March 2005 -

Washington Weekend: The Best of Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell on View in April

The UW is blowing its doors wide open on Washington Weekend, April 21-23, a first-ever three-day festival of simultaneous events happening on the Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell campuses designed to draw the UW community together with the general public, through talks, tours, culture, games and entertainment. Many of the events are free; all are open to the public.

One highlight will be the “Last Lecture,” where a popular professor chosen by graduating seniors will answer the intriguing question, “What would you say if this were your last lecture?” This unique event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Kane Hall.

“The alumni association wants to make the University very accessible,” says John Buller, ’69, ’71, executive director of the UW Alumni Association. “It’s about having an all-campus celebration whether you were in the band, a fraternity, the arts or other departments.”

The extravaganza begins Thursday, April 21, with evening highlights that include a Meany Theater performance by Mexican folk dance troupe Danza Floricanto/USA, and a discussion of the art, history, politics, literature and culture of Germany at the Frye Art Museum paired with a selection of works from the museum’s collection.

Womens's Crew. Photos courtesy of UW Sports Media Relations.

Womens's Crew. Photos courtesy of UW Sports Media Relations.

Kids K-12, college students and anyone else with a technical bent will enjoy the College of Engineering Open House, featuring more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Other departments holding open houses include architecture and urban planning, public affairs, music, dance, drama, art and the students of UWTV in Kane Hall.

On Friday, April 22, enjoy “A Conversation With Charles Johnson,” a reading and book signing with English Professor and National Book Award winner Charles Johnson, whose works include Middle Passage, Dreamer and Soul Catcher.

For sports fans, Saturday, April 23, brings Spring Fling, which includes the Husky football spring game at Husky Stadium and crew competition against California. Flexing their mental muscles, 16 regional teams duke it out at the College Bowl National Championship Tournament, an academic contest that extends through Sunday in the HUB.

Thursday, April 21


Friday, April 22


Saturday, April 23