Lectures Archive


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & The Teachings of Plants

May 11, 2023 7:30 pm

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Through personal experiences and stories shared by Robin Wall Kimmerer, we are invited to consider what we might learn if we understood plants as our teachers, from both a scientific and an indigenous perspective. Registration opens March 13, 2023.

May Day: Women and Equality

May 1, 2023 6:30 pm

As a leading voice in the women’s movement, Ai-Jen Poo will talk about the status of today's labor movement and its impact on women. Registration opens March 13, 2023.
Kent Monkman

Miss Chief in the Museum

April 19, 2023 7:30 pm

History is subjective. The dominant version of history upheld in museums on this continent is told from the perspective of the colonial settler cultures who projected their values and ideals onto the Indigenous people and landscape of North America. Cree artist Kent Monkman discusses his interventions in museums that have taken form as commissioned paintings, curated exhibitions, videos, and site specific performances. Monkman will also discuss his 2019 commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - a diptych of two monumental history paintings for the Great Hall and the creation of a new performance piece. Registration opens March 13, 2022.

Caste: Exposing America’s Invisible Scaffolding

March 3, 2023 6:30 pm

Isabel Wilkerson captivates audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention. A Pulitzer Prize winner and profound storyteller, she will be discussing how Americans can move beyond destructive separations of human divisions and towards hope as a humanity. Registration opens December 13, 2022.

An Evening with Questlove -Sold Out

February 25, 2023 6:00 pm

Questlove, six-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician, Producer, New York Times Bestselling Author, and Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker, will visit the UW Seattle campus and engage in a moderated conversation with Seattle Central College professor, writer, and historian Daudi Abe. Registration re-opens on February 9, 2023 at 8 am PT. Standby Policy If an event is sold out, as a courtesy, the Graduate School will offer standby seating. Any remaining unclaimed seats within 15 minutes of lecture start time will be offered to our guests in the standby line on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note there is no guarantee of admission to the public lecture for those in the standby line.

An Evening with Chuck D

February 9, 2023 7:30 pm

Join us for an exciting evening with the co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy. In an interview with Seattle Central College professor, writer, and historian Daudi Abe, Chuck D will discuss culture, race, gender, communication and, of course, hip-hop. Registration opens December 13, 2022.

Democracy and the 2022 Midterm Elections, Part II

January 18, 2023 6:30 pm

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Join UW Professor Jacob Grumbach for the second and final lecture on the 2022 midterm elections. In this talk, he will address the election results as well as ways we can protect and improve American democracy through reforming the Constitution, updating election laws, and revitalizing the labor movement. Registration opens December 13, 2022.
Ruha Benjamin

Viral Justice: How We Grow The World We Want

January 10, 2023 7:30 pm

In this talk, Ruha Benjamin introduces a microvision of change -- a way of looking at the everyday ways people are working to combat unjust systems and build alternatives to the oppressive status quo. Born of a stubborn hopefulness and grounded in social analysis, she offers a pragmatic and poetic approach to fostering a more just and joyful world. Registration opens December 13, 2022.

Minor Feelings: Reflections on America’s Racial Consciousness

December 1, 2022 7:30 pm

Join award-winning poet and author, Cathy Park Hong who will bring her words to life as she shares personal anecdotes of her life as an Asian American. She will expands on the ideas from her book to incorporate the historical and cultural context of what it means to be a racialized other.

Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

November 16, 2022 7:30 pm

In this performance, Canadian rapper and former tree-planter Baba Brinkman will break down the science, politics, and economics of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the global energy economy. To paraphrase the Notorious BIG: “Mo’ carbon, mo’ problems.”

Democracy and the 2022 Midterm Elections, Part I

November 2, 2022 6:30 pm

Jake Grumbach is an associate professor of political science at the University of Washington who focuses on political economy of U.S. Democracy. In the first of a two- part series, he will discuss the current crisis in American democracy and how national conflicts of race, labor, and democracy are playing out in state governments.

