The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington


I’ve taught here since 1980. I have never failed to be exhilarated by the students we have here. Some of my best memories have to do
with my students of the classes I taught. Oh, I just, I love the students. I love their passion for changing the world. I love their goals and their dreams. Everybody is so diverse,
whether they want to go to government or for-profit or nonprofit. They’re grounded in engagement
with the world already. They read the news and they know what’s going on and they have
stakes, they have investments in things going on. The cream of the crop and they
just make it fun to come in to work every day. (Background) *laugh* What are you writing? The Jackson School offers so many really
amazing resources and challenges. I think the students are easily inspired to think
about how they can ask new questions in the world and actually start to answer those questions,
even in their undergraduate work. The classes are challenging, but they’re manageable. I
really like foreign languages. Arabic is unique, it’s a literary language, which was very different.
It’s hard, but why not? When I came into college I knew I wanted to focus on human rights. They are not just engaged in the theoretical, but also in the specifics of knowing a country
or a region. And that combination plus the interdisciplinary aspect, that really is what
makes it truly distinctive. We live in a globalized world, so it’s impossible to study one region
and think that that is the only region that is impacting us or impacting our research. (Background) Why in relation to India, or in relation to, say, the Ottoman Empire, why is China not annexed? The Arctic Task Force got to go to Ottawa and Quebec for a week to kind of do
some fact-finding research. Task Force is where a group of students is basically given an international policy task and so for example, the U.S. foreign policy toward North Korea
and taking a look at it and making recommendations as to how we should change it. The School has been around since 1909. We have 16 different programs and centers, and each one of these
centers deal with different parts of the world. So they themselves have to change all the
time. And the Jackson School is renowned in its field for providing a cross-disciplinary
international studies degree as well as area focuses. All of our alumni are doing great
things in the world. We have alums who are in the Foreign Service, consul general of
Pakistan. We have alums who are in international business, either Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing. The motto of our School is Engaging Minds, Engaging the World. So what I can tell our students now, is that they have engaged their minds, and now they’re ready to go out and engage the world.

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