UW News

April 14, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Ghetto: The History of a Word, CJMD Spotlight: Public opinion in U.S. broadcast news, 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

Joseph and Friends: A Svoboda Scavenger Hunt

April 19 – May 14 | Online

The Svoboda Diaries Project is an interdisciplinary digital humanities project dedicated to the preservation of a unique set of historical diaries. Joseph Svoboda, who traveled up and down the Tigris River as part of his work as a steamship purser for a British shipping company, kept detailed accounts of the persons he encountered, difficulties, and happenings around him. Today, the diaries survive a unique firsthand account of social, economic, and political life around the Tigris River from the mid- to late 19th century.

This quarter, we are excited to announce a four-week online contest, Joseph and Friends: A Svoboda Scavenger Hunt:

  • Contest dates: April 19, 2021 to May 14, 2021.
  • Each week, there will be a new theme and set of questions posted on our website.
  • Each question will have a different theme: archeology, medicine, shipping and trade, etc.
  • By participating, you can enter a lottery to win a gift card!

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Graduation Exhibition 1

April 20 – May 1 | Online

Each year the School of Art + Art History + Design proudly celebrates graduating Art students—both undergraduate and graduate—with a series of exhibitions. 

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery will feature the work of students graduating with a BA in Art as they celebrate their achievements and embark on the next step in their creative journey.

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Missions and States: Saving or Serving Seafarers

April 19, 12:30 – 1:30 PM | Online

Laleh Khalili, Professor of International Politics at the Queen Mary University of London, will be presenting this lecture sponsored by the Middle East Center and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, as a part of the 2020-21 “Voices in Middle East Studies” series. Her primary research areas are logistics and trade, infrastructure, policing and incarceration, gender, nationalism, political and social movements, refugees, and diasporas in the Middle East.

Filming Ethnographic Textures: Representing the Atmospheric Politics of Peruvian Cultural Practices

April 20, 3:00 PM | Online

Patricia Alvarez Astacio will discuss and screen her short films El Señor de los Milagros and Entretejido in this lecture sponsored by the Simpson Center for the HumanitiesComparative History of Ideas, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Jackson School of International Studies.

CJMD Spotlight: Public opinion in U.S. broadcast news

April 21, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Online 

Social and political issues make up the lion’s share of news coverage, drawing individuals’ attention to public opinion and policy implications of these issues. However, in recent years, public opinion itself has become a hot topic. Journalists have been accused of misrepresenting what the public really wants, as they failed to predict Brexit and the election of Trump in 2016. Despite these criticisms, news portrayals of public opinion still serve an important democratic function: helping people learn about what other citizens think about issues, which in turn influences their own political attitudes and behaviors (Gunther, 1998; Mutz, 1992).

In this CJMD Spotlight sponsored by the Department of Communication, Dr. Kathleen Beckers discusses how public opinion is portrayed in U.S. broadcast news. Presenting the results of an extensive content analysis, she unveils the myriad ways in which journalists refer to public opinion and the implications of these portrayals. Speaking to the diversity of opinions (or lack thereof) in news portrayals, she highlights the challenges journalists face in “reading” public opinion and how this misreading unwittingly leads to erroneous depictions of public opinion, the consequences of which are especially critical for a high-stakes election.

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Talking Gender in the E.U.: Anti-Gender Politics and Right Wing Populism in Poland

April 27, 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Online 

Join Elżbieta Korolczuk, Associate Professor at The School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden for a discussion on anti-gender politics and right wing populism in Poland. This lecture series is organized by the Center for West European Studies and the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence with support from the Lee and Stuart Scheingold European Studies Fund, the EU Erasmus+ Program, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the Center for Global Studies

Next in the series:

May 13, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Gender in the European Parliament

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Humanitarianisms: Dean Spade & Cristian Capotescu

April 22, 3:30 PM | Online 

In this lecture, sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, Spade and Capotescu will address the Spring Quarter theme, “Rethinking the Human.”

Dean Spade will lecture on “Mutual Aid: Radical Care in Crisis Conditions,” and how humanitarianism, saviorism, and charity have been extensively critiqued as logics that undergird and legitimize war, colonialism, racialized-gendered control, and extraction. How do people organizing immediate survival support for each other in the face of crisis work together to resist these methods and build practices of solidarity and collective self-determination?

Cristian Capotescu will discuss “Echoes of the ‘New Soviet Man’: Humanity and the Ethics of Giving in Late Socialism.” In the late 1980s, for many citizens of the former socialist bloc practicing and living socialism involved helping the less fortunate, the sick, and the poor through acts of giving. Such volunteer work and private assistance often invoked moral claims of a better life based on an ethics of shared suffering, dependency, and radical equality. This talk traces how socialist giving opened the possibility for ordinary people to enact notions of shared humanity in alternative ways that frequently eluded capitalist, Western modernity.

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Ghetto: The History of a Word

April 22, 4:00 – 5:15 PM | Online 

Few words are as ideologically charged as “ghetto.” Its early uses centered on two cities: Venice, the site of the first ghetto in Europe, established in 1516; and Rome, where the ghetto endured until 1870, decades after it had been dismantled elsewhere.

Daniel B. Schwartzassociate professor of history and the director of the Judaic Studies Program at George Washington University, will give this talk sponsored by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.

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adrienne maree brown + Prem Krishnamurthy

April 23, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Online 

Join an online conversation, to explore ways artists contribute to community and propel structural change. Amidst this time of great loss, yet also change and possibility, what are emerging roles for artists and designers? How does an individual’s creative practice relate to collectivity, collaboration, and interdependency? How can design processes and organizing learn from each other? Krishnamurthy poses these questions and more, as he and brown discuss potential futures for art, community building, and mutual care, as well as essential tools for today’s artists and organizers. An audience Q&A follows their dialogue. Presented in partnership by Cranbrook Art Museum, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, The Black Embodiments Studio, and School of Art + Art History + Design.

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Katarzyna Kobro Composing Space

April 24, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Online 

Join the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures and the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee for a talk by Dr. Marek Wieczorek about Polish sculptor Katarzyna Kobro.

Between 1925 and 1933, Polish sculptor Katarzyna Kobro made a series of groundbreaking abstract Spatial Compositions. ‘As it becomes united with space,’ she wrote about these works, ‘the new sculpture should be its most condensed and essential part.’ In this lecture we will trace the artist’s discovery that the ‘simplest and most appropriate’ solution to the question of the essence of sculpture was the ‘shaping of space’ itself.

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Looking for more?

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