2014
A Polish Perspective on Europe and the USA

Ellison Center

Thursday September 4, 2014
University of Washington Thomson Hall Room 317

Mariusz M. Brymora, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

The Ellison Center

The year 2014 is particularly significant for Poland. Twenty-five years ago, the first democratic elections took place on June 4, 1989 resulting in an overwhelming victory of the “Solidarity” movement.This marked the end of the Communist regime and the transition to democracy in Poland and Europe. This year, Poland is also observing the 15th anniversary of joining NATO and the 10th anniversary of joining the European Union. Today, Poland is becoming an increasingly important political and economic player in Europe, and is establishing its place on the geopolitical map of the world.

Mariusz Brymora was nominated as the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles in 2013. Previously, he served as the Polish Consul in Chicago and the public affairs councillor of the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as the deputy director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw.

He is an experienced diplomat, an educator and author well qualified to address current issues in Poland as well as the Polish-American relations.

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Indigenous Ways of Knowing Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge

Canadian Studies Center

Friday September 26, 2014 to Saturday September 27, 2014

University of Washington, Seattle

Canadian Studies Center,

The University of Washington’s American Indian Studies Department invites you to a two-day symposium to be held September 26 and 27, 2014 in the Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington, Seattle campus.

“The Living Breath of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Ways of Knowing Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge,” will bring together will bring together individuals to share their knowledge and expertise on topics such as tribal food sovereignty initiatives, food justice and security, traditional foods and health, indigenous foods systems and global climate change, and treaty water and fishing rights.

Indigenous peoples in the Northwest have maintained a sustainable way of life through a cultural, spiritual, and reciprocal relationship with their environment. This symposium will serve to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as we, Native peoples, strive to sustain our cultural food practices and preserve our healthy relationship to the land, water, and all living things.

This symposium honors the UW’s future longhouse-style community building, Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (a Lushootseed word meaning Intellectual House), that will open its doors in February, 2015. This event symbolizes the spirit of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ and embodies the essence of the work we envision doing in this cultural and intellectual space.

For more information contact Charlotte Coté at

Registration details are forthcoming.

Charlotte Coté (Nuu-chah-nulth), Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of American Indian Studies
Chair, Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House Planning and Advisory Committee
Affiliated Faculty, Canadian Studies Center,
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Box 354305, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 98195
Phone: (206)221-6549, Fax: (206)616-3122

Planning Committee:
Dr. Charlotte Coté, (chair), Dr. Dian Million, Clarita Lefthand Begay, Michelle Montgomery, Susan Balbas, Michelle Daigle, and Melissa Woodrow.

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October 2014
Comparative Religion Annual Lecture

Comparative Religion

Thursday October 16, 2014
7:30 PM
Kane Hall, room 110

Prof. Randall Balmer, Dartmouth College

Comparative Religion Program

 Prof. Balmer will speak on, "Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter and The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond."

(His book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, now in its fourth edition, was made into an award-winning, three-part documentary for PBS.)

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From the Lowly Lubok to Soviet Realism: Early Twentieth Century Children's Books from Russia

Ellison Center

Monday June 30, 2014 to Friday October 24, 2014

Allen Library

UW Libraries, Special Collections

Allen Library

This exhibition in Special Collections, curated by Pamela K. Harer, brings together rare and scarce Russian children’s books from early in the 20th century and represents some of the most striking book design and illustration known to the field. Most of the books included date from between the two World Wars, during the period of the Russian Revolution and were considered “a major weapon for education.” See the work of Pakhomov, Konashevich, Lebedev and Lissitzky. The names of the artists may be unfamiliar but the images and design elements are unforgettable.

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November 2014
Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan’s Modern World

East Asia Center

Japan Studies Program

Friday November 7, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Loctaion TBD

Prof. Brett Walker

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program

For more information contact

  The massive earthquake of 2011 unleashed a tsunami that swept away entire communities. Along with an enduring nuclear legacy, it also left an estimated 25 millions tons of rubble, much of it contaminated with asbestos and other carcinogenic toxins. Indeed, the unnatural disaster of cleaning up Japan’s pulverized and aerosolized built environment remained. This talk investigates asbestos in the construction and, more importantly, destruction of Japan’s built environment, with a focus on the impact of the 3/11 disaster and the later clean up. (Part of a larger Guggenheim-funded project concerned with the unmaking of the modern built world, and what it means for the future of human health.)

Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. His research and teaching interests include Japanese history, world environmental history, and the history of science and medicine. He is author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800, The Lost Wolves of Japan, Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan, and the forthcoming A Concise History of Japan, from Cambridge University Press. He has also co-edited two volumes. He spends most of his time in southwestern Montana and the San Juan Islands, where he enjoys the outdoors.

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June 2015
STUDY CANADA Summer Institute - Across the Salish Sea: Canada-US Connections in the Pacific Northwest

Canadian Studies Center

Monday June 22, 2015 to Friday June 26, 2015

Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC

Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada, Canadian Studies Center, UW, and Canadian American Center at Western Washington University

The US today faces unprecedented demand for globally competent citizens and professionals. To this end, U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants support language training programs and area studies, including Canada, so that students learn more about the world and transnational trend. The U.S.D.O.E.-designated Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada offers the STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators annually to provide American educators with an excellent foundation for teaching about our vital political, economic, environmental and cultural relationships with Canada. For more than 35 years, teachers from every state have learned about core social studies topics related to Canada—such as geography, history, government, and economics—from university faculty and other experts. Important outcomes have always included gaining global perspectives of civic issues, receiving numerous resources for classroom use, and developing curricula that meet Common Core, C3 and state standards.

Registration opens November 1, 2014 and closes May 1, 2015 (or earlier, if maximum of 20 reached). See attached handout for additional details, visit for latest updates,​ or contact for further information. Flyer and registration info 

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