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Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics

The Simpson Center announces a new four-year program—Reimagining the Humanities PhD—starting in July 2015, thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At this time of accelerating change in higher education, Reimagining the Humanities PhD addresses the pressing need to take scholarship and teaching in the humanities to broader publics.

Simpson Center Announces Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public

The Walter Chapin Simpson Center mourns the passing of the visionary philanthropist Barclay Simpson on November 8, 2014. The generosity of Barclay Simpson is legendary among our faculty, students, and staff at the University of Washington and among leaders in the humanities across the country. His transformative gift in endowing the Simpson Center in the name of his father, Walter Chapin Simpson, was followed by contributions that expanded our view of the humanities. In honor of his memory, the Simpson Center announces the Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public. The prize highlights one of Barclay Simpson’s key convictions and one of the center’s core missions: to foster scholarship in the humanities as a public good.

Research Spotlight: WIRED Returns to Stuart Hall

This year, WIRED’s research committee—a subgroup of WIRED members working to highlight research within the group—has organized a series of events around the life and work of Stuart Hall (1932-2014), a public intellectual whose contributions to interdisciplinary dialogue and social justice resonate with WIRED’s overall goals.

The Simpson Center Welcomes New Staff!

Meet the new members of the Simpson Center team: Nirmala Singh-Brinkman, Malia Trick, Alison Fiorenza, and Benji Liang!

Announcing Certificate in Public Scholarship Tri-Partnership + Video!

As of July 2014, the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship is a three-way partnership between the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, the UW Graduate School, and the Simpson Center. The development of this partnership represents an important step in the institutionalization of publicly-engaged scholarship at the University of Washington.

Call for Nominations: Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities

Beginning Oct. 15, the Simpson Center will accept nominations of UW faculty and visiting scholars for the Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities series for the 2015-16 academic year. The deadline is Nov. 14. 2014.

Fall Funding Round Application Deadline: Nov. 14, 2014

This year’s submission deadline for the Simpson Center’s Fall Funding Round is Nov. 14. Funding covers the term July 2015-June 2016.

Director’s Welcome

Welcome, all, to the new academic year!

UW Professor Thomas Lockwood Delivers Fall 2014 Katz Lecture

We hope you will join us on Tuesday, October 28, for the first Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities of the 2014-15 year. Noted UW scholar Thomas Lockwood (English) will examine the work of Jonathan Swift. His lecture, titled “Is Eating Babies Really So Terrible? The Dark Genius of Jonathan Swift,” takes place at 7:00 pm in Kane 210.

Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities: A Summer Dive into Research

Nine weeks to complete an independent research project? Students in the Summer Institute for the Arts & Humanities embraced that challenge. This year's Summer Insitute was the subject of a recent feature story in the College of Arts & Science's Perspectives newsletter

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