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April 14, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: School of Art + Art History + Design Graduation Exhibitions, A Conversation with Rep. Adam Smith on US National Security Challenges, and More

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Entwined Like a Word and its Meaning: Reflections on Fifty Years of Sanskrit Studies

April 20, 7:00 PM | Online

Professor Emeritus Richard Salomon (Department of Asian Languages and Literature, UW) will share some of the insights and inspirations he has gained from studying Sanskrit and classical Indian literature and culture for over fifty years. He will also outline the long-standing tradition of Sanskrit instruction at the University of Washington that goes back well over 100 years. Professor Salomon will present readings of classic verses and lines from well-known Sanskrit authors to show how their complexity, subtlety, and imaginativeness set flowing the rasa, the “nectar” that is the aesthetic essence of Sanskrit literature. He will focus in particular on the works of Kālidāsa, widely acclaimed as the greatest of Sanskrit poets, and his unique and remarkable retelling of the history of King Rāma and the story of the Rāmāyaṇa in his epic poem, “The Dynasty of Raghu.”

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A Conversation with Rep. Adam Smith on US National Security Challenges

April 20, 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Husky Union Building

Join the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in partnership with the Center for West European Studies and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, in conversation with Representative Adam Smith, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, on how Putin’s war in Ukraine has redrawn the security blueprint of Europe and raised the stakes for U.S. leadership as the Biden-Harris administration strengthens the international rules-based order. While Moscow presents an acute threat, Beijing remains a pacing challenge – exporting its authoritarian model, building military capabilities, and more. Representative Smith will discuss these national security challenges and America’s role in the world.

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School of Art + Art History + Design Graduation Exhibitions

Ongoing | Jacob Lawrence Art Gallery

Join the School of Art + Art History + Design for a series of graduation exhibitions for students receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art.


  • Graduation Exhibition 2: April 20 – 30
  • Graduation Exhibition 3: May 4 – 14
  • Honors Graduation Exhibition 1: May 18 – 21
  • Honors Graduation Exhibition 2: May 25 – 28

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Gender Politics in South Asia and the Diaspora: Author Shobha Rao in Conversation with Alka Kurian

April 22, 4:00 PM |  HUB 145

Join Shobha Rao, author of the short story collection An Unrestored Woman and the novel Girls Burn Brighter, for a discussion on gender politics in South Asia and the diaspora focusing on some of the most urgent issues facing women today: domestic abuse, human trafficking, immigration, and mass displacement moving beyond the subcontinent. Female friendship and creative resilience as ways to combat these forces will also be explored. Presented by the South Asia Center and co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages & Literature, the Center for Global Studies, the Department of Creative Writing, the Department of English, the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and the UW-Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.

Life in One Cubic Foot

Through July 20 |  Burke Museum

From Seattle’s Seward Park to a coral reef in the South Pacific, Life in One Cubic Foot at the Burke Museum reveals the diversity of nature and inspires visitors to become community scientists. 

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