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October 14, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: Grammy winner Morris Robinson, Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest, and more!

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October 17, 1:30 PM | Guest Artist Interview – Morris Robinson, Brechemin Auditorium, School of Music Building

Making his Seattle Opera debut in the role of King Marke in Tristan und Isolde, internationally acclaimed bass and recent GRAMMY winner Morris Robinson visits the University of Washington to share his story as a professional opera singer and his insights into the challenges of performing Wagner in the 21st century.

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October 18, 7:30 PM| UW Public Lectures – Reckoning with Race: Fluidity, Invention, and Reality with Ann Morning, Kane Hall

The notion that race is a social construct, rather than an objective physical reality, is widely accepted – except in areas that include biomedical research, debates about transracial identities, and sports. In this talk, Ann Morning will dissect the reasons we hold firmly to the 18th-century understanding of race in these domains.

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October 18, 6 PM | Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writers Fellow: Rena Priest, online

Rena Priest (Lhaq’temish Nation), the Washington State Poet Laureate, has received numerous awards for her writing, including an American Book Award for her debut poetry collection, “Patriarchy Blues.” Priest will share a reading followed by a conversation with UW Ta(oma professor Danica Miller (Puyallup), with an opportunity for audience questions afterward. The emcee for the event will be Annie Downey and the discussion moderator will be Anne Jenner, ’93, both from the UW Libraries.

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October 19, 7 PM | Washin Kai Presents: “What is Haiku?” with Professor Paul Atkins, Scott Oki, Mitsuko Miller, and Bruce Rutledge, Kane Hall

How and why did haiku come about? Why are haiku so short? Why do they include precisely 17 syllables in a 5-7-5 arrangement? This talk, which presumes no knowledge of Japan or the Japanese language, will answer these questions and more. In an engaging overview of this fascinating topic, Professor Paul Atkins will discuss the origins of haiku in medieval Japan, introduce the major classic poets, and explore the ways in which haiku is linked to other forms of Japanese literature and art. Haiku is not just a poetic genre—it is a way of looking at the world and, for many people, a way of life. This talk will be followed by a moderated roundtable discussion between Professor Paul Atkins, and haiku poets Scott Oki and Mitsuko Miller.

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Jews of Arab Lands | 2022 Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Fall Speaker Series, online

Collage showing historic images of Jews in lights robes and hats, with medieval map alongside

What did it mean to be a Jewish minority in an Arab-Islamic society? How did Judaism shape Islam and vice versa? What is the future of Jewish-Arab relations?

Today, Jews and Arabs sometimes seem to be entrenched in a timeless conflict. But for centuries, over 90% of the world’s Jews lived, worked, and thrived (or sometimes floundered) in the Arab

Near East.

In four talks from scholars drawing on their original research, this series will explore interactions between Jews and Arabs across fifteen hundred years of history.

  • October 19, 4 PM | Lecture 1. Arabian Judaism and Early Islam
  • October 26, 4 PM | Lecture 2. The Jews of Medieval Baghdad in the Abbasid Era
  • November 2, 3 PM | Lecture 3. Jews and Muslims in Colonial Algeria: Between Intimacy and Resentment
  • November 10, 3 PM | Coffeehouses, Parks, and Neighborhoods: Jews and Muslims
    in 20th-Century Cairo

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Autumn Quarter: The Big Read: The New Education by Cathy Davidson

The College of Arts & Sciences is launching its “Rethinking the Academy” initiative by inviting students, faculty, and staff to join a campus-wide reading experience, followed by conversations about how we can enhance teaching and learning at the University of Washington.

Join the conversation: Register for the keynote with the author on November 14 at 1:30pm (in person or Zoom).

October 20, 11 AM: UW President Ana Mari CauceAnnual President’s Address, Henry Art Gallery Auditorium and online

Join President Ana Mari Cauce for her annual address to learn about her vision for the year ahead and the University of Washington’s critical role in accelerating change for the public good through education, innovation, discovery and collaboration. Questions can be submitted in advance and during the event to presofuw@uw.edu.

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October 20 – 22: Pilobolus, Meany Hall

For 50 years, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality with choreography that changed the look of modern dance. Now for this anniversary celebration, Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future. As fresh and vibrant as ever, this feisty, shape-shifting arts organism puts the “Oh!” in ​BIG FIVE-OH! and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds. The celebration includes signature works, from vintage classics to their trendsetting innovations in shadow play.

UW Faculty, UW Staff, UW Retirees and UW Alumni Association (UWAA): 10% off regular-priced single tickets, subject to availability. A valid UW ID (e.g. Husky card or UWAA card) is required; limit of one ticket per valid ID.

UW Student: $10 UW Student Tickets are available in Section B for most Meany Center visiting artist performances. A discount of 20% off regular-priced single tickets is available to UW Students in Section A. Limit of one UW Student ticket per valid Husky ID.

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October 20, 2:30 PM | Nuclear Predicaments of Russia’s War Against Ukraine with Emma Belcher, HUB 

Ploughshares Fund President Emma Belcher in conversation with Jackson School faculty Christopher Jones and Scott Montgomery on the current state of nuclear threats within the confines of the escalating crisis in Ukraine. Together they will explore the geopolitical impacts of Russia’s war and the importance of diplomacy at this critical time.

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October 20, 6 PM | 2022 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Health Disparities in the United States: Drivers and the Path Forward with Dr. Ali Mokdad, Alder Hall Auditorium 

Dr. Ali Mokdad will explore the drivers of health disparities in the United States among racial/ethnic groups. Dr. Mokdad will discuss the extent to which these patterns vary geographically at the local scale and how they are not well understood. He will address the urgent need to address the shared underlying factors driving these widespread disparities and the path forward to improve population health in the US.

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Highlights of current and upcoming exhibitions: 

Until October 29 |The Traveling Jacob Lawrence Gallery: MFA Group Show, SOIL Art Gallery (Pioneer Square)

November 6 – April 16 | Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, Burke Museum (Free admission for UW students, faculty and staff)

Until January 8 | everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt., Henry Art Gallery (Free admission for UW students, faculty and staff)