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Fall 2018

Fall 2018 HUM courses

2018-2019 Society of Scholars

The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse ranks and disciplines who contribute to and learn from each other's work. Meet the 2018-19 Scholars.

2018 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways. Meet the 2018 Fellows.

2017-18 Co-Sponsored Events

Each year we co-sponsor many interdepartmental speaker events and conferences with small discretionary grants. 

Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 120

Nancy Fraser is the Henry and Louise A. Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research.

Whitney Davis

Whitney Davis
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Whitney Davis is the George C. and Helen N.

Jordanna Bailkin

Bailkin
Unsettled: Citizens, Migrants, and Refugees in British History
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Jordanna Bailkin delivers a Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. Bailkin is UW Professor of History, Jere L.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2018 Attendees

For the seventh year, the Simpson Center co-sponsors the University of Victoria’s renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).

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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. 

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. 

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.

Some Three Years Later, or, My Month in Review

By Annie Dwyer

Cultural change in academia often happens at a glacial rate, even as the evisceration of supports for higher education seems to proceed apace. But at the outset of the fourth year of the Mellon initiative, I’ve had a number of encounters that give me hope that the devaluation of community college teaching often overheard in humanities PhD programs is changing. And fast.  

Why We Don’t Have Wings: Phillip Thurtle Book and Website Explore Vexing Existential Questions

feathered wing on black background

Phillip Thurtle (History and Comparative History of Ideas) has a new book on the role of visual grids in the history of biology, with startling implications that fan outward into the nature of desire, bodies, and society.

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Berliner and Krabill Create New Collection on Feminist Interventions in Participatory Media

Feminist Interventions book cover.

Lauren S. Berliner and Ron Krabill (both Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) have co-edited a new book that examines practices that integrate participatory technology with feminist approaches.

Disability Studies

Black and white photo from a protest. Protesters in wheelchairs, holding signs saying "We shall overcome" and "Access is a civil right"

Disability Studies is a growing field that approaches disability from a social justice perspective. It pushes back against a dominant narrative that disability is a condition to be cured or minimized through medical, technical, or other intervention.

New Collection Explores ‘What We Talk about When We Talk about Hebrew’

A new collection of original essays edited by Naomi B. Sokoloff probes the state of Hebrew language studies in contemporary America and beyond.

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Anthropocene Film Salon

Stream through ice sheet

The Anthropocene Film Series catalyzes transdisciplinary conversations about our current social-ecological moment, with a view to generating a vibrant dialogue between UW environmental scientists and humanists and humanistic social scient

2018 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways. Meet the 2018 Fellows.

2018-2019 Society of Scholars

The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse ranks and disciplines who contribute to and learn from each other's work. Meet the 2018-19 Scholars.

Black Embodiments Studio

Abbreviations of Black Embodiments Studio in circle.

The Black Embodiments Studio is an arts writing incubator and public lecture series dedicated to dynamic expressions of blackness in contemporary art.

Certificate in Public Scholarship

CPS students in seminar discussion

The Certificate in Public Scholarship brings together a crossdisciplinary cohort of UW graduate students and faculty interested in public scholarship, campus-community partnerships, community-engaged research, digital and multimedia publication, and profession development for careers inside or outside of higher education.

Comparative Study of Race

Photo of a protest, two signs that read "From Ferguson to Palestine Occupation is a Crime" and "Ferguson and Palestine Stop Apartheid Now"

The Comparative Study of Race graduate research cluster connects students across the fields of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies

Creating Survivance: Art and Indigenous Wellness

“’That night they dreamt of unknown landscapes,’ (comes again),” Micheal Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota)

Symposia and artist talks: February 14-15, 2019, University of Washington, Bothell

Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2018 Attendees

For the seventh year, the Simpson Center co-sponsors the University of Victoria’s renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).

Disability Studies

Black and white photo from a protest. Protesters in wheelchairs, holding signs saying "We shall overcome" and "Access is a civil right"

Disability Studies is a growing field that approaches disability from a social justice perspective. It pushes back against a dominant narrative that disability is a condition to be cured or minimized through medical, technical, or other intervention.

