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May 1, 2020

ArtSci Roundup: Storytelling with Indigenous Writers, Meany Center Curtain Talks, Stroum Center Quick Talk, 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

Sacred Breath: Indigenous Writing and Storytelling

May 7, 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Zoom Event

This event features writer and poet Sara Marie Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) and Gene Tagaban (Cherokee, Tlingit, Filipino).

Storytelling offers a spiritual connection, a sharing of sacred breath. Literature, similarly, preserves human experience and ideals. Both forms are durable and transmit power that teaches us how to live. Both storytelling and reading aloud can impact audiences through the power of presence, allowing for the experience of the transfer of sacred breath as audiences are immersed in the experience of being inside stories and works of literature.

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Silent Reading Party

May 6 and 13,  6:00 PM | Online Streaming

Department of Dance Music Director Paul Moore has taken a lead role in the Stranger’s reading parties, as their resident musician. Moore plays exquisitely soft piano music for you and everyone else in the party—everything from Erik Satie to Radiohead to Duke Ellington. Take a look at actor and SNL alum Julia Sweeney‘s (BA, International Studies, ’82) endorsement of this event, where she praises Moore’s work . . . twice!

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Quick Talk: The 2015 Hungarian Drama “Son of Saul” and a New Chapter in Films About the Holocaust

May 5, 4:00 PM | Zoom

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies invites Dr. Richard Block, professor of Germanics at the University of Washington, for a 20-minute “quick talk,” to explore how László Nemes’s Son of Saul responds to the challenges put forth some two decades earlier by Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah. Specifically, Block will discuss how Son of Saul defies Lanzmann’s dismissal of any attempt to represent the Shoah and offers instead “a biographical fable.”

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, with questions submitted via www.slido.com and moderated by a staff member.

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Outsider interpretations of open scientific data and their impact on policy

May 6, 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Zoom Webinar

Throughout the science-policymaking landscape, ‘open’ has become a ubiquitous buzzword. After decades of political work to make open access the de jure standard for publicly-funded science, alongside the growing visibility of open and citizen science initiatives, open data is poised as the next big step in ‘opening up’ and accelerating science. Major initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud, tied to a policy objective clearly aiming to ‘democratize’ science thoroughly, forecast a potential policy landscape of compulsorily open publicly-funded research data in the near future. In this talk Luis Reyes-Galindo, independent scholar in Mexico, will argue that in order to understand the possible benefits (and drawbacks) of such open data initiatives, a deeper reflection is needed on what ought to be regarded as unambiguously legitimate interpretations of scientific data.

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Labor On-line: Virtual seminar Series, Spring 2020

Tuesdays at 1:15 PM and Wednesdays at 6:00 PM

This Spring, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies hosts two weekly online seminars with a wide range of labor scholars and activists. These sessions are free and open to the public.

Free More Info & Series Schedule


This week’s (Re)Defining American Labor seminar:
Hosted by the UW Tacoma Labor Solidarity Project

May 6 – Labor Wars of the Pacific Northwest
6:00 PM | Zoom: Please Register for access
Presented by: David Jepsen, Educator, Historian, Author, Film Maker


Upcoming Labor in the 21st Century seminar:
Hosted by Labor Studies faculty at UW Bothell

May 12 – Social Movement Unionism from the Grassroots
1:30 PM | Zoom: Join URL
Presented by: Dan Berger, Professor, UW Bothell

Michelle Witt, executive/artistic director for the Meany Center for the Performing Arts. Story is about visiting Step Afrika! dance troup and the celebration of 100 years since UW-related artist Jacob Lawrence was born.

Meany Center Curtain Speeches

Ongoing | Meany Center Facebook and YouTube

Meany Center Executive and Artistic Director Michelle Witt prepares short curtain speeches from her home piano bench to introduce artists on the night they would have performed at Meany Hall’s Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater. In addition to the speech, in the video description there’s a list of links to online content by and about the artists, for viewers to explore:

Past Curtain Speeches:      

Upcoming Curtain Speeches:

  • May 2 – Third Coast Percussion with Sérgio & Clarice Assad
  • May 7 – Step Afrika!
  • May 18 – David Finckel & Wu Han with Philip Setzer

#BurkeFromHome Trivia Night: Now starting at 7pm

Every Friday, 7:00 PM | Virtual Event

Join the Burke Museum online on Fridays at 7 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!

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.