Monthly Archives: February 2015

THIST 470: The Material World: Art and Artifacts

T HIST 470 The Material World: Art and Artifacts is being offered this spring quarter on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:50-2:55 PM.
This writing-intensive course examines material culture; i.e. “stuff,” created and used by humans to cope with the physical world. It employs interdisciplinary methods drawing from art history, historical archaeology, anthropology, and museum studies and uses hands-on study of everyday objects as a means to understand the world around us.
Although there is a prerequisite of either T HIST 200 or T HIST 201, interested students who have taken any lower-division history course at UW Tacoma or at another college or university should contact the professor, Julie Nicoletta, at to see if they are eligible to enroll in T HIST 470.

New courses for Spring 2015

EGL 202 Introduction to Contemporary American Indian Issues
This course is designed as an introduction to the significant issues affecting American Indians in modern society. Students should leave the course with a thorough understanding of the issues and appreciation for the challenges facing contemporary American Indian bands, tribes, tribal towns, and nations. It is also designed for both American Indian and non-American Indian students so they can better understand human similarities and differences, thereby leading to the development of increased communications and good interpersonal relationships.
TEGL 201 Introduction to Indigenous Philosophy
This course is designed as an introduction to engage students in dialogue about Indigenous philosophical ideologies that frame Indigenous thought, perspectives, and worldviews. Students should leave this course with various understandings of Indigenous philosophy, including how epistemology (how/what we know), metaphysics (what is) and ethics (practice) empower self-determination (identity/community), and sovereignty of Indigenous peoples.
TEGL 301 Introduction to Indigenous Women & Feminism
This course is designed as an introduction to an understanding of Indigenous women’s perspectives and experiences. By bringing these issues to the forefront, this course offers new insights on Indigenous questions of the past, present and futures. Through the exploration and analysis of roles, relationships and representations of Indigenous women in history, politics, culture and ways knowing, students will examine how Indigenous feminists’ aim to understand the changing situations, the commonalities, and the specificities of Indigenous women across time and place. Students will focus on two main questions: how are feminist movements culturally and historically situated; and how do representations of Indigenous women shape knowledge, as well as agency?


Christie with curlsChristie Keifer is the Administrative Coordinator for both the Social, Behavioral and Human Sciences and the Social and Historical Studies divisions. She received her B.A. in English and B.A.C. in Conflict Management from Pacific Lutheran University in 2014, and spent two years helping Washington State educators expand their credentials in the Partnerships and Professional Development department at PLU. After graduation in August 2014, Christie travelled to the suburbs of San Francisco to volunteer at Point Reyes National Seashore behind the front desk at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. While at Point Reyes, she assisted visitors from both Europe and the United States plan their time in the Park. In addition to service-oriented positions, Christie is an avid poet and children’s literature enthusiast. She recently travelled to Northern Ireland to complete a course on Dialogue and Community Peacebuilding where she studied The Troubles, and how children’s literature positively impacted the community. Continue reading

“Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ event

Photo by Andrew Gobin

Photo by Andrew Gobin

The University of Washington’s (UW) planning committee and the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity are hosting a Phase One celebration event for the, “Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House”. This will be a full day event on March 13, 2015 where the sharing of stories, songs, and friendships will begin at 10:00 am and end at midnight. Food and beverages will be served throughout the day. To honor this day, all tribes are welcome to come and share their songs and dances as the surrounding communities and UW campuses come together to commemorate a 45+ year dream to build an intellectual and cultural space that recognizes Native cultures and histories that pays respect to Coast Salish architectural traditions.

  • Thursday, March 12, from 2:30 to 4:00pm there will be an Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
  • Friday, March 13th, 10:00am-Midnight is a full day of celebrations

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What can ordinary people do to change a world full of violence and hate? Is nonviolent revolution possible? “Love and Solidarity” addresses these questions through the life and thought of Rev. James Lawson, an African American Methodist minister who worked with Martin Luther King, Jr., to initiate civil rights struggles in the South in the 1960s and in recent years taught nonviolence organizing to poor Black and Latino workers in coalitions that have remade the labor movement in Los Angeles. Through interviews with Rev. Lawson and historic photos and film footage, acclaimed labor and civil rights historian Michael Honey and award-winning film maker Errol Webber place a needed discourse on nonviolent social change at the forefront of today’s struggles against violence and for human rights, peace, and economic justice. 

Love & Solidarity will be shown on Wednesday, Feb. 11th at 12:30pm in W. Philip Hall on the UW Tacoma campus.