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April 21, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: A Conversation with Brad Smith, UW Public Lectures: An Evening with Masha Gessen, and More

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Katz Distinguished Lecture: Abderrahmane Sissako

April 26, 7:00 PM | Kane Hall 210

What is the place of West Africa in the world and of the world in West Africa? These are the questions that the Oscar- and Palme d’Or-nominated filmmaker Adberrahmane Sissako asks insistently in films that address the impact of World Bank and IMF policies in Mali and beyond (Bamako, 2006), the confrontation between extremist and moderate Islam in the southern Sahara (Timbuktu, 2014), and exile in Europe and the difficulties of returning home (Life on Earth, 1999). In all of his films, Sissako brings a worldly sensibility to the representation of the most pressing concerns of the continent, but always with an eye for the beauty and tenderness in everyday life, no matter how difficult, and for the moral ambiguities and linguistic complexities that evade so many representations of West Africa.

Sponsored by Simpson Center for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the UW African Studies Program, the Black Cinema Collective, the Henry Art Gallery, and Northwest Film Forum.

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A Conversation with Brad Smith

April 27, 5:00 PM | Husky Union Building

When your technology changes the world, what responsibility do you bear to address the global issues that arise? This conversation with Microsoft President & Vice Chair Brad Smith, inspired by his book “Tools and Weapons,” explores issues of responsibility and risk in the technological space, especially in the spread of misinformation. Margaret O’Mara (Department of History) moderates this panel with insights from UW professors Kate Starbird (Human Centered Design & Engineering) and Jevin West (Information School) of UW’s Center for an Informed Public. Sponsored by the UW Alumni Association.

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15th Annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lectures: Brain | Mind | Body: Exploring the Human Mind through Neuroimaging

April 27, 7:30 PM |  Kane Hall 130

30 years ago there was a scientific revolution that allowed us to finally measure the hidden workings of the human brain in action. This lecture series. sponsored by the Department of Psychology and presented by  focuses on what we have learned from functional magnetic resonance imaging, and how this technique has evolved to provide insight into the neural underpinnings of attention and reading.

UW Public Lectures: An Evening with Masha Gessen

April 28, 7:30 PM | Kane Hall 130

Join the Office of Public Lectures for an evening with National Book Award winner, bestselling author, and journalist Masha Gessen (they/them).

One of our most trenchant observers of democracy, Masha Gessen is the author of eleven books, including the National Book Award-winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. A staff writer at The New Yorker, they have covered political subjects including Russia, L.G.B.T. rights, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and the rise of autocracy among others. 

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2022 Endowed Milliman Lecture in Economics: Causality in Data Science

April 29, 6:00 PM | Savery 260

The Department of Economics hosts the 2022 Milliman Endowed Lecture, presented by Guido Imbens. This biennial lecture series brings world-renowned economists to the University of Washington through the generosity of Glen and Alison Milliman.

Guido Imbens is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and 2021 Nobel Laureate in Economics for his “methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships,” along with David Card and Joshua D. Angrist. His research focuses on developing methods for drawing causal inferences in observational studies, using matching, instrumental variables, and regression discontinuity designs. He went on to teach at Harvard University, UCLA, and UC Berkeley after graduating with his Ph.D. from Brown University. In addition to his current position at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society.

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2021-2022 WISIR Series: Contemporary Race & Politics in the United States; Race & Democracy

April 29, 11:30 AM | Online

The Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race at the University of Washington hosts a Webinar Series on Race and Contemporary Issues in the 2021-2022 academic year. These conversations focus on salient racial issues facing the country and will include University of Washington faculty as well as faculty from other institutions to offer reflections and varying perspectives on these important topics. 

This panel will be moderated by Chip Turner, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington. Joining the discussion will be panelists:

  • Cristina Beltrán, Associate Professor, New York University
  • Michael Hanchard, Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Deva Woodly, Associate Professor of Politics, The New School

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