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Profile of a Public Scholar: Georgia M. Roberts

Currently a lecturer in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, Georgia M. Roberts is completing her PhD in English from the University of Washington. Her research interests are centered on global hip hop culture, American and Comparative Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory and practical (everyday) conceptions of race, nation and empire. Her dissertation, “Who Killed It: Toward a Hip Hop Theory,” explores the aesthetics of commercial rap music, focusing specifically on the politics of reproduction around race, gender, and sexuality.

Creating Value and Impact in the Digital Age Through Translational Humanities: A Case Statement by Abby Smith Rumsey

The Simpson Center is delighted to circulate the following case statement, written by Abby Smith Rumsey, director of the Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI). In it, she explores the value of the humanities in the digital era by emphasizing the importance of translational work in which humanities scholars engage with more diverse publics. Reaching out to publics beyond academic borders is one of the key missions of the Simpson Center.

Memorial Service & Reception for Herbert Blau

A memorial service for Herbert Blau will be held on Saturday, June 22, at 4:00 pm in Kane Hall 210 at the University of Washington. 

Demystifying the Digital Humanities at UW

The emerging field of digital humanities (DH) has been attracting more and more attention on campus in recent years. But what exactly are the “digital humanities”? And how exactly does one going about becoming a “digital humanist”? To answer some of these questions, English graduate students Paige Morgan and Sarah Kremen-Hicks have created a year-long workshop series, “Demystifying the Digital Humanities.”

Katz Lecture Podcasts Now Available at!

This year we’ve been working on the development of the “Media & Publications" section of our website. Among other things, it provides a place where visitors can access podcasts of nearly thirty past Katz Lectures, including those by Cathy Davidson, Robin Kelley, Dipesh Chakrabarty, and Wendy Brown, to name just a few! Visit to start listening for free! No account or registration required. Enjoy!

Profile of a Public Scholar: Keith Feldman

Currently Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Keith Feldman received his PhD in English from the University of Washington in 2008. His current research centers on theorizing and narrating the many connections between U.S. imperial culture and changing geopolitical engagements with West Asia, North Africa, the Arab and Muslim worlds, and Israel/Palestine. He is working on a book manuscript, “Special Relationships: Israel, Palestine and U.S. Imperial Culture.”

UW Students Collaborate with the EMP Museum for Their Upcoming Exhibit, "Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic"

Popular perceptions of what is “medieval” often go hand-in-hand with of “fantasy.” Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien penned his Lord of the Rings trilogy, the term “medieval” has grown to encompass wizards, epic quests, and other-worldly lands. Even traditional medieval romances such as the stories of King Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot are now better known by their more fantastical retellings.

Profile of a Public Scholar: Anoop Mirpuri

Currently Assistant Professor of English at Portland State University, Anoop Mirpuri received his PhD in English from the University of Washington in 2010. Prior to joining the faculty at Portland State, he was Assistant Professor of English at Drew University and a research fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at University of Virginia. His current research explores the relationship between the history of U.S. racial capitalism, the formation of the radical prison movement in postwar America, and recent debates over the contemporary crisis of mass-incarceration. He is working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Articulations of Violence: Race, Punishment, Modernity, and Posthumanism.”

Josiah Ober Delivers Spring 2013 Katz Lecture on Democracy

The original, ancient Greek meaning of democracy—“the People’s capacity to do things”—emphasizes citizen participation. By acting as citizens, with the authority to decide important public matters, we achieve a basic human good: freely exercising our distinctive natural capacities of speech and reason, to deliberate about public interests. Moreover, the conditions necessary for an extensive and diverse citizenry to address public interests require other independently valued goods: freedom of speech and association, political equality, and civic dignity. Democracy is therefore good for the exercise of our innate capacities and good for liberty, equality, and dignity. 



Spring Funding Round Applications Accepted April 1-17, 2013

The Simpson Center will accept applications for collaborative projects—including Colloquia and Conferences, Crossdisciplinary Research Clusters, Graduate Student Interest Groups, Large-Scale Collaborations, Public Scholarship / Community Engagement, and Full Professor Crossdisciplinary Conversation Awards—for the 2013-2014 academic year beginning April 1. The deadline for this spring funding round is April 17, 2013.