A former public high school teacher, Wayne Au is a Professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, and he is a long time editor for the social justice teaching magazine, Rethinking Schools. His work focuses on both academic and public scholarship about high-stakes testing, charter schools, teaching for social justice, and anti-racist education. Recently, Dr. Au has been working in the Seattle area to support Black Lives Matter and Ethnic Studies in Seattle Schools. His recent books include Teaching for Black Lives (co-edited with Dyan Watson and Jesse Hagopian, Rethinking Schools, 2018), A Marxist Education (Haymarket, 2018) and Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of the U.S. Curriculum (co-authored with Anthony Brown and Dolores Calderon, TC Press, 2016). He was awarded the UWB Distinguished teaching Award in 2015, and he was given the William H. Watkins award for scholar activism from the Society of Professors of Education in 2017.
U.S. and Chinese trade relations are facing difficulties. As the U.S. has threatened to bump up tariffs on Chinese goods, China promises to retaliate. What are the prospects of the U.S. improving its trading relationship with China? How is this conflict related to other issues in the U.S. – China relationship? What is the outlook on the relationship between the two countries?
Join us for a live webcast with The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor for a conversation on China Secretary Rice, followed by an in-person discussions and Q&A with a local China specialist.
In this talk, Sundberg presents a more-than-human analysis of boundary making and enforcement at the United States’ southern border with Mexico. This form of analysis seeks to account for other-than-humans as actors who participate in making worlds. Familiar narratives about boundary enforcement at the US-Mexico border feature humans as the primary actors of significance and position other-than-humans in an inferior ontological realm called Nature. A more-than-human approach, in contrast, examines how other-than-humans – like those assembling to create the Sonoran Desert or Tamaulipan Thornscrub – shape the very conditions of possibility for boundary enforcement. Other-than-humans also generate conditions that confound the daily practices of boundary enforcement. Struggles to manage lively assemblages of other-than-humans, has led state actors to call for authoritarian legal mechanisms and ever more militarized tactics and infrastructure like walls and surveillance technology to master natural conditions. She suggests, attention to other-than-humans leads to different explanations for the causes of escalating enforcement in the US-Mexico borderlands; such explanations contest the pursuit of mastery.
James Balog (“Chasing Ice”) is a photographer and mountaineer dedicated to capturing the impact of climate change in the natural environment. “The Human Element” uses Balog's work to document how the earth’s four elements — water, air, fire, and earth — have been impacted by a fifth element, homo sapiens. Daniel Wright is co-producer of the film; he has also worked on high-profile feature documentaries including “Merchants of Doubt” (Telluride 2014), “Racing Extinction” (Sundance 2015), and “Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back” (Tribeca 2016). “The Human Element" premiered at the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival. This event is at Richard F. Celeste Theatre. Co-sponsored by the Environmental Program and the Department of Anthropology.
April Ryan is a graduate of Morgan State University with a B.S. in broadcast journalism, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater in 2017. Ryan also holds an honorary doctorate from Claflin University. She began her media career as a jazz disc jockey before turning to reporting. Ryan has been a member of the White House press corps for American Urban Radio Networks since January 1997. She is a member of the National Press Club and is one of only three African Americans to have served on the board of the White House Correspondent's Association. As one of the few African Americans in the White House press corps, Ryan frequently asks questions on issues concerning minorities and has made statements suggesting that she resents that other journalists do not ask such questions as often. She said in an interview in May 2017, "Why can't the dynamic of all people be in that room? Why can't it be? All people are covered under the White House. Am I correct? So I really dislike that, but I have no qualms with it. If you want to call me a black reporter, I am the black reporter who also asks other issues and questions on China, Russia, Syria, North Korea. So if you want to label me a black reporter, I take it with a badge of honor." In May 2017, the National Association of Black Journalists named Ryan as the "Journalist of the Year." She joined CNN as a political analyst in 2017. Her first book, "The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America," was published in 2015 and won an NAACP Image Award. Her second book, "At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White," was published in 2016. Her work has also appeared in Politico. Her blog, "Fabric of America," is devoted to minority issues and stories in the United States.