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Debating Palestine in the Public Sphere

A recent talk by human rights activist Omar Barghouti brought into stark relief the challenge of debating Palestine in public.

Rainer Forst Delivers Spring Katz Lecture on “Toleration and Democracy”

German philosopher and political theorist Rainer Forst speaks on questions of religious and racial intolerance.

Digitizing the AIDS Quilt to Fight Cultural Amnesia

The AIDS Memorial Quilt forms an extraordinary mosaic of human grief and resolve, yet it risks fading into history. Learn about Anne Balsamo's work to bring it to life online.

Graduate Students Explore Teaching with Technology (Video)

Learn how the Teaching with Technology interest group brings together teaching assistants to explore how new technologies are changing the craft of teaching.

Simpson Center Welcomes New Communications Specialist

The Simpson Center welcomes Jonathan Hiskes as its new Web and Communications Specialist.

Anne Balsamo Delivers Winter 2015 Katz Lecture

Anne Balsamo outlines her approach to the study and practice of technology-based innovation on Wednesday, March 4.

Simpson Center Announces Funding Awards for 2015-2016

The Executive Board of the Simpson Center has awarded support to UW scholars for 2015-16. Funding from the Simpson Center supports a wide range of activities, including Society of Scholars and Summer Digital Humanities Commons fellowships for UW faculty and doctoral students, cross-departmental research groups, and scholarly conferences.

Simpson Center Welcomes Visiting Scholars

The Simpson Center welcomes two visiting scholars who are currently in residence: Shingo Nagaoka and Elizabeth Barry.

Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics

The Simpson Center announces a new four-year program—Reimagining the Humanities PhD—starting in July 2015, thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At this time of accelerating change in higher education, Reimagining the Humanities PhD addresses the pressing need to take scholarship and teaching in the humanities to broader publics.

Simpson Center Announces Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public

The Walter Chapin Simpson Center mourns the passing of the visionary philanthropist Barclay Simpson on November 8, 2014. The generosity of Barclay Simpson is legendary among our faculty, students, and staff at the University of Washington and among leaders in the humanities across the country. His transformative gift in endowing the Simpson Center in the name of his father, Walter Chapin Simpson, was followed by contributions that expanded our view of the humanities. In honor of his memory, the Simpson Center announces the Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public. The prize highlights one of Barclay Simpson’s key convictions and one of the center’s core missions: to foster scholarship in the humanities as a public good.

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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.

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

Tips for Effective Proposal Writing

The Simpson Center eagerly invites project proposals that support our goals of crossdisciplinary exchange and scholarship at the leading edge of change. We hope the following will be helpful in drafting your proposal.

Stephanie Coontz to Scholars: Talking to the Public Will Sharpen Your Work

Stephanie Coontz talks to students

The Evergreen State College historian and veteran media commentator urges academics to find their voice in the public square.

Anthony Geist Awarded Knighthood by Spain

Anthony Geist (Spanish and Comparative Literature) has been awarded knighthood by Spain, one of the nation’s highest civil honors.

Michael Blake Awarded NEH Fellowship To Study Justice, Migration, and Mercy

Michael Blake (Philosophy and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance) has been awarded a summer fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study justice, migration, and mercy.

Vicente Rafael Publishes ‘Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid Wars of Translation’

Longtime Simpson Center collaborator Vicente L. Rafael (History) examines the vexed relationship between language and history gleaned from the workings of translation in the Philippines, the United States, and beyond.

The Instagram Militia and the Limits of Empathy

Mosaic of people holding guns and closeups of guns

Tad Hirsch stitches together 80,000 assault-rifle selfies to examine America’s gun divide.

Faculty Workshop on Academic Book Proposals with Larin McLaughlin of UW Press

Submission/Application Deadline: 
Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:00

Workshop is May 26.

Is the genre of the book proposal a complete mystery to you? UW Press Editor in Chief Larin McLaughlin will lead a workshop on the academic book proposal on May 26. The workshop will consist of a large-group discussion on model proposals and breakout discussions on proposals submitted by the participants. Proposals of ten to fifteen pages should include the following:

Simpson Center Welcomes New Staff

Erin Langner and Alison Fiorenza

The Simpson Center is delighted to announce two new staff members: Erin Langner, Program and Events Manager, and Alison Fiorenza, Administrative Coordinator.

Erin Langner

Program and Events Manager Erin Langner works with faculty and staff to plan cross-disciplinary symposia, lectures, colloquia, and special events.

Alison Fiorenza

FiorenzaAs Administrative Coordinator, Alison Fiorenza manages Simpson Center meeting spaces and provides support for technology issues. She is the first point of contact for reservations and Center inquiries, and she provides general clerical, fiscal, and operational support for Simpson Center staff.

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