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December 28, 2020

ArtSci Roundup: Protest, Race and Citizenship across African Worlds, TEAL Digital Scholarship for East Asian Studies: The Deep Fake of Place, 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 Economic Mobility: Can Higher Education Advance Racial Equity?

January 7, 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Online

Join the UWAA and UW Impact online for the seventh annual UW Impact Legislative Preview!

The year 2020 is sure to be remembered as a period of historic upheaval, change and challenging conversations. At this critical time, higher education has the opportunity to strengthen its leadership in advancing racial equity and the power to expand the conversation beyond economic mobility.

Leaders from the UW, the state legislature and beyond come together for a moderated discussion about the role higher education can play in dismantling systemic racism and achieving a more just society while holding one another accountable. Our state lawmakers will also share a preview of what’s to come for higher education and beyond in a very challenging budget session. Moderated by Crystal Hall, Associate Professor, UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

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TEAL Digital Scholarship for East Asian Studies: The Deep Fake of Place | Tateuchi Research Methods Workshop Series

January 7, 3:30 – 5:00 PM | Online via Zoom

Dr. Bo Zhao, Assistant Professor of the Department of Geography, will talk about his geospatial analysis of the recent urban development of the xenophilic copycat community in China. A “copycat” residential community is one that purposefully replicates an alien place, enabling its residents to live vicariously in the environment of the imitated place. Examples include the Huawei Songshan Lake community, Shanghai’s Thames Town, and Beijing’s Jackson Hole. 

The seminar provides a lens by which to frame a long-standing, but often neglected, aspect of urban development, and lays the groundwork for further exploration of the spoofing phenomenon by examining its underlying spatial characteristics, economic benefits, and social implications. It showcases digital scholarship methodologies such as web scraping, digital map-making, neighborhood analysis (using QGIS), word cloud generation, and satellite imagery deep faking (using PyTorch).

Protest, Race and Citizenship across African Worlds

January 20 – March 17 | Online

Join us in conversation with emerging scholars tracing Horn of Africa connections to today’s global trends in popular politics, racial formation, and new forms of belonging.

This series is sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and African Studies Program, in partnership with the Center for Global Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization and Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Upcoming events in the series:

  • Whose Struggle for What? Sexual Minorities and Social Movements in Africa: January 20, 12 – 1:30 PM
  • Reconstruction, Reconsidered: Belonging and Urban Contestation In Mogadishu’s ‘Building Boom’: February 3, 12 – 1:30 PM
  • Rethinking Israeli Citizenship: The Case of Ethiopian Jews: February 10, 9 – 10:30 AM

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History Lecture Series

January 20 – February 10 | Online

The History Lecture Series will return in January 2021 with four presentations by history faculty on “Technology and its Discontents.” Speakers will examine the role technologies have played in society since the medieval period and trace the connections around the world to contemporary issues of social, economic, and political justice. This year, the talks will be broadcast online for viewers all over the world and will be followed by a live Q&A hosted by History Professor Adam Warren.

Upcoming events in the series:

  • From Caravans of Gold to Atomic Bombs: African Mining in World History: January 20, 6 – 7 PM
  • Photographic Power: Tales from the Philippines and the United States: January 27, 6 – 7 PM
  • Arming the Police and the ‘Social Source of Our Distresses’: February 3, 6 – 7 PM

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2020-2021 WISIR Series: Contemporary Race & Politics in the United States

Through April 11 | Online

The Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR) will host four panels to discuss salient racial issues facing the country. 

The conversation will include University of Washington faculty as well as faculty from other institutions to offer reflections and varying perspectives on these important topics.  

Upcoming events in the series:

  • COVID-19 & Racial Inequities: January 22, 11 AM – 12 PM
  • Racial Violence and the Fight for Racial Justice: March 12, 11 AM – 12 PM

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Looking for more?

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