Week of May 21, 2018


The University of Washington will be closed Monday, May 28th, for Memorial Day.

Department of Political Science Annual End-of-Year Reception: You and a guest are invited to attend our annual end-of-year reception to celebrate the Department's accomplishments over the past academic year on Friday, June 1st, UW Club-Colleen Room, 4:00-6:00pm. Please RSVP.

A reminder to all graduate students to send in nominations (for yourself and others) for the 2018-19 Department Graduate positions to Ellen Ahlness (eahlness@uw.edu) by Friday, May 18th. The following positions are open for nominations: President, Admission Committee Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Program Committee Representative, Undergraduate Program Committee Representative, GPSS Representatives, Kitchen Monitor, and Graduate Student Mascot."

Political Science professor Megan Ming Francis and previous graduate student Karam Dana (Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) have both received the 2018 UW Awards of Excellence Distinguished Teaching Award. Please let's join them in celebrating on June 7, 3:30PM in Meany Theater. Reception to follow.


Ellen Ahlness has been selected to receive a FLAS Fellowship in Inuit for the 2018-19 academic year.

Tony Gill hosted a Saturday colloquium entitled “Public Choice and Government Failure,” sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies on May 12 involving about a dozen undergraduate students.  The colloquium was moderated by Prof. Edward Lopez (Western Carolina University), a former president (and current executive director) of the Public Choice Society.


Political Science: Tracy Sulkin (Professor, Political Science, University of Illinois CU), "Legislative Style." May 31, 2-3:30PM in the Olson Room (Gowen 1A).

The Professionalization Series for Graduate Students (PSGS) is intended to provide a venue to share information, experiences, and best practices around a key set of issues relevant to graduate school and the broader academic profession. Final meeting of the academic year: “Getting to PhC: Overcoming Common Hurdles.” Friday, June 1, 12-1:30 in the Olson Room (Gowen 1A). Speakers will be Sophia Jordán Wallace and Geoff Wallace followed by a Q&A. Please RSVP by Monday, May 14.  


Jackson School Lecture Series: Scott Radnitz (Associate Professor, JSIS, UW), "Putin and Russia." Tuesday, May 22, 4:30-6:20PM in Kane 220. Questions? Contact (206) 543-6001 or jsisadv@uw.edu​.

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee film documentary: "Kosciuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time." Screening of the film will be followed by Q&A with director Alex Storozynski and leading actor Olek Krupa. Event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, May 23, 7pm in Thomson 101

JSIS Founders' Lecture in Comparative Religion: Heleen Murre-van den Berg (Director of the Institute of Eastern Christian Studies and professor of Eastern Christian Studies, Radbound University), "Language and Religion in the (Re)Making of Syriac Christian Communities." Thursday, May 24, 7pm in Thomson 101. Reception to follow.

South Asia Center: Aruna Roy (founder of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan), "Making Democracy Work." Thursday, May 24, in Communications 120. Open to the public.

Jackson School Lecture Series: Resat Kasaba (Jackson School Director and Stanley D. Golub Chair in International Studies, UW), "Kurds and General Discussion." Tuesday, May 29, 4:30-6:20PM in Kane 220. Questions? Contact (206) 543-6001 or jsisadv@uw.edu