Iconic Seattle: A Diverse Home for the Arts

GEN ST 160; HONORS 210

What makes Seattle an iconic American city? Is it the cultural diversity? Its many artists, writers and performers? The thriving IT industry? Its film culture? This course will answer these questions by immersing you in the history and culture of this dynamic city. 

Course Curriculum and Features

Class lectures will prepare students to explore Seattle through visits to local museums, art galleries and art studios. You’ll meet local poets, screenwriters and IT specialists, both native Seattleites and newcomers to the city. We’ll go on field trips to important local sites, including the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum, downtown Seattle Public Library, Microsoft campus and Makah Indian Reservation in Neah Bay, where you’ll spend a night.

Your assignments will combine creativity and reflection as you record perceptions of the city and its surroundings in a diary, blog or visual collage. For the final assignment you’ll imagine Seattle over the next 50 years, producing a short essay on a topic of your choice that offers artistic and/or documentary representations of this special city.

Designed For

Those interested in history, culture and the humanities. 


Ileana Marin
Lecturer, Department of Comparative History of Ideas

Note: The HONORS 210 section is open to UW Honors Program students only. Register for this section.

Aug 22–Sep 15, 2017

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.