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Comparative Urban Planning And Urban Design - Québec, Canada and the U.S.

URBDP 498C/598C or LArch 495A – 3-5 Credits

$400 Scholarships available for the first 10 students signed up – must register by June 1 

The course is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students for three hours of credit. It will be led by Dr. Fritz Wagner and Dr. Régent Cabana. We will visit three Canadian cities—Montreal, Québec City and Ottawa—where a number of professors, government officials and other urban experts will give lectures and tours. We will look at the European influence as well as the distinctive Canadian French culture of these cities that make them unique in North America.

The course will examine similarities and differences between U.S. and Canadian cities, with a focus on current urban issues confronting communities in Québec, Canada. We will study the physical layout of cities, urban design, urban growth, problems related to the environment,...

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Categories: Advising, Study Abroad

Contemplating which law schools to apply to? Is the UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law one of your dream schools? Or are you just beginning to explore law? 

Dean of Admissions Ed Tom from the UC Berkeley School of Law will be holding a seminar during PLS' next meeting on May 18th (Monday) at 5:30pm in Paccar Hall Room 295. 

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the pre-law track to familiarize themselves with the law school application process, and to gain valuable insight into what the UC Berkeley School of Law, in particular, may be looking for in potential applicants.

Please RSVP to the FB event:

We hope to see you there!

Categories: Advising, Lectures and Events, Student Success

We are looking to recruit several student leaders from the Global Health Minor undergraduate community to serve as part of the Global Health Undergraduate Leadership Committee (GHULC).

Over the last year, we had 7 fantastic student leaders lead the minor in tremendous growth and progress. Several of these students are graduating this quarter and we are looking to recruit several capable students to join the leadership committee for the 2015-16 academic year.

Applications can be found at:

Applications are due Tuesday, May 5th at 12 NOON

Why apply:

  • You have a chance to shape an academic program through providing feedback and support
  • You will network with a variety of faculty and staff in global health, both on campus and off campus
  • You will...
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Categories: Advising, Jobs, Student Success

Italy Today: Ancient Glories, Modern Challenges

Winter Quarter Study Abroad Program (January 4 - March 11, 2016)

Italy is a model case for understanding how a rich, and in many ways conservative society faces the many challenges of our global era. Protective of its industry and culture, the twin forces of globalization and Europeanization have tested Italy’s willingness and ability to adapt to the fast changing realities oftoday’s interconnected global economy and society. 

Italy’s slow food movement, for instance, provides a fascinating example of the resilience of Italian culture, but also its reluctance to adapt to modern influences. How is Italy’s deep-rooted society and sense of history both a bedrock of stability and a bulwark  to needed change as the country moves into the 21st century? These themes of historical legacy and contemporary challenges form the framework for this new UW Sociology-European Studies/Henry M. Jackson School of International...

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Categories: Advising, Courses, Study Abroad

Take a class that will change your life!

Join us for ?Education Inside Prison? this summer (H230, B term). We will hold a series of classes at the Twin Rivers Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex (about 45 minutes outside of Seattle, transportation provided). We will study collaboratively with a group of student-inmates and we will tour the facility and meet with the prison?s administrative and correctional staff. In our on-campus sessions, we will learn from guest speakers who are engaged in providing educational opportunities inside prisons.

Please make sure you can attend the following prison sessions: Wednesdays during B term (leaving from campus at 11:00 am, returning at around 5:00 pm on July 29, Aug. 5, Aug. 12, Aug. 19). A day-long session at the prison is scheduled for Thursday, July 30 (we?ll leave campus at 9:00 am, return at 5:00 pm). Enrollment is limited to 12; students must be over 18 years and will need to provide information for clearance to...

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Categories: Advising, Courses, Giving, Student Success

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C. and earning UW credit?

If yes, come to one of the six information sessions for The Washington Center that are scheduled for Thursday and Friday if this week:

Thursday, April 30
  1130-1220 GWN 1A (ground floor of Gowen Hall)
  130-220   MEB 235
  330-420   SAV 132

Friday, May 1
  1130-1220 DEN 206
  1230-120  DEN 217
  130-220   DEN 211

There will also be drop-in times in SMI 215 (the Political Science Advising Office) on Thursday and Friday from 230-320pm.

The Washington Center (TWC) runs an internship program in Washington, D.C., that is open to all UW students (all majors welcome) and provides comprehensive service, including internship placement and housing. Placements include government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, museums, arts organizations, and international organizations. Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW's...

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Categories: Advising, Student Success
Thank you so much for helping us make this year's D Month happen and joining us in creating these spaces to talk about disability, art, healing, intersecting identities, and liberation. This coming Saturday, we're having our concluding event with Aurora Levins Morales.   Aurora is a Puerto Rican and Jewish poet, artist and historian. She's going to be reading form her book, Kindling: Writings on the Body, and joining us for a conversation on our bodies and spirits. This event is free and open to everyone.    Aurora Levins Morales  April 2nd 2:30-4:30 HUB 340   Thank you all so much!
Categories: Advising, Lectures and Events

CHID 250B, "A History of Superheroes"

Instructor: Dr. Nancy C. White

Summer quarter, full term

SLN 14455

MW 1:30-3:20, THO 135

I&S, VLPA credit

Categories: Advising, Courses
CAMBODIAN SON  Saturday, May 2nd, 7pm AMC Pacific Place 11  Cost: $7 (available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets)  Hosted By: Post-Prison Education Program, Asian American Journalists Association, and Prison and Family Justice Project    **Director Masahiro Sugano will be in attendance, and there will be a live video Q&A with Kosal Khiev after the screening.**   SYNOPSIS:    "Cambodian Son" is a documentary film chronicling the life of spoken word poet Kosal Khiev, who was born in a Thai refugee camp, came to U.S. as a child, and was arrested at 16 for gang violence. He spent over a decade in California prisons before being deported to Cambodia and barred from re-entering the U.S. The documentary touches on the intersection of multiple social justice issues, including refugee rights, immigration, juvenile justice, incarceration, and the redemptive power of the arts.   LINKS:  ... Read more
Categories: Advising

Just wanted to remind everyone that the ASUW Queer Student Commission Queer Art Book is still accepting submissions!

We are extending the deadline to Sunday, May 17th at 11:59 P.M since we have expanded the topic to broadly include gender and sexuality!You DO NOT have to identify as queer to make a submission. You don't even have to be an artist to make art!  As long as your piece is centered around gender and sexuality, you are welcome to submit! This is a showcase just for you.

This is a great opportunity for you to publish your work and to show your talent. We will put your work on a printed version as well as an online version (pending technical expertise) of the Queer Art Book, and distribute them across campus.


Categories: Advising, Announcements, Community Impact


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