An Evening with Saidiya Hartman

October 26, 2022 6:30 pm

Spend an with evening with scholar of African American literature, Saidiya Hartman, whose. works explore the afterlife of slavery in modern American society. Through her meticulous research and narratives, she bears witness to lives, traumas, and fleeting moments of beauty that historical archives have omitted or obscured.

Reckoning with Race: Fluidity, Invention, and Reality

October 18, 2022 7:30 pm

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The notion that race is a social construct, rather than an objective physical reality, is widely accepted - except in areas that include biomedical research, debates about transracial identities, and sports. In this talk, Ann Morning will dissect the reasons we hold firmly to the 18th-century understanding of race in these domains.

An Evening with Masha Gessen

April 28, 2022 7:30 pm

Join the Office of Public Lectures for an evening with National Book Award winner, bestselling author, and journalist Masha Gessen (they/them). This lecture will be presented in-person, with a livestream option.

Public Lecture with Jordan Marie Daniel and Rosalie Fish: Running for The Future

March 30, 2022 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening with leaders of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women's Movement, Indigenous athletes and activists Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel (she/they, Lakota) and Rosalie Fish (she/her, Cowlitz and Muckleshoot). This lecture will be presented in-person, with a livestream option.

Braiding Kinship and Time: Indigenous Approaches to Environmental Justice

March 7, 2022 6:30 pm

Join us for a discussion about climate change as viewed through an Indigenous advocacy lens.
Beth Richie

Black Feminist Abolition Reflections on Anti-violence Activism

February 23, 2022 6:30 pm

This presentation will make the case for Abolition in response to the problem of gender violence from the perspective of Black feminist theory and praxis. It will include a history of the anti-violence movement in the US, ethnographic data from a current research study and recommendations for non-carceral alternatives.

Amanda Cox – Visualizing Doubt

November 9, 2021 7:30 pm

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The New York Times election needle was a tool for following live election results. It may reach more people than anything else Amanda Cox, data editor of The New York Times, takes part in for the rest of her career. But that was almost four years ago. In this talk, Cox will share The New York Times’ latest work in communicating data and models to mass audiences. That work includes words, charts, and believing that uncertainty is a strength.

Maysoon Zayid – Survival of the Unfittest

October 26, 2021 6:30 pm

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Join comedian, disability advocate and author Maysoon Zayid for "Survival of the Unfittest." This one-hour talk will tackle everything from diversity to cats named Beyonce.

Fiamma Straneo – Ahoy! Glacier Ahead: An Oceanographer’s Journey to the Edge of the Ice

October 19, 2021 7:30 pm

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Collapsing ice shelves and increased calving (or breaking off) of large icebergs in Greenland and Antarctica are symptoms of rapidly changing ice sheets and rising seas. Oceanographer Dr. Fiamma Straneo shares how scientists are working at the edges of glaciers to understand why these changes are happening, and how this large, internationally collaborative research can improve climate models for sea level rise prediction.

Nyle DiMarco – Living Out Loud

October 12, 2021 6:30 pm

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Audiences are moved as Nyle discusses and demonstrates the value of non-verbal communication and embracing one’s true identity. As he shares firsthand experiences from his life and career, he piques curiosity among listeners as they gain a deeper understanding of the deaf community. In his powerfully emotive presentations, Nyle reveals his triumphs, challenges, fears and dreams, and encourages others to live their own lives authentically and define their own versions of success. Listeners walk away enlightened and empowered to discount societal pressures, embrace diversity and appreciate and harness personal strengths.

Coexisting with COVID-19: The End?

May 20, 2021 12:30 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?

Isra Hirsi – The Environment and Me

April 27, 2021 6:30 pm

17-year old activist Isra Hirsi details what environmental justice means for urban communities.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall – Say Her Name: The Urgency of Black Feminism Now

April 5, 2021 6:30 pm

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In this talk, Beverly Guy-Sheftall will reflect on reforms around systemic racism catalyzed by the Black Lives Matter movement, a queer Black feminist project, especially in light of how Black feminist work has shaped U.S. social justice movements, often without acknowledgement.

