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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 www.simpsoncenter.org/podcasts to start listening for free! No account or registration required. Enjoy!
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Applications to the Simpson Center’s Certificate in Public Scholarship program are due April 17, 2013 for coursework beginning in Fall 2013. Graduate students of good standing in any program at the UW are eligible to apply.
The guiding impulse of the humanities involves the creation and interpretation of archives. Historically “the archive” connotes repositories of officially-sanctioned value—Shakespeare’s folios, the Eisenhower papers, government-sponsored entities such as the National Archives & Records Administration. The Women Who Rock research project, now in its third year of funding by the Simpson Center, wants to rock that idea, revising popular and academic accounts by producing alternative, community-driven archives in a D.I.Y. (“do-it-yourself”) spirit.
The Simpson Center has met its goal of matching the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant in support of the digital humanities! Thanks to our donors, we have raised $1.875 million since fundraising began in 2009!
Congrats to UW graduate student Martha Gonzalez (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies), former Simpson Center staff member Quetzal Flores, and their band Quetzal! Their album “Imaginaries” has won a Grammy for in the “Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album” category.
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.
This year, WIRED’s research committee—a subgroup of WIRED members working to highlight research within the group—has organized a series of events around the life and work of Stuart Hall (1932-2014), a public intellectual whose contributions to interdisciplinary dialogue and social justice resonate with WIRED’s overall goals.
Meet the new members of the Simpson Center team: Nirmala Singh-Brinkman, Malia Trick, Alison Fiorenza, and Benji Liang!
As of July 2014, the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship is a three-way partnership between the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, the UW Graduate School, and the Simpson Center. The development of this partnership represents an important step in the institutionalization of publicly-engaged scholarship at the University of Washington.
As Assistant Director, Nirmala Singh-Brinkman joined the Simpson Center for the Humanities in October 2014. With a background in the humanities, Nirmala has experience across several sectors including higher education, nonprofit administration, and business.