UW Bothell’s Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Research Colloquium Begins with Dr. Diane Gillespie on October 5th


Monday, October 1, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – The University of Washington Bothell is pleased to present the schedule for the Fall 2010 Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) Research Colloquium.
The IAS Research Colloquium, part of a 1-credit course for graduate students, is a showcase of research-in-progress by IAS faculty members.
This is a unique opportunity to interact with faculty in conversations about their research, gain a sense of how research practices shift as they move across disciplines and sectors and think critically and creatively about the implications of different forms of research design.
The colloquium begins with Dr. Diane Gillespie presenting on Human Rights From the Bottom Up: How Culture Matters.
In her talk, Gillespie will describe her current research project focused on the non-formal human rights education program of Tostan (www.tostan.org), a nonprofit working in remote rural areas across North Africa. 
Tostan’s approach has led to widespread abandonment of female genital mutilation and early child marriage.  Gillespie’s research project is qualitative, exploring how Tostan’s participatory human rights education, as it was implemented in three rural villages in Senegal, West Africa, position participants to become involved in social transformation. 
The interdisciplinary research team that she has worked with has collected videotapes of human rights classes and interviews with class participants.  She will describe the research process, including some initial analysis of data, and the challenges the research has posed.
The full schedule of speakers is as follows:
·        October 5th from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Dr. Diane Gillespie on Human Rights From the Bottom Up: How Culture Matters
·        November 2nd from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Dr. Dan Jacoby and Dr. Keith Nitta on Teachers Unions and the Current Challenges of Educational Reform
·        December 7th from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Dr. Ron Krabill, Dr. Georgia Roberts and Angelica Macklin on My World Cup
All talks will be held on the UW Bothell campus in UW1, room 280 (the Rose Room), are free and open to the public.

For more information on the 2010 IAS Research Colloquium, visit: http://www.uwb.edu/ias/masterofarts/colloquium www.uwb.edu/ias/masterofarts/colloquium .
About the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program (IAS): Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) is a dynamic site of pedagogical and scholarly innovation at the University of Washington Bothell.  Our mission statement challenges us to develop academically challenging programs of study flexible enough to respond rapidly to changing research questions and regional needs, including those of non-traditional and traditional students. For more information visit their website: www.uwb.edu/ias/about.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. During the 2010-11 academic year, UW Bothell will debut a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It will also launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a new Everett location (University Center of North Puget Sound) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at its Bellevue-based Eastside Leadership Center.