Global Perspectives on Restorative Justice & Race: Conversation with Fania Davis

February 24, 2021 5:30 pm

In this extraordinary moment of unrest and uncertainty, join us for a conversation with civil-rights activist Fania Davis as she makes the case for the importance of global engagement in the non-western world. This special discussion, moderated by Dr. Anu Taranath, will examine how restorative justice, equity and indigeneity can offer a path forward in healing and unifying our nation.

A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

February 16, 2021 6:00 pm

An evening with New York Times #1 bestselling author, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Moderated by Ralina Joseph.

Patty Hayes – The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Impacts of Systemic Racism

February 9, 2021 6:30 pm

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COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on how racism impacts the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Color across our county and country. While Public Health’s mission is to improve the health all members of our community, institutional racism has meant that BIPOC communities are significantly and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 despite public health efforts. Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health — Seattle & King County, discusses the impact of the pandemic on BIPOC communities and what systemic changes need to be made now to avoid long-lasting impact.

Meklit Hadero – How Music Connects Us: Belonging, Wellbeing, and Sonic Lineage

February 4, 2021 6:30 pm

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In this talk, Meklit Hadero explores how music knits people and communities together with personal history, behavioral psychology/neuroscience research, and post-COVID-19 landscapes.

Sexually Speaking: An Evening with Dr. Ruth

February 1, 2021 6:30 pm

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Join the Office of Public Lectures for an evening with behavioral therapist, sexpert and Alzheimer’s caregiving authority, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Moderated by Dr. Pepper Schwartz.

Coexisting with COVID-19: …No Really, Are We THERE Yet???

January 21, 2021 6:30 pm

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In this episode, we’ll catch up with some of UW’s top experts who will update us on relevant medical advances and discoveries that may help us discover there is, in fact, a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Featuring Dr. Helen Chu and Dr. Vinay Gupta; moderated by Hanson Hosein.

Next Generation Medicine presents: Making Sense of the COVID-19 Vaccine

January 21, 2021 6:00 pm

The development of a vaccine to fight against SARS-CoV-2 is exciting news, but few of us understand what this means, beyond understanding it’s a possible barrier against COVID-19. Dr. Deborah Fuller, vaccinologist and professor of microbiology at the University of Washington will discuss the answers to these questions and more.

Coexisting with COVID-19: Are the Kids Gonna Be Alright?

January 14, 2021 6:30 pm

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In this episode, we’ll talk with experts about how kids have fared during the pandemic. From lockdowns, to home school, from the lack of school shootings, to friend group bubbles, we’ll hear from experts on the challenges and possible surprise benefits the lockdown has had on today’s youth. Featuring Jill Locke and Janine Jones; moderated by Hanson Hosein.

Coexisting with COVID-19: Art in the Time of Illness

January 7, 2021 6:30 pm

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At the start of the pandemic, we watched arts and cultural organizations shutter their doors to the public. And even though these doors were closed, creative minds were still at work. Ten months later, as some of these same organizations are beginning to slowly and carefully re-open, we what new and interesting things will we find? How will art reflect these last ten months? In this episode, we’ll check in with some of our nation’s leading cultural creators and creators. Featuring Priya Frank and Valerie Curtis-Newton; moderated by Hanson Hosein.

Converge Conversation: UW President Ana Mari Cauce

December 10, 2020 6:30 pm

Join UW President Ana Mari Cauce for a celebration of the UW's international community in this exciting finale to UW Converge 2020. President Cauce will share her insights into the University, our global impact and outlook for the future.

Margaret O’Mara: Remaking the Silicon Society

December 8, 2020 4:30 pm

How might a pandemic year of digitally mediated life change society for good? Margaret O’Mara explores how this extraordinary year reveals both the great possibilities and immense limitations of technology.

Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins

November 19, 2020 4:00 pm

Sarah Willen of the University of Connecticut will discuss her new book "Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins."

