UW News

April 15, 2020

ArtSci Roundup: Earth Day with the Department of History, Ask Your Farmer, and more

During this time of uncertainty and isolation, find solace in digital opportunities to connect, share, and engage. Each week, we will share upcoming events that bring the UW, and greater community, together online. 

Many of these online opportunities are streamed through Zoom. All UW faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro via UW-IT


Earth Day 50th Anniversary: Gaia Has a Fever

April 22, 2:00 PM | Livestream

Join the Department of History, College of the Environment and UW Earth Day in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Dr. Jennifer Thomson will give a talk untangling the history of oil corporations, climate justice, and environmental governance. Beginning with physicist James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis, she’ll discuss the involvement of oil corporations in climate research, and explore a truly liberatory environmental politics.

Free, please register for access Register & More Info


COURSE: Introduction to Basic Plant Morphology – Learning the Parts of the Plant

April 22 and April 23, 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Online Classroom

Celebrate Earth Day by expanding your plant vocabulary! David Giblin, Collections Manager of the UW Herbarium, teaches this two-part class. Learning the basic vegetative and reproductive parts of vascular plants that we know from our gardens, kitchens, and walks in nature, provides an opportunity to improve plant identification skills.

This class is offered online. Viewing instructions will be sent before the start of the class.

Cost is $20 Register & More Info


After the Blast The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens: Webinar with Dr. Eric Wagner

April 22, 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Zoom Webinar

In anticipation of the 40th Anniversary of the major Mount St. Helens eruption, UW Libraries and UW Press are proud to host a zoom webinar featuring Eric Wagner, Ph.D., author of After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens.

Since it’s eruption in 1980, Mount St. Helens has been surprising ecologists and in After the Blast, Wagner takes readers on a fascinating journey through the blast area and beyond. From fireweed to elk, the plants and animals forest scientists saw would not just change how ecologists approached the eruption and its landscape, but also prompt them to think in new ways about how life responds in the face of seemingly total devastation.

Free, please register for access Register & More Info


Ask Your Farmer!

April 23, 11:00 AM | Instagram Live

The UW Farm is still producing food, but under restricted operations and without the usual dedicated crew of student volunteers. Farm manager Perry Acworth will host this Instagram Live session, showing the work that’s happening on the UW Farm and answering questions about the Farm and our food systems. If anyone has questions on how they can grow food for themselves, this is your moment!

Livestream takes place on UW Farm’s Instagram and will begin at 11 AM.

Free More Info


Virtual Poetry Café for Poetry Month

Month of April | Online engagement

Since launching in April 1996, National Poetry Month has given people an annual occasion to celebrate the importance of poets and poetry in our culture. This April feels like an especially great time to explore the power of poetry and how it can be used to craft connection and celebrate the things that mean most to us!

Join Whole U this April for a virtual UW Poetry Café to share the poems we love, write some of our own, and connect with our wider community over the written word. To help get your creativity flowing, The Whole U devised UW-themed poetry prompts to try on your own or with colleagues and friends.

Pick the prompt that resonates most with you then share your favorite poems or original compositions with us by sending them to wholeu@uw.edu or by tagging them #UWPoetryMonth on social media.

Free | Prompts & More Info


Logo for podcast "Crossng North," by UW Dept of Scandinavian StudiesCrossing North Podcast

Ongoing | Online

Crossing North is a podcast about Nordic and Baltic society and culture. Episodes feature interviews with authors, performers, and leaders from Scandinavia and the Baltic, as well as discussions with faculty in the Scandinavian Studies Department and Baltic Studies Program.

In the most recent episode, released April 15, Colin Gioia Connors interviews author Nora Ikstena and assistant professor Liina-Ly Roos. Learn why Ikstena’s novel Soviet Milk about Soviet-occupied Latvia was so popular that libraries had to create a special loan policy for the book.

Listen & learn more


Missing the Henry? View the online collection!

Ongoing | Online archives

From photography to textiles, the Henry Art Gallery’s permanent collection contains more than 27,00 objects from around the world.  The collection originated with the gift of nineteenth- and twentieth-century paintings donated to the University of Washington by Horace C. Henry in 1926. It has grown over the years through acquisitions from exhibitions and through the generosity of art collectors, artists, and donors.

Luckily for those looking to reconnect with art while working remote, the Henry has an extensive the online collection database. Learn more and search the collection here.

Looking for more ways to engage? The Henry is also sharing content across their social media platforms daily!

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter


#BurkeFromHome Trivia Night

Every Friday, 8:00 PM | Virtual Event

Join the Burke Museum online on Fridays at 8 PM for #BurkeFromHome Trivia. The popular Burke Trivia Night is back—this time online to practice social distancing while having loads of fun! Get your nerd on with natural history and culture-themed trivia.

BYOB, snacks, and slippers! Check out this video for a preview!

Free, please register for access | Register & More Info


Staying home? Here’s what to watch

Ongoing | Your favorite streaming service

Looking for ways to stay entertained while staying at home? If you’ve already binged all the shows in your Netflix queue, fear not. Faculty in the Department of Cinema & Media Studies have gathered television and film recommendations to fit every mood.

See the list here


Looking for more?

Check out UWAA’s Stronger Together web page for more digital engagement opportunities.

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