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2013-14 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 list of recent events provides an overview of the diverse events supported by co-sponsorship funds.

Fall 2014

HUM 595A

Public Scholarship in a Post-Affirmative Action Era

2 credits, C/NC

Rainer Forst

Rainer Fprst
Toleration and Democracy
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 210

Recent acts of violence have given greater urgency to questions about religious and racial intolerance.

Anne Balsamo

Anne Balsamo
Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work in the Creation of Cultural Heritage
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 210

Anne Balsamo (Media Studies, The New School) is a scholar and media-maker whose work explores the connections between culture, art

Thomas Lockwood

Lockwood
Is Eating Babies Really So Terrible? The Dark Genius of Jonathan Swift
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 210

2014-2015 Society of Scholars

Julia Herschensohn

Language Development and Age book cover
Language Development and Age (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 4:00pm
Communications 202

Reception to follow.

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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.

Memory Construction and Emotion in India, Past and Present

Watercolor of figures in royal court with text

This symposium examines how Hindu, Muslim, and Jain cultural self-understandings were shaped in India’s past and how that relates to the present.

Algorithms Before Computers: Patterns, Recipes, and Rules

The celebrated historian of science, 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 speaks on "Algorithms Before Computers: Patterns, Recipes, and Rules."

Michelle Habell-Pallán Awarded Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public

Michelle Habell-Pallán

The award recognizes community-building projects like Women Who Rock and American Sabor that create new forms of scholarship.

Reiko Yamanaka Visits Simpson Center as Visiting Scholar

Reiko YamanakaReiko Yamanaka, Professor and Director of the Noh Theatre Research Institute of Hosei University in Tokyo, joins the Simpson Center as a visiting scholar in April and May 2017. Reiko is an accomplished scholar of noh drama and performance and the recipient of several grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Bachman Creates Suzzallo Library Exhibit on ‘Bollywood and Bolsheviks’

Doctoral student Jessica Bachman (History) has created a new exhibit based on her work as a Mellon Summer Fellow for Public Projects in the Humanities.

DNA, Race, and Reparations

The Columbia sociologist and author of celebrated books on race, genetics, history, and medicine maps the rise of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Presented at the UW as a Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities on March 8, 2017

Global Indigeneities Institute Leads to NSF and Post-Doc Fellowships

Two participants in last year’s Summer Institute in Global Indigeneities (SIGI) have landed prestigious fellowships that they credit, in part, to the inaugural institute at the UW.

Exploring Global Health ‘Partnerships’

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A uniquely collaborative research team unpacks a widely used but rarely scrutinized term in global health.

Whiting Public Engagement Fellowships

Submission/Application Deadline: 
Mon, 05/08/2017 - 18:00

The University of Washington has been invited to nominate up to two humanities professors for the next cycle of the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship. These $50,000 awards “celebrate and empower faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation.” Full guidelines and a link to the application portal for nominees is available on Dropbox. The guidelines also include links to prior Fellows’ project descriptions.

Khullar Wins Asian Studies Award for Book on Indian Art and Identity

Sonal Khullar (Art History) was recently awarded the Cohn Prize for a first book in South Asian Studies for her book Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990.

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2017 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways. Meet the 2017 Fellows.

2017-2018 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 2017-18 Scholars.

Affiliated Faculty

The Certificate in Public Scholarship features a crossdisciplinary and cross-campus faculty advising network that supports student project and port

Black Embodiments Studio

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The Black Embodiments Studio is a writing incubator and public lecture series that examines how definitions of blackness are produced and expressed through visual, aural, and affective realms—engaging three domains that underwrite the physical and metaphysical dimensions of inhabiting black skin.

Capitalism and Comparative Racialization

Female African American leaning on a stick placed in water. Hanging tapestries behind her.

This year-long program of lectures and discussion groups brings scholars together from across the University of Washington to explore the relationship between race and capitalism in the modern world.

Certificate in Public Scholarship

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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

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The Comparative Study of Race graduate research cluster connects students across diverse fields to advance the critical and comparative study of race at the UW and other institutions.

