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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 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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to CPS fellow Elyse Gordon (Geography) on receiving a PAGE fellowship to participate in the 2013 Imagining America Annual Conference and PAGE Summit!
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.
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).
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.
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:
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!
Learn how the Teaching with Technology interest group brings together teaching assistants to explore how new technologies are changing the craft of teaching.
The Simpson Center welcomes Jonathan Hiskes as its new Web and Communications Specialist.
Anne Balsamo outlines her approach to the study and practice of technology-based innovation on Wednesday, March 4.
The Executive Board of the Simpson Center has awarded support to UW scholars for 2015-16. Funding from the Simpson Center supports a wide range of activities, including Society of Scholars and Summer Digital Humanities Commons fellowships for UW faculty and doctoral students, cross-departmental research groups, and scholarly conferences.
The Simpson Center welcomes two visiting scholars who are currently in residence: Shingo Nagaoka and Elizabeth Barry.
The Simpson Center announces a new four-year program—Reimagining the Humanities PhD—starting in July 2015, thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At this time of accelerating change in higher education, Reimagining the Humanities PhD addresses the pressing need to take scholarship and teaching in the humanities to broader publics.
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.