Escape to Rome with Rick Steves

November 19, 2020 5:30 pm

Travel back in your imagination with Rick Steves and Trina Deines, Director Emeritus of the UW Rome Center, to Rome's most fabulous and storied locations. Virtually visit the food, culture, history, and architecture of the Eternal City, and make sure to take notes for a future trip.

Global Fireside with Rick Steves

November 18, 2020 6:30 pm

What will travel look like in a post-COVID world? Join Rick Steves '78 for thought-provoking discussion with UW Study Abroad Director Wolf Latsch on the joy and future of travel.

A conversation with Leela Fernandes and Akhtar Badshah

November 12, 2020 5:30 pm

Join new Jackson School Director Leela Fernandes and Akhtar Badshah as they explore the essential role of area studies and international engagement in building a brighter future for all.

Abderrahmane Sissako: In Conversation – African Worlds / World Films”

November 12, 2020 12:00 pm

Abderrahmane Sissako is a Mauritanian-born Malian film director and producer whose themes include globalization, exile and the displacement of people. Conversation will be in French and English.

An Evening with Joy Harjo

November 6, 2020 6:30 pm

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In this poetry reading with commentary, Joy Harjo discusses the importance of safe spaces for everyone.

Post-US Elections: A Global Perspective on US Democracy and Foreign Policy

November 5, 2020 6:30 pm

Join Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies faculty for an online panel discussion on what the elections mean for global engagement and what a global perspective can teach us about the elections and American democracy. Moderated by Jackson School Director Leela Fernandes.

The Crisis in Transatlantic Relations and Other Global Challenges

October 29, 2020 3:30 pm

Ambassador Nicholas Burns discusses the evolving U.S. relationship with Europe ahead of the November U.S. Presidential Election and the challenges presented by the COVID-19 and economic crises.

Carol Anderson – White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

October 28, 2020 6:30 pm

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Every time African Americans have made advances in our democracy, White reaction has fueled a rollback of their gains. From Reconstruction to the War on Drugs, Professor Carol Anderson reveals how actions made in the name of fiscal responsibility or protecting democracy reveal a lineage of White rage.

The Last Stargazers: Emily Levesque in Conversation with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds

October 28, 2020 6:00 pm

Astronomy Professor Emily Levesque shares stories about people willing to adventure across high mountaintops and to remote corners of the planet, all in the name of science.

Special Duty: The Japanese Intelligence Community

October 28, 2020 5:00 pm

Richard J. Samuels discusses the dramatic evolution of Japan’s intelligence community and its future in a rapidly changing political world.

Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writer Lecture: Susan Orlean

October 28, 2020 6:00 pm

Join UW Libraries for a lively webinar with renowned author and the 2020 Maxine Cushing Gray Fellowship recipient, Susan Orlean. A staff writer for The New Yorker, Orlean is the author of many books, including "The Library Book", "The Orchid Thief", "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend", and "Saturday Night". Orlean will discuss "The Library Book", her writing style and the role of libraries in her life and writing. She will be interviewed by Maria Semple, a Seattle local, New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter.

Megan Ming Francis – Protests for the Soul of a Nation: COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and Election 2020

October 21, 2020 6:30 pm

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed structural health inequalities, followed by the largest civil rights uprisings in American history against police violence and systemic racism. In this talk, Megan Ming Francis will discuss how we got to this urgent moment, the role organized protest can play in the upcoming election, and the future of a fair and robust democracy.

Creating a Better Normal: Improving Population Health for Everyone

October 15, 2020 5:00 pm

The pandemic has highlighted the racial, social and economic inequities that shape the health and well-being of all people in the United States and throughout the world. As we look forward to a post-COVID-19 world, how can we create a future in which we are all healthier — as individuals and as entire populations? How do we enhance the resilience of the environment we rely on? And how do we address the factors perpetuating the inequities that harm so many?

