UW Retirement Association

June 2, 2021

News & Events – June 2, 2021


Book Club: The last UWRA Book Club meeting before the summer break is Friday, June 11 via Zoom, and it’s called Reader’s Choice. Everyone comes to the meeting with a book or 2 (but not more!) that they’ve read recently and would like to recommend to the group. Fiction or nonfiction, a new title or old favorite. You can take a minute or two to talk about each book and what has made such an impression on you.  This is an easy and irresistible way to add to your summer “must read” list.  We’ll be back on September 10 with Barack Obama’s A Promised Land. If you would like more information about the Book Club, contact Connie Bourassa-Shaw at cbshaw3216@gmail.com.


Denny Lecture by Dr. Erasmo C. Gamboa: Dr. Gamboa, professor emeritus in American Ethnic Studies, will present MOHAI’s Denny Lecture on “The Unwanted but Indispensable Mexican Railroad Workers of WWII.”  Dr. Gamboa will share the unique and personal stories of the individuals who helped to keep vital Northwest war trains rolling despite unfulfilled promises by the US and Mexican governments and the railroad companies. Date, time: June 8 at 7:00 p.m. Register: HERE.

Author Conversation: Join bestselling author of Boys in the BoatDaniel James Brown, for a live Zoom event to celebrate the publication of his latest book, Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II. Brown will be in conversation with Tom Ikeda, founding Executive Director of Densho. Opening remarks will be given by Paul Rucker, Executive Director of the UWAA.  Date, time: June 17 at 6:00 p.m. Register: HERE.

UW Alumni Association presents Short Talks: Power. Our unique experiences show strength. Unified, they become a force. Join as four storytellers — curated by representatives from the UWAA’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership — use their voices to heal, transform and celebrate the collective power of our BIPOC communities. Featuring Colleen Echohawk, Efrem Fesaha, Zynovia Hetherington, ’15, and Luis Ortega. Date, time: June 3 at 6:30 pm. Free for UWRA members. Learn more and register.

CUH Summer Classes: Botanical sketching, native plant identification, gardening with the seasons – the Center for Urban Horticulture offers a variety of Zoom workshops this summer. Fees vary. See the schedule and register HERE.

Non-Credit Classes: Join the University of Puget Sound online this summer for classes ranging from creating a family archive to history of Tacoma’s music scene to plant physiology. For more information, please go HERE.