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Sharecropper’s Troubadour: The Story of John Handcox and Union Organizing Through Music

Michael Honey, the Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities at UW Tacoma, was recently interviewed by NPR/KPLU 88.5 FM on his latest publication, Sharecropper’s Troubadour (2013). The book is an oral history of John Handcox, an African-American man who, gifted in song and verse, survived attempted lynchings, floods, droughts, and the ravages of the Great Depression to organize black and white farmers alike into a union. He became one of the most beloved folk singers of the prewar labor movement. Honey worked on research for the book through the Simpson Center’s Society of Scholars fellowship program in 2011-12. 

Ron Krabill Represents the UW at Humanities Advocacy Day, Washington, DC

Ron Krabill (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) will represent the Simpson Center and the UW at Humanities Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2014. Humanities Advocacy Day was established in 2000 by the National Humanities Alliance (NHA)—an advocacy coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs—to increase public support for the humanities.  

UW Professor Stephen Hinds Delivers Winter 2014 Katz Lecture

A scholar of international standing, Stephen Hinds (Classics) investigates poetry across languages: he explores moments of connection between texts which approach the condition of translation without quite being the same as translation. For his Winter 2014 Katz lecture, he examines the work of two poets: Andrew Marvell and William Wordsworth.

Islam and Forgiveness: Symposium Showcases Reflections on Justice and Conflict Resolution

While scriptural texts compel Muslims to be merciful and compassionate in their actions towards others, little is known about the actual practices and effects of this mandate in their local contexts. Legal anthropologist Arzoo Osanloo (Law, Societies, & Justice) has organized a two-day symposium to examine the Islamic mandate of forgiveness. Called Islam and Forgiveness, this symposium will take place at the UW Feb. 6-7, 2014. Its keynote address, to be delivered by renowned legal scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl (University of California, Los Angeles), is free and open to the public.

Public Scholar Profile: Theresa Ronquillo

Theresa Ronquillo is an Instructional Consultant at the University of Washington’s Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL). She is also the Co-Director of the Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project, a collaboration of the CTL and Memory War Theater. She holds affiliate faculty positions in UW School of Social Work and UW Southeast Asia Center, and is participating faculty with the UW Center for Performance Studies. While in the Social Work doctoral program, Ronquillo participated in the Simpson Center’s Institute in the Public Humanities in 2006. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Certificate in Public Scholarship.

Simpson Center Announces Fall 2013 Funding Awards

The Simpson Center has awarded support to UW scholars and projects for 2014-15 year. Simpson Center funding sponsors a wide range of activities, including Society of Scholars and Digital Humanities Commons Summer fellowships for UW faculty and doctoral students, cross-departmental research groups, and scholarly conferences. Recipients of awards given in this year’s Fall funding round include:

The Simpson Center Welcomes New Staff!

Meet the Simpson Center’s new operations team!

Teaching with Technology: Graduate Interest Group Invites Student Instructors to Share Technology-Based Pedagogical Practices

How are UW graduate teaching assistants across the humanities and social sciences using technology in their classrooms? This year, English graduate students Rachel Arteaga and A.J. Burgin have organized Teaching with Technology, a Graduate Interest Group (GIG) at the Simpson Center, so that graduate instructors can share ideas with one another. The group provides a platform for both experienced and less-experienced teachers to discuss digital tools (for example, the use of mobile devices, social media, and blogging) in various classroom settings.

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.

Digital Humanities Resources: On-Campus and Online

Curious to learn more about digital humanities scholarship? This list of digital humanities resources, created by the Simpson Center’s web tech Dana Bublitz, may be useful to anyone currently involved in or considering getting started with digital humanities scholarship at the UW. It includes information about both on-campus and online resources.

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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.

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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.

Louisa Mackenzie Publication Draws Attention from Times Literary Supplement

Louisa Mackenzie’s (French & Italian) recent essay on sea monsters contributes to a lively discussion on animal studies and identity in Early Modernism.

Environmental Historian Christof Mauch Discusses Sustainability Lessons from the Past

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Environmental history demands that we grapple with new questions, a renowned German scholar argues in a Katz Distinguished Lecture on December 2.

Sonal Khullar's Book Probes Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India

Sonal Khullar (Art History) has a new book, Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 (University of California Press).

Winter 2016

Winter 2016 HUM courses

Summer Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities

The Simpson Center invites proposals from doctoral students to undertake projects in public scholarship in summer 2016.

Summer Fellowships for New Graduate Seminars in the Humanities

The Simpson Center invites proposals from faculty to create new graduate seminars with prominent public scholarship components.

Opportunities for Graduate Students

These award categories are available to University of Washington graduate students. 

Fellowships

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship

Digital Humanities Dissertation Summer Fellowships support scholars whose dissertations use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. More.

Alison Wylie

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What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 120

Alison Wylie is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. Her abiding interest as a philosopher of science is in questions about how we know what we (think) we know.

Lauren Berlant

On Humorlessness
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

New Hanauer Professor and Fellows Study “Melting Port” Cities and Culture-Spanning Art

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Galya Diment (Slavic Languages & Literatures) leads six Hanauer Fellows in examining how cultural mixing shapes art in three port cities of the early 20th century.

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