Stories Archive

New Book with Introduction by Professor Vicente Rafael Collects Significant Works by Anglophone Filipino Writer Nick Joaquin

Professor Vicente Rafael recently curated and wrote the introduction to a collection of short stories and a play by the highly regarded Anglophone Filipino writer Nick Joaquin. The collection is entitled The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic.

Lights, Cameras, History!

Television crews have been rolling onto campus the last couple of weeks, but they’re not chasing the latest celebrity sighting. Instead they have set their sights on capturing some of the best history lectures in America, and the award-winning faculty members of the UW Department of History are up to the challenge. 

American History TV (AHTV) is a service which broadcasts on CSPAN-3 every weekend. Among its many televised offerings are pre-recorded university lectures from some of the nation’s leading historians. Professor Emeritus Quintard Taylor was chosen for this honor in 2012. This year he is joined by department members Margaret O’Mara and William Rorabaugh. Rorabaugh’s lecture, “Counterculture: Beats and Beatniks” was recorded on February 9, and O’Mara’s “1968: The Fracturing of America” on February 15. 

Robin Lindley: Lawyer by Trade, Historian by Calling

Traditionally many undergraduate majors in history have chosen to go on to law school. The academic skills learned in studying history—research, logical argument, evidence-based analysis and persuasive communication—translate well to careers in law, politics and public administration. For UW alum and longtime lawyer Robin Lindley, however, history has always been more than a powerful intellectual toolkit—it has been a motivating passion at every stage in his life. 

Alumni Q&A: Michael Kendrick

We recently caught up with department alum Michael Kendrick. Kendrick graduated from UW with a BA in history in 1996, and now teaches Social Studies at Meadowdale Middle School in Lynnwood. In our interview, Kendrick discusses his motivations for becoming a teacher as well as what he enjoys most about studying History.

Amanda Morse: Finding Out Where History Can Take You

So just what is the point in getting a history degree? Amanda Morse faced this question for herself in 2009. Following a lifelong interest in Latin and the classical era, Morse had entered UW in 2005 seeking a history degree, with an emphasis on ancient Greece and Rome. Now, four years later, she was only a few credits short of graduation, but found herself dismayed at the challenging prospect of building a career as a historian of antiquity.

History Takes Flight with Anne Melton

Anne Melton graduated from UW in 2006 with a BA in History and a minor in Public Health and Community Medicine. She returned to UW a few years later to earn her MA in Museology in 2012, and is currently the Membership Manager at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. We caught up with her to ask her a bit about her career path and the role History has played in her life.

Recent Alum Rayna Mathis Takes History into the Art World

As the Coordinator for School and Educator Programs at the Seattle Art Museum, Rayna Mathis uses her training as a historian to expand outreach to young people, including local high school students. Her position primarily involves working with schools and educators, but she has also had the opportunity to work with a program called Design Your Neighborhood, a community outreach program in which teens work together to redesign a community space.