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November 10, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: Book Talk with Cathy Davidson, Poetry with Ricardo Ruiz, Jazz Innovations with School of Music faculty and students, and more.

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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).

November 14, 5 PM | Assessing the 2022 Midterm Election Results With Implications for the Next Two Years and for 2024, Online

Please join us a week after the general elections for a roundtable discussion of what the election results portend for national and state policymaking over the next two years, and for the 2024 Presidential election race. Speakers include Scott Lemieux, Becca Thorpe, and Mark Smith moderated by John Wilkerson.

Free | More info.

Highlights of current and upcoming exhibitions: 

October 27 – November 23 | Miha Sarani: Amends, 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.

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 15, 6 PM | Ricardo Ruiz presents “We Had Our Reasons,” University Book Store

Poet Ricardo Ruiz, ’20 will read and sign copies of his book, We Had Our Reasons: Poems by Ricardo Ruiz and Other Hardworking Mexicans from Eastern Washington.

We Had Our Reasons is a collection of poems created by Ricardo Ruiz in collaboration with other members of his Mexican farm community in Eastern Washington. The poems, vivid and pointed, guide the reader through the thoughts and struggles that come with the decision to leave one’s home in Mexico, and travel to this remote, rural community of the United States. Through the book access is provided to readers; stories that have gone untold for generations are now shared, evoking conversation at home and within the community due to the commonality of experiences. A glimpse into the multi-generational effects of migration is seen through the recounting of the stories of both parents and their children – both documented and undocumented. Ricardo’s raw and unapologetic style cuts right into the emotions of each moment divulged in short, punching, powerful pieces.

Free | More info.

November 15, 7:30 PM | Juilliard String Quartet, Meany Center

Juilliard String Quartet, The Juilliard School, Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano

The Juilliard String Quartet delves into the wonders of the string quartet literature with irrepressible energy and unceasing curiosity. During its 75-year tenure as the string quartet in residence at The Juilliard School, the storied ensemble has embraced its mission “to play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new” in a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. They will present their distinct perspective on two of Beethoven’s late quartets, along with a contemporary view of Beethoven by the multifaceted German composer Jörg Widmann, co-commissioned by Meany Center.

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

November 15, 7 PM | Storm Clouds Over the Pacific? Impacts of the Invasion of Ukraine on China-Taiwan-US Relations, HUB 334 or livestream

What are the implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the relations among China, Taiwan, and the U.S.? Does the war make the use of force by China against Taiwan more likely? If China uses force will the U.S. go to war to defend Taiwan? Will Taiwan be able to resist China’s threats in ways comparable to Ukraine?

A panel of UW experts considers these and other issues in the changed International environment since February 2022.

  • David Bachman, Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies
  • James Lin, Assistant Professor of International Studies, Taiwan Studies Program
  • Tabitha Grace Mallory, Affiliate Professor of International Studies and CEO, China Ocean Institute
  • Anand Yang, (Moderator), Professor of History and International Studies

Free | RSVP and more info.

Jazz Innovations, School of Music – Brechemin Auditorium

Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions.

November 16, 7:30 PM | Jazz Innovations, Part I

Program will include The Vu Fighters (Cuong Vu, advisor) and Owen Gwinn Quintet (Marc Seales, advisor).

Free | More info.

November 17, 7:30 PM | Jazz Innovations, Part II, School of Music – Brechemin Auditorium

Program will include Three-Eleven (Ted Poor, faculty advisor) and The Sharp Four (Steve Rodby, advisor).

Free | More info.

November 16, 7:30 PM |Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, Kane Hall

In this performance, Canadian rapper and former tree-planter Baba Brinkman will break down the science, politics, and economics of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the global energy economy. To paraphrase the Notorious BIG: “Mo’ carbon, mo’ problems.”

Pay what you can | More info.

November 17 – 19, 8 PM |Martha Graham Dance Company, Meany Center

The legendary Martha Graham Dance Company continues to foster Graham’s spirit of ingenuity and artistic collaboration, while inspiring new generations of dance lovers and choreographers. Among the works the company will perform is a new Canticle for Innocent Comedians, based on the themes and format of Graham’s original “lost” work — a celebration of the power of nature and the elements. The series of vignettes features today’s Graham stars in solos, duets and trios by eight diverse choreographers with a new score from jazz pianist Jason Moran. Additional pieces on the program include Errand into the Maze, Diversion of Angels and Cave, a high-energy, rave-inspired work by Hofesh Shechter.

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

November 17 – December 4 | Language of Angels, Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

I didn’t get all that when I was little, all that stuff about angels and god in heaven. I thought it was all puffy clouds and angel babies playing harps. I didn’t get the other part, the secret part, like some kinda sign. The language of angels, and how light burns.

Many years after their friend Celie goes missing in the caves near a rural North Carolina town, many of her close-knit friends recall the inexplicable impacts of her loss. As the play unfolds, we see how Celie’s disappearance continues to affect each of them in different ways. Against the echoes of Celie’s ghostly cries, the survivors continue to struggle to unravel the mysteries of that fateful night. In this haunting yet touching play, Iizuka weaves a story on grief, loss, guilt, and karma into a play with elements of Japanese Noh drama set in Appalachia.

Directed by faculty member Valerie Curtis-Newton (Father Comes Home from the Wars Pars 1, 2, & 3, The Best of Everything) the recipient of the 2022 University of Washington Faculty Lecture Award.

$20 tickets ($14 UW employee and senior, $10 student) | Tickets and more info.