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Simpson Center Meets Digital Humanities Fundraising Goal!

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!

Quetzal's "Imaginaries" Wins a Grammy!

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.

Biological Futures in a Globalized World Presents Flu Forum, Lecture

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Each year as flu season approaches we're alerted to the threat posed by new strains of influenza—evolving in the wild, in laboratories, and in society. This winter, Biological Futures in a Globalized World sponsors a forum to explore the ethics and politics of H5N1 research in the context of the global political and economic inequalities that condition devastating pandemics, as well as to determine how we respond to these threats.

Cathy N. Davidson Delivers Winter 2013 Katz Lecture on Future of Higher Education, Digital Learning

In one generation, we have undergone tremendous changes in how we communicate, socialize, learn, do business, and engage in civic life. We rely on non-experts for information on sites such as Wikipedia and take the advice of strangers on everything from restaurant recommendations to health care. Interactive digital technologies have changed how we learn in everyday life far faster than they’ve changed the structures, motives, and metrics of our educational systems. Until now. According to Winter 2013 Katz Lecturer Cathy N. Davidson, we are on the threshold of a monumental transformation in higher education, one aimed at the needs and expectations of the next generation of resilient, connected, self-paced, peer-inspired, creative, multidisciplinary, and multicultural global learners.

A Sneak Peek at the Simpson Center’s Collaboration Space!

Construction is currently under way to transform three small offices into a 375 square-foot flexible, multidisciplinary collaboration space at the Simpson Center! The new space will be a hybrid: part digital scholarship lab and part space for scholarly discussion. Flexibility is the key concept behind this space. By selecting furniture and equipment that is easily stored, stacked, folded, and moved, this space will be a dynamic meeting space for a variety of small engagements and activities.

Winter 2013 Sawyer Seminar Series: B/ordering Violence

Shannon Speed (Anthropology, University of Texas), Nicole Guidotti- Hernández (American Studies, University of Texas), and William Nericcio (English and Comparative Literature & Chicana/o Studies, San Diego State University) all visit the UW during Winter 2013 as part of the 2012-13 John E. Sawyer Seminar series B/ordering Violence: Boundaries, Gender, Indigeneity in the Americas. Their talks focus on the intersections of gender, violence, and popular culture.


UW Celebrates Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" with Centennial Celebration

The UW is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking work The Rite of Spring with a series of performances and lectures, and the Simpson Center is excited to help sponsor. For more information on the history and significance of The Rite of Spring and a complete listing of events, including performances by Compagnie Marie Chouinard and pianist Jon Kimura Parker and talks by UW scholars Jürg Koch (Dance), Betsy Cooper (Dance), Huck Hodge (Music), Abby Aresty (Music), and Cuong Vu (Music), click here!

Congrats to Grammy-nominated Quetzal!

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 been nominated for a 2012 Grammy in the “Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album” category.

The Unconference Experience: InfoCamp and THATCamp

Unconferences are quickly becoming an alternative to traditional academic conferences. The model is especially appealing because it actively promotes collaboration and discussion acrossdisciplines, and participants are engaged at every level. This fall, Dana Bublitz, a graduate staff assistant at the Simpson Center, had the opportunity to attend two unconferences: InfoCamp (Information Camp), held here at the UW, and THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp): Digital Humanities and Libraries in Denver, Colorado.

"New Books in Print" Returns this Winter with Jessica Burstein and Eric Ames

The “New Books in Print” series, hosted by the Simpson Center, provides UW scholars an opportunity to discuss their recently published books. Book talks by faculty members Jessica Burstein (English) and Eric Ames (Germanics) will take place during Winter Quarter, so mark your calendars!