Jackson School of International Studies
February 2014

This month, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies brings you news from our programs and centers. 

Ambassador Thomas Pickering Ambassador Thomas Pickering stresses importance of dialogue
Global interconnectedness, a byproduct of advances in communications technologies, such as social media and the Internet, have made it more important than ever for countries to have diplomatic relations and dialogue, said Ambassador Thomas Pickering to an auditorium full of students and community members on Feb. 5. The ambassador’s talk highlighted major challenges for the U.S. Read more.

Center for Global Studies

Mary Callahan $1.5 million to strengthen higher ed, sustain reform in Burma
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $1.5 million to a University of Washington-led program. The grant, called Advancing Democracy and Promoting Transformations with Information Technology (ADAPT-IT), brings together the UW Jackson School and the Information School with Burma-based public and private sector stakeholders, along with a close collaboration between Microsoft and the U.S. government. Read more.

Japan Studies

Itoh Feb. 27: On 'Abenomics' and the Japanese Economy: Prime Minister Abe's New Policies to Boost Japan's Economy
On Thursday at 7 p.m., Motoshige Itoh, professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo in Japan, will give a lecture, "On 'Abenomics' and the Japanese Economy: Prime Minister Abe's New Policies to Boost Japan's Economy" as part of the Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series. Read more.

African Studies

In Search of Nabad film Meet the directors: Film looks at Somali refugees in Seattle on March 3
On March 3 at 3:30 p.m., the Jackson School's African Studies Program is co-sponsoring a film screening of In Search of Nabad with the Department of History. This intimate documentary shares the powerful voices of Seattle's Somali refugees and their search for peace in their new home. There will be a discussion with the filmmakers after the screening. Read more.

Center for Human Rights

Angelina Godoy UW Center for Human Rights honored with Seattle Human Rights Award
The UW Center for Human Rights was recognized by the City of Seattle with a 2013 Human Rights Award on December 10 at Town Hall Seattle. The 50th anniversary of the Human Rights Commission represented Seattle’s dedication to human rights worldwide. Angelina Snodgrass Godoy directs the center, which is affiliated with the Jackson School of International Studies. Read more.

Canadian Studies

Corbetts New fellowship deepens Canada, U.S. understanding
University of Washington undergraduates will now have more opportunities to study in British Columbia, Canada, thanks to the Gary and Consuelo Corbett Canada U.S. Fellowship Program. The program will provide funding for a full academic year abroad at either the University of British Columbia or the University of Victoria and will enable exchange students from those universities to attend the UW as well. Read more.

Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies 40th UW Jewish Studies Turns 40: Thinking Forward on May 13
The Stroum Jewish Studies program will celebrate the past 40 years and dream about new possibilities for the future during a gala on May 13. The event features Deborah Lipdstadt,
 the first Jewish Studies professor at UW. Since its founding in the 1970s, the Stroum Jewish Studies program at the UW Jackson School has grown into a world-class institution offering a comprehensive examination of Jewish civilization. Read more.

East Asia Center

Professor Kent Guy Retirements: Celebrating the career of Professor R. Kent Guy
Colleagues and former students of Professor R. Kent Guy gathered during the summer of 2013 for a conference on Qing History on the UW campus to celebrate his long career in the Jackson School and the Department of History. A gala dinner planned by both departments included a special presentation made by commemorative speaker Professor Tim Brook from the University of British Columbia. Read more.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Latin American philosophy class Exploring Latin philosophy at the University of Washington
JSIS 480 is not your typical philosophy class. Students are learning about Aztec metaphysics, and the feminist philosophies of Latin culture. “In this class we’re trying to break out of traditional western views of philosophy and explore the thought of Latin cultures,” explains student Xoe Amer. The collaboration between the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program and the Department of Philosophy is transforming the way students view Latin American cultures. Read more.

Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

Series on Sochi logo From the Ellison Blog: Corruption as a 'Catastrophic Criminality'
For weeks we have seen the viral image of the tan­dem toi­lets, incom­plete con­struc­tion and shoddy work­man­ship in Sochi. “There is no point host­ing a pres­tige event, at a cost of $50 bil­lion, if the stan­dard of hotels and ease of travel around the coun­try isn’t in step,” said David Scowsill, pres­i­dent of the World Travel and Tourism Coun­cil. This is a shame, because there is so much that has been impres­sive and beau­ti­ful about the Sochi Games. Read more.

Center for West European Studies

Model EU participants EU Center hosts 10th year of West Coast Model European Union
Participants from 13 West Coast colleges and universities traveled to the UW Feb. 7-8 for the 2014 West Coast Model European Union. The event, now in its 10th year, is hosted by the European Union Center of Excellence and the Center for West European Studies at the University of Washington Jackson School. Participants take on the role of either Head of State or Minister of Interior for each of member state. Read more.

Hellenic Studies

Hellenic Studies letter signing Hellenic Studies signs letter of cooperation with Simon Fraser program
In spring 2013, a delegation from the University of Washington visited the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University to sign a Letter of Intent to promote future cooperation between UW Hellenic Studies and the SFU SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies. Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba and Professor André Gerolymatos of SFU signed the letter. Read more.

South Asian Studies

Rafeel Wasif Rafeel Wasif, Fulbright student from Pakistan, shares his UW experience
Rafeel Wasif, a South Asian Studies Fulbright scholar from Pakistan, shared his experience of coming to Seattle to study at the UW. He was surprised to learn that there was indeed another Washington in the United States and that football was really called soccer. Read more.

Middle East Studies

Shifting Sands cover Two Books Published by Middle East Faculty
This month sees the publication of two new important books by Middle East faculty. Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East by Professor Joel S. Migdal, examines the approach U.S. officials have adopted toward the Middle East since World War II. Strategic Water for Iraq: Security Planning in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin by Frederick Lorenz and Edward J. Erickson looks at the decline in freshwater availability and its impact on regional security in Iraq. Read more.

Center for Korea Studies

Braaff cover The Center for Korea Studies Publication Series
The Center for Korea Studies Publication Series published its fourth volume, An Affair with Korea: Memories of South Korea in the 1960s, by Vincent S. R. Brandt. In 1966, Brandt lived in Sokp’o, a poor and isolated South Korean fishing village on the coast of the Yellow Sea, carrying out social anthropological research. This memoir shows Brandt’s attempts to adapt to a traditional, preindustrial existence in a small, almost completely self-sufficient community. Read more.

Comparative Religion

Religion and Human Security cover Welk Fellowship in Comparative Religion will support graduate student
The newly established Joan W. Welk Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Comparative Religion will help support graduate students in meeting costs of tuition, living expenses books, research, and study abroad. “We are grateful for this kind of support for our talented graduate students," said Chairman Jim Wellman. Read more news from Comparative Religion.

Upcoming Events

Steven Heydemann March 4: Steven Heydemann, special advisor at U.S. Institute for Peace
On Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Steven Heydemann will lecture on “Authoritarian Governance and the Arab State in an Era of Mass Politics.” Heydemann serves as special advisor for Middle East initiatives at United States Institute for Peace. He is a political scientist who specializes in the comparative politics and the political economy of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria. Read more.
Accelerate your career in global affairs March 12: Info session/webinar for new 10-month MAAIS degree option
On March 12, the Jackson School will host an information session and webinar about its new Master of Arts in Applied International Studies. Read more.
   For a comprehensive list of events, please visit our events page.

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