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Now Urbanism

Now Urbanism

Now Urbanism, a 2010-2012 John E. Sawyer Seminar in the Study of Comparative Cultures, sought to connect and critically assess the diverse territories of sustainability theory and practice evidenced in multidisciplinary urban scholarship, activism, and policy.

2010-2011 Co-Sponsored Events

Every year the Simpson Center co-sponsors dozens of interdepartmental speaker events and conferences with small discretionary grants. Co-sponsorships are limited to $500 and do not require Executive Board review.  The Simpson Center also co-sponsors events that feature UW faculty and graduate students as speakers or facilitators in community venues. Learn more about how to apply.

The following lists of recent events provides an overview of the diverse events supported by co-sponsorship funds.


Herbert Blau

As If: An Autobiography
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 4:00pm
Communications 202

As If: An Autobiography, Volume 1. Herbert Blau co-founded The Actor’s Workshop, co-directed the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, was artistic director of the experimental group KRAKEN, and is credited with introducing American audiences to major playwrights of the European avant-garde. Author of many influential books, he is currently Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities at the University of Washington.

Diana Taylor

Taking to the Streets: Arts and Activism in the Americas
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 220

Doris Sommer

Ripple Effects: The Work of Art in the World
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 220

Doris Sommer is Ira Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Linda Bierds

Second Hand: A Poet’s Journey Toward Science
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 110

Interested in the intersections of art, history, and science, Linda Bierds’ poems feature rich portraits of historical figures beyond their great achievements.