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September 29, 2020

ArtSci Roundup: Velvet Sweatshops and Algorithmic Cruelty, Social Movements & Racial Justice, the Vice Presidential Debate Preview, 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

Velvet Sweatshops and Algorithmic Cruelty: Labor in the Global Tech Economy

October 6, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Online via Zoom

As the tech economy has grown in the United States around the world, how has the nature of work changed? How has it stayed the same? And what is its future?

Join Professor of History Margaret O’Mara (The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America), Mary L. Gray (Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass), and a panel of tech workers for an evening discussing the past, present, and future of labor in the global tech economy.

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Contemporary Race & Politics in the United States: Social Movements & Racial Justice

October 7, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Online via Zoom

The Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR) will host panels throughout the year to discuss salient racial issues facing the country. Join Christopher S. Parker, Associate Professor & Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science, in a conversation about social movements and racial justice with Daniel Gillion (University of Pennsylvania), Juliet Hooker (Brown University), and Chris Zepeda-Millán (University of California, Los Angeles).

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Save the date for the next lecture in this series: November 6, Race & the 2020 Election

Faculty Exhibition + Reopening of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery

September 30 – October 17 | No-contact appointment required

This exhibition that features work by three faculty members from the School of Art + Art History + Design: Sang-gyeun Ahn, associate professor of Industrial Design; Flint Jamison, assistant professor of Photo/Media; and Michael Swaine, assistant professor of 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture. While their practices span industrial design, sculpture, and publication, these faculty all use their work to ask important questions about the ways we inhabit the world.

This exhibition also marks the reopening of the gallery for in-person viewings. Visitors can attend individual, no-contact viewings by appointment Tuesdays through Saturdays. Masks are required. Learn more about the steps for visiting.

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Healthy People, Healthy Planet: That’s Population Health

October 7, 7:30 PM | Online

Join Dr. Ali Mokdad, the chief strategy officer for Population Health, for an introduction to UW’s work to advance population health and find solutions by combining our knowledge of the factors that cause unhealthiness in populations. In this talk, you’ll hear about the University’s quest for answers to some of today’s biggest challenges impacting our health.

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Vice Presidential Debate Preview: Presented by KUOW & UW Alumni Association

October 7, 7:30 PM | Online

Join KUOW and UWAA live on KUOW’s YouTube channel and Facebook for a live debate preview moderated by KUOW’s Paige Browning.

What does either candidate need to do to convince Washingtonians to vote for their ticket? What are their stances on issues facing the nation, including COVID-19, the economy, climate change, racial justice, and gun control? We’ll guide you through what to expect, offer local and national political analysis and invite you – the audience – to share your perspective.

Next in the series:

  • Presidential Debate Preview: October 15, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
  • Presidential Debate Preview: October 22, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

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DiARC & Astronomy on Tap Seattle Present: Astronomy at Home

October 8, 7:00 PM | Online

The dazzling starlight that we enjoy on a dark night originates from only the very outer surfaces of stars. Locked beneath these layers, in the deep stellar interiors, are much more extreme physical environments. In this talk, Keaton Bell, Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, will describe how, for some especially revealing stars, we are able to sound these distant interiors by measuring how they experience vibrations. With the tools of “asteroseismology,” we can turn seemingly ordinary stars into remote cosmic laboratories for studying extreme physics that are beyond the grasp of human-made laboratories here on Earth.

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One Nation, Many Stories–30 years of German Unity

October 10, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Online

October 3, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of German unification. While formal unification took barely a year, it turns out that unity takes generations. Continuing differences in living standards, pensions, political orientations, or democratic values indicate that the process of unifying former East and West Germany is a multi-generational project. Have Germans dealt adequately with their separate pasts in order to craft a joint 21st-century political identity? Three distinguished experts on German politics, society, and culture, Marianne Birthler, Michael Zürn, and Joyce Mushaben, will discuss this and other questions.

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In this series, scholars introduce ideas central to their work by talking about keywords that are specialized, complicated, contentious, or ambiguous. The series is inspired by Raymond Williams Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. Featured scholars are associated with projects supported by the Simpson Center for the Humanities.


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