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September 22, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Race and education: Henry Louis Gates to headline UPS conference

Henry Louis Gates. Courtesy: University of Puget Sound

Henry Louis Gates. Courtesy University of Puget Sound

Among many hot-button issues in higher education, few reach the stratospheric temperatures of affirmative action, though one of the country’s most celebrated educators comfortably counts himself a beneficiary of quota politics.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Harvard history professor, author and, most recently, television producer  will speak about his own journey from curious 9-year-old to public intellectual at the Race and Pedagogy Conference held Sept. 25-27 at the University of Puget Sound. Gates joins a high-profile lineup that includes political activist Angela Davis and environmentalist Winona LaDuke.

United under the theme, “What Now is the Work of Education and Justice?” the conference aims to engage educators  from kindergarten through college  around this question.

Race, however, is rarely an easy topic to tackle.

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July 7, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Mellon grant will boost humanities studies at UPS

Students read outside on a warm spring day at the University of Puget Sound. Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times 2013.

Students read outside on a warm spring day at the University of Puget Sound. Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times 2013.

Who says the humanities are dead? Last week, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced a $600,000 grant to the University of Puget Sound for use in the school’s new humanities and honors-program initiatives.

UPS officials say they’ll use the grant to develop new classes and to explore new ways of learning.

With the grant, UPS will expand and restructure interdisciplinary classes in the humanities, arts, culture and technology. Classes will be taught across disciplines, and experiential learning will be expanded to involve hands-on projects or community activities.

The grant money will also allow UPS to involve more students in honors and humanities studies. The school will develop classes in film, video and new media, and the study of queer cultures will be included as integral to the study of humanities.

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January 17, 2014 at 5:00 AM

State college presidents offer up ideas at White House summit

The Obama administration put the spotlight Thursday on helping more low-income students go to college, and three Washington state college presidents were among the invited guests who shared lessons from their campuses.

Amy Goings

Amy Goings

Amy Goings, president of Kirkland’s Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT), discussed the way the college — one of the state’s 34 public community and technical colleges — has redesigned developmental courses to make them more relevant to students, based on the career path they’re pursuing.

Developmental courses are sometimes called remedial courses because they are taken by students who don’t have the skills yet to do college-level work

An example of how LWIT has redesigned a course to make it more relevant: In the auto repair technician program, a math instructor teaches math skills by using problems drawn right from the shop floor — the kinds that students will have to solve routinely as auto technicians. “He (the instructor) even shies away from the term ‘math,’” she said.

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