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Winter 2012 Community Literacy Program

28 Oct


* helping public school students succeed?

* getting real world experience to help you choose a major or a career path?

* completing classroom hours for the Education, Learning and Society Minor

or for application to a Masters in Teaching program?

* improving your research, writing, and collaborative learning and

presentation skills?

* Are you looking for an opportunity (in the words of Paul Farmer) to “use

what you learn to transform yourself and your community”?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Community Literacy Program may be just what you’re looking for.

HOW THE COMMUNITY LITERACY PROGRAM WORKS: Community Literacy Program (CLP) is an 8 credit program linking English 298A and Education 401C. In English

298 you’ll meet on campus MW 10:30-12:20 in a writing-intensive seminar focused on learning effective methods of working with public school students in language arts, exploring some central challenges and opportunities for public education, and using writing to inquire into, develop and communicate your thinking about these issues. English 298A is taught by CLP Director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill in collaboration with College of Education Language Arts faculty member Karen Mikolasy. In EDUC 401C you’ll put what you learn on campus into action, volunteering (4-5 hours a week, on a schedule you arrange) at one of our partner public schools in Seattle or

Shoreline: Olympic Hills Elementary, Aki Kurose Middle School or Shorecrest High School.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: To sign up for the Community Literacy Program, contact the Director, Dr. Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill

( for an Education 401C add code. Once you are registered in Education 401C, you will be able to register for the required linked course, English 298A. English 298 can be used toward either the UW’s 10-credit “W” requirement or the 5 credit “Composition” requirement.

QUESTIONS? Additional information is available at the program web site:

Please feel free to get in touch with the Director, Dr. Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill, if you’ve got questions.


Writers on Writing

28 Oct


ENGL 285: Writers on Writing (VLPA) 5 credits

lecture: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:50

quiz section: Th 12:30-1:20 or W 9:30-10:50 or W 12:30-1:50 or W 2:30-3:50

Professor Richard Kenney

Again this year, the collective UW Creative Writing faculty, along with other visiting artists, will remember in public why they do what they do. On ten sequential Tuesdays they will speak in depth about what interests them most, including the ways and means of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and the joys and vagaries of inspiration, education, artistic practice, and the writing life. Thursdays will constellate a literary reading series. Discussion sections will be scheduled in between.


Serious curiosity is the only requirement for admission. Students will be expected to attend all talks, do the assigned reading, respond to problems and exercises posed by the lecturers, and participate vigorously in the ongoing conversation. By the end, they will have had a disciplined brush with literate passion, practiced imaginative methods at the point of the pencil, learned something about books from people who write them, and gained a practical sense of the artist’s way of knowing the world.


Conceived as a perpetual work-in-progress, according professors full freedom in designing their respective contributions, the course will find its coherence in the conversation we leap to make of it. Sample topics: What Is It? or, Ars Poetica; Forms of Poetry, Forms of Thought; Mythos-Minded Thinking: From Proverbs to Parables, Stories as Metaphors in Motion; Odd Autobiography; Reading the New; Literary Collage & Blurring Boundaries; The Writing Life; The Revision Process; Closing Words.


No required text. Readings will be posted online or handed out in class. Grading will be based equally on reading (by quiz and conversation), writing (solutions to assigned prompts), and participation (attendance and discussion).


Legislative internships open to all majors

10 Oct

Washington State Legislative Internship Program, Winter Quarter 2012
Open to Juniors and Seniors from ALL majors. Submit applications to the Pol S Advising Office in 215 Smith Hall by Monday, October 24th.

Interns spend Winter Quarter working in Olympia as staff for members of the Washington State House of Representatives or Senate. In addition to their office work, interns participate in weekly seminars and workshops. The seminars include meeting with state officials, as well as panel discussions. In the workshops, interns take part in a budget exercise, mock hearing, and mock floor debate. They learn parliamentary procedure and how to write for the Legislature. Additionally, interns have the opportunity to shadow an elected official or administrator of a state agency and learn about his/her job.

Compensation and Credit
Interns receive monthly compensation to offset the expenses associated with the internship and academic credit from the University of Washington. During their internship, UW students will be enrolled in POL S 497 for 15 credits and will attend a seminar course taught by a UW faculty member.

*Conducting legislative research
*Bill tracking
*Attending hearings and meetings
*Corresponding with constituents
*Office duties

Strong applicants will have:
*A strong desire to learn about public policy and legislative process
*Good written and oral communication skills
*Strong analytical and research skills
*Strong work ethic
*Mature judgment
*Ability to handle a fast-paced environment

For more information, see:

New Course Options for First Quarter Freshmen

9 Aug

NEW COURSE SECTION: EDUC 401 N – Foster Care and the Arts

19 Jul

New course being piloted through EDUC 401. Dr. Eugene Edgar, Special Education faculty in the College of Education, along with some awesome and ambitious undergrads, focused on supporting foster children through the arts. This new course will focus its service learning partnership withBoundless Arts Theater Group. Some of the students working with Dr. Edgar are the founding members of Boundless Arts; and those students will also be in the class. The group is looking for students that may be interested in continuing volunteering with Boundless Arts throughout the academic year.

Course logistics:
SLN: 13168
Meets: T/Th 4:30-5:30 with additional service time
Credits: 3
For add codes, have students email


14 Jul



Friday July 29 – Sunday July 31, 2011

$330 course fee required for 3 days lodging, transportation and events, financial aid eligible. Passport required.

Registration SLN: 10671

2 credits, Credit/No Credit, 10 students maximum.

Vancouver Pride Festival began in 1972 with a small contingent of courageous participants and a modest program of picnics, speakers and demonstrations; and has grown to become the city’s largest public event, with 800,000 celebrants and a densely-programmed month of parades, dance parties and cultural activities, supported by hundreds of queer organizations, unions, political parties, city and federal departments, and corporations. The more recent and modest Dyke March highlights the contributions of queer women to city life. The study abroad course will examine the evolution in theory and practice of Vancouver’s queer community, and the importance of documenting its ongoing growth and change.


Email Leoule Goshu: leoule with any questions.

DXARTS Courses for Autumn 2011

31 May

Interested in experimental video? Sound art? Mechatronics?

Non-majors are encouraged to apply to enroll in year-long, in-depth explorations of experimental art. No prerequisites.

Check out the application links below.


Sound (application link at bottom of the page)