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COM 452: Crisis Communication

MW 2:20-4:30

SLN 14562

Instructor: Kathleen Fearn-Banks

COM 452 Crisis Communications (5) I&S

Study of the functions of communications professionals during crises. Covers public relations professionals as advocates for organizations and companies in crisis and the news media as advocates of the mass public. Discussion of cases.

COM 495 A: Special Communication Topics – Engaged Community Scholarship

TTH 10:30-12:50

SLN 10889

Instructor: N. Gina Aaftaab

Hosted through the Center for Communication, Difference, and...

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C LIT 240 A, Writing in Comparative Literature: Bizarre and Mysterious Encounters in Modern Art, Literature, and Cinema

SLN 10643

Instructor: Doug Anderson

(W and C credits)

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CMS 297 C: Special Topics In Cinema And Media Studies

SLN 14448

Instructor: Gaurav Pai

Global Documentary

This course surveys the history of documentary across the globe with a special focus on films from North America, Europe, Latin America, Iran, India, Japan and, China. No previous course work in film is required. What is the origin of documentary and how has it traveled around the world? How does the film help us see and understand the world? Filmmakers to be discussed include Robert Flaherty, Dziga Vertov, Basil Wright, Joris Ivens, Fernando Solanas, Forough Farrokhzad, Kazuo Hara, Claude Lanzmann, Werner Herzog, Amar Kanwar, and Zhao Liang. VLPA.

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Project Title: Human Rights Research Intern

Project Description:

Human Rights Research Intern (focus on Freedom of Information) The University of Washington Center for Human Rights (UWCHR) invites applications from undergraduates interested in forming part of our access to the information research team. We are recruiting interns to conduct research on immigrant rights concerns in contemporary Washington state. Since January 2017, UWCHR has conducted research in partnership with local immigrant rights organizations examining the collaboration between Washington state law enforcement agencies and Customs and Border patrol in ways that raise rights concerns. Selected students will be trained in the use of FOIA and Washington state records law for obtaining information from government agencies, and will be involved in the process of formulating new requests, tracking the progress of existing cases, responding to inquiries from government agencies as necessary, and...

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Introductory Portuguese class (PORT 110), will be offered during the Summer of 2019 - Term A - 9:40-11:50am - June 24th to July 24th, 2019 (upon enrollment of 10 students or more).

PORT 110 is the combination of PORT 101 and 102 and it is worth 5 credits in total. Students enrolled in this summer class would continue in PORT 103 during the Winter of 2020. In Portuguese 110, we will be using an e-text (free of costs): Bate-Papo:

Portuguese is considered a critical language by the U.S. Department of Defense, which gives students the possibility of applying for at least 3 federal grants: Boren, FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies), and CLAS (Critical Language and Area Studies). Please visit the...

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Hoping to complete some requirements this summer? Looking for an interesting course that will both challenge you and keep you engaged? If so, please check out the Department of History’s course descriptions below:

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This year, the ASUW successfully lobbied the state legislature to make college more affordable, provide religious accommodations to students, support students experiencing homelessness, and provide more resources to survivors of sexual assault. These legislative priorities were guided by the ASUW Legislative Agenda, created every year by the ASUW Legislative Steering Committee (LSC). The ASUW is looking for new LSC members to meet Fall Quarter 2019 and decide student lobbying priorities for the next legislative session in Olympia.

If you’re interested in impacting the ASUW’s legislative priorities in the upcoming session, apply for the 2019-20 ASUW Legislative Steering Committee and help advocate for diverse and important student issues. Committee members will help to review previous years’ agendas, decide what issues to lobby on the next session, and draft the new agenda. All years and majors are encouraged to apply! No experience or qualifications are necessary, just an...

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If you are looking for Summer A-Term music courses, MUSIC 116 and MUSIC 117 still have seats available!

Both give VLPA credit and can be counted toward the music minor.  They are offered concurrently, but students are welcome to register for both courses.  MUSIC 116 explores foundational music theory.   MUSIC 117 introduces students to the hands-on performance and analysis of music. Students will use the concepts learned in this course to listen deeply to some of the great musical masterworks, perform basic analysis, and compose a short piece of music.

MUSIC 116 2 credits  MTWTh 10:50-11:50 A-Term MUSIC 117 2 credits MTWTh 1:10-2:10 A-Term For more information or add codes, please contact Nathan Cobb at

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2019 Summer Quarter Course Offerings

Featured Courses You Will Not Want To Miss!

GWSS 200: Intro to Women Studies, (5) I&S, DIV Fabian Romero

Feminist analysis of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and gender inequalities in various contexts. Emphasis on the intersection of race, class, sexuality, and nationality in the lives of women. Topics include feminist theory, motherhood, popular culture, sexual autonomy, racism, and activism in the United States, Asia, Latin America. 

SLN 11475, MW 3:30-5:40, Full Term

GWSS 255 Masculinities (5) I&S, DIV Saad Khan

What does it mean to be a man?  What is men’s relationship with power structures such as...

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This summer, FIUTS (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students) will host 20 undergraduates from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Tunisia for the Study of the US Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap.  SUSIs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and promote a better understanding of the people, institutions, and culture of the United States among foreign students, teachers, and scholars. Learn more about the SUSI at

We are recruiting 20 UW students to be SUSI Ambassadors, volunteers who will be matched one to one with SUSI participants during their time in Seattle from June 22nd – July 21st, 2019....

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