Lectures Archive

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.

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.

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.

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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