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October 21, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Maysoon Zayid – Survival of the Unfittest, BOOK TALK: Automation and Autonomy, and More

Through public events and exhibitions, connect with the UW community every week! This week, attend lectures, book talks, and more.

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

Maysoon Zayid – Survival of the Unfittest

October 26, 6:30 PM | Meany Performing Arts Center

Join comedian, disability advocate, and author Maysoon Zayid for “Survival of the Unfittest.” This one-hour talk will tackle everything from diversity to cats named Beyonce through Maysoon’s humorous lens.

Maysoon is a graduate of and a Guest Comedian in Residence at Arizona State University. She is a Princeton University Arts Fellow for 2021-23 and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration in September. Maysoon is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest.  She was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has most recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey Networks In Deep Shift, 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Maysoon had the most viewed TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC.

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Working, Together: “Troublesome Questions” Organizing in Higher Ed

October 27, 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Online via Zoom

Join the UWT Labor Solidarity Project for the fourth seminar in the “Working, Together” series that will adopt an intersectional approach while exploring the recent histories of the regional, national, and global labor movements. Each meeting will feature a presentation and discussion facilitated by a leading voice in mapping the trajectory of labor activism and scholarship. These seminars are free and open to the public.

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BOOK TALK: Automation and Autonomy: Labour, Capital and Machines in the Artificial Intelligence Industry

October 28, 4:00 PM | Online via Zoom

Join the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and author James Steinhoff as we discuss his recent book, “Automation and Autonomy: Labour, Capital and Machines in the Artificial Intelligence Industry” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

The book argues that Marxist theory is essential for understanding the contemporary industrialization of the form of artificial intelligence (AI) called machine learning. It includes a political economic history of AI, tracking how it went from a fringe research interest for a handful of scientists in the 1950s to a centerpiece of cybernetic capital fifty years later. It also includes a political economic study of the scale, scope and dynamics of the contemporary AI industry as well as a labour process analysis of commercial machine learning software production, based on interviews with workers and management in AI companies around the world, ranging from tiny startups to giant technology firms.

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Anne Gould Hauberg Artist Images Series featuring Juan Alonso-Rodríguez

October 28, 4:30 PM | Online

Artist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez joins local arts advocate and DoubleXposure podcast host Vivian Phillips for a pre-recorded discussion of his work, which can be seen in museums and public spaces across the Pacific Northwest. The interview will be followed by a live Q&A, moderated by UW Libraries Special Collections PNW Curator Anne Jenner. New Dean of Libraries Simon Neame and UW President Ana Mari Cauce will offer introductory remarks.

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Tony Geist, On Translating Poetry: Treading the Line between the Excessively Literal and the Excessively Liberal

October 29, 12:30 – 2:00 PM | Online

In this talk, Anthony Geist, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, contextualizes translation as a collaborative process evidenced in his classrooms, offering both theoretical framing and practical strategies for doing
and teaching translation. Geist shares his experience in teaching contemporary Latin American and Spanish poets, wherein students work in teams and are able to bring their concerns about meaning and context to the authors themselves.

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