Current Electives

Current elective for the Certificate in Public Scholarship

Disability Studies

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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.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century

Drawings of Victorian fashion trends throughout the 1800s

The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century graduate research cluster brings together graduate students from English, Art History, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, French & Italian Studies, and other departments who research various aspects of the global middle-modernity period.

Fall 2017

Fall 2017 HUM courses.

Gender and Sexuality Studies

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

Genomics Salon

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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.

Historians at Work: Building Professional Networks

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Historians at Work: Building Professional Networks is an ongoing internship project that encourages graduate students in the Department of History to explore alternative career routes with partner institutions.

Improvisational Crossings: Social Dance as Interdisciplinary Intervention

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This two-day colloquium, open to the public, examines dances of togetherness, or “together dancing,” asking how connections and divisions between people and groups can work as both lens and method for engaging interdisciplinary inquiry.

Interdisciplinary and Transnational Feminist Approaches to 'the Private'

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Together we are interested in exploring a feminist, cross-disciplinary study of the concept of privacy through the lens of intersectionality.

International Comic Arts Forum

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The 2017 International Comic Arts Forum highlights the latest research in the study of comic art through three days of dual-track academic panels, coupled with roundtable discussions, artist talks, and moderated presentations.

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

Memory Construction and Emotion in India, Past and Present

Watercolor of figures in royal court with text

This symposium examines how Hindu, Muslim, and Jain cultural self-understandings were shaped in India’s past and how that relates to the present.

Modernist Studies

Lithograph of soldiers marching

The Modernist Studies graduate research cluster brings together scholars from various departments and the community to discuss literary, visual, and historical texts related to the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century.

New Scholarly Practices, Broader Career Paths in Near & Middle Eastern Studies

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This project works to change the conversation in the Interdisciplinary Near & Middle Eastern Studies PhD Program about the role of public scholarship, digital humanities, and new media publications in building a career as a humanities scholar.

Poetics of Subaltern Life-Worlds: New Research, New Imaginaries of Informal Economies in Contemporary India

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This workshop brings together scholars engaged in research breaking new ground in how to think about the contours of informal economies in India and beyond.

Resource Sharing Across Departmental Modern-Language PhD Programs

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This Next Generation Humanities PhD program coordinates efforts across six modern-language departments to intelligently revamp their PhD programs on a scale that is appropriate for each, but from which all can benefit.

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.

Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities

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Graduate students and faculty from across universities gather to focus on the intellectual and institutional challenges of articulating indigenous studies.

Texts and Teachers

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Texts and Teachers is a curriculum-development program and university/high school collaboration offering dual-credit linked classes to more than 400 high school students

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.

The Past, Present, and Future of US Global Health Partnerships in Africa

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

Visualizations and Dialogues in Art and Biophysics

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Rebecca Cummins (Art) and Linda Wordeman (Physiology & Biophysics) embark on a transdisciplinary dialogue related to the intersections of art and biophysics. In Wordeman’s lab, microscopic techniques result in quantitative live imaging utilize

Women Who Rock

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Women Who Rock examines the politics of performance, social identity, and material access in music scenes, cultures, and industries.

Writing Across Difference

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With a dual focus on developing scholarship and teaching resources, the group explores ways that power and difference (linguistic, cultural, disciplinary, and otherwise) are at work in writing and other forms of communication.

Robin D.G. Kelley

Robin Kelley
What Is Racial Capitalism and Why Does It Matter?
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Robin D.G. Kelley discusses the genesis of the concept of racial capitalism and the important contributions that scholar Cedric Robinson made to understanding race and the making of the global capitalist order over the course of the last 700 years.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 120

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people.

Brian Reed

Brian Reed
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Brian Reed is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Washington. He is a specialist in twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry and poetics and the author of three books.

Charles W. Mills

Charles Mills
Race and Capitalism
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Charles W. Mills speaks on race and capitalism as part of “Capitalism and Comparative Racialization,” a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures.

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