UW News

November 23, 2020

ArtSci Roundup: Ladino Day 2020, Commemorating the Centennial of the Negro Leagues in baseball, Meany Center presents Ragamala Dance Company, 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

Ladino Day 2020 — Revolutionizing Ladino: From the Printing Press to the Smartphone

December 6, 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Online

The 8th annual Ladino Day at the University of Washington will explore the intersection of Ladino and technology over the last century, and how revolutions in print and on the web have impacted the language over time.

We’ll begin with a multimedia talk by Dr. Devin E. Naar, Professor in Sephardic Studies and Associate Professor of History, on the history of the Ladino press in the Ottoman Empire and the United States. Dr. Naar will then host virtual conversations with Rachel Amado Bortnick, founder of Ladinokomunita, and Dr. Carlos Yebra López, creator of the Ladino module on uTalk, a language learning app.

Commemorating the Centennial of the Negro Leagues: Racial Justice, Professional Baseball, and American Society


December 2, 3:30 – 5:00 PM | Online

Join the UW Department of History for an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues in professional baseball.

The event features scholars Leslie Heaphy (Kent State University, Stark) and Louis Moore (Grand Valley State University), former Mariners player Alvin Davis, Mariners sportscaster Dave Sims, and the Vice President of the Negro League Baseball Museum, Inc. Ray Doswell. Professor of History Emeritus Quintard Taylor will moderate.

Confronting Systemic Racism in Communication Sciences and Academia

December 3, 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Online

In partnership with Influential Point, the Speech & Hearing Department invites you to the 12th annual Minifie Lecture. This year’s event is dedicated to the social justice issues within the Communication Sciences and Disorders field. Funded by and named in honor of Professor Emeritus Fred Minifie, the Minifie Lecture Series showcases research from eminent scientists in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Speakers include Professor of Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Diane Kendall, MPH, Ph.D.; Nana Osei Kofi, Ph.D.; Diem Nguyen, Ph.D.; and Bonnie Duran, DrPH.

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Round Table Discussion 3: What Is the Human, Anyway?

December 3, 9:00 – 10:30 AM | Online

The “human” is a historically constructed category with political and social agency, and in Western science and culture sets up a hierarchical distinction from other animals and forms of life. In this process of differentiation, animality has been racialized, and used as a means of limiting freedom and protections to members of humankind that threaten a fantasy of white superiority. Join the Henry Art Gallery and round table participants Dr. Colin Dayan (Vanderbilt University), Dr. Radhika Govindrajan (UW Seattle), Dr. Phillip Thurtle (UW Seattle), and Dr. Joanne Woiak (UW Seattle).

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Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water and The Fires of Creativity

Streams December 4 – 11 | Online

The Meany Center hosts the Ragamala Dance Company for two special events: Written in Water and the Fires of Creativity. In the visually stunning Written in WaterRagamala explores the universal paradigm of a seeker on a journey to connect the human with the transcendent and reveal mysteries within the self. In the Fires of Creativity, Meany Center Artistic Director Michelle Witt interviews Ranee Ramaswamy, Artistic Director of Ragamala Dance Company, and explores the creative foundations of their new work-in-progress, The Fires of Varanasi.

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Drive-In at On the Boards with the Henry Art Gallery 

December 4, 5, and 6, 7:00 PM | On the Boards

On the Boards and the Henry Art Gallery are pleased to co-present a three-night screening series. Curated by the Henry, this multi-evening event features work by a variety of artists who use moving images to explore issues critical to the present moment and our collective future, from migration and global trade to the reparative power of representation. In their own way, each of these artworks considers the various ways bodies move and are moved and shaped, whether by personal memory, historical narrative, or institutions of power.

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