Ali Mokdad – Healthy People, Healthy Planet: That’s Population Health

October 7, 2020 7:30 pm

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Dr. Ali Mokdad will introduce the UW’s Population Health Initiative and explain how uniting our knowledge of the underlying factors that cause unhealthiness in populations will lead us to find solutions.

Coexisting with COVID-19: Stand Up and Be Counted

September 24, 2020 6:30 pm

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We have a great deal riding on both the election and the Census. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we ensure every vote and every person is counted. In this episode, we’ll talk to some experts who can help us understand how COVID-19 plays a role in ensuring every voice and every person is heard and counted. Featuring Lisa Marshall Manheim, Sara Curran and Michele Storms.

Coexisting with COVID-19: COVID-19 and Risk

September 17, 2020 6:30 pm

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Every day, COVID-19 requires us to weigh the risks we are willing to take to maintain a sense of normalcy. Should you wear a mask or not? Is heading out to get a pedicure an ‘essential’ trip? Ready to sit in a restaurant for your anniversary? Or maybe you just want to stay home, hide under the covers and wait until this is all over. This week we’ll talk with experts who can help us better understand decision making in these uncertain times. Featuring Nidhi Agrawal, Linda Ko and Susan Joslyn.

Coexisting with COVID-19: Are We There Yet?

September 10, 2020 6:30 pm

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Welcome back! It’s been almost three months since our last livestream and there’s been plenty of news about the global pandemic. In this episode, we’ll catch up with some of UW’s top experts who will update us on relevant advances and discoveries that may help us realize there is, in fact, a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Featuring Dr. Christopher Murray and Dr. Helen Chu.

Coexisting with COVID-19: Models & Predicting the Future

June 25, 2020 6:30 pm

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IHME's Christopher Murray and Ali Mokdad talk with Hanson Hosein about the statistical models on how COVID-19 spreads.

Coexisting with COVID-19: History of Global Pandemics

June 18, 2020 6:30 pm

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COVID-19 is not the first global pandemic to ever wash up in the United States. Hanson Hosein discusses the history of global pandemics with Ann Marie Kimball and Steven Goodreau.

Coexisting with COVID-19: COVID and Mental Health

June 11, 2020 6:30 pm

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This week, Hanson Hosein talks with Liliana Lengua and Jonathan Kanter about the global pandemic's impact on our mental health.

Coexisting with COVID-19: The New Essential Employee

June 4, 2020 6:30 pm

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Anita Ramasastry, Kevin Mihata, and Briana Randall talk with Hanson Hosein about the new ‘essential’ employee, the gig economy, and consider future career trends.
Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox

May 7, 2020 7:30 pm

Amanda Cox will share The New York Times’ latest work in communicating data and models to mass audiences. That work includes words, charts, and believing that uncertainty is a strength.
Alexes Harris

Alexes Harris

April 29, 2020 7:30 pm

Alexes Harris, Ph.D., is the Presidential Term Professor and Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. Harris’ work has spanned the criminal justice system, including juvenile justice, case processing outcomes, and monetary sanctions.
Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky

April 2, 2020 7:30 pm

Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, a global public speaker, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a consultant. She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience + reputation, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame and equality.
Karamo Brown

An Evening with Karamo Brown

February 26, 2020 7:30 pm

Three-time Emmy Winner and Culture Expert on the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown “is at the intersection of where pop culture, social media, and real life collide,” according to the LA Times.
Peter Catron

Immigration: History on Making It in America

February 19, 2020 7:30 pm

Public Lecture with Peter Catron, Immigration: History on Making It in America
Anita Hill

Anita Hill

November 6, 2019 7:30 pm

An American women’s rights icon, historic figure, attorney, and powerful advocate for equality, Anita Hill brought the issue of sexual harassment to the forefront of our national conversation in her historic testimony before the Supreme Court confirmations hearings of Judge Clarence Thomas. Her bravery empowered women from all walks of life to bring forth their own sexual harassment lawsuits and helped revolutionize equality for women in the workplace.

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