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Summer GRE Prep Dates: 

Session: (Saturdays and Sundays) August 3rd, 4th, 10th &11th. 

         Time: 12:30 PM- 5:30PM 

         Place: UW Seattle Campus, Room TBA 

         Price: 375$

Registration Link:

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Please join us for the Queer Self Defense class on May 23, 2019 from 7:00-9:00PM in the Haggett Cascade Room. The class will be instructed by Jey Saung and is free to all UW students. This self-defense class places LGBTQ+ individuals at the center and is dedicated to providing an inclusive and fun environment. There will be water and snacks provided on site, we encourage you to bring your own water bottle. We look forward to connecting with you.

This event is sponsored by:
Queer Student Commission
Comparative History of Ideas Department
Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department
Womxn's Action Commission

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UW Pipeline Equity in STEM AmeriCorps Member

The UW Pipeline Equity in STEM Ameri­Corps mem­ber recruits, trains and supports UW students to become tutors in elementary, middle and high schools in the Seattle area. The AmeriCorps Member will be highly involved in planning and executing the year-round STEM engagement programs with rural and tribal schools, including STEM Alternative Spring Break. The member will also have opportunities to assist with other Pipeline initiatives and take leadership in additional areas they choose.

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CMS 271 Perspectives on Film: Great Directors -- Werner Herzog

MW 10:30am-12:20pm, KNE 110; SLN: 12687

This course explores the making of Werner Herzog as a legendary filmmaker and cultural icon. Lectures and discussions will focus on his many films: from Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Nosferatu to Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. We will also consider Herzog’s related activities – directing operas, appearing in Hollywood blockbusters – as well as the many parodies and self-parodies of him and his work, while questioning the very idea of the “great director” and its effects in film culture. Assignments include online discussion posts and in-class exams. VLPA

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NGOs have emerged as important actors in global politics. They are often viewed as basic building blocks for democracy and economic growth. This course examines the role of NGOs at international, national and local levels. It provides groundwork approaches to understanding nonprofits, NGOs, and philanthropy. The emphasis is on how philanthropy, nonprofit, and NGO sectors operate, their niche alongside private and public sectors, revenue sources, impact on society, and converse effects of society and its institutions; and more importantly the policy-making process. We will explore various types of NGO topics including faith-based NGOs; issues of NGO accountability and transparency; advocacy; government regulations; NGO effectiveness; civil society and terrorism.

We will supplement our theoretical insights by applying them on case-studies in both the global North (US and Europe) and the global South (Asia, Africa, Latin America).

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Is America democratic? What is democracy? What do we do when different dimensions of democracy collide? Are there costs to democracy? This course will explore these questions through a combination of historical analysis, studying current events, thinking through and applying democratic theory, and analyzing empirical research. We will assess how democratic American institutions (Congress, Presidency, and the Courts) are, the components of democratic citizenship, and how civil rights and civil liberties influence state-citizen/ citizen-citizen interactions.

POL S 351 A: The American Democracy
Summer Full Term Meeting Time: TTh 2:20pm - 4:30pm
Stephanie Stanley
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This course uses an American political development approach to the study of state and local politics with an emphasis on Washington state.  We go beyond simple considerations of institutions and law to understand ways in which actors are empowered and constrained within the landscape of local government.  Our goal is to develop a nuanced and robust body of knowledge conceptualizing how state politics provide a unique laboratory of democracy.  

Be prepared for guest speakers from a wide variety of arenas linked to state and local government.  In the past we've had state supreme court justices, journalists, lobbyists, state senators and representatives, candidates for office, policy makers, and political activists to name a few.  This gives us all the opportunity to directly interact with stakeholders and decision-makers to better understand how our political communities operate.

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