Regional Relations

Art by homeless young people at Molly’s Cafe

“Music is My Life,” a show of drawings and stories by homeless young people now on display at Molly’s Cafe at the Henry Art Gallery, was curated by Jill Woelfer, an award-winning PhD Candidate in Information Science who is studying the emotional impact of music on teens who live on the streets.  

138th Commencement on Saturday

On June 15, an estimated 4,500 – 5,000 graduates surrounded by 40,000 cheering family members and friends will take to CenturyLink Field ( just south of downtown Seattle) for Commencement. Regional & Community Relations extends congratulations to the Class of 2013 and also reminds those driving through the area to  please plan for heavy traffic

Free event with UW scientists on Saturday

This Saturday, June 8, don’t miss the chance to engage with UW scientists from across many different fields at Science EXPO Day, the largest celebration of science in the Pacific Northwest. This free one-day event at Seattle Center includes 150 booths plus activities, demonstrations, and performances “designed to make science accessible and fun.”

Free SIFF African cinema events Wednesday

Learn about the history and socio-political context of African cinema at the African Cinema Brownbag and film screening staring at noon on Wednesday, June 5. Sponsored by the UW African Studies Program and the Seattle Film Festival (SIFF), which is spotlighting African cinema this year. RSVPs are encouraged but not required to: Open to the

Iraq War topic of Sociology annual lecture

The UW Department of Sociology presents the Stice Memorial Lecture on June 4, “Iraq and the Crimes of Pre-Emptive War”.  Free and open to the public but advance reservations required.

Observatory program for the sight-impaired

Anyone who is blind, partially-sighted or who works with the sight impaired is invited to “Evolution of the Sun for the Sight Impaired”, a special program at the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory on June 5 from 7:00  – 8:30 pm. To RSVP, or for more information, please email

New exhibits by the next generation of artists

A one-night exhibit of work by UW Interdisciplinary Visual Arts students, part of the University District Alley Art Party, will be held in the alley between The Ave/15th and 42nd/43rd on Wednesday, May 29, from 5-8pm. The annual exhibit of curated work by UW Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design students is on display

UW to provide more free on-line courses

The University of Washington announced a new partnership with edX, the Massive Open Online Course provider from Harvard/MIT. These new UW online courses, under the name UWashingtonX, will be free and open to the public.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

As part of a long list of public outreach activities and links, the UW Astronomy Department posts a different image or photograph of the universe on their website every day, accompanied by a brief explanation.

Guest Op-Ed aligns education and community

In today’s Seattle Times, two UW College of Education leaders make the case for more focused community action to close the education achievement gap in poverty-impacted schools.

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