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Winter 2012 Visiting Scholars and Speakers

Dylan Rodríguez lectures at the UW during Winter 2012.

Dylan Rodríguez gave a compelling lecture at the UW during Winter 2012. And he was not the only one; the Simpson Center and the University of Washington had the honor of hosting a number of brilliant scholars over Winter Quarter.




A Tale of Conversational Canines: "The Day the Dogs Talked" - UW Today

The Day the Dogs Talked, the latest book by UW professor emeritus of comparative literature Hazard Adams, is the subject of a recent UW Today feature by writer Peter Kelley. Adams gave a "New Books in Print" talk on this at the Simpson Center in February.

Janelle Taylor Represents the UW at Humanities Advocacy Day, Washington, DC

UW Professor of Anthropology Janelle Taylor

Janelle Taylor (Anthropology) will represent the Simpson Center and the UW at Humanities Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2012. Humanities Advocacy Day was established in 2000 by the National Humanities Alliance (NHA)—an advocacy coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs—to increase public support for the humanities.

Making Scenes, Building Communities: “Women Who Rock” (Un)Conference, Film Festival, and Courses

Michelle Habell-Pallan (right) with Women Who Rock participants.

The Women Who Rock (Un)Conference and Film Festival return for their second annual meeting March 2-3, 2012. Focus on “Making Scenes and Building Communities,” Women Who Rock will feature keynote speakers Alice “Bag” Armendariz, author of Violence Girl: From East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story, and Medusa, also known as the “Godmother of West Coast Hip-Hop.”

Graduate Interest Group Spotlight: Keywords for Video Games Studies

Organizers Ed Chang and Theresa Horstman at a recent Keywords workshop.

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.

Type Designer Jean François Porchez in Residence at the UW

Jean François Porchez

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.

Graduate Interest Group Spotlight: Asian American Studies Research Collective

Asian American Studies Research Collective Graduate Interest Group.

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).

Bruce Robbins to Deliver Joff Hanauer Lecture in Western Civilization

Bruce Robbins delivers the Joff Hanauer Lecture in Western Civilization.

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.

UW Leads in Connecting Scholarship with Community - UW Today

Students in the Certificate in Public Scholarship program.

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!

Japanese Scholars Teach at the UW on Paintings, Food, and Faith

Banquet scene from Scroll of the Hungry Ghosts (Gaki zôshi)

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).