UW News

May 27, 2020

ArtSci Roundup: Pandemic Then (and Now), UW Bothell 2020 MFA Spring Festival, 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 the 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


Pandemic Then (and Now): COVID-19 through the Lens of the 1918 Influenza Crisis

June 2, 2:30 – 3:30 PM | Online via Zoom

History Department Professor Nancy Bristow will explore Americans’ differential experiences with the 1918 pandemic as well as the public health and popular reactions that emerged in response to the scourge, and will suggest some insights this history offers as we face the complex challenges and choices COVID-19 is presenting to our local, national, and global communities.

Free | Register and More Info

Looking for more engagement with our local historians? Keep reading for a link to Museum of History and Industry’s (MOHAI) History at Home resources.

Drop-in Session: Inner Allies: Meditation for Resilience and Refuge

June 1, 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Online via Zoom

This session, hosted by Blair Carelton and sponsored by the Center for Child and Family Well-being, will guide participants in building a mini “toolkit” of self-compassion meditations. These meditations can be revisited over and over for comfort, joy, rest, strength, and clarity.

Free | Register and More Info

UW Bothell 2020 MFA Spring Festival with Guest Artist Don Mee Choi

June 6, 2:00 – 5:00 PM | Online via Zoom

The annual UW Bothell MFA Spring Festival features readings and performances by graduating MFA candidates and guest artist Don Mee Choi.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Don Mee Choi is the author of DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020), Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), and several chapbooks and pamphlets of poems and essays. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, Lucien Stryk Translation Prize, and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Fellowship. She has translated several collections of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry, including Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018), which received the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize.

Free | View all candidate’s bios and register here

Best Seat in the House

June 2 | Online streaming

Each week the Department of Dance will be featuring one or two dance films or performance footage that faculty have been involved with. Check this page every Tuesday to see the next video that you can watch from home.

Free | Access the Streaming and More Info

School of Music Digital Series

Ongoing | School of Music Facebook and Youtube

The digital concert series continues! See below for the full list of digital-only concerts from the School of Music, special for Spring 2020.

Upcoming Digital Series Events:

June 1 – Vocal Theatre Works: Speed Dating Tonight
4:00 PM | More Info

June 2 – Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Symphony no. 4, Mvt. 4
4:00 PM | More Info

June 3 – Vocal Theatre Works: The Face on the Barroom Floor
4:00 PM | More Info

A History of the Demo and a Future for the Essay

June 3, 4:30 – 5:30 PM | Online via Zoom

Demonstrations as a method of argument have existed in society since simple geometry deductions in ancient Greece. Today, arguments are made on the basis of “big data” which is impossible for one human to analyze and has necessitated the invention of yet another form of argumentation. This discussion places the liberal arts at the center of software’s evolution. Warren Sack, Chair and Professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz, will discuss the software essay and the history of demonstrations in this talk sponsored by the Information School, the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering, and the Science, Technology, and Society Studies Program.

Free | Register and More Info

#BurkeFromHome Trivia Night

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



Community Highlight! MOHAI: History at Home

Free and ongoing | Website

Although the Museum of History and Industry is currently temporarily closed to visitors, it remains committed to the mission to collect and share the stories of our community, even if online. Check out this collection of online programming, including concurrent virtual events, podcasts, videos, blog posts, and homeschooling materials–all for free!


Looking for more?

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