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The Future of the Environmental Humanities

The Future of the Environmental Humanities, a multi-day conference taking place at the UW Oct. 31-Nov. 3, seeks to spark the emergence of a regional network of environmental humanities scholars, who will come together to understand how the humanities may contribute to civic conversations about environmental change and to better define the place that the academic humanities have in this process.  The conference’s keynote addresses—a Walker Ames lecture by Lawrence Buell (Harvard University) and a talk by Ursula Heise (University of California, Los Angeles) are free and open to the public.

Affect & Audience in the Digital Age

Affect & Audience in the Digital Age is a symposium and performance event exploring the aesthetics of digital meditation in contemporary poetry. While poets have long been expected to connect with readers through carefully constructed emotional appeals, much poetic work is now written through impersonal digital methodologies such as crowd sourcing and data mining. Yet digitally mediated poetry can still have a particular affective density: even appropriated text from the Internet can convey the “powerful feelings” that Wordsworth described as the ideal for poetry.

Miriam Bartha to Join UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences as Director of Graduate Programs

After nine years at the Simpson Center, Miriam Bartha has accepted a new position as Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) at the University of Washington, Bothell. She will assume her new responsibilities beginning August 2013. 

Charles Johnson To Receive 2013 Humanities Washington Award

Humanities Washington will honor author and former UW faculty member Charles Johnson with the 2013 Humanities Washington Award at the Bedtime Stories literary gala in Seattle Oct. 4, 2013. 

Elyse Gordon Receives 2013-14 Imagining America PAGE Fellowship

Congratulations to CPS fellow Elyse Gordon (Geography) on receiving a PAGE fellowship to participate in the 2013 Imagining America Annual Conference and PAGE Summit!

Julie Ellison Explores Higher Education’s “New Public Humanists”

Interested in scholarship with a public dimension? Don’t miss the essay, "The New Public Humanists" by Julie Ellison, which appears in the March 2013 issue of PMLA, the flagship journal of the Modern Language Association.

Simpson Center Announces Maurice Dolberry as First Certificate in Public Scholarship Recipient

The Simpson Center is pleased to recognize Maurice Dolberry (Education) as the first UW student to complete the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship (CPS). Dolberry, who entered the program in Fall 2011, completed his Certificate this spring, with the guidance of his CPS portfolio advisor Ralina Joseph (Communication).

2013-14 Society of Scholars Fellowships Awarded

Fourteen UW scholars have been selected to participate in the Society of Scholars fellowship program for the 2013-14 academic year. Facilitated by the Simpson Center, the Society of Scholars is an intellectual community in which scholars of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations contribute to and learn from one another’s work.

Simpson Center Announces 2013-14 Funding Awards

The Simpson Center’s Executive Board has awarded support to select UW scholars and projects for 2013-2014 year. Simpson Center funding sponsors a wide range of activities, including fellowships for UW faculty and doctoral students, cross-departmental research groups, scholarly conferences, and community-engaged collaborations. Recipients of awards given in this year’s Fall and Spring funding rounds include:

Mark Your Calendars for these 2013-14 Katz and Walker-Ames Lectures!

We are excited to announce that Stephen Hinds, a professor of Classics and Byron W. & Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities at the UW, has been selected to deliver a Katz Lecture next year, and that two of the 2013-14 Walker-Ames Lectures, organized by the Graduate School, will take place in conjunction with Simpson Center-funded projects!

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