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Avatar. Gamer. Power. Control. Time. Altplay. Fandom. Hack. Customization. These gaming terms may be part of everyday language to those who play video games, but for the members of Keywords for Video Games Studies, a graduate student interest group funded by the Simpson Center, they are much more. When acknowledged as keywords, they become sites of critical engagement and scholarly dialogue.
Widely recognized as a typographic icon in his native France, type designer Jean François Porchez visits the UW this week to work with UW students and faculty. He will also be delivering two free public lectures and visiting professional design firms in the Seattle area.
On December 7, 2011, UW faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and community members crowded into a standing-room-only classroom to hear Marie Hilao-Enriquez speak. As chairperson of the Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights in the Philippines, Hilao-Enriquez documents cases of human rights violations in the Philippines and assists victims and their families in seeking justice. In her talk, she not only provided an update of the current situation of human rights abuses in the Philippines but shared her own story as a survivor of state repression as well. Hilao-Enriquez’s visit to the UW was the result of a collaboration in honor of International Human Rights Day between the Philippine-US Solidarity Organization (PUSO) and the UW’s Asian American Studies Research Collective (AASRC).
At another moment of capitalist crisis, George Orwell wrote: “Under the capitalist system, in order that England may live in comparative comfort, a hundred million Indians must live on the verge of starvation– an evil state of affairs, but you acquiesce in it every time you step into a taxi or eat a plate of strawberries and cream.” In a lecture entitled “The Beneficiary: Cosmopolitanism and Inequality,” Bruce Robbins returns to this challenge to ask, “What do we think of it now?” Robbins speaks on Thursday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Communications 120, as part of the Joff Hanauer Lectures in Western Civilization series.
The Simpson Center's Certificate in Public Scholarship program has been featured in UW Today! Read the complete story, by Molly McElroy. And don't forget that applications for admittance into the program next fall are due April 18, 2012!
One of the most common forms of Japanese painting is the handscroll, or emaki. A horizontal, illustrative narrative form that was created during the 11th—16th centuries, the emaki combines both text and pictures to depict stories of battles, religion, the supernatural, romance, and folk tales. This quarter, ten UW students have the opportunity to delve deep into emaki study, through an immersive bilingual seminar co-taught by UW professor Cynthea Bogel (Art History) and two visiting art historians/painting experts from Japan, Satomi Yamamoto (Kyōritsu Women’s University, Tokyo) and Akira Takagishi (Tokyo Institute of Technology).
UW Today recently featured an article on UW graduate student Tiffany Grobelski's work at KEXP 90.3 FM. Through a Simpson Center internship, Grobelski assisted KEXP Documentaries producer Michele Myers in creating lesson plans for grades 6-12 that explore Seattle's hip-hop culture.
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.
On Tuesday, January 17, Doris Sommer will present the second Katz Distinguished Lecture of the 2011-2012 academic year. Her talk will explore the intersections of the arts, humanities, and social justice with a focus on Bogota, Columbia.
This month, directors from humanities centers worldwide will convene at the Simpson Center for a workshop on international collaboration sponsored by the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.