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The Simpson Center congratulates Lance Rhoades and Shawn Wong, who are among those selected for the 2015-16 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau! Rhoades, who has served as an instructor at the UW in American Indian Studies, Cinema Studies, and Comparative History of Ideas, will give presentations on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Wong (English) will offer talks on teaching soldiers how to tell their stories through writing.
Join us on Friday, August 1, at 6:30 pm in the UW School of Art’s Jacob Lawrence Gallery for the opening reception of Tiempo y azar / Time & Chance. This exhibition, which runs July 29-August 16, 2014, explores the work of Seattle-based visual artist Arturo Artorez. It is curated by Lauro Flores (American Ethnic Studies).
The Simpson Center is pleased to recognize five UW scholars for completing the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship (CPS) during the 2013-14 year. They include Lillian Campbell (English), Melanie Hernandez (English), Sasha Lotas (Education), Alice Pedersen (English), and Nicole Robert (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies). Please join us in congratulating these amazing public scholars!
The Simpson Center’s Executive Board has awarded support to UW scholars for 2014-15 year. Simpson Center funding sponsors a wide range of activities, including cross-departmental research clusters, graduate student interest groups, and scholarly conferences. The following is a list of projects and their lead organizers who will receive funding, based on this Spring’s grant round:
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.
Each year the Simpson Center co-sponsors dozens of interdepartmental speaker events and conferences with small discretionary grants.
María Elena García leads a research cluster reconsidering our relationships with non-human lives, following a conviction that violence toward any life is violence toward all.
Ethnographic Aesthetics is a speaker series featuring innovators whose work in poetry, sound, and film expands the practice of ethnography through humanistic, sensory forms of knowing.
Difference is a term that late twentieth and early twenty-first century scholars of race, gender, and sexuality have claimed and yet left largely un-theorized.
The Performance Studies Research Group draws together scholars from various disciplines to discuss foundational and new work in the field of performance studies.
Histories and Futures of Publication is an interdisciplinary lecture and colloquium series in manuscript, print, and digital cultures.
Our research cluster pursues the questioning of translation as a way of enlarging our understanding of the humanities and the social sciences.
Feminism and Classics is a conference exploring the multiple interconnections among the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and the study of feminism, women, and gender.
The Medieval Studies Graduate Interest Group fosters collaboration between disciplines on topics concerning the Middle Ages by bringing together medieval scholars from diverse departments on campus and the community.
For Americans experiencing chronic and acute illnesses, fundraising through crowdsourcing websites has become a popular method to pay for the extraordinary costs of health care and medication. This project studies these new forms of self-representation from the perspectives of public health, medical anthropology, and media and communication studies.