UW News

October 13, 2020

ArtSci Roundup: Beyond Guilt Trips, Washin Kai: Rakugo by Katsura Sunshine, Protests for the Soul of a Nation, 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

Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World

October 20, 4:00 PM | Online via Zoom

Join author and Professor of English and Comparative History of Ideas Dr. Anu Taranath as we define the concept of mindful travel and how its mindset can shape the way we respectfully and ethically embrace and learn from different people and cultures. Together, we’ll learn how to unpack complex or unsettling travel experiences and begin meaningful conversations with each other.

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Tasveer South Asian LitFest Opening Night Keynote

October 20, 6:00 PM | Online

Sunila S. Kale, Associate Professor in the School of International Studies and Chair and Director of South Asia Studies delivers the Opening Night Keynote of the Tasveer South Asian LitFest with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

TSAL brings together an eclectic group of poets, novelists, screenwriters, nonfiction and experimental writers expressing a wide range of South Asian diasporic voices on race, immigration, gender, identity, and publishing.

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Washin Kai: Rakugo by Katsura Sunshine

October 20, 7:00 PM | Online via Zoom

Washin Kai and Town Hall Seattle are pleased to welcome renowned entertainer Katsura Sunshine for a special performance of unique storytelling called rakugo. This special English-language performance will be broadcast to us live from Tokyo. Donations made during this event will go to the UW’s Washin Kai — Friends of Classical Japanese Fund to support the classical Japanese literature studies at the University of Washington.

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Meany On Screen: Creative Process Conversation | Circa: Yaron Lifschitz and The Shape of Being

October 20 – 27, 7:30 PM | Online

Meany Center Artistic Director Michelle Witt interviews Circa’s Artistic Director, Yaron Lifschitz. The two will discuss the creative process, interdependence and art in a time of uncertainty.

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Protests for the Soul of a Nation: COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and Election 2020

October 21, 6:30 PM | Online

2020 is a year like we have never witnessed. A pandemic that exposed structural health inequalities was followed by the largest civil rights uprisings in American history against police violence and systemic racism. The sustained demonstrations and radical imagination of protesters have challenged and remade the relationship between government and citizens. Megan Ming Francis, Associate Professor of Political Science, will discuss how we got to this urgent moment, the role organized protest can play in the upcoming election and the future of a fair and robust democracy.

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Video Games and Asian Identity

October 21, 3:30 PM | Online

Moderated by Communication Professor LeiLani Nishime, Tara Fickle of the University of Oregon shows how games and game theory shaped fictions of race and Christopher Patterson of the University of British Columbia explains video game as an “Asiatic” space.

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Alexes Harris | A Multi-State Study Using Multi-methods: Making Sense of Justice Sentencing

October 21, 12:30 PM | Online

Alexes Harris, Professor of Sociology, will outline a five-year study examining court sentencing of monetary sanctions, or fines of fees. Along with seven collaborators and a number of research assistants, she has collected over 900 interviews and surveys, 1,600 hours of court observations in the form of observation sheets and field notes, and individual court automated data. She will discuss how her team approached structuring research protocols, coding schemas, and analyses and how they are collaboratively developing academic papers from this project.

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Presidential Debate Preview: Presented by KUOW & UW Alumni Association

October 22, 4:00 PM | Online

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

As we all gear up for the 2020 Presidential election, join KUOW and the University of Washington Alumni Association for a virtual conversation with KUOW Journalists and local experts ahead of each presidential debate. We’ll guide you through what to expect, discuss how issues might impact Washington voters, offer local and national political analysis, and invite you – the audience – to share your perspective.

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Women Workers Organizing for Labor Standards: From Protest to Policy

October 22, 6:00 PM | Online via Zoom

Sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, Eileen Boris of the University of California reflects on her recent book Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards 1919-2019 (Oxford University Press, 2019), followed by remarks from policymakers and labor leaders who focus on women’s economic security, labor standards, and workplace equity in Washington State.

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Why Race Matters: The 2020 Election

October 22, 4:00 PM | Online via Zoom

This interdisciplinary conversation hosted by the Department of History brings together distinguished scholars Arbella Bet-Shlimon,
Associate Professor of HistoryLa TaSha Levy,
Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies
, Laurie Marhoefer, Associate Professor of History, and Sophia Jordán Wallace, Associate Professor of Political Science, to break down this year’s presidential election through the lens of historical and present-day dynamics of race in American politics. We are in the midst of one of this country’s most significant civil rights movements demanding an end to the violence inflicted on Black communities; how does this impact the presidential election and what are the stakes for the next four years?

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