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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:

 

Simpson Center Short Courses Reflect Commitments to Crossdisciplinary Research, Digital Humanities, Public Scholarship

Project management for digital scholarship. Environmental humanities. Islam and forgiveness. Ancient and modern democracy. Popular music studies and digital archive development. These are just a few of the subjects explored in recent short courses offered through the Simpson Center, which are designed as a way to enhance doctoral education at the UW by extending students’ scholarly experiences and offering opportunities for students to focus on topics not always included or covered in their home departments.

2014-15 Katz Distinguished Lecturers in the Humanities Announced

Thomas Lockwood, Anne Balsamo, and Rainer Forst have been named Katz Distinguished Lecturers in the Humanities for the 2014-2015 academic year. The most distinguished award in the humanities at UW, the Katz lectureship recognizes outstanding scholars and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. Each year, one UW faculty member and two visiting scholars are awarded the title.

African American Political Thought: Past and Present

African American Political Thought is a two-day conference taking place at the Simpson Center May 2-3, 2014. Organized by Jack Turner (Political Science), this conference convenes nationally recognized scholars from political science, philosophy, English, history, and black studies to reflect on historical meaning and contemporary significance of African American political thought.

“Honey & Healing”: Fourth Annual Women Who Rock unConference & Film Festival, April 24-26, 2014

The Women Who Rock unConference & Film Festival returns for its fourth annual celebration this month with a series of three free events, open to audiences of all ages. This year, Women Who Rock centers on “Honey & Healing.” According to event organizers, this theme “acknowledges the sweetness we allow ourselves as women who resist, survive, and practice resilience, demonstrating how women have brought community together to heal through the arts and create beauty out of oppression.”

Public Scholar Profile: Sara Jo Breslow

Sara Jo Breslow is a postdoctoral associate at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center. While in the Environmental Anthropology doctoral program at UW, she participated in the Institute on the Public Humanities in 2008 and the Science Studies Network in 2009. On behalf of the Simpson Center, Amanda Swain recently had the opportunity to talk with Breslow about how she has continued to practice public scholarship since completing her degree.

UW Humanities Faculty Receive Fellowships and Awards

The Simpson Center congratulates UW faculty in the humanities who have recently been named the recipients of notable prizes, fellowships, and awards.

2014 Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities Explores Indigenous Histories, Politics, and Arts

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities for UW undergraduates. An annual summer program, the Institute provides twenty competitively-selected students an opportunity to engage in primary interdisciplinary research under the guidance of UW instructors. The theme of this year’s SIAH is “Native Modernities: Histories, Politics, and Arts of Indigeneity,” and through it, participants will explore the rich histories of Native struggles, contemporary Indigenous social movements, and repertoires of decolonizing artistic, cultural, and intellectual production.

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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. 

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.

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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. 

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.

Unmapping Global Studies

Unmapping Global Studies advances the critical study of Oceania and the global mobilities of Pacific Islanders and all native peoples.

Mapping American Radicalism with Historian James Gregory (Video)

Social movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter operate outside of electoral politics, a phenomenon Gregory is mapping through a groundbreaking digital project.

Tell Us What You’ve Done with Simpson Center Support

We want to celebrate work that’s grown out of Simpson Center funding. If you’ve been involved with Simpson Center in any way, we’d like you to let us know about new books, publications, digital projects, community events, fellowships, postdocs, prizes, public activities — or any other scholarship that’s benefited from our support.

Drop us a line at schcom@uw.edu and we will make note in our new Scholars at Work web collection. You can tell us about the work of others too!

Jonathan Hiskes

Jon Hiskes leads communications at the Simpson Center for the Humanities. A lifelong lover of language and literature, he publishes personal and critical essays in a variety of publications. He holds an MA in Journalism from Indiana University and a BA in English from Calvin College.

Hebrew and the Humanities

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The symposium Hebrew and the Humanities: Present Tense examines the experience of Americans who have traversed the cultural distance from English to Hebrew. Why do they do it? What is its value? How does the embattled position of Hebrew reflect the broader challenges of language arts and humanities education today?

Access to Information as a Human Right

This conference with the UW Center for Human Rights examines access to information as a tool in securing truth, justice, and reparations for victims of crimes against humanity.

Science, Technology & Society Studies

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An interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in Science, Technology & Society Studies (STSS) welcomes its first cohort in the 2015-16 academic year, with 14 students from eight departments beginning the new program.

SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign History Project

The SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign History Project produces a digital web archive documenting the two successful historic struggles for a $15 minimum wage as well as continuing advocacy for better wages, sick pay, reduction

Palestine and the Public Sphere

This research cluster brings together faculty and graduate students for critical and cross-disciplinary conversations and activities concerning the cultural, political, and economic situation of Palestine and its framing in U.S.

Comics Studies

Comics have entered university curricula and multiple annual conferences, such as the International Comic Arts Forum, specialize in comics scholarship.

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