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Call for Liberal Arts essay submissions—$1,000 cash prizes awarded!

Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) invites UW undergraduates to participate in an essay contest that explores the value of a liberal arts education. Cash prizes will be awarded to first place ($1,000) and second place ($750) winners in each category: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors.

To apply, students must submit their essays to Gretchen Ludwig ( no later than 5 pm on Friday, May 4th, 2018.  Essays must be 500 words maximum submitted in a Microsoft Word document that is double-spaced with centered title and 12 point font. Submission for school consideration should include a WaCLA cover page down below.

2018 Liberal Arts Essay Contest
Sponsored by Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts

The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) (...

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The Mary Gates Endowment for Students will host an information sessions this week about how you can earn up to $5,000 this year if you conduct leadership, research, or innovation activities.  Not sure what each of these activities are?  Wondering if your project qualifies?  Come to an info session and find out!

Date/time: Friday, April 27 at 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Location: Mary Gates Hall 171

All UW students pursuing a Bachelor's degree are eligible; there are no restrictions for class year, residency status, major, or home campus.  Another round of applications will be accepted in Fall quarter 2018, but it's good to start planning now! 

Begin the online application and learn more on our website at:...

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Summer A-term
Drama 365: Black Women Playwrights

MTWThF 9:40am - 11:40am
SLN: 11126, 5 credits

This course examines the work of several Black women Playwrights, giving special attention to the social, political and economic contexts in which their work was created and presented. We will take time to examine a range of plays with regard to form, content and historical context. Our goal is to uncover/rediscover the work of these women.


Valerie Curtis-Newton

Professor in Acting and Directing and Head of MFA in Directing, Professor Curtis-Newton oversees the Hansberry Project, a professional African American theatre lab.



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The Agnes C. Nelson Memorial Scholarship is offered to students majoring in either Political Science or Economics, who demonstrate interest in both fields.  One scholarship, approximately $8,000 towards tuition for the 2018-19 Academic year, will be awarded to a
student who shows commitment to these fields and meets the following eligibility criteria:

1.  maintain a cumulative UW GPA of at least 3.2,
2.  have completed 25 combined credits in Economics and Political Science, with at least 10 credits in each department,
3.  have completed 75 credits by the end of Spring Quarter 2018,
4.  have submitted a completed application form with all necessary attachments,
5.  be eligible for financial aid, as determined by the UW Financial Aid Office.

***If you did not apply for financial aid (submit a FAFSA) by the February 28th, 2018 deadline, contact the Financial Aid Office in 105 Schmitz Hall about submitting a late application.***


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ARAB 412 Introduction to Classical Arabic SLN 10115

5 credits of VLPA 

Prerequisites- ARAB 203 or permission of instructor.

This course is designed for students who are interested in reading Classical Arabic. Authentic texts, principally from the Qur'an, the Hadith (the sayings of Muhammad), and classical poetry will form the basis for study. Students will also listen to recitation of the Qur’an by well-known reciters, as well as poetry and hadith read by acclaimed scholars. The course provides a firm foundation on which to build an advanced study of Classical Arabic, and permits an in-depth reading and discussion of Qur'anic passages and other rich sources of Classical Arabic.

NEAR E 335 Language Conflict and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa SLN 12561

5 credits of VLPA/I&S

This course explores social and linguistic aspects of the languages and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the relationship...

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We are looking to hire interns and fellows this campaign season. This is going to be a really exciting race and an opportunity for students to gain experience working on a nationally watched Congressional race. 
I was hoping you might be willing to send out information about the position to Political Science students who might be a good fit.  Attached is the intern description. I am more than willing to answer any questions from you or your students. Either email me at or we can schedule a call. 
___________ Shanley Miller Field Organizer Dr. Kim Schrier for Congress (425) 753-7007
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The Congressional Leadership Fund is currently seeking students interested in learning more about campaigning and effective public communications. Student interns will gain invaluable knowledge about the democratic process and work to become adept communicators through hands on experience with elected officials, candidates, and the general public. The internship opportunities for this Summer are open to any student; however, they must apply and be accepted. Hours are flexible, but students must be able to commit to at least 10 hours per week and are responsible for their own transportation.

The 2018 election cycle promises to be one of the most contested elections in history.  The Congressional Leadership Fund will be an important part of this election and you will have a firsthand view of what it takes to win a campaign. 

Eligible students will be provided with academic credit or service hours. While these positions are unpaid, they will provide political...

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Let America Vote is a grassroots organization started by former Army captain and Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander that brings people from across the country together to advocate for voting rights and politicians that will protect our right to vote. We are currently looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to join our ground game effort in this fight, and we want to make sure that that students in your program at University of Washington know about this opportunity. Could you forward the information included below to them?



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Greetings from the CHID office!

Attached is a flyer listing our upcoming 2018 Summer and Autumn courses. It includes the instructor, time and date, and type of credits offered, and showcases the intellectual breadth of our faculty. Please share these exciting offerings with your students—there’s something here for everyone!

To highlight just two of our Summer courses:

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