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

By Peter Kelley

November 1, 2012

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…

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

By Peter Kelley

October 29, 2012

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…

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

By Hannah Hickey

October 17, 2012

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.

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

By Hannah Hickey

September 27, 2012

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.

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

By Molly McElroy

August 7, 2012

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…

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