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Announcing Spring 2015 Funding Awards

The Simpson Center's Executive Board has awarded support to UW scholars for the 2015-16 year. Simpson Center funding supports a wide range of activities, including crossdisciplinary research clusters, graduate student interest groups, scholarly conferences, and projects in our new “other” category.  

Introducing the Mellon Fellows for Reaching New Publics in the Humanities

The Simpson Center for the Humanities announces six Mellon Fellows for Reaching New Publics in the Humanities.

Scholars at Work: A News Roundup

What are we celebrating these days at the Simpson Center? We’re so glad you asked …

We Wandered as a Cloud: Collaborative Poetry for a Digital Age

The research cluster Affect & Audience in the Digital Age brings a distinctly collaborative approach for rethinking poetry in the digital era.

Rainer Forst Lectures on Toleration and Democracy (Video)

Rainer Forst argued for a particular democratic notion of toleration in a full Kane Hall auditorium on Wedneday, April 29.

Historian James Gregory Receives Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public

Jim Gregory's drive to bring history beyond the academy—at times exposing uncomfortable truths—makes him a fitting recipient for the Barclay Simpson Prize for Public Scholarship.

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.

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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.

Why We Don’t Have Wings

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Historian Phillip Thurtle draws on genetics, comics, film, and a vast array of cultural mythology to probe a question that haunts our collective past.

Aguirre, Durán Real, and Gordon Lead Through Publicly Active Graduate Fellowships

AguirreMichael Aguirre (History) and Angela Durán Real (Spanish & Portuguese Studies) have received public engagement fellowships from Imagining America, an organization promoting civic and community involvement by scholars and artists. The two received support to attend Imagining America’s annual conference (Oct.

Poetry Collection, Prize, and Visiting Professorship for Jane Wong

Jane WongJane Wong, a doctoral candidate in English, has a new book, a poetry prize, and a teaching position that testify to her overlapping roles as poet and scholar. Jane joined Pacific Lutheran University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in September, teaching creative writing, Asian American studies, and first-year writing.

Philosophy Branches Out

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The UW Department of Philosophy is working to reimagine how our graduate program prepares our students for professional success.

NEH Awards $179,000 for Urban-Nature Summer Institute at UW

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In 2017, UW faculty will lead college and university teachers in a three-week exploration of nature and the city.

Lorraine Daston

Lorraine Daston
Algorithms Before Computers: Patterns, Recipes, and Rules
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Lorraine Daston is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and Visiting Professor of Social Thought and History at the University of Chicago.

Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson
DNA, Race, and Reparations
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 120

Alondra Nelson is an interdisciplinary social scientist and Dean of Social Science and Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.

David Shields

David Shields
The Novel Is Dead; Long Live the Anti-Novel
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

David Shields is Professor of English at the University of Washington and the bestselling author of twenty books, including Reality Hunger and Black Planet.

2015-16 Co-Sponsored Events

Each year the Simpson Center co-sponsors many interdepartmental speaker events and conferences with small discretionary grants. 

Mellon Fellows

Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a four-year program funded by the Andrew W.

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