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November 22, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: Gender & Protests in Iran panel; Languages of Angels performance; Belonging, Queer Relationality, & Black Women’s Labor talk, and more

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

Highlights of current exhibitions: 

Until 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 28, 12:30 PM | States of Power: Gender & Protests in Iranonline

A “Feminist Revolution”? Rethinking Iran Protests through a Feminist Lens – Nazanin Shahrokni 

Nazanin Shