The Best of UW on View in Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma

Clear your calendar for the weekend of April 24–26, because we want to fill it up for you. Washington Weekend, the UW’s annual extravaganza of open houses, tours, lectures, performances and fun activities for the whole family, is returning to all three UW campuses. From art to zoology, every facet of the University will be sparkling in the spotlight. Here’s a tiny sampling of the more than 70 enlightening, exhilarating and eclectic events on tap. For complete details, visit the Washington Weekend web site.


The Muse and the Manuscript, April 26, Seattle Campus
Do you have a desk-drawer novel lying around, or a memoir you’d love to write? Do you just wonder how authors do it? Come hear four Department of Communication alumnae with major publications under their belts, including National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti, ’85, talk about creativity, inspiration and how to face the blank page.

Cyber Defense Competition: Geeks Under Attack! April 26, Microsoft Campus

It may not be the most reassuring thought, but in an increasingly virtual world, geeks are often our first line of defense. In this digital war game, teams of UW iSchool students will protect the network of a fictitious company against attacks by ruthless hackers (actually faculty and information professionals from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point). Commentators from the UW’s Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity will give spectators a play-by-play account of what’s happening.

Making Decisions: Life, Death, and Dignity, April 26, Seattle Campus

The It’s My Decision initiative would allow mentally competent, terminally ill adults in Washington state with six months or less to live the legal option of taking life-ending medication. Join the Evans School of Public Affairs for a conversation among opponents and proponents, including former Washington Governor Booth Gardner, who calls the fight for this initiative his “last campaign.”


Astronomy Open House, April 26, Seattle Campus
Tour the UW Campus Observatory and learn about the latest developments in the department—including the asteroids recently discovered by UW undergrads.

Explore the Living Oceans! April 26, Seattle Campus
Tour the research vessel Thomas G. Thompson and the UW salmon hatchery at the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences annual open house. There will be cutting-edge underwater research technology on display and plenty of activities for kids.


Burke Museum Plateau Native Arts Celebration, April 26, Seattle Campus

In this daylong celebration, artists will demonstrate traditional Native crafts from the Columbia Plateau region, such as beadwork, cornhusk weaving and saddle making, and storytellers from the Yakama Nation will share legends of their culture.

Dance Program Open House, April 25, Seattle Campus
Visit the spacious studios of the UW Dance Program and observe technique classes in ballet or modern dance.


“Who Gets the Last Word?” April 24, Seattle Campus
Every year, UW seniors pick a favorite professor to give a prestigious “last lecture.” Because it’s essentially a popularity contest, this annual rite has spawned a second, less formal tradition— the speaker tends to be hilarious. Last year’s “Last Word,” by Biology Senior Lecturer Mary Pat Wenderoth, was a PowerPoint presentation that included photos of a plastic skeleton visiting various offices around campus and a list of the  “Top 10 ways to tell if you are a bio major” (No. 3: “You give Valentine’s card with picture of anatomically correct heart”). The lecture is open to the public.

Class of 1958 50-Year Reunion, April 26, Seattle Campus

This dinner event is an opportunity for the newest class of “golden grads” to reminisce about the UW of a half-century ago, and to admire the UW of today. President Emmert will share in the celebration and accept the Class of ’58 gift—the first endowment fund ever created at the University of Washington by an undergraduate class. To date, more that $95,000 has been raised for the fund.