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Keeping the Conversation Going

When UW President Richard L. McCormick called for "conversations about the future" of the UW, he wanted to open dialogues between the University and the many communities it serves—alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community at large—to help shape the University in the years to come.

And while many of these conversations take the form of events throughout Western Washington and the rest of the state, they are by no means limited to them.

Alumni have an open invitation to visit a Web site specifically developed for these conversations, http://depts/, to participate online and share their thoughts, concerns and hopes for the University.

Alumni are likewise encouraged to contribute to the UW's process of figuring out directions for the future by sending e-mail to

McCormick, who conducted a “conversation” with the UW Alumni Association Board of Trustees Feb. 4, welcomes all alumni to be on hand at two upcoming events.

“Race in the 21st Century: A Conversation” will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 12, in the Walker-Ames Room of Kane Hall. Guest speakers include English Professor Charles Johnson; Political Science Professor Andrea Simpson; NW Center for Research on Women Director Angela Ginorio, former UW Ethnic Studies Professor Maria P.P. Root, UW-Tacoma Liberal Studies Professor Michael Honey, UW-Bothell Liberal Studies Professor Diane Gillespie and Multicultural Education Director James Banks.

“Musings on the Future: Arts in the University” will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Henry Art Gallery. Moderated by KUOW radio host Marcie Sillman, the event will feature panelists Peter Donnelly, president of the Seattle Corporate Council for the Arts; Jim Kelly, manager of the King County Office of Cultural Resources; Mimi Gardner Gates, director of the Seattle Art Museum; Tim Bond, associate artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and JoAnn Taricani, associate professor of music at the UW.

To keep abreast of what is going on with the “Conversation About the Future” program, check out the Web site or contact Marilyn J. Kliman at (206) 616-6222.

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