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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

Afternoon

  • College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences Open House, including tours of a research vessel and family-friendly exhibits and demonstrations.
  • Business School: Full Time MBA Information Session.
  • Evening

  • “Diversity Through the Eyes of Dr. Samuel Kelley,” a lecture by History Professor Quintard Taylor, Ethnic Cultural Center. Reception honoring Kelley follows. Presented by the Office of Minority Affairs.
  • “A Patriot’s History of the United States” lecture and book signing with UWT Professor Mike Allen, 6 p.m. Carwein Auditorium UW Tacoma.
  • “Oceanic Toxins,” the second lecture in the Science Forum Series, presented by Oceanography Professor E.Virginia Armbrust, recent recipient of a $4 million Moore Foundation research grant. 7 p.m. Kane 130.
  • UW World Series, “Danza Floricanto/USA” dance troupe performance, 8 p.m., Meany Theater. Mention “Washington Weekend” for a $3 discount.Mexican Folk Dance Troupe Danza Floricanto/USA.
  • “Last Lecture,” 7 p.m., Kane Hall. Graduating seniors will be polled online to select their favorite UW lecturer, who will then have the challenge of delivering a talk as if this were the last lecture of his or her career.
  • Germanics Lecture, 7 p.m., Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave.

Friday, April 22

Morning

  • Engineering Open House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Loew Hall and other locations.
  • College Bowl National Championship, all day, HUB.
  • Afternoon

  • College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences Open House, including tours of a research vessel and family-friendly exhibits and demonstrations.
  • Evans School of Public Affairs Alumni Seminars. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m, Parrington Hall.
  • College of Architecture and Urban Planning Open House. 1-5 p.m. Gould and Architecture Halls.
  • Health Sciences/UW Medicine Open House featuring tours, patient simulators and virtual reality medical presentations. 2-7 p.m. Health Science Ctr.
  • Arts Open House, a collaboration of Art, Dance, Drama, DXArts, Music, Henry Art Gallery, 2-7 p.m.
  • Center for Urban Horticulture Tours of the new Merrill Hall, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Department of Communication Students’ Open House. 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Evening

  • Class of 1955 50-Year Reunion, 5:30 p.m., UW Club. President Emmert keynotes.
  • “A Conversation With Charles Johnson,” a reading and book signing with English Professor and National Book Award winner Charles Johnson, 7 p.m., University Bookstore Reading Room.
  • UW World Series, “Danza Floricanto/USA” dance troupe performance, 8 p.m., Meany Theater.
  • “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” 7:30 p.m., Playhouse Theatre, a play adapted from the novel by Salman Rushdie.

Saturday, April 23

Morning

  • UW Celebrity Pancake Breakfast, 10 a.m. Seattle Campus.
  • Engineering Open House, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Loew Hall and others.Engineering Open House. Photo by Kathy Sauber.
  • Professor Alan Wood asks “Can Democrats and Republicans Find Perfect Happiness?” at the UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award Lecture and Luncheon, 10 a.m., UW Bothell.
  • Center for Urban Horticulture Tours of the new Merrill Hall, 10 a.m.
  • College Bowl National Championship, Saturday and Sunday, HUB.
  • College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences Open House, including tours of a research vessel and family-friendly exhibits and demonstrations.
  • Suzzallo/Allen Libraries Tours. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Afternoon

  • Spring Fling athletic competitions including the spring Husky football scrimmage and UW crew races vs. California.
  • Spring Football Game, 12:30 p.m., Husky Stadium.
  • Evening

  • “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” 7:30 p.m., Playhouse Theatre, a play adapted from the novel by Salman Rushdie.