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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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.