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April 7, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: Beauty That Saved Their World: Ukrainian Women’s Arts and Crafts in the Soviet Gulag, Jeremy Denk, and More

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Faculty Recital: Melia Watras: Song: An Endless Flight

April 11, 7:30 PM | Meany Hall

Violist/composer Melia Watras is joined onstage by narrator Shelia Daniels, violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim and vocalist Carrie Henneman Shaw for a program for the School of Music of newly commissioned music by Alessandra Barrett and Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and works by Melia Watras and Frances White. All six pieces were composed in the last 10 years, and four of them will receive their world premieres on this concert, including Watras’s 5 Poems of Herbert Woodward Martin, which contains Song: An Endless Flight, a poem Martin dedicated to Watras and Lim.

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Jeremy Denk

April 12, 7:30 PM |  Meany Hall

One of America’s foremost pianists, Jeremy Denk’s creative blend of virtuosic dexterity and colorful imagination has earned him praise as “an artist you want to hear no matter what he performs” (The New York Times). Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, he is also lauded for his original and insightful writing about music. Denk returns to Meany Center with a program that examines the interplay between Bach and Schubert with four American-inspired works and culminates in Beethoven’s final piano sonata.

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Beauty That Saved Their World: Ukrainian Women’s Arts and Crafts in the Soviet Gulag

April 13, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Online via Zoom

Dr. Oksana Kis (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv) will give this public lecture as a part of the lecture series on Ukrainian history and culture sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; the Department of History; the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies; and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

In the 1940 and the 1950s thousands of Ukrainian women were sentenced to long-term incarceration in camps and prisons of the Gulag for real or alleged anti-Soviet crimes. Despite the back-breaking work, permanent hunger and cold, general exhaustion, disease and injuries, the abuse of guards and convicted criminals, and the intolerable living conditions, the need for beauty not only remained but sometimes even grew stronger among those female political prisoners. The women and girls invariably drew their inspiration from traditional Ukrainian culture, as the form and content of their creative efforts testify. What drove the women to sing and play music, to write poetry, to embroider and draw, to celebrate traditional holidays, to engage with amateur theater, to savor the beauty of nature—expending what was left of their energy, finding meager resources, and exposing themselves to likely punishment? What gave such a creative urge to these outcast captives? Who were they, these camp artists and artisans? What role did creative activity play in the survival strategies of Ukrainian women locked up as political prisoners in the Soviet Union?

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Third Coast Percussion/Movement Art Is: Metamorphosis

April 14, 8:00 PM |  Meany Center

Third Coast Percussion joins forces with the groundbreaking choreography of Movement Art Is (MAI) for an evening-length program at the Meany Center that explores the duality of human nature. At once intensely personal and fiercely virtuosic, MAI co-founders and choreographers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz seamlessly blend two disparate styles of street dance with new music by Jlin and Tyondai Braxton, as well as Third Coast Percussion’s critically acclaimed arrangement of Philip Glass’ Aguas da Amazonia.

Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium in Medical Ethics: Race, Health and Justice

April 15, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM |  wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House and Virtual Option

Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium in Medical Ethics on “Race, Health and Justice” is a one-day, cross disciplinary symposium which will present theoretical and empirical research on racial injustice and its impact on health and well-being.

The Keynote Speaker is George Yancy, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. Professor Yancy’s speech will also be a Philosophy Department Colloquium. The Symposium is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Program on Ethics, the School of Public Health, and the Benjamin Rabinowitz Endowment in Medical Ethics at UW

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