March 31, 2007

International Affirmative Action Debates

Despite the stunning differences between India and America, we have much in common. As a student of politics, one of the most obvious similarities to me derives from our systems of government—the U.S. being the oldest democracy, India being the largest. We both also work hard to operate these democracies in the midst of significant… Read More


March 27, 2007

Higher Education as Diplomacy

The first half of my visit to India is part of a formal diplomatic mission led by Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes. I am joined by the chancellor of North Carolina State University and the presidents of Baylor University, Kalamazoo College, Johnson and Wales University, and Oakton Community… Read More


March 26, 2007

Mumbai – Bustle and Bollywood

I love music—all kinds of music. So I have been delighted by the absolutely wonderful sounds and cadences of urban India. The fusion of Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary, classical and pop is unlike anything I have heard. Ravi Shankar on steroids comes to mind. And music is everywhere. Even the constant toots and… Read More


February 27, 2007

Office Hours: Focus on office space

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One of the most pressing issues the university faces is having enough space to teach, to conduct research, to serve the public. In this month’s “Office Hours” video, UW President Mark Emmert discusses the purchase of UW Tower Properties, which will provide over half a million square feet of office space. That will enable the university to reduce… Read More


February 20, 2007

New Office Hours video coming Tuesday

In January, UW President Mark Emmert started a new series of monthly videos titled Office Hours to talk about current UW issues and initiatives. Effective with the newest video, to be released Tuesday, Feb. 27, students, faculty and staff with a valid Net ID will be invited to post comments. The message board will be activated… Read More


October 19, 2006

Transforming Lives

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 TAIPEI — I often say that the most important task of the University of Washington is to transform lives—that the UW should have such an impact on our students, our colleagues, and our patients that their lives are changed in profoundly important ways. It was, therefore, with great pleasure that I… Read More


October 18, 2006

“Blue House” to Dawg’s House

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 SEOUL — The official residence and executive office of the President of South Korea is affectionately referred to as the Blue House. The stunning structure sits against a green hillside surrounded by broad, inviting gardens, which in turn are surrounded by very uninviting stone walls. While not particularly blue, the Blue… Read More


October 17, 2006

Complexity and Contradiction

Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 SEOUL —  As I prepared for this trip to Korea, more than a few friends asked, “You’re not really going to Korea right now, are you?”  Their concern was fueled, of course, by the nuclear test in North Korea and the rising tensions over it.  I replied that, as a student… Read More


October 13, 2006

Delegation heads for Seoul

 I am part of a Washington state delegation on a seven-day mission to South Korea and Taiwan to promote Washington products and services. Gov. Christine Gregoire is heading the delegation, which includes business, agriculture and education representatives.  Just like I did while in China this past summer, I hope to update my blog when time permits, so… Read More


October 11, 2006

2006 President’s Annual Address

In his annual address to the university community, UW President Mark Emmert reviews key issues and accomplishments from the past year and reports on efforts to ensure that the University is well positioned to meet the challenges of the future. The University’s commitment to providing a rich learning experience for an excellent and diverse student… Read More