Perspectives: Newsletter of the College of Arts & Sciences

Holiday Gifts, with an A&S Twist

Looking for gift ideas this holiday season?  Here are a few suggestions that will bring a smile to your loved ones while supporting the work of the UW College of Arts and Sciences:

Conservation Canines calendar

Twelve Months of Dedicated Dawgs. For the dog lover in your life, the 2014 Conservation Canines calendar features a dozen talented pooches, all trained by the UW’s Conservation Canines program to locate scat from caribou, Orca whales, cougars, Iberian wolves, salamanders, and other species. The scat, analyzed in a laboratory, can provide valuable information about wildlife health and habitat. $10 from the sale of each calendar will go toward the care of the dogs and related conservation research. Calendars are on sale at the University Book Store or through Conservation Canines at

Arts Dawg illustration

Arts Sampler. To sample the arts on campus without breaking the bank, consider the Arts Dawg White Package, a discounted offering for UW Alumni Association members, which includes three upcoming UW arts events: a UW World Series concert of Brooklyn Rider and Béla Fleck, a UW Opera production, and a Henry Gallery exhibition in partnership with the School of Art. The package includes a pre-show wine and appetizer reception at each event, plus an insider’s look led by key artists or faculty.  

Good Reads. For book lovers, publications with a UW connection might be just the thing. The following is a small sampling of recent books by or about UW faculty or alumni:

The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, about the Husky crew team’s quest for gold at the 1936 Olympics in Germany; 

Salinger, about the reclusive author, co-written by Shane Salerno and UW creative writing professor David Shields;  

Buddhist Biology, about the convergences between Buddhist beliefs and biology, by UW psychology professor David Barash;

book covers

We Became Mexican American, an autobiographical tale of immigrating to the US, by UW professor emeritus of American ethnic studies Carlos Gil; 

Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master, by UW alumna Lorraine McConaghy (BA, History, Classical Studies, ’73; MA, History, ’87; PhD, History, ’93), published by University of Washington Press.  

Membership has its privileges. For a full year of engaging events and exhibitions, nothing beats a membership to the Burke Museum or the Henry Art Gallery, which together attract more than 160,000 visitors to the UW's Seattle campus each year.  Or consider gifting a membership to the UW Alumni Association, which provides discounts, facility access, a UW library card, career workshops, and other benefits.

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer.  How about UW Arts Ticket Office gift certificates for all those empty stockings? Gift certificates can be used to purchase tickets for many events sold through the ticket office, from drama and dance performances to music concerts and UW World Series (UWWS) events. And if the recipients are UW students, remind them that they are eligible for a special rate of $10 for all UWWS events!

And for the person who has everything? Consider a donation to an A&S department or program in his or her honor.  Gifts of any size are welcome! You can contact departments directly, or find information about giving opportunities on the College's website.

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December 2013

Table of Contents
This is Your Brain on Art
Want a Salad with that Living Will?
Holiday Gifts with an A&S Twist
A "Crazy Idea" Provides Clues to the Origins of Life
When Songs Trumped Rifles
A Bold Experiment for AP Courses


A&S Perspectives

Nancy Joseph
(206) 685-4879

Mailing Address:
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University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4882