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Books

Simpson Center publications include books, the Short Studies series, and newsletters. This section also highlights publications that have developed out of Simpson Center funded projects.

Newsletters

Stay in touch with the Simpson Center through our Weekly Email for UW faculty, staff, and students and our Outreach Email for community members beyond campus.

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Books

Voice, Text, Hypertext: Emerging Practices in Textual Studies (2004)
Edited by Raimonda Modiano, Leroy F. Searle, and Peter Shillingsburg

Short Studies Series

Slavoj Zizek
The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime: On David Lynch’s Lost Highway (2000)

The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime

The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime presents a detailed reading of David Lynch's The Lost Highway, based on the premises of Lacanian psychoanalysis. A master of reversals, Slavoj Zizek invites the reader to reexamine easy assumptions, received opinion, and current critical trends

Semiotic Flesh: Information & the Human Body

The essays and responses in this volume, edited by Phillip Thurtle and Robert Mitchell, focus on the sites where flesh and information productively intermingle, including the strange connections between LSD and DNA research, the implications of computer-assisted surgery, and the role of the human body in virtual reality installations.

A Manifesto for Literary Studies

Known for her timely challenges to the preconceptions and often unquestioned boundaries that circumscribe our culture, Garber's beautifully crafted arguments situate "big public questions of intellectual importance" - such as human nature and historical correctness - within the practice of literary historians and critics. This manifesto revives the ancient craft whose ultimate focus is language in action.

Blogs

A listing of scholarly blogs related to Simpson Center initiatives, programs, and projects.

Podcasts and Videos

Save As: Archiving Memory in the Age of Digital Technologies. Diana Taylor (Performance Studies and Spanish, New York University) delivered the keynote address for the 2010 Imagining America Conference, "Convergence Zones:  Public Cultures and Translocal Practices."

provide UW faculty groups with leave to catalyze, deepen, or reconfigure cross-disciplinary research and to work toward publication.

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include speaker series, international research, and working conferences. They are selected for support based on their crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary focus.

This series provides an opportunity for UW humanities scholars to discuss their recently published books.

seed new collaborations between faculty and graduate students who share research interests.

The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served for 53 years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. All Katz Lectures are free and open to the public. 

(formerly Graduate Interest Groups) encourage crossdisciplinary collaboration among graduate students through organized readings, screenings, dissertation working groups, and other activities.

are awarded for faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate research through both internal and external grants.  

are supported by small discretionary grants that facilitate opportunities for interdepartmental lectures, colloquia, and conferences at UW.

fund extended crossdisciplinary, collaborative projects that are often aligned with Simpson Center initiatives.

include the tri-annual Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities and the Joff Hanuaer Lectures in Western Civilization.

at the Simpson Center includes interdisciplinary graduate courses and the Certificate in Public Scholarship.

supports projects that promote collaboration between scholars and community partners in education, governmental, non-profit, and grassroots organizations.

stand at the leading edge of change by promoting collaborative, crossdisciplinary research and transformational scholarship.

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Check here for a listing of scholarly blogs related to Simpson Center initiatives, programs, and projects.

Reading groups and microseminars with a number of UW faculty whose research interests dwell outside the usual purview of Asian American Studies.

In 2007, the Joff Hanauer Endowment for Excellence in Western Civilization was established through a gift from Seattle businessman and philanthropist Jerry Hanauer, in memory of his son. It supports two professorships and several graduate student fellowships in Western Civilization, in addition to a lecture series.

GIG

This initiative, launched in 2016, contributes to nationwide conversations about developing new approaches to doctoral education.

provide UW faculty groups with leave to catalyze, deepen, or reconfigure cross-disciplinary research and to work toward publication.

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include speaker series, international research, and working conferences. They are selected for support based on their crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary focus.

This series provides an opportunity for UW humanities scholars to discuss their recently published books.

seed new collaborations between faculty and graduate students who share research interests.

The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served for 53 years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. All Katz Lectures are free and open to the public. 

(formerly Graduate Interest Groups) encourage crossdisciplinary collaboration among graduate students through organized readings, screenings, dissertation working groups, and other activities.

are awarded for faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate research through both internal and external grants.  

are supported by small discretionary grants that facilitate opportunities for interdepartmental lectures, colloquia, and conferences at UW.

fund extended crossdisciplinary, collaborative projects that are often aligned with Simpson Center initiatives.

include the tri-annual Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities and the Joff Hanuaer Lectures in Western Civilization.

at the Simpson Center includes interdisciplinary graduate courses and the Certificate in Public Scholarship.

supports projects that promote collaboration between scholars and community partners in education, governmental, non-profit, and grassroots organizations.

stand at the leading edge of change by promoting collaborative, crossdisciplinary research and transformational scholarship.

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Check here for a listing of scholarly blogs related to Simpson Center initiatives, programs, and projects.

Reading groups and microseminars with a number of UW faculty whose research interests dwell outside the usual purview of Asian American Studies.

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In 2007, the Joff Hanauer Endowment for Excellence in Western Civilization was established through a gift from Seattle businessman and philanthropist Jerry Hanauer, in memory of his son. It supports two professorships and several graduate student fellowships in Western Civilization, in addition to a lecture series.

PhD

This initiative, launched in 2016, contributes to nationwide conversations about developing new approaches to doctoral education.

Books

Simpson Center publications include books, the Short Studies series, and newsletters. This section also highlights publications that have developed out of Simpson Center funded projects.

Philosophy Branches Out

Tree branches with text #philosophybranchesout

The UW Department of Philosophy is working to reimagine how our graduate program prepares our students for professional success.

NEH Awards $179,000 for Urban-Nature Summer Institute at UW

Rusted pipes and overgrown plants

In 2017, UW faculty will lead college and university teachers in a three-week exploration of nature and the city.

Lorraine Daston

Lorraine Daston
Algorithms Before Computers: Patterns, Recipes, and Rules
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Lorraine Daston is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and Visiting Professor of Social Thought and History at the University of Chicago.

Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson
DNA, Race, and Reparations
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 120

Alondra Nelson is an interdisciplinary social scientist and Dean of Social Science and Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.

David Shields

David Shields
The Novel Is Dead; Long Live the Anti-Novel
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

David Shields is Professor of English at the University of Washington and the bestselling author of twenty books, including Reality Hunger and Black Planet.

2015-16 Co-Sponsored Events

Each year the Simpson Center co-sponsors many interdepartmental speaker events and conferences with small discretionary grants. 

Mellon Fellows

Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a four-year program funded by the Andrew W.

African Media and Materialities

A corner block with run-down cellphone repair shop called Dr. Musa Cellphone Repair, made from shipper containers

The African Media and Materialities graduate research cluster focuses on media and materialities to bring together several strands of thought and research.

Moving Images

Museum display of old cameras and film reels

The Moving Images graduate research cluster brings together students from a variety of departments focused on the study of moving images, including narrative and documentary film as well as television and new media.

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