Stories Archive

New History Project: LGBTQ Activism in Seattle

The Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project introduces a new component to its website—LGBTQ Activism in Seattle, a history project compiled by graduate student Kevin McKenna. This important new resource documents LGBTQ history and activism in Seattle and Western Washington since the late-nineteenth century and features oral histories with activists and introductory essays about key issues and communities.

Alumni Profile: Josie Rollins

If asked the question “what can you do with a Bachelor’s Degree in History?” history majors will provide many different answers. Recent graduate Josie Rollins’ response to this question was to go to graduate school. A former recipient of the Department of History’s Sleizer Scholarship and the Magna Carta Society Prize, Josie has decided to take what she learned at the UW and pursue an advanced degree.

In Memoriam: Doug Walker, 1950-2016

The History Community was saddened to hear of the passing of Doug Walker, a member of the History Advisory Board, a group of community representatives that advocates for the department in the wider community. Doug and his wife, Maggie, were great supporters of the department. They created the Walker Family Endowed Professorship in History to support the study of the U.S. Civil War and southern U.S. history.

In Memoriam: Chris Grorud, 1979-2016

The History Community was saddened to hear of the passing of former Graduate student Chris Grorud, who passed away January 24, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Chris studied Indonesian history and politics and was passionate about working with the people of Indonesia, doing field research in history and with the Jackson School of International Studies’ Southeast Asia Center. Chris’ family has established an endowed memorial fund in Chris’ name to support students of Southeast Asian history.

Digital History Initiative: Mapping American Social Movements Through the 20th Century

Mapping American Social Movements Through the 20th Century is a collaborative project which seeks to create maps and visualizations of America’s twentieth-century social movements. The project encompasses all types of social movements including radical, labor, civil rights, environmental, and women’s rights movements.

2016 Hanauer Fellows: Eric Johnson and Sarah Zaides

Graduate students Eric Johnson and Sarah Zaides have been named 2016 Fellows for the Joff Hanauer Endowment for Excellence in Western Civilization. Eric Johnson is a PhD Candidate in Russian History, specializing in the urban history of nineteenth-century Kazan. Sarah Zaides is a PhD Candidate in Russian and Jewish History, whose work focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century Jewish refugees in the Ottoman Empire.

UW History Alum Tells Why, in the Soviet Union, it was "Everyone to Skis!"

1944 Soviet poster that inspired Frank's title: "Everyone to Skis!"

Winter is nearly upon us, and in the Pacific Northwest that means it time to break out the skis. And if you’re looking to relax with a hot chocolate and a good book after a long day on the slopes, check out Everyone To Skis!: Skiing in Russia and the Rise of Soviet Biathlon by UW History PhD recipient W. D. Frank.

The history of skiing and biathlon in Russia has intrigued Frank since long before he began his studies as a historian. During the 1970s and ‘80s, Frank was a competitive biathlete, training with the U.S. national team and even qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1980. “The Americans against whom I competed were talented athletes,” Frank recalls, “and yet, they would get trounced at international races at the hands of the Russians. I could never understand why.” Having looked high and low for a book that could explain this puzzle, Frank finally decided that he would have to write it himself. ....