In celebration of the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences' 150th anniversary, the College selected 150 accomplished alumni to receive a Timeless Award. The recipients were chosen on the basis of nominations from colleagues and friends. Honorees included Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, educators, athletes, politicians, artists, social activists and more, demonstrating the tremendous breadth of a liberal arts education, and its critical role in preparing future leaders. The Department of Philosophy is honored to have four members of its alumni chosen for the Timeless Awards: Bruce Barcott, BA 1988, Nick Hanauer, BA 1981 (not pictured), Jana Mohr Lone, PhD 1996, and Jim Riswold, BA 1983. The Timeless Awards were presented on May 4, 2012, at a special 150th anniversary celebration, which was held at the Four Seasons, in Seattle.
Bruce Barcott (BA, Philosophy, 1988)
Environmental journalist Bruce Barcott's articles and books raise awareness and encourage constructive activism. They delve deeply into global climate change, salmon runs, and oil production, among other key issues of our time. Barcott's articles have appeared in National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. He was named the 2009 Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction.His nonfiction book, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, was named one of the best books of 2008 by Library Journal.
Nicolas J. Hanauer (BA, Philosophy, 1981)
Nick Hanauer began his career with the family business, Pacific Coast Feather Company, and has founded or co-founded more than a half-dozen startups, including Museum Quality Framing Company, aQuantive, Inc., and Gear.com, as well as the venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners. Committed to social and policy issues, he co-founded the League of Education Voters, and The True Patriot Network. He is the co-author (with Eric Liu) of two books, The True Patriot and The Gardens of Democracy.
Jana Mohr Lone (MA, PhD, Philosophy, 1990, 1996)
Jana Mohr Lone is director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children. She first created a philosophy class in her oldest son's preschool when, at age four, he began asking her philosophical questions. She founded the Center, which brings philosophy into Seattle public schools, in 1996 and it became affiliated with the UW in 1998. Mohr Lone teaches in the Department of Philosophy and is chair of the department's Advisory Board.
Jim Riswold (BA, Communications, History, Philosophy, 1983)
Jim Riswold, a former creative director/partner at Wieden+Kennedy, worked in advertising for almost 30 years, primarily on Nike. Newsweek once named him one of the 100 most influential people in American culture. Another magazine wrote, "Riswold's campaigns have created more American icons than anyone since Walt Disney." Diagnosed with leukemia in 2000, Riswold quit advertising in 2005 to make art, going from "a career of selling people things they don't need to making things that people don't want."