Sean Widlake graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2011 with a B.A. in history where he also minored in political science. His continued study at the University of Washington is centered around Turkish language and cultural history, emphasizing Turkish diaspora in Germany. His other research interests include: gender and sexuality, Orientalism, post-structuralism/absurdism, and biopolitics.
Nida Kiali received her B.A in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington in 2013. She is interested in exploring concepts of empathy and sympathy and linguistic interactions between conflicted groups. Nida’s language focuses are Arabic and Hebrew. She also has fondness to Persian language and literature and will be studying it during this academic year.