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Director’s message: Summer 2018

October 3, 2018

Resat Kasaba

Dear Friends,

We have had an unusually busy summer in the Jackson School. In addition to organizing several outreach programs for K-12 teachers and offering a full list of courses, we also managed a significant turnover among our staff. After serving the Jackson School first as a professor and then as director of academic services for 15 years, Wolf Latsch has moved on to lead the UW Study Abroad Office. John Charlton, who provided valuable service both to our students and alumni as the Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations, left the Jackson School to serve on a similar role at the UW Foster School.

In Katherine Kim, our new director of academic services, and Alison Wattles, our new director of career and alumni relations, we have found outstanding replacements for these positions. They come to us with excellent qualifications and deep interest in the Jackson School.

Our world continues to be fascinating place. We are doing our best to respond to our students’ interest and to our community’s desire to be involved. We also provide timely analysis on current affairs. You can get up-to-date information about our programs and classes by visiting our website where you can also find examples of analyses and commentary by our faculty in the media and also in blog form.

Here are a few examples of upcoming events in October:

October 9: Conscience, Community & Citizenship: Religious Pluralism in an Age of Religious Nationalism in partnership with the ASPEN Institute in Washington D.C.

October 18: Narrating Taiwan: the Local, the Global, and the Multiple with Wen-hsin Yeh, a leading scholar of China in the first half of the 20th century and professor of history at University of California, Berkeley

November 10:  Knowledge without borders: Gala for the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

November 27:  2018 Jack and Rebecca Benaroya Endowed Lecture: “Water and the Environment in the Middle East: Israel’s Sustainability Challenges in the Desalination Era” with Professor Alon Tal, Chair of Department of Public Policy at Tel-Aviv        University

These are just a few examples of our many fall quarter public events. Please continue to check our calendar. I look forward to seeing you at these and other events in the new academic year.

I hope that you will have successful autumn quarter.  I’m deeply grateful for your interest and your continuing support.


Reşat Kasaba
Director – Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies