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Newton surrounded by his discoveries.
October 16, 2017
"How do you historicize gravity?" This is just one of the exciting questions that undergraduates will get to tackle in Professor Bruce Hevly’s upcoming course HSTCMP 313: Science in Civilization: Physics and Astrophysics Since 1850.
'Why Race Matters' flyer
October 10, 2017
Following the success of last year’s discussion series of the same name and in the continued context of heightened race relations in 2017 America, The Department of History Diversity Committee will once again host a roundtable discussion around the theme of “Why Race Matters.”
Dr. Turkiya Lowe, NPS Chief Historian and Deputy Federal Preservation Officer
October 2, 2017
In January 2017, Turkiya Lowe (PhD, 2010) was named the National Park Service’s new Chief Historian and Deputy Federal Preservation Officer. 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 Superintendent of Cane River... Read more
Image of Haitian Vodou Flag depicting 2010 earthquake.
September 26, 2017
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Professor Emeritus Quintard Taylor
September 1, 2017
Professor Emeritus Quintard Taylor has been awarded the 2017 Robert Gray Medal by the Washington State Historical Society. The pretigious prize is given in recognition of Taylor’s distinguished career as a professor of history and his far-reaching commitment to researching, preserving, and promoting the history of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest.
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.
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!
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!
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July 31, 2017
It is not every day that you meet someone who has a PhD in history; speaks Russian fluently; creates maps using a geographic information system (GIS); troubleshoots computer hardware; an
The Pulitzer prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson is speaking with Julie Green, Chelsea Nelson, and Kelly Lytle Hernandez about mass Incarceration and the working class during the opening plenary session. Credit: Herman Gilman.
July 28, 2017
For four days this summer, the University of Washington became the worldwide center for the study of labor and working-class history. More than 500 scholars, activists, community members, and labor organizers from around the county and the globe came to campus to attend the Scales of Struggle conference, hosted by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA).