A Discussion with Community Members Experiencing Homelessness

As you likely already know, the University of Washington is hosting Tent City 3 during this Winter Quarter. This collaboration provides an unprecedented opportunity for our campus community to work with Tent City residents and other groups dedicated to homeless advocacy. The Carlson Center is proud to be hosting events this quarter that aim to deepen our academic and personal understanding of homelessness—from the systemic and structural causes of homelessness to the deep impact that experiencing homelessness has on people and their lives. Events are listed below, and are open to the public. Please forward widely.

In Our Words: A Discussion with Community Members Experiencing Homelessness

The Carlson Center is privileged to host a panel discussion with residents of Tent City 3 and members of Real Change’s Homeless Speakers Bureau. Please join us in the Unity Ballroom at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center on Thursday, February 16 from 5-7pm to learn more about the factors and issues that contribute to and surround the day to day lives of those who are homeless, as graciously shared by individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

Real Change provides immediate employment opportunities for low-income and homeless individuals, while taking action for economic, social, and racial justice. Their Homeless Speakers Bureau includes homeless and formerly homeless people who speak about their experiences in order to educate the public, facilitate conversation, and inspire social action in regards to homelessness. The panel discussion will include stories from each of our panel participants and opportunities for questions and answers.

Understanding issues such as homelessness on a human level is a crucial first step in addressing its social and systemic foundations. Please join us to learn from community members who are willing to share their lived experiences with the campus community. A light dinner will be served.

We would love to know who’s coming! Please take a moment to RSVP HERE.

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Cornell “Visible Hand” Undergraduate Economics Journal Submissions

The Visible Hand is Cornell’s premier undergraduate economics journal and is fully student run. We aim to cover a wide range of economic issues and keep the focus of each publication relevant to contemporary issues in economics. We are distributed in print across the Cornell campus and are available online through the Cornell Economics Society website.

We have reached out to other peer universities, and we would like to invite students from University of Washington to submit papers as well. We accept past papers and original pieces, and we require no specific topic or length (we accept both longer and shorter pieces). Any assistance in distributing this information to your economics students would be greatly appreciated.

Our submission deadline is Friday, February 24. Applicants should attach a Word document, indicate their major and college/university, and email it to cornellvisiblehand. If you would like more information, we are more than happy to answer any questions.


Todd Lensman

Managing Copy-Editor, The Visible Hand

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RE 350 Introduction to Real Estate

Here is information regarding a new course that is being offered by the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies in the College of Built Environments.

If students are interested in registering please have them contact bestm2 for an add code. Thank you! – Melissa

Course Description

This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous knowledge of real estate. The mixture of fundamental concepts with expert guest speakers and discussions on real estate related news allows students to understand the workings of the real estate industry in more depth and prepares them for further study of the real estate profession. The individual class meetings cover: a) general topics of the real estate industry b) the processes needed to complete a transaction and c) an overview of the quantitative components of the real estate decision-making for the buyers and sellers. All lecture materials will be posted on the course Canvas website (https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/ ) one day in advance of each class.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course the students should be able to:

A. Overall:

– Apply basic analytical and quantitative techniques

– Demonstrate an ability to use technology and apply knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances

– Adopt innovative problem solving

– Communicate effectively

– Demonstrate effective decision making skills

B. Specific:

– Understand the participants and processes involved in the real estate market

– Understand the steps needed before a real estate transaction takes place

– Understand representation within the real estate transaction

– Acquire basic competency in real estate finance calculations

– Acquire basic competency within taking title to real estate

– Understand ethical decision making while dealing with all parties involved

Melissa Best

Program Manager | Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies
Washington Center for Real Estate Research

College of Built Environments | University of Washington

P 206.616.5335 | F 206.685.9597

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Participate in Science Alternative Spring Break

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China related talks and performance

“Writing systems of the Yi peoples of Southwest China: past and present” , Monday, November 14 from 12:00-1:00 pm, HUB 214.

Professor Steve Harrell will talk about the magic of the Yi people’s systems for writing their own language which are not related to any other systems on earth while all other writing systems in use today are derived from the Phoenician alphabet devised in the second millennium BCE. This illustrated talk will introduce how there systems work, the known history and the imagined prehistory of the systems, and some of the problems encountered in trying to use these systems to communicate in today’s society.

“Peking Opera Demystified”, November 30, 12:30-2:00 PM, Anderson Hall 223.

Ghaffar Pourazar, an internationally renowned Peking Opera master will give you an insider view and share his secrets and wonders about Peking Opera, one of China’s most famous arts. Performer will talk, sing, act, dance and perform while giving you the information you need to understand the Opera’s traditions and origins. Come experience Chinese culture, language and tradition as never experienced before at this unique talk and performance!

“A Reflection on the Dilemma of modernizing education for the Yi Ethnic Minority People”, December 9 , 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, HUB 340.

Prof. A Ga from Sichuan Normal University. The introduction of modern education into a society which in the past did not have a formal education system, coupled with the three forces of globalized capitalism, the modernization of the state and the development of nationality minorities is a dynamic process which has encountered many difficulties. The modernization of the education of the Liangshan Yi has gone through four historic periods. This talk will introduce the history of modern education of the Liangshan Yi and some of problems Yi encountered.

These are all free events, welcome to join us!


Assistant Director / Confucius Institute of the State of Washington

Office of Global Affairs

Phone: 206.221.8316

Email: ahliao

22N Gerberding Hall – Box 351237

Seattle, WA 98195


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Wharton Doctoral degree in Applied Economics

From Wharton:

All incoming students are guaranteed funding for five years. Our Fellowship covers all tuition and fees along with a projected stipend of around $30,000 for 2017-18.

With a 1:1 faculty to student ratio, students quickly become immersed in the applied economics research process as they interact and work with the faculty. With only one year of required teaching and research assistantship duties, students have ample time to focus on their thesis and become a compelling candidate for the job market.

Indeed, our students are well-placed in leading economics departments, business schools, and public policy programs as well as government, business, and consulting. In the past four years, students have been placed at top U.S. universities, such as Harvard (HBS), Duke (Fuqua), Michigan (Ross), Wisconsin, and Northwestern (Kellogg).

Drawing from more than 30 applied microeconomists at Wharton, the Applied Economics program allows specialization in many areas including Behavioral Economics, Development Economics, Energy and Environmental Economics, Experimental Economics, Industrial Organization, Market Design, Public Economics, Risk Management, and Urban Economics and Real Estate. Recent students have also pursued interdisciplinary research topics related to Finance, Health Care Management, Management, and Marketing.

Our objective is to attract motivated students ready to start doing research in cooperation with our diverse faculty. Candidates with strong foundational training in economics and who have shown proficiency for and interest in academic research are given the highest priority in our admissions process.

Applications are due by December 15, 2016. Additional information on our program is available at:

http://doctoral.wharton.upenn.edu/programs-of-study/applied-economics/ Thanks for your consideration.


Fernando Ferreira

PhD Program Coordinator

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Nominations open for Distinguished Teaching Awards

Dear Econ major,

Have you had a transformative student learning experience? Ever worked with an instructor who went above and beyond to support your student success? Consider submitting a nomination for the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching recognition given at UW. You may submit names from previous, yet recent quarters.

Award details and how to submit a nomination can be found here: http://www.washington.edu/teaching/awards/. The deadline is Friday, November 18th. You will be notified if your submission is a previous recipient.

Make a difference.


Christine Sugatan

Project Manager, Center for Teaching and Learning

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