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The Walter Chapin Simpson Center mourns the passing of the visionary philanthropist Barclay Simpson on November 8, 2014. The generosity of Barclay Simpson is legendary among our faculty, students, and staff at the University of Washington and among leaders in the humanities across the country. His transformative gift in endowing the Simpson Center in the name of his father, Walter Chapin Simpson, was followed by contributions that expanded our view of the humanities. In honor of his memory, the Simpson Center announces the Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public. The prize highlights one of Barclay Simpson’s key convictions and one of the center’s core missions: to foster scholarship in the humanities as a public good.
This year, WIRED’s research committee—a subgroup of WIRED members working to highlight research within the group—has organized a series of events around the life and work of Stuart Hall (1932-2014), a public intellectual whose contributions to interdisciplinary dialogue and social justice resonate with WIRED’s overall goals.
Meet the new members of the Simpson Center team: Nirmala Singh-Brinkman, Malia Trick, Alison Fiorenza, and Benji Liang!
As of July 2014, the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship is a three-way partnership between the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, the UW Graduate School, and the Simpson Center. The development of this partnership represents an important step in the institutionalization of publicly-engaged scholarship at the University of Washington.
Beginning Oct. 15, the Simpson Center will accept nominations of UW faculty and visiting scholars for the Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities series for the 2015-16 academic year. The deadline is Nov. 14. 2014.
This year’s submission deadline for the Simpson Center’s Fall Funding Round is Nov. 14. Funding covers the term July 2015-June 2016.
Welcome, all, to the new academic year!
We hope you will join us on Tuesday, October 28, for the first Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities of the 2014-15 year. Noted UW scholar Thomas Lockwood (English) will examine the work of Jonathan Swift. His lecture, titled “Is Eating Babies Really So Terrible? The Dark Genius of Jonathan Swift,” takes place at 7:00 pm in Kane 210.
Nine weeks to complete an independent research project? Students in the Summer Institute for the Arts & Humanities embraced that challenge. This year's Summer Insitute was the subject of a recent feature story in the College of Arts & Science's Perspectives newsletter
The Simpson Center has nominated ten graduate students to serve as HASTAC Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year, based on their advancement of digital scholarship at the UW.
The SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign History Project produces a digital web archive documenting the two successful historic struggles for a $15 minimum wage as well as continuing advocacy for better wages, sick pay, reduction
This research cluster brings together faculty and graduate students for critical and cross-disciplinary conversations and activities concerning the cultural, political, and economic situation of Palestine and its framing in U.S.
Comics have entered university curricula and multiple annual conferences, such as the International Comic Arts Forum, specialize in comics scholarship.
The Moving Images graduate interest group brings together students from a variety of departments focused on the study of moving images, including narrative and documentary film as well as television and new media.
The African Media and Materialities research group focuses on media and materialities to bring together several strands of thought and research.
Teaching with Technology brings together graduate teaching assistants from various departments to discuss and develop technology-based teaching tools and lessons.
Space, Movement, and Translation brings together a diverse group of graduate students from different disciplines and backgrounds interested in novel ways of representing historical movement, space, and translation in scholarship.
The symposium Socially Engaged Art in Japan explores work that crosses the boundaries between art and social activism and how Japan’s experience can inform a global understanding of such work.
Rachel Arteaga holds an MA in English from Boston College and is completing her doctorate in English at the University of Washington, where she has taught courses in composition and American literature. Her dissertation, which she expects to defend in December 2015, focuses on feelings of faith—among them, hope, doubt, and joy—in American literature.
Each year the Simpson Center supports events in the greater Seattle community with small discretionary grants.Learn