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Now Urbanism

Now Urbanism

Now Urbanism, a 2010-2012 John E. Sawyer Seminar in the Study of Comparative Cultures, sought to connect and critically assess the diverse territories of sustainability theory and practice evidenced in multidisciplinary urban scholarship, activism, and policy.

2010-2011 Co-Sponsored Events

Every year the Simpson Center co-sponsors dozens of interdepartmental speaker events and conferences with small discretionary grants. Co-sponsorships are limited to $500 and do not require Executive Board review.  The Simpson Center also co-sponsors events that feature UW faculty and graduate students as speakers or facilitators in community venues. Learn more about how to apply.

The following lists of recent events provides an overview of the diverse events supported by co-sponsorship funds.

 

Herbert Blau

As If: An Autobiography
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 4:00pm
Communications 202

As If: An Autobiography, Volume 1. Herbert Blau co-founded The Actor’s Workshop, co-directed the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, was artistic director of the experimental group KRAKEN, and is credited with introducing American audiences to major playwrights of the European avant-garde. Author of many influential books, he is currently Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities at the University of Washington.

Diana Taylor

Taking to the Streets: Arts and Activism in the Americas
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 220

Doris Sommer

Ripple Effects: The Work of Art in the World
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 220

Doris Sommer is Ira Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Linda Bierds

Second Hand: A Poet’s Journey Toward Science
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 110

Interested in the intersections of art, history, and science, Linda Bierds’ poems feature rich portraits of historical figures beyond their great achievements.
 

Public Scholarship Archive

  • The Institute on the Public Humanities for Doctoral Students (2003-2008) offered graduate fellows an intensive week-long expl

HASTAC Scholars

HASTAC Scholars Initiative

The Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer for shaping how people learn, teach, communicate, and organize local and global communities.

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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.

PhD

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

Postcolonial Animal Studies: Redefining What Lives Matter (Video)

María Elena García leads a research cluster reconsidering our relationships with non-human lives, following a conviction that violence toward any life is violence toward all.

Ethnographic Aesthetics: Image, Sound, Word

Birds flying above ocean

Ethnographic Aesthetics is a speaker series featuring innovators whose work in poetry, sound, and film expands the practice of ethnography through humanistic, sensory forms of knowing.

Mediating Difference: Sights and Sounds

Difference is a term that late twentieth and early twenty-first century scholars of race, gender, and sexuality have claimed and yet left largely un-theorized.

Performance Studies Research Group

The Performance Studies Research Group draws together scholars from various disciplines to discuss foundational and new work in the field of performance studies.

Histories and Futures of Publication

Histories and Futures of Publication is an interdisciplinary lecture and colloquium series in manuscript, print, and digital cultures.

Troubling Translations

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Our research cluster pursues the questioning of translation as a way of enlarging our understanding of the humanities and the social sciences.

Feminism and Classics

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Feminism and Classics is a conference exploring the multiple interconnections among the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and the study of feminism, women, and gender.

Medieval Studies

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The Medieval Studies Graduate Interest Group fosters collaboration between disciplines on topics concerning the Middle Ages by bringing together medieval scholars from diverse departments on campus and the community.

Producing a Worthy Illness

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For Americans experiencing chronic and acute illnesses, fundraising through crowdsourcing websites has become a popular method to pay for the extraordinary costs of health care and medication. This project studies these new forms of self-representation from the perspectives of public health, medical anthropology, and media and communication studies.

International Piers Plowman Society Conference

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The International Piers Plowman Society meets to foster critical study of the poem(s) Piers Plowman, a fourteenth-century alliterative narrative told in a series of dream visions.

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2016 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways. Meet the 2016 Fellows.

2016-2017 Society of Scholars

The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse ranks and disciplines who contribute to and learn from one another's work. Meet the 2016-17 Scholars.

African Media and Materialities

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The African Media and Materialities graduate research cluster focuses on media and materialities to bring together several strands of thought and research.

Axiomatic: The Creative Process in Art and Mathematics

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Mathematics and art may appear to be diametrically opposite in both process and purpose: mathematics seeks truth while art seeks beauty. Yet mathematics, intellectually elegant and precise, is also beautiful.

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

Environmental Humanities

Photo of Mount Rainier; a field of grass and blue flowers with mountain tops in distance

What role can the humanities play in pursuing environmental safety and justice? How can they inform scientific inquiry?

Fall 2016

Fall 2016 HUM courses.

Humanistic Perspectives on Global Health Partnerships

Outside of Infectious Diseases Institute, logo with words "celebration of partnership" inside yellow and green circle

Over the past fifteen years, “partnership” has become a core value in the field of global health, signaling a rejection of older, more paternalistic modes of Western health interventions in Africa.

Mellon Fellows

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

Mellon Fellows for Reaching New Publics in the Humanities

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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 in the humanities for do

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

Migration and the Spaces of Sanctuary

A young man walking past graffiti-ed wall that reads "justice" and "no wall/border"

More than 60 million people were forced from their homes in 2015, according to United Nations estimates. This represents the worst year for forced movement since World War II.

Moving Images

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The Moving Images graduate research cluster brings together students from a variety of departments focused on the study of moving images, including narrative and documentary film as well as television and new media.

Next Generation Humanities PhD - English

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This Next Generation Humanities PhD project brings together faculty and graduate students to rethink doctoral work in light of changes in higher education.

Palestine and the Public Sphere

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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 US academic and public

Performance Studies

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The Performance Studies Research Group draws together scholars from various disciplines to discuss foundational and new work in the field of performance studies.

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.

Textual & Digital Studies Graduate Certificate

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Textual studies encompasses a broad set of disciplinary practices and fields whose central concern is the production, circulation, and reception of texts in material form.

The Anthropocene

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

Where the House Was

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Where the House Was is a documentary film about literature, place, and community.

Writing Across Difference

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This research cluster draws together scholars from the English Department writing programs, the Odegaard Writing & Research Center, Human Centered Design & Engineering, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and other programs to facilita

Writing Difference and Equity

The Writing Difference and Equity graduate research cluster supports graduate students across the humanities in developing productive and sustainable writing habits, in addressing the major barriers that PhD students face during the disse

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.

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.

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.