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Fall Funding Round Application Deadline: Nov. 14, 2014

This year’s submission deadline for the Simpson Center’s Fall Funding Round is Nov. 14. Funding covers the term July 2015-June 2016.

Director’s Welcome

Welcome, all, to the new academic year!

UW Professor Thomas Lockwood Delivers Fall 2014 Katz Lecture

We hope you will join us on Tuesday, October 28, for the first Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities of the 2014-15 year. Noted UW scholar Thomas Lockwood (English) will examine the work of Jonathan Swift. His lecture, titled “Is Eating Babies Really So Terrible? The Dark Genius of Jonathan Swift,” takes place at 7:00 pm in Kane 210.

Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities: A Summer Dive into Research

Nine weeks to complete an independent research project? Students in the Summer Institute for the Arts & Humanities embraced that challenge. This year's Summer Insitute was the subject of a recent feature story in the College of Arts & Science's Perspectives newsletter

Announcing the 2014-15 HASTAC Scholars

The Simpson Center has nominated ten graduate students to serve as HASTAC Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year, based on their advancement of digital scholarship at the UW.

UW Scholars Go Public Through Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau

The Simpson Center congratulates Lance Rhoades and Shawn Wong, who are among those selected for the 2015-16 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau! Rhoades, who has served as an instructor at the UW in American Indian Studies, Cinema Studies, and Comparative History of Ideas, will give presentations on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Wong (English) will offer talks on teaching soldiers how to tell their stories through writing.

"Tiempo y azar / Time & Chance" Explores the Work of Artist Arturo Artorez

Join us on Friday, August 1, at 6:30 pm in the UW School of Art’s Jacob Lawrence Gallery for the opening reception of Tiempo y azar / Time & Chance. This exhibition, which runs July 29-August 16, 2014, explores the work of Seattle-based visual artist Arturo Artorez. It is curated by Lauro Flores (American Ethnic Studies).

Simpson Center Announces 2013-14 Certificate in Public Scholarship Recipients

The Simpson Center is pleased to recognize five UW scholars for completing the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship (CPS) during the 2013-14 year. They include Lillian Campbell (English), Melanie Hernandez (English), Sasha Lotas (Education), Alice Pedersen (English), and Nicole Robert (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies). Please join us in congratulating these amazing public scholars!

Simpson Center Announces Spring 2014 Grant Recipients

The Simpson Center’s Executive Board has awarded support to UW scholars for 2014-15 year. Simpson Center funding sponsors a wide range of activities, including cross-departmental research clusters, graduate student interest groups, and scholarly conferences. The following is a list of projects and their lead organizers who will receive funding, based on this Spring’s grant round:

Reflecting on My Time as a Simpson Center Student Assistant

This spring the Simpson Center says good-bye to four graduating UW students who have been working with us over the last few years. Our web tech & communications assistant Dana Bublitz will receive her Master’s in Library Science from the Information School, our event photographer Max Cleary will graduate with a Bachelor’s in Photomedia from the School of Art, and our office assistants Lydia Harrington and Ellie Stillwell will receive a Master’s in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of Arts & Sciences, respectively. One of our student assistants, Ellie Stillwell, wrote the following reflection on her time at the Simpson Center. We were incredibly moved by it and would like to share it here:

 

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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.

Writing Difference and Equity

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The Writing Difference and Equity graduate research cluster supports graduate students across the humanities in developing productive and sustainable writing habits, in addressing the major barriers that PhD students face during the dissertation phase of their programs, and in articulating their research to broader audiences.

Textual & Digital Studies Graduate Certificate

Corner of an old text page, with an over-laid image of a printed orange "B" seal

Textual studies encompasses a broad set of disciplinary practices and fields whose central concern is the production, circulation, and reception of texts in material form.

The Anthropocene

Art exhibit of a concrete pod that anchors a tree trunk and its roots with steel rods

This research cluster brings together faculty and graduate students to consider the provocations and implications of the Anthropocene thesis for the humanities.

Humanistic Perspectives on Global Health Partnerships

Outside of Infectious Diseases Institute, logo with words "celebration of partnership" inside yellow and green circle

Over the past fifteen years, “partnership” has become a core value in the field of global health, signaling a rejection of older, more paternalistic modes of Western health interventions in Africa.

Migration and the Spaces of Sanctuary

A young man walking past graffiti-ed wall that reads "justice" and "no wall/border"

More than 60 million people were forced from their homes in 2015, according to United Nations estimates. This represents the worst year for forced movement since World War II.

Axiomatic: The Creative Process in Art and Mathematics

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Mathematics and art may appear to be diametrically opposite in both process and purpose: mathematics seeks truth while art seeks beauty. Yet mathematics, intellectually elegant and precise, is also beautiful.

Writing Across Difference

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This research cluster draws together scholars from the English Department writing programs, the Odegaard Writing & Research Center, Human Centered Design & Engineering, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and other programs to facilita

Performance Studies

Image on left shows Indian Chief sitting in front of old-style recording device; image on right is of Seattle WTO protests for sea turtle demonstrations

The Performance Studies Research Group draws together scholars from various disciplines to discuss foundational and new work in the field of performance studies.

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