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January 12, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Events to honor Martin Luther King, Jr; ‘Attack on the Capitol: What Does It Mean for Democracy?’; COVID-19 and racial inequities — 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

Events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Join the University of Washington community as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy; honor the work of generations of everyday activists; and rededicate ourselves to creating a just and equitable future for all. In 2021, the celebrations will look a bit different-but there are still ways to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; learn about racial justice movements; engage in democracy and more!

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Attack on the Capitol–What Does It Mean for Democracy?

January 19, 5:30 – 7:00 PM | Online via Zoom

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, join us for an online panel discussion with Jackson School and Political Science Department faculty on what the recent attacks on the U.S. Capitol and across the country in reaction to electoral vote certification may mean for democracy.

History Lecture Series: From Caravans of Gold to Atomic Bombs: African Mining in World History 

January 26, 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Online

This talk, delivered by Lynn Thomas, Professor of History, will examine the role of technology in the mining industry in Africa, spanning from gold mining in medieval West Africa to uranium mining during the Cold War. Mining has generated enormous wealth in parts of Africa, but it has also generated enormous violence and inequalities.

Upcoming events on the calendar:

  • January 27: Photographic Power: Tales from the Philippines and the United States
  • February 3: Arming the Police and the ‘Social Source of Our Distresses’
  • February 10: Digital Discontents, from the Age of the Mainframe to the Era of Big Tech

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#BurkeFromHome Trivia Night 

January 21, 8:00 PM | Online

Join us online on the third Thursday each month at 8 PM for the Burke Museum’s #BurkeFromHome Trivia! This week’s special guest is The Center for American Indian & Indigenous Studies

The top three winners at the end of the game will each win a pair of free tickets to the Burke Museum (to visit when it has reopened). The first place player also wins a gift card to Optimism Brewing.

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Protest, Race and Citizenship across African Worlds: Whose Struggle for What? Sexual Minorities and Social Movements in Africa

January 22, 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Online

Have popular political protests in Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Sudan in the past decade allowed sexual minorities to imagine cultivating a world beyond the violence and injustices to which they have been subjected? Serawit Debele, postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, will explore this topic in this talk sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and African Studies Program.

Next in the series:

  • February 3: Reconstruction, Reconsidered: Belonging and Urban Contestation In Mogadishu’s ‘Building Boom’
  • February 10: Rethinking Israeli Citizenship: The Case of Ethiopian Jews
  • March 3: Policing Somali Refugees: Somali Refugee Resistance to State Violence

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2020-2021 WISIR Series: COVID-19 & Racial Inequities 

January 22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Online via Zoom

The Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR) will host the third of four panels to discuss salient racial issues facing the country. The conversation will include Jake Grumbach, Assistant Professor of Political Science, as well as faculty from other institutions to offer reflections and varying perspectives on these important topics. 

Next in the series:

  • March 12: Panel 4: Racial Violence and the Fight for Racial Justice

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Critical Issues Lecture Series: Sung Tieu

January 22, 12:00 PM | Online

The 2021 Critical Issues Lecture Series takes place on Friday afternoons during Winter quarter. It is organized by the School of Art + Art History + Design in collaboration with the Henry Art Gallery. The general public is invited to join degree-seeking individuals studying fine art in order to share ideas and raise questions about contemporary art.

Next in the series:

  • January 22: Maria Nordman*
  • January 29: SoiL Thornton
  • February 5: Hồng-Ân Trương

Free | Register and More Info

Looking for more?

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