What do we really know about the Southeast Asian nation of Burma? In the first session learn about the people, the language, the culture and the country. The experiences of the Burmese under colonialism and the movement to dictatorship and militarism will be covered in the second session. And in the final session, we will look at the current path from the 1988 demonstrations towards the hoped for emergence of democracy. Bob Rinehart had a 30-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency, serving tours in Europe and Asia, including three years in Rangoon. He was Chief of Station at the time of the downfall of Ne Win, the onset of countrywide demonstrations and the military coup in August 1988. While in Rangoon, he learned and used Burmese. Bob has a BA in economics from Denison University and an MA in Asian studies from the University of San Francisco.
The success of numerous candidates aligned with the Tea Party played an important role in shifting the partisan balance of Congress in 2010, and left many commentators asking important questions about the movement: Who are the people that make up the Tea Party, and what do they want? How did the movement become so successful so quickly, and what role will it play in the 2012 presidential elections? Answers based on interviews with dozens of Tea Party members, first-hand observation of Tea party events around the country, and an examination of news media coverage of the movement focus on both the discourse of the movement itself and the ways in which the Tea Party can be seen as impacting the 2012 race. The movement draws on powerful ideas about who we are as Americans, and the ways this message has resonated in this election cycle. Damon T. DiCicco is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the UW. His research focuses on social movements and protests and the ways in which news media depict them. His current dissertation research focuses on the Tea Party movement.
To the moon! “La Luna” is our nearest celestial neighbor, the source of Earth’s tides and the eclipses, and the
constantly changing illuminator of the night skies. It was formed by a giant asteroid impact in the early eons
of the solar system and is said to be geologically “dead,” but it may be a source of outer-space resources and
the first human outpost in space. All these and more are features of our moon that we will study as we look out
at our solar system and our closest companion in the grand celestial dance. Linda Khandro is a geologist with
a master’s degree in earth science. Her interest in astrobiology brought her to the UW as an education/public
outreach specialist. Linda has taught several well-received courses for CRI.
Participants will choose a particularly memorable decade to explore the way their personal history was
influenced by the great events of the day and popular culture—i.e. fashion, music, movies, food, tv, or
literature. Prior to the beginning of class, students should collect information from the decade which they
choose to write about: newspaper and magazine clippings, memorabilia which illustrate national and
international events, a list of several popular songs and movies and examples of the latest technology of their
decade. With this information as context, class participants will place themselves in the midst of their decade
and begin writing their personal history. Each session will focus on a different aspect of identity, family and
values, and the way politics, culture and society shaped personal experience. Once the instructor has collected
a person’s list of songs and movies, she will acquire music and movie clips to play in class to further spur
recollection and writing. By the end of the four sessions, students will have written four pieces which will help
them to better understand themselves, their personal history, and the events that shaped them over a decade of
change. Carol Sanford worked in the non-profit arena for more than twenty-five years, raising money for health
care and human service organizations. She attended the UW, majoring in English and art. Today, Carol is a
Life Writing teacher and conducts seminars and memoir writing workshops. 4 sessions.
In the western world, the term garden suggests an enclosed space used for practical purposes. In Japan, the
garden took nature as its subject and served two purposes: an abode for ancestral spirits and as a source of
instruction for living a long life in a turbulent and ever changing universe. Emerging first in the 6th century
as a copy of the Chinese garden, the Japanese garden took its own form and reached its apogee from the
12th through the 17th century. In the 18th century, it became more a source of entertainment and in the 20th
century it is adopted as a garden form in other countries, especially in the United States. We will trace the
development of the Garden of Japan, noting both the essential features of a Japanese garden and the changes
that have taken place over the centuries. Jesse Hiroaka has a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature, a
master’s degree in French language and literature, and his PhD in French language and literature. He taught at
Western Washington University, served as Dean of Humanities, Dean of Ethnic Studies, and Chair of Foreign
Languages. From 1992 to 1995, he taught at Asia University in Tokyo, Japan.