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The department is proud to congratulate PhD candidate Sarah Zaides on being named a 2015-16 Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow for her dissertation project "Tevye’s Ottoman Daughter: Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews in the Shatterzones of Empires, 1882-1923."

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Religion & Ethics, granted by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, supports original and significant study of ethical and religious values, and is one of the most selective and prestigious national awards for doctoral reserach. This year Sarah was one of only 22 recipients of the fellowship, across the entire country and all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Great job Sarah!

Featured Story

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. To read the Seattle Times article about Doug’s passing, please follow the link Doug Walker.

Faculty Book Corner

In Motherless Tongues, Vicente L. Rafael examines the vexed relationship between language and history gleaned from the workings of translation in the Philippines, the United States, and beyond. Moving across a range of colonial and postcolonial settings, he demonstrates translation's agency in the making and understanding of events. These include nationalist efforts to vernacularize politics, U.S. projects to weaponize languages in wartime, and autobiographical attempts by area studies scholars to translate the otherness of their lives amid the Cold War. In all cases, translation is at war with itself, generating divergent effects. Over the course of this journey, Rafael delineates the untranslatable that inheres in every act of translation, asking about the politics and ethics of uneven linguistic and semiotic exchanges.