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HLS 2018
December 7, 2017
A Seattle Institution. Now in its sixteenth year, The History Lecture Series never fails to attract big crowds who are drawn to the interesting and thoughtful discussions on offer from distinguished department faculty. Over the years the series has tackled a diverse range of topics from local Seattle histories (2016), to historical revolutions (2017). 2018’s series, Speaking Truth to Power: Protest... Read more
History Notebook
November 8, 2017
We’ve all experienced it, that small silence after you tell someone you’re interested or are majoring in History. Promptly followed by “Oh, so what are you hoping to do with that then?” This can be both a frustrating and overwhelming question because there are so many things that you can do with a history degree! Where do you want to go? What career will you forge? And how on earth will you get there?  On Thursday, November 16, the Department of History invites all current and... Read more
Robert J.C Butow.
November 3, 2017
Robert Butow who taught in the UW Jackson School and Department of History for three decades (1960-1990) died at the age of 93 on October 17, 2017.  He was a preeminent historian of US-Japan relations, focusing much of his work on the diplomatic efforts to avoid war in 1941 and to end the war in 1945.   His first book, Japan’s Decision to Surrender (published in 1954) is still universally regarded as “the classic work” on the end of the Asia-Pacific War.  His next book, Tōjō and the Coming of... Read more
Dr. Turkiya Lowe, NPS Chief Historian and Deputy Federal Preservation Officer
October 2, 2017
Turkiya Lowe (PhD in History, 2010) was named the National Park Service’s new Chief Historian and Deputy Federal Preservation Officer in January 2017. Lowe is the first woman and first African American to hold the position. She has close to two decades of experience working in the NPS, and most recently served as Southeast Region chief historian and chief for the Southeast Region’s Cultural Resources Research and Science Branch. In 2016, she also held the position of Acting... Read more
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September 14, 2017
The prestigious prize recognizes Taylor’s distinguished career and his commitment to researching, preserving, and promoting the history of African Americans in the PNW. Featured on Department of History 
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August 15, 2017
Quintard Taylor, professor emeritus of history, on Centralia's founding father and his unique place in history. Featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting 
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August 15, 2017
The alt-right has an unlikely new martyr in the culture wars: A Harvard-educated engineer in the heart of Silicon Valley. Margaret O'Mara, a history professor at the UW, is quoted. Featured... Read more
Kayla Schott-Bresler (History MA, 2013)
August 11, 2017
Ask a Seattle resident about the most pressing issue confronting the city and chances are the response will be a lack of affordable housing. Western Washington is growing fast, and the market for both rentals and home sales reflects this reality. Residents, workers, corporations, real estate companies, politicians, nonprofit organizations, environmental activists, and planners are all engaged in a debate over the future of the city and the region. And, so too, is a historian—Kayla Schott-... Read more
Portrait of UW History Alum Ben Green
August 4, 2017
In spring 2017, UW History alum Ben Green interned with the non-profit organization Skate Like a Girl in Seattle, WA. Read on for Ben's reflections on his time creating a digital archive of the organization's history and click the link above to find out more about the Skate Like a Girl programs! "The best part of this internship was actually learning more about the culture associated with skateboarding. Exposure to the skateboarding community has... Read more
UW History Alum Cynthia Meng speaks on the senate floor during her internship with the Washington State Legislature.
July 31, 2017
In winter 2017, UW History alum Cynthia Meng interned with the Washington State Legislative Internship Program in Olympia, WA. Read on for Cynthia's reflections on her time in the state legislature and click the link above to find out how current students can get more information about this internship program! "One thing I loved the most was doing research for bills and prepar[ing] my representatives for the bill... Read more