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This spring the Simpson Center says good-bye to four graduating UW students who have been working with us over the last few years. Our web tech & communications assistant Dana Bublitz will receive her Master’s in Library Science from the Information School, our event photographer Max Cleary will graduate with a Bachelor’s in Photomedia from the School of Art, and our office assistants Lydia Harrington and Ellie Stillwell will receive a Master’s in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of Arts & Sciences, respectively. One of our student assistants, Ellie Stillwell, wrote the following reflection on her time at the Simpson Center. We were incredibly moved by it and would like to share it here:
Project management for digital scholarship. Environmental humanities. Islam and forgiveness. Ancient and modern democracy. Popular music studies and digital archive development. These are just a few of the subjects explored in recent short courses offered through the Simpson Center, which are designed as a way to enhance doctoral education at the UW by extending students’ scholarly experiences and offering opportunities for students to focus on topics not always included or covered in their home departments.
Thomas Lockwood, Anne Balsamo, and Rainer Forst have been named Katz Distinguished Lecturers in the Humanities for the 2014-2015 academic year. The most distinguished award in the humanities at UW, the Katz lectureship recognizes outstanding scholars and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. Each year, one UW faculty member and two visiting scholars are awarded the title.
African American Political Thought is a two-day conference taking place at the Simpson Center May 2-3, 2014. Organized by Jack Turner (Political Science), this conference convenes nationally recognized scholars from political science, philosophy, English, history, and black studies to reflect on historical meaning and contemporary significance of African American political thought.
The Women Who Rock unConference & Film Festival returns for its fourth annual celebration this month with a series of three free events, open to audiences of all ages. This year, Women Who Rock centers on “Honey & Healing.” According to event organizers, this theme “acknowledges the sweetness we allow ourselves as women who resist, survive, and practice resilience, demonstrating how women have brought community together to heal through the arts and create beauty out of oppression.”
Sara Jo Breslow is a postdoctoral associate at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center. While in the Environmental Anthropology doctoral program at UW, she participated in the Institute on the Public Humanities in 2008 and the Science Studies Network in 2009. On behalf of the Simpson Center, Amanda Swain recently had the opportunity to talk with Breslow about how she has continued to practice public scholarship since completing her degree.
The Simpson Center congratulates UW faculty in the humanities who have recently been named the recipients of notable prizes, fellowships, and awards.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities for UW undergraduates. An annual summer program, the Institute provides twenty competitively-selected students an opportunity to engage in primary interdisciplinary research under the guidance of UW instructors. The theme of this year’s SIAH is “Native Modernities: Histories, Politics, and Arts of Indigeneity,” and through it, participants will explore the rich histories of Native struggles, contemporary Indigenous social movements, and repertoires of decolonizing artistic, cultural, and intellectual production.
This year’s submission deadline for the Simpson Center’s Spring Funding Round is May 2, 2014. Funding covers the term July 2014-June 2015. Applications will be accepted beginning April 2.
The 18th annual international conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship will be held March 20-22, 2014, at the University of Washington. The conference welcomes scholars whose work on the materiality of books and media intersects with big-picture debates about the place of the humanities, innovation in graduate education, and public scholarship.