UW News

May 20, 2015

“Student Voices Making Change” symposium May 27 at HUB

UW News

More than two hundred high school students from four area high schools will visit the campus for a daylong seminar in the HUB May 27 as part of Teachers and Texts, which in turn is part of the UW in the High School program, sponsored by Professional and Continuing Education.

The event is called the Northwest Collaborative Regional Symposium, with the subtitle “Student Voices Making Change.” About 240 students of a class called Margins and Centers at Eastlake, Roosevelt, Franklin and Kentlake high schools will join UW undergraduate students to, program notes state, “play interactive theater games, discuss the common texts we’ve all read, and envision what social justice means to us in our own communities.”

Questions to be discussed in an afternoon session include “What do we do with our deepened consciousness about social justice, marginalization and power, privilege and culture?” and “What is our role in social change?”

The event is organized by Anu Taranath, senior lecturer in English and the Comparative History of Ideas Program, and Gary Handwerk, UW professor of English, who started the Texts and Teachers program in 1999. The two, along with Seattle University English Professor Christine Chaney, collaborate with a dozen teachers at eight area high schools.

To learn more, contact Taranath at anu@uw.edu or Handwerk at handwerk@uw.edu.