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November 1, 2012

Prewar citizen complaints to government explored in ‘This is Not Civil Rights’

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George Lovell, UW associate professor of political science, is the author of “This Is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939 America,” published in October by University of Chicago Press. He answered a few questions about his book for UW Today. What is the basic concept behind “This is Not Civil Rights”? The book…


October 29, 2012

A new vision of democratic individualism in ‘Awakening to Race’

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Jack Turner, UW assistant professor of political science, is the author of “Awakening to Race: Individualism and Social Consciousness in America,” published this month by University of Chicago Press. He answered a few questions about his book for UW Today. What’s the central concept behind “Awakening to Race”? The book addresses the challenge of racial…


October 17, 2012

Living Voters Guide adds fact-checking by Seattle librarians for 2012 election

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The Living Voters Guide, created by the UW and presented with Seattle’s CityClub, just won a regional award and has been updated for the 2012 election. This year the guide has expanded to include a California edition, and the Washington guide will include fact-checking of selected points by Seattle Public Library staff.


October 1, 2012

Among voters lacking strong party preferences, Obama faces 20 percent handicap due to race bias

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Race biases are having a strong anti-Obama effect among the least politically partisan voters, according to a study by Anthony Greenwald, a UW psychology professor.


September 27, 2012

Browser plug-in helps people balance their political news reading habits

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As the U.S. presidential election approaches, many voters become voracious consumers of online political news. A new tool tracks whether all those articles really provide a balanced view of the debate – and, if not, suggests some sites that offer opinions from the other side of the political spectrum.


August 7, 2012

South African Olympic runner’s struggle shines a spotlight on country’s ongoing sexual violence

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South African track athlete Caster Semenya carried her country’s flag in the opening ceremony at the London Olympics. The 21-year-old former 800-meter world champion, for years the subject of speculation around her gender, was chosen over male athletes including a swimmer, a long jumper and a double-amputee runner. The choice was of interest to a…


May 7, 2012

Unconscious racial attitudes playing large role in 2012 presidential vote

After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, many proclaimed that the country had entered a post-racial era. But a new large-scale study by UW psychologists shows that racial attitudes have already played a substantial role in 2012, during the Republican primaries.


May 11, 2011

Recently passed bill helps give youthful offenders second chances

Thanks to students at the UW Child and Youth Legislative Advocacy Clinic, Gov. Chris Gregoire will on Thursday, May 2 sign a bill that bans private credit reporting agencies from selling a youths criminal records after he or she turns 21.


May 10, 2011

Razing Seattles viaduct doesnt guarantee nightmare commutes, model says

The study also considered the effects on 14 routes, shown here, that do not include the viaduct.

University of Washington statisticians used a computer model to study the effect of replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct on commuter travel times. They found that relying on surface streets would likely have less impact on travel times than previously reported, and that effects on commute times are not well known.


March 28, 2011

New study shows tea party beliefs far beyond mainstream conservatism

Results from the survey suggest that the tea party is taking its philosophy in directions far more extreme than those of mainline conservatives.


February 22, 2011

Minority Law Students Association to host Feb. 24 panel discussion on race and criminal justice

What creates racial disparities in the criminal justice system and what could address them? A six-member panel moderated by Mary Fan, UW assistant professor of law, will explore these issues and related ones.


February 14, 2011

Egypt: The Revolution and the Future

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Whats next for Egypt? Four UW experts, including two in Cairo, will address the question in a panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 17.


November 22, 2010

Get paid to change the world: New book shows how to find jobs in public service

Heather Krasna, director of career services at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs, has written “Jobs that Matter.”


November 6, 2008

Two profs to talk about ‘What Really Happened’ in election

Last spring, UW professors David Domke and Mark Smith made bold presidential predictions during the widely popular “Faith & Finance” lecture series.



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