Lectures

Summer 2020 Update

Wow! What a year to be in the business of hosting public events! You may be asking yourselves: “How on earth is the Office of Public Lectures supposed to host lectures?” Never fear! With a little creativity, a tremendous amount of technology and a group of talented, committed people, we will ensure “the show must go on!” Read below for the full calendar of events. Registration for winter quarter will open on Wednesday, November 18. Spring quarter event registration will open in 2021. 

The Jews of Ottoman Izmir: Dina Danon in Conversation with Devin E. Naar

May 5, 2021 5:00 pm

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This talk will underscore how it was new attitudes to poverty and social class that most significantly framed this Sepharadi community’s encounter with the modern age.

Biden Faces the World: American Foreign Policy in a post Trump era

May 6, 2021 5:30 pm

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To what extent will the recent change in administrations impact U.S. involvement on the world stage?

Coexisting with COVID-19: The End?

May 6, 2021 6:30 pm

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As the 20-21 academic year comes to a close, we ask our experts: is the end of the COVID-19 crisis also in sight?

Sports & Civil Rights History Panel

May 12, 2021 12:00 pm

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This panel will take a deep dive into the history of sports and civil rights, featuring perspectives from historians, a writer, and sports figures Dawn Trudeau and Braden Bishop.

COVID vaccines & variants — What you need to know to help end the pandemic

May 12, 2021 6:00 pm

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Over the past year, Vin Gupta, M.D., has become a familiar face as a COVID-19 medical contributor for MSNBC and NBC News, and he will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Next Generation Medicine webinar, presented by the UW School of Medicine – Gonzaga University Health Partnership. In this webinar, he will share the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccines and their effectiveness against the virus variants first found in the U.K., South Africa and Brazil, and what we can do to help bring an end to the pandemic in our own communities. Dr. Gupta will help dispel myths, provide facts and address your concerns in a Q&A session.

How Emerging Technology is Changing International Security

May 13, 2021 9:30 am

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A panel discussion with Sarah Lohmann, Acting Assistant Professor of International Studies, Vytautas Butrimas and Kristina Libby.

Gender in the European Parliament

May 13, 2021 12:00 pm

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Join us in conversation with Petra Ahrens, Senior Researcher at Tampere University (Finland), for a discussion on gender in the European Parliament.

How Emerging Technology is Changing International Security

May 13, 2021 9:30 am

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Panel discussion.

A new Measure: the Revolutionary Quantum Reform of the Metric System

May 18, 2021 6:00 pm

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In 2019, the metrology community adopted revolutionary changes to the International System of Units. This talk will explain why we needed such a reform and how we achieved it.

Stephanie M.H. Camp Lecture: Tiya Miles (Harvard)

May 19, 2021 3:30 pm

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Tiya Miles, Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will deliver the Camp lecture. Photo by Detroit Free Press.

Pride amid Prejudice: The Impact of the First Pride in Sarajevo

May 20, 2021 12:00 pm

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Phillip M. Ayoub, Associate Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, will present.

Women in the World of Murakami’ with Gitte Marianne Hansen, Newcastle University

May 20, 2021 12:00 pm

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Dr. Hansen will female character development that mirrors women’s shifting position and paradoxical empowerment in contemporary Japanese society and feminist thought.

Mabel O. Wilson: A Black Study – Theory & Practice

May 20, 2021 5:30 pm

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Lecture/Q+A by Mabel O. Wilson on her transdisciplinary practice studio & will ask: can the practice of history/design become a “Black study”?

Pride amid Prejudice: The Impact of the First Pride in Sarajevo

May 20, 2021 12:00 pm

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This lecture is part of the EU Democracy Forum, a 4-part lecture series addressing actors, institutions, and policies in the European Union and its neighborhood.

Grappling with Risk, Reimagining Hope

May 25, 2021 4:00 pm

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Julia Watts Belser argues that Jewish stories about the destruction of Jerusalem can be a powerful companion for thinking about climate disruption and the contemporary pandemic.

ICYMI: Medication Updates for 2021

May 26, 2021 4:30 pm

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Do you ever wonder how the latest news headlines about medications relate to your own health? Join the UW School of Pharmacy as we present three “hot off the press” topics.

Just Sustainabilities in a Post-Pandemic World

May 27, 2021 9:00 am

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The 2021 PhD Symposium, "Just Sustainabilities in a Post-Pandemic World”, features sessions that range from Just Landscapes, Just Transportation, Just Communities, to Just Systems.

The Afterlives of Noah’s Ark – Gender, Disability & the Politics of Survival

May 27, 2021 4:00 pm

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This talk asks us to take a hard look at whose lives are deemed worth saving, and whose bodies are able to find shelter from the storm.

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