UW News

July 28, 2020

ArtSci Roundup: “The Last Stargazers” Book Launch, VoiceThreads, 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

Astronomer Emily Levesque: The Last Stargazers Book Launch 

August 3, 7:00-8:30 PM | Online

University of Washington professor Emily Levesque discusses her new books at (online) Elliott Bay Book Company.

From the lonely quiet of midnight stargazing to tall tales of wild bears loose in the observatory, The Last Stargazers is a love letter to astronomy and an affirmation of the crucial role humans can and must play in the future of scientific discovery. In this sweeping work of narrative science, Levesque shows us how astronomers in this scrappy and evolving field are going beyond the machines to infuse creativity and passion into the stars, and inspires us all to peer skyward in pursuit of the universe’s secrets.

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UW Alumni Book Club

Ongoing | Online

During these extraordinary times, it’s more important than ever to explore new ways of connecting with each other. We also might have more time to crack open a good book. Join the conversation and community of the UW Alumni Book Club, a self-paced literary educational experience designed with the eclectic reader in mind.

Whether or not you read the book, UWAA welcomes you to participate in events this month:

  • UW Students Talk About Burkina Faso: August 7, 11:00 – 11:30 AM Two students share their experience with both colonialism and international interference within their country and region.
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View at your leisure | Online

VoiceThreads is an assignment completed by the School of Art + Art History + Design Photo/Media seniors in Professor Ellen Garvens‘ ART 440. These are recordings in the students’ own words that discuss and show their senior thesis projects. The VoiceThreads often include earlier projects that have led to their current work. The commentaries highlight common themes and approaches that have been persistent in their individual research trajectories.

Sephardic Places: Loss and Memory – Ruth Behar

View at your leisure | Online

In this talk, sponsored by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, Dr. Ruth Behar discusses movement of Sefardim, their exile from beloved homes, their attachments to different places, and how their loss and memory are layered one upon the other. Dr. Behar moves between the personal essay and poetry, history and ethnography, exile and diaspora, and the role of the sea in remembrances of Sefarad in such places as Istanbul, Havana, Miami, New York, and Seattle.

East Asia Resource Center’s Book Recommendations

View at your leisure | Online

Stuck at home and looking for new books to read? Amidst social distancing measures, the East Asia Resource Center has compiled a list of book recommendations of all reading levels and genres.

MOHAI History At Home                                 

View at your leisure | Online

Although the Museum of History and Industry is currently temporarily closed to visitors, it remains committed to our mission to collect and share the stories of our community. During this historic moment, you can connect with MOHAI in a new digital way. You will find fun and unique ways to explore history at home with your friends, family, and the young people in your life.

Looking for more?

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