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Sharecropper’s Troubadour: The Story of John Handcox and Union Organizing Through Music

Michael Honey, the Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities at UW Tacoma, was recently interviewed by NPR/KPLU 88.5 FM on his latest publication, Sharecropper’s Troubadour (2013). The book is an oral history of John Handcox, an African-American man who, gifted in song and verse, survived attempted lynchings, floods, droughts, and the ravages of the Great Depression to organize black and white farmers alike into a union. He became one of the most beloved folk singers of the prewar labor movement. Honey worked on research for the book through the Simpson Center’s Society of Scholars fellowship program in 2011-12. 

Ron Krabill Represents the UW at Humanities Advocacy Day, Washington, DC

Ron Krabill (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) will represent the Simpson Center and the UW at Humanities Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2014. 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.  

UW Professor Stephen Hinds Delivers Winter 2014 Katz Lecture

A scholar of international standing, Stephen Hinds (Classics) investigates poetry across languages: he explores moments of connection between texts which approach the condition of translation without quite being the same as translation. For his Winter 2014 Katz lecture, he examines the work of two poets: Andrew Marvell and William Wordsworth.

Islam and Forgiveness: Symposium Showcases Reflections on Justice and Conflict Resolution

While scriptural texts compel Muslims to be merciful and compassionate in their actions towards others, little is known about the actual practices and effects of this mandate in their local contexts. Legal anthropologist Arzoo Osanloo (Law, Societies, & Justice) has organized a two-day symposium to examine the Islamic mandate of forgiveness. Called Islam and Forgiveness, this symposium will take place at the UW Feb. 6-7, 2014. Its keynote address, to be delivered by renowned legal scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl (University of California, Los Angeles), is free and open to the public.

Public Scholar Profile: Theresa Ronquillo

Theresa Ronquillo is an Instructional Consultant at the University of Washington’s Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL). She is also the Co-Director of the Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project, a collaboration of the CTL and Memory War Theater. She holds affiliate faculty positions in UW School of Social Work and UW Southeast Asia Center, and is participating faculty with the UW Center for Performance Studies. While in the Social Work doctoral program, Ronquillo participated in the Simpson Center’s Institute in the Public Humanities in 2006. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Certificate in Public Scholarship.

Simpson Center Announces Fall 2013 Funding Awards

The Simpson Center has awarded support to UW scholars and projects for 2014-15 year. Simpson Center funding sponsors a wide range of activities, including Society of Scholars and Digital Humanities Commons Summer fellowships for UW faculty and doctoral students, cross-departmental research groups, and scholarly conferences. Recipients of awards given in this year’s Fall funding round include:

The Simpson Center Welcomes New Staff!

Meet the Simpson Center’s new operations team!

Teaching with Technology: Graduate Interest Group Invites Student Instructors to Share Technology-Based Pedagogical Practices

How are UW graduate teaching assistants across the humanities and social sciences using technology in their classrooms? This year, English graduate students Rachel Arteaga and A.J. Burgin have organized Teaching with Technology, a Graduate Interest Group (GIG) at the Simpson Center, so that graduate instructors can share ideas with one another. The group provides a platform for both experienced and less-experienced teachers to discuss digital tools (for example, the use of mobile devices, social media, and blogging) in various classroom settings.

Mark Your Calendars: 2014 Winter Quarter Highlights

The Simpson Center will be abuzz with activity this winter! Major events include a Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities by Stephen Hinds, and two conferences, both of which feature free, public keynote addresses. “Islam and Forgiveness,” a symposium exploring Islamic practices of forgiveness, includes a lecture by noted law professor Khaled Abou El Fadl. Keynotes for the Society for Textual Scholarship’s annual conference, taking place this year at the UW, will be delivered by Johanna Drucker, David Scott Kastan, and Sheldon Pollock.

Digital Humanities Resources: On-Campus and Online

Curious to learn more about digital humanities scholarship? This list of digital humanities resources, created by the Simpson Center’s web tech Dana Bublitz, may be useful to anyone currently involved in or considering getting started with digital humanities scholarship at the UW. It includes information about both on-campus and online resources.

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