Disability Studies

Black and white photo from a protest. Protesters in wheelchairs, holding signs saying "We shall overcome" and "Access is a civil right"

Disability Studies is a growing field that approaches disability from a social justice perspective.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Studies

Writing desk from 2017 JaneFest celebration at the UW

The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century graduate research cluster brings together graduate students from English, Art History, Comparative Literature, French & Italian, Germanics, and other departments who research aspects of global middle moder

Exploring the Fault Lines in Disability Studies

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" poster with groups of people in wheelchairs

Disability Studies sits at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, health sciences, and the professions by critiquing past and present societal responses towards people with disabilities and promoting the full inclusion of persons wit

Fall 2018

Fall 2018 HUM courses

Gender and Sexuality

We are a diverse group with a common goal: to create supportive intellectual community that encourages a variety of rigorous work related to the topics of gender and sexuality.

Genomics Salon

Scroll, inkpot, and quill

The Genomics Salon graduate research cluster provides an informal forum for discussing subjects of general intellectual interest related to genomics and, more broadly, modern biology, in the spirit of Enlightenment-era French salons.

Graduate Certificate in American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Canoe families request permission to come ashore to the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe during the 2018 Power Paddle to Puyallup Canoe Journey.

The University of Washington Seattle is one of the premier institutions of higher education in the United States for research, teaching, and service in the field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

HUM Courses

The Simpson Center offers courses at the graduate level that reflect its commitments to crossdisciplinary research, digital humanities, and public scholarship.

 

Humanities Career Exploration Course

Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr Mr. Nixter

It is, or should be, common knowledge that there are very few tenure-track faculty positions available in the humanities these days.

Indigenous Studies

Picture of a Graffiti Indigenous Studies Mural

This is an interdisciplinary group of graduate students interested in or pursuing work in Indigenous Studies with the goal of staying on top of the most recent American Indian and Indigenous studies scholarship as part of our professional developm

Inter-Asian Historiophoty

Collage of photos taken at Shanghai Film Museum, Korea Film Archive, and Tokyo film Center, courtesy of Belinda He and Ungsan Kim.

The Inter-Asian Historiophoty graduate research cluster gathers diverse graduate students from different departments and academic programs to explore the historiophoty of Asia together.

Interdisciplinary Freshwater Exploration Series on Dams

Diablo Dam in Ross Lake National Recreation Area of Washington, courtesy David Fulmer/Creative Commons

Dams in the Pacific Northwest provide valuable services such as hydropower generation, flood control, and water storage, which have been integral to the region’s social and economic development.

Mellon Fellows for Reaching New Publics in the Humanities

Students talk in classroom with graduate student

Mellon Fellows for Reaching New Publics in the Humanities are University of Washington graduate students who join 

Mellon Summer Fellows for New Graduate Seminars in the Humanities

Mellon Summer Fellowships for New Graduate Seminars in the Humanities support the development of new courses by UW faculty for doctoral students wh

Mellon Summer Fellows for Public Projects in the Humanities

Summer Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities support graduate-student research projects that collaborate with or otherwise meaningfully

Multi-Disciplinary Translation Studies

Despite surging interest in the field of translation studies over the last decade, no coordinated program currently exists for UW translators or translation scholars.

Pedagogies of Reciprocity: The Politics of International Education

Study-abroad students in Mozambique via US State Department.

In 1968, Ivan Illich famously told US students in Mexico that their “good intentions” would help no one.

Prison Education Collaboration

Wall Poster with text End Public School to Prison Pipeline

This community engaged collaboration is part of a longer-term project gathering teachers from across campuses and prisons to create a model for inside-outside collaboration.

Rethinking the Global Turn

Cave painting of animals

In 2018-2019, the Division of Art History hosts a series of lectures and workshops, Rethinking the Global Turn: Oceanic, Geological, and Digital Art Histories, to address the needs of our doctoral and master’s students, organized in conju

Society of Scholars

The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another's work. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their current research. It is composed of faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Texts and Teachers

High school classroom, two students raising their hands and smiling

Texts and Teachers is a curriculum-development program and university/high school collaboration that has been operating since 2000.

The Anthropocene

B-Reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

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

Jordanna Bailkin

Bailkin
Unsettled: Citizens, Migrants, and Refugees in British History
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Jordanna Bailkin delivers a Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. Bailkin is UW Professor of History, Jere L.

Whitney Davis

Whitney Davis
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Whitney Davis is the George C. and Helen N.

Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 120

Nancy Fraser is the Henry and Louise A. Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research.

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