UW News

April 26, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Rosmersholm, The Jews of Ottoman Izmir: Dina Danon in Conversation with Devin E. Naar, 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

Online: Rosmersholm

May 6 – May 9 | Online

Presented by the School of Drama, this sexually-charged study of faith and heartbreak, widely considered Ibsen’s darkest and most complex play, mines the tension between old and new, between conservatism and progressivism, between liberation and servitude. “Revive Rosmersholm for regime change,” says Variety, “It is a ‘Break Glass in Case of Emergencies,’ sort of play.” Set against the backdrop of political upheaval, the play has the moral force of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, laced with the personal agony of his Ghosts. Ibsen’s most popular play during his lifetime, Rosmersholm is a political and romantic thriller that feels utterly relevant to ours.

Generation Mixed Goes to School

May 5, 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Online

Join the Director of the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity and Professor of Communication Ralina Joseph and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Wright Institute Allison Briscoe-Smith for a discussion on their new book – Generation Mixed Goes to School. They will be in conversation with Ph.D. student in Communication Meshell Sturgis.

Half-Bird, Half-Fish: The New Grammar of Time Past in Seventeenth-century Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit by Professor David Shulman

May 4, 8:00 – 9:30 PM | Online

Although every generation has to discover, or rediscover, or reinvent its own links to the cultural past, there are extended moments of civilizational change when the presence of the past, and the modes of linking past to present, become highly charged themes. Such was the case in thirteenth-century Florence and Sienna, in fourteenth-century Shiraz, and in early-modern South India (sixteenth to eighteenth centuries). This was a period when a new genre– the self-contained literary prabandha, meant to be read from beginning to end over a few days, in homes, literary salons, royal courts, or temples, with a range of unusual themes– appeared in Sanskrit and all the south Indian languages. The Department of Asian Languages & Literature‘s Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture, given by David Shulman, will look at a story that develops this topic in a particularly dramatic and lyrical way.

Division of Art Graduation Exhibition 2
May 4 – May 15 | Online

Each year the School of Art + Art History + Design proudly celebrates graduating Art students with a series of exhibitions. The Jacob Lawrence Gallery features 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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The Jews of Ottoman Izmir: Dina Danon in Conversation with Devin E. Naar

May 5, 5:00 – 6:15 PM | Online 

Across Europe at the turn of the twentieth century, Jews were often confronted with the notion that their religious and cultural distinctiveness was somehow incompatible with the modern age. Yet the view from Ottoman Izmir, a Mediterranean port city, invites a different approach: what happens when Jewish difference is totally unremarkable? What happens when there is no “Jewish Question?”

Drawing extensively on a rich body of previously untapped Ladino archival material, Dina Danon, associate professor of Judaic Studies at Binghamton University, will offer a new read on Jewish modernity in this lecture sponsored by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. Through the voices of beggars on the street and mercantile elites, shoe-shiners and newspaper editors, rabbis and housewives, this talk will underscore how it was new attitudes to poverty and social class, not Judaism, that most significantly framed this Sepharadi community’s encounter with the modern age.

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Biden Faces the World: American Foreign Policy in a post Trump era

May 6, 5:30 – 7:00 PM | Online

Please join the Department of Political Science on Thursday, May 6th for the Spring Faculty Panel on the subject of international relations. To what extent will the recent change in administrations impact U.S. involvement on the world stage?

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Beth Kier, From Trump to Biden: Transforming Civil-Military Relations
  • Professor Geoffrey Wallace, Biden’s Multilateralism in the (Post-)“America First” Era
  • Professor Victor Menaldo, Will Anything Biden Does Really Change Foreign Dictators’ Behavior?
  • John Wilkerson, Moderator

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