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September 8, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Faculty Seminar: A Conversation with Samuel Wasser of Conservation Canines, Hostile Terrain 94, and More

Through public events and exhibitions, connect with the UW community every week! This week, attend gallery exhibitions, watch recorded events, and more. While you’re enjoying summer break, connect with campus through UW live webcams of Red Square and the quad.

Many of these online opportunities are streamed through Zoom. All UW faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro via UW-IT

Faculty Seminar: A Conversation with Samuel Wasser of Conservation Canines

September 14, 1:00 – 2:00 PM | Online

The Center for Conservation Biology’s program, Conservation Canines, was started in 1997 as a way to utilize the scent-training methods that detection dogs use for research with wildlife scat. While the dogs were primarily trained to find scat samples, the training techniques are now being adapted for less-visible substances like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Join UW Biology research professor and director of the Center for Conservation Biology, Samuel Wasser, for a conversation about the group behind the canines.

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Hostile Terrain 94

Through October 2021 | Henry Art Gallery

Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94) is a participatory art exhibition created by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP) and directed by UCLA anthropologist Jason De León. Occurring in more than 130 cities around the globe, the installation intends to raise awareness about the realities of the U.S.-Mexico border, focusing on the deaths that have occurred almost daily since 1994 as a direct result of the Border Patrol policy known as “Prevention Through Deterrence” (PTD). HT94 is realized with the help of local volunteers, who record names (when known), age, sex, cause of death, condition of body, and location of recovery on toe tags for each person. These tags are then pinned on the map in the exact location where those remains were found. The physical act of writing out the names and information for the dead invites participants to reflect, witness, and stand in solidarity with those who have lost their lives and their surviving communities. This form of public memorialization and mourning also opens opportunities to engage with active conversations related to ongoing migrant rights issues. HT94 renders the human consequences of PTD policies, while also promoting both global and local discourse on migrant labor, detention, and other intersecting topics through collaborative programs with community partners.

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On Your Own Time

Looking for more ways to connect with the UW? Check out this recorded and asynchronous content that can be accessed anytime.

KNKX’s Virtual Studio Session with the Marc Seales Group at Town Hall


KNKX presented an exclusive live streamed Studio Session with the Marc Seales Group from The Forum at Town Hall Seattle on November 14, hosted by KNKX jazz ambassador Abe Beeson. Marc Seales, Professor of Music, was joined by bassist and UW artist in residence Steve Rodby, guitarist Jesse Seales (Marc’s brother), and drummer Alek Gayton.  The show began with Abe’s Q&A with Marc, followed by a nearly 75-minute music set ending with the quartet’s spirited rendition of The Doobie Brothers’ “Takin’ It To The Streets.” 

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Conversation with Professor Shawn Wong


“You face failure every day as a writer,” says writer and professor of English and cinema studies Shawn Wong. In this wide-ranging conversation, Wong cracks open the door to the creative process and lets us peek in to understand the importance of representation in literature and why he teaches his students to tell the truth, not the facts.

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ArtsUW: On Demand 


Engage with the arts at the University of Washington from the comfort of your own home, in your own time. This archive of events offers you the opportunity to watch the latest virtual lectures and performances, and see recent digital exhibitions. In addition, visit ArtsUW Events to see all that is coming up. 

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Looking for more?

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