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April 29, 2022

ArtSci Roundup

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Carving out a brave space: Courage in art

May 3, 7:00 PM | HUB Lyceum & Online

“Have something to say. Be brave enough to say it. Use your art to change the world.” UW Drama Professor and Head of Directing & Playwriting Valerie Curtis-Newton lives by these words in her directing and teaching career. She urges artists to take risks and inspires audiences to see the world differently and embrace difficult conversations. Her lecture will explore the importance of courage in art and reflect on how her work has shaped theater in Seattle and beyond.

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UDP PC Lecture Series – Climate Displacement and Migration: The Unknown Journey for Washingtonians

May 5, 6:00 PM | Online via Zoom

Climate change’s effects are already being realized globally and across the US–including in Washington State. These effects manifest in specific events like the recent wildfires in Okanogan and Douglas Counties and in longer-term, chronic changes like the Pacific Northwest’s heat wave last summer and slow-onset sea-level rise along the coast. All these effects are making some places less habitable, forcing residents to leave temporarily or, in some cases, permanently. But where do they go and how? What awaits them as they evacuate, move, or migrate? Are there programs or policies in place to provide support and protection? 

The UW Department of Urban Design and Planning ‘s Professionals Council is pleased to present an evening with Dr. Carlos Martín, Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies to talk about current and future climate displacement.

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

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Kollar American Art Lecture – ShiPu Wang

May 5, 6:00 PM | wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

Can you name more than one female artist of Japanese descent active on the West Coast before WWII? Why do we know so little about Japanese American women who were in fact vital contributors to early 20th-century American art? In this lecture sponsored by the School of Art + Art History + Design, Dr. ShiPu Wang shares his decades of rediscovery of imagery by American artists of Asian descent and takes a closer look at paintings by three trailblazing women who were all displaced during WWII but never stopped making art. Their diverse portraiture in particular reveals untold stories of turmoil and perseverance, as well as historical marginalization of female artists of the racioethnic minority that merits reconsideration and intervention.

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15th Annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lectures: Brain | Mind | Body: Current Advances in Sexuality Research and Teaching

May 4, 7:30 PM |  Kane Hall 130

Our sexuality reflects the very core of our being. Our sexual identity, our attractions, and our sexual response all strongly impact our lives and our relationships. In one talk, Dr. Meredith Chivers will present exciting research that challenges our commonly held assumptions about sexual desire and response. In a second talk, Dr. Nicole McNichols will present a new model for sex education that embraces the specific challenges and ideas inherent to how young people today conceptualize sex and their own sexuality. Sponsored by the Department of Psychology.

Meklit’s MOVEMENT Live: Stories & Songs of Migration

May 7, 8:00 PM | Meany Hall

MOVEMENT Live is an evening-length performance experience, exploring the sonically rich, emotionally compelling intersection of migration and music. The show was co-developed by Ethiopian American singer-composer Meklit, and combines the energy of Meklit’s songs and band, with intimate first-person stories of her own life experiences as a refugee making music and meaning from cross-cultural origins. 

In this world premiere performance at the Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Meklit is joined on stage by three outstanding Seattle-based artists who hold migration as a key part of their personal or family journey: Kiki Valera (Cuba), Momma Nikki (Haiti/US) and Dakota Camacho (Guåhan). Each artist contributes both songs and stories. Together, these four musicians weave a tapestry of migration music, framing immigrants, migrants and refugees as cultural innovators who push boundaries of creative expression in ways that are complex, intersectional, raw, joyous, rhythmic and offer shared space for reimagining belonging in America. 

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