Mark Your Calendars: 2014 Winter Quarter Highlights

The Simpson Center will be abuzz with activity this winter! Major events include a Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities by Stephen Hinds, and two conferences, both of which feature free, public keynote addresses. “Islam and Forgiveness,” a symposium exploring Islamic practices of forgiveness, includes a lecture by noted law professor Khaled Abou El Fadl. Keynotes for the Society for Textual Scholarship’s annual conference, taking place this year at the UW, will be delivered by Johanna Drucker, David Scott Kastan, and Sheldon Pollock.

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Stephen Hinds (Classics, University of Washington) will deliver a Katz Distinguished Lecture. A scholar of international standing, Hinds is the author of Allusion and Intertext: Dynamics of Appropriation in Roman Poetry (Cambridge, 1998) and The Metamorphosis of Persephone: Ovid and the Self-Conscious Muse (Cambridge, 1987). With Denis Feeney, he co-founded and co-edits the Cambridge book series Roman Literature and Its Contexts (thirteen volumes, with two more to come). He is also the recipient of a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, which he will take in the 2014-15 academic year. His lecture, which explores literature and literalism in the classical tradition, will take place at 7:00 pm in Kane 110. 

“Islam and Forgiveness” is a two-day symposium organized by Arzoo Osanloo (Law, Societies, & Justice) that invites participants to examine the Islamic mandate of forgiveness in its everyday applications in comparative contexts. The conference’s keynote address, “Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World: The Theology of Shahada in the Modern Age,” will be delivered by Khaled Abou El Fadl (Law, University of California, Los Angeles) on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6:30pm in Kane 210. One of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic Law and Islam, Abou El Fadl is a prominent scholar in the field of human rights. He was previously appointed by President George Bush to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, and also served as a member of the board of directors of Human Rights Watch. Most noted for his scholarly approach to Islam from a moral point of view, Abou El Fadl writes extensively on universal themes of humanity, morality, human rights, justice, and mercy, and is known for his writings on beauty as a core moral value of Islam. Learn more at

On Mar. 20-22, the Society for Textual Scholarship’s annual international conference meets at the UW. Organized locally by Jeffrey Todd Knight (English) and Geoffrey Turnovsky (French & Italian), the conference welcomes distinguished scholars from across the country whose work on the materiality of books and media intersects with big-picture debates about the place of the humanities, innovation in graduate education, and public scholarship. It is held in conjunction with “Histories and Futures of the Book,” an interdisciplinary lecture series in manuscript, print, and digital culture that has been taking place on campus this year. Keynote lectures will be given by Johanna Drucker (Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles), David Scott Kastan (English, Yale University), and Sheldon Pollock (South Asian Studies, Columbia University). For more information about the conference, visit: Registration and a detailed events schedule forthcoming.

We will update the Simpson Center events calendar as plans for these--and other 2014 events--develop!

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