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October 28, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: Democracy and the 2022 Midterm Elections, Hafu ハーフ film screening, and more!

Through public events and exhibitions, connect with the UW community every week!

Highlights of current and upcoming exhibitions: 

October 27 – November 23 | Miha Sarani: Amends / November 2, 5 – 8 PM: Reception, Art Building

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is pleased to host Seattle artist Miha Sarani. This exhibition is a broad survey of Sarani’s work, focusing on portraiture while also reflecting his Slovenian heritage.

Until November 5 | Photo/Media Professor Ellen Garvens: Holding Unsteady, Koplin Del Rio (Georgetown, Seattle)

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)

November 1, 7:30 PM | Faculty Recital: Cristina Valdés, piano: Preludes and Etudes, Meany Center

Faculty pianist Cristina Valdés performs music by Henri Dutilleux, Alexander Scriabin, Huck Hodge, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, and Gabriela Ortiz in this program of preludes and etudes. She is joined by Cuong Vu, trumpet, for the premiere of her work Sketches of an Anniversary Prelude, for trumpet and piano.

$20 tickets ($15 UW Affiliate, $10 students and seniors). | Tickets and more info.

November 2, 12:30 PM | Dance Graduate Research SymposiumOnline Meany Hall – Studio Theatre

Join the Department of Dance to hear research presentations by second year MFA candidates in dance. This event is free and open to all UW and Seattle community members! Presentations will include:

Hip Hop Dance: A Multi-Referential Label with Controversial Considerations
Gary Champi, MFA Candidate UW Department of Dance

Party Environments and the Development of the Hustle: How Dance Party Spaces Foster Creativity and Community Connection Past and Present
Abdiel Jacobsen, MFA Candidate UW Department of Dance

Unlocking Creativity: Community Engaged Dance & Storytelling for Senior Adults
Jenn Pray, MFA Candidate UW Department of Dance

Free | More info.

November 2, 6:30 PM| Democracy and the 2022 Midterm Elections, Part I, Kane Hall

Jake Grumbach is an associate professor of political science at the University of Washington who focuses on political economy of U.S. Democracy. In the first of a two- part series, he will discuss the current crisis in American democracy and how national conflicts of race, labor, and democracy are playing out in state governments.

Free | RSVP

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.

  • 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

Free | RSVP

November 3, 5:30 PM | Film Screening: Hafu ハーフ, Thomson Hall 

Hafu (2013 Producer/Director/Videographer Megumi Nishikura) With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some visible others not. “Hafu” is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five “hafus”–the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation.

Each quarter during the academic year the UW Japan Studies Program will host a film to include discussion.

Free | More info.

November 4, 2 PM |SOUTH ASIAN IDENTITY IN A CHANGING WORLD | Chai and Conversation with the Directors of All That Breathes and In Search of Bengali Harlem, HUB

Shaunak Sen (Director, All That Breathes)
Vivek Bald and Alaudin Ullah (Directors, In Search of Bengali Harlem)

In conversation with:
Anand Yang (Professor of History and International Studies)
Alka Kurian (Associate Teaching Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences)

Identities are in flux today. How do individuals and groups make sense of their lives and beliefs in an ever-changing world increasingly in the throes of socioeconomic and religious conflict and environmental crises? Come join us in a conversation with the award-winning directors of the films “All That Breathes” and “In Search of Bengali Harlem” which highlight the choices people make to keep hopes alive.

This event is part of the 17th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival.

Free | More info.

November 7, 6 PM | Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers: Let’s think together about the power of place and care, online or HUB

Our annual public event draws from different stories and areas of knowledge to collaboratively consider a problem that’s keeping students up at night. Honors students, staff and faculty invite our broader community on campus and beyond to join our conversation on the power (and politics) of place.

With passionate speakers from public health, sociology, ethnic studies, geography, and history, we’ll explore how communities respond to systems and events that disrupt relationships to place (like colonialism, war, climate change, or global pandemics); explore how people and communities sustain themselves in the face of such displacements through creative adaptation and collective care; and find opportunities to honor the radical placemaking work of vulnerable communities and coalitions who are leading the way.

Free | RSVP

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).