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Simpson Center Announces Spring Funding Awards

The Simpson Center announces Spring Funding Awards

The Simpson Center’s Executive Board has awarded support to select UW scholars and projects for 2012-2013 year. Simpson Center funding sponsors a wide range of activities, including fellowships for UW faculty and doctoral students, cross-departmental research groups, scholarly conferences, and community-engaged collaborations. 

Spring 2012 Visiting Scholars and Speakers

Pheng Cheah, one of many scholars who lectured at the UW this spring.

The Simpson Center and the UW closed the 2011-12 academic year by hosting a wealth of brilliant minds, such as Pheng Cheah, Alice Kaplan, and Nick Mitchell, to name but a few.  

Migration, Globalization, and the Art of Shinzaburo Takeda

Shinzaburo Takeda, "Bordadoras," oil on canvas, 36x46 in, 2012.

Art and Migration in the Age of Globalization, an art exhibition and symposium taking place this summer at the UW, recognizes the contributions of Shinzaburo Takeda, a Japanese master painter and printmaker who has lived in Mexico for nearly fifty years and trained several generations of Mexican artists, many of them indigenous Zapotecs and Mixtecs. Lauro Flores (American Ethnic Studies) is the project’s organizer and exhibition curator.

Technology, Scholarship, and the Humanities: A Conversation with Jentery Sayers

Jentery Sayers

Integrating computer technologies with humanities research. Utilizing computational tools to retrieve, analyze, and visually represent data. Exploring multimodal ways of teaching, disseminating, and publishing scholarship. Curating online collections. The field of digital humanities is all of this, and more.


UW Faculty Receive Prizes, Fellowships, Awards

Danny Hoffman, Gillian Harkins, and Yomi Braester.

The Simpson Center congratulates several UW faculty who have recently been named the recipients of notable prizes, fellowships, and awards.

Diana Taylor to Deliver Spring 2012 Katz Lecture

Spring 2012 Katz Lecturer Diana Taylor

On Tuesday, May 15, Diana Taylor will present the third Katz Distinguished Lecture of the 2011-2012 academic year. Working at the intersection of scholarship, artistic expression and politics, she will explore what options for political and economic justice people have when electoral processes have been violated or corrupted, the media sequestered in the hands of power-brokers, and official institutions unable to adjudicate in ways acknowledged as transparent and legitimate.

UW Graduate Students Ask Seattle, Tacoma to “Queer the Art Museum”

Photographic still of David Wojnarowicz from <i>Silence=Death</I>, 1990.

How can museums better address, engage, and integrate queer culture? UW graduate students Erin Bailey (Museology) and Nicole Robert (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) are organizing “Queering the Art Museum,” a symposium that they hope will invite attendees to explore such questions.

To the Middle Ages: Graduate Students Invite UW Community to Explore the Medieval Era

The tale of Beowulf survives in a single manuscript dating to between the 8th and 11th centuries. This epic poem tells of the heroic Beowulf, who comes to the aid of King Hrothgar of the Danes, slays Grendel (the monster who has been plaguing Hrothgar’s hall), battles Grendel’s mother, and returns home to Sweden, to become king of his people. Later in life, Beowulf is called to battle with a dragon. He triumphs—but is fatally wounded in the fight.

Though centuries have passed since the story of Beowulf was first written, it continues to live on, thanks to scholars such as those involved in the Medieval Studies graduate interest group.

Doctoral Student Ryan Burns Selected to Present on Digital Scholarship at UW HuskyFest 2012

Ryan Burns

Ryan Burns, doctoral student in Geography and Simpson Center Public Scholarship Fellow, has been invited to share his research at HuskyFest 2012, as part of the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Showcase. The UW is hosting HuskyFest—a three-day campus-wide festival showcasing the university’s dynamic scholarship and activities—to celebrate its 150th anniversary. HuskyFest, which takes place April 19-21, will feature a variety of activities, including live music, food, dance, lectures, demonstrations, interactive booths, open houses, art exhibits, tours, giveaways and much more.

Katz Lecturers for 2012-2013 Academic Year Announced

Victoria Lawson, Cathy Davidson, and Josiah Ober have been named Katz Distinguished Lecturers in the Humanities for the 2012-2013 academic year. One of the most distinguished awards in the humanities at UW, the Katz lectureship recognizes scholars and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. Each year, one UW faculty member and two scholars from outside institutions are awarded the title.