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The Dept. of Landscape Architecture will be offering L ARCH 353/553 - Modern History of
Landscape Architecture this Autumn Quarter 2015, instead of Winter 2016 (for this year only).  (L ARCH 352/552 History of Landscape Architecture will be offered Winter 2016.)  It’s a great course and does count as Writing/VLPA/I&S.  
College of Built Environments
Landscape Architecture - Taught by Professor Thaisa Way
Designing Landscapes in a Modern World:  History of Modern Landscape Architecture

LARCH 353A  SLN#: 22347;
L ARCH 353B Honors Section SLN#: 22858;
L ARCH 553A  SLN# 22348
5 credit course (Graduate Students and Honor Students must also attend a Seminar M 12:00-1:20, GLD 110)

Lectures: M/W/F 9-10:20, Gould Hall 322

This course offers students an opportunity to investigate modernism and the modern landscape architecture as process, product, and theory.  

What makes a good urban landscape? A great public...

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Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers from all disciplines to be Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) for the 2015-16 academic year. Students conducting research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

URLs serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to support services of the URP. The goal of the URL program is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates doing research in a range of disciplines. As a URL, you can motivate future undergraduate researchers! Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately 8-10 hours/month and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

More information and application available here.

Questions? Contact the URP Staff at or (206) 543-4282

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The Seattle MESA program is looking for students interested in STEM tutoring opportunities.

Be a Tutor with Seattle MESA

  • Earn up to 10 credits in your major or minor
  • Motivate and mentor a student
  • Develop your teaching skills
  • Build confidence in STEM subject areas
  • Work with other great UW volunteers
  • Travel available through UCAR

For more information, please contact Joffrey Hooks at at or (206) 616-2946.

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There is still space available in the Dance Program's one-time offering of Afro-Peruvian Dance (Dance 231 - SLN 22224) with living legend Lalo Izquierdo. This course will include theoretical and practical knowledge which will allow students to express, communicate, practice and pass on Afroperuvian dance. The course will introduce students to the etymology of the name, geographical area where the dance is practiced, historical origins of the dance, and specific dance steps. No prior experience in dance required.  

Dance Flyer (PDF)

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This 5-credit course investigates swear words and taboo language. Discussions will cover the linguistic, pragmatic, neurological, psychological, and social aspects of swearing. Topics include how the brain processes swear words, cross-cultural differences surrounding taboo language, and the role of obscenity in censorship and federal indecency laws.
(This course has no prerequisites. Counts as VLPA credit.)

Offered:     MWF 12:30-1:20p (with TH quiz section)
Instructor:     Laura McGarrity, Lecturer (
Dept. of Linguistics, Guggenheim 4th floor

WARNING: Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, this course is intended for mature audiences only. Students who are sensitive to obscene words are discouraged from enrolling, as are students with only a non-scholarly interest in swear words.

Taboo course flyer (PDF)

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The UW Women's Center is offering GRE and Basic Math Courses, In addition, they have added two SAT Prep courses to their August schedule. The Women's Center is a non-profit organization located on the University of Washington Campus.

GRE and Basic Math Refresher Classes (Express Series)
July 25th, 26th, August 1st, 2nd
BMR: 9:00AM-11:00AM

GRE and Basic Math Refresher Classes  (August Series)
August 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th
Classes hosted on August 9th and 16th will be in Savery 168
Classes hosted on August 23rd and 30th will be in Savery 130
BMR: 9:00AM-11:00AM
GRE: 11:00AM-2:00PM

Online Registration Link:


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As you plan out your classes for Fall Quarter, we would like to invite you to join the University of Washington Dream Project! The UW Dream Project is a student-run program that assists low-income and first-generation high school students in attaining higher education and strives to raise awareness among university students about the issues of educational opportunity and mobility.

We would love to have you join this fall as we continue to work with high school seniors as they write personal statements, complete college applications, prepare for the SAT/ACT and apply for scholarships. As a UW student, this should all sound familiar as you have went through this process first-hand! Your experiences are valuable, and can be used to support high school students throughout King County.

What’s in it for you?

  • Learn about educational access, mentoring strategies, and social justice.
  • 2 credits (1 credit of EDUC 260, lecture; 1 credit of EDUC 369, high...
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The Environmental Health and Safety department on the Seattle campus has a new opening for a part-time, student marketing communications assistant, for this summer through the next school year.

Job Description:

Marketing Communications Assistant (Student)
Environmental Health and Safety Department
Part-time (19 hours per week), July 2015 through June 2016

The Environmental Health and Safety department promotes and supports occupational and environmental health and safety for faculty, staff, and students at the UW. Our mission is to partner with our stakeholders in meeting our shared responsibility to provide a safe campus and protect our environment.

The marketing communications assistant will report to the outreach and communications specialist and work with staff in the department to improve and develop marketing communications materials that educate and engage the UW community about safety and health programs.


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Honors 230 A: In Your Name: Education Inside Prison (I&S)
SLN 11697
Claudia Jensen (Slavic Languages & Literature)
Credits: 5
Limit: 12 students

Summer B Term (July 23-August 21)

Please contact the instructor, Claudia Jensen (, for more information, and to register. 

Students will have class on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays and travel to the prison on Wednesdays. There will also be another mandatory all day field trip Thursday, July 30.

Why should people in prison have opportunities for education? What are the benefits and what are the realities and constraints of the institution? This class is centered around a series of visits we will make to the Twin Rivers Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex (about 45 minutes outside of Seattle); this is a medium-security prison unit for men. We will meet with a group of...

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EDSPE 422 Disability, Education, and the Arts (3) VLPA 

Cultural perspectives on disability and education, as interpreted through arts-based inquiry. 

Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:50 PM 

Instructor: Charles A. Peck

SLN: 22652

For questions about the course, e-mail

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