The day began at 8:30 am with an informal coffee hour hosted by Jackson School Director Anand Yang. The Open House continued until 3:30 pm with program and center poster sessions throughout Thomson Hall, musical performances, and alumni-led career conversations. The University of Washington Libraries also produced an exhibit in conjunction with the Centennial. Complete details at the Open House page.
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies hosted approximately 400 guests at a hugely successful Centennial Gala in the Spanish Ballroom at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel to celebrate the school’s first 100 years. Faculty and staff representing all 14 programs of the Jackson School mingled with alumni, friends, volunteers, and donors at an open reception followed by program and dinner in the main ballroom.
Comments from UW alumna and keynote speaker Governor Chris Gregoire, President Mark Emmert, and Jackson School Director Anand Yang focused primarily on past accomplishments while acknowledging the realities of current fiscal challenges and expressed ultimate confidence in the resilience of a program whose relevance has never been more pronounced than in a world confronted with a huge variety of global challenges.
Centennial coordinator Angelica Macklin created a 15-minute video for the event titled Centennial Reflections the told the history of the department. Included in the video were interviews with faculty and others about key moments in the Jackson School's history. The event was funded entirely through ticket sales and sponsorship, and each guest received a copy of a beautiful 59-page book, A Hundred Years of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, written for the Centennial by Anand Yang.
Toward the end of the evening Director Yang announced four significant Centennial year gifts, including a surprise anonymous gift of $500,000 in honor of Jackson School Professor Don Hellmann. All of Don's family was present to celebrate with him.
A century ago, the young University of Washington was growing and reaching out to the world, not only with the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition—held on campus in 1909—but also with two new academic departments: Scandinavian Languages, and Department of Oriental History, Literature, and Institutions. Those two departments, each with a single faculty member in 1909, have since expanded and transformed to become four College of Arts and Sciences departments: Scandinavian Studies, Asian Languages and Literature, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. All four are celebrating their centennial anniversary in 2009.
More than 1000 people packed Kane Hall to hear Professor Joel Migdal’s Lecture: Fostering Democracy from the Ground Up. Migdal’s lecture on combating world poverty through innovative and cooperative methods that create horizontal empowerment focused largely on what he called the “Seattle model” of NGO work. He highlighted local organizations like “Bahia Street” [www.bahiastreet.org] that have unique business models set up to work from within the communities they serve and in equal partnership with members of the community. Read more about Migdal’s lecture in this article from UWeek: Migdal to Deliver Provost Distinguished Lecture
You can also watch Joel Migdal's full lecture now streaming on UW TV: http://www.uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rid=26279
The first major centennial event was the 25th Anniversary and Reunion of the Task Force class, which brought alumni, faculty, students, and former task force evaluators together to celebrate this important centerpiece of the International Studies program.
The full Task Force Reunion photo gallery is available here: http://picasaweb.google.com/JSISCentennial/TaskForce25Reunion
Photos by Mary Levin
UWeek highlights the Task Force 25 Reunion http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=40783
We are proud that Jackson School alumni work all over the world. You can participate in the centennial from wherever you are by letting us know what in the world you are doing and how your studies at the Jackson School influenced your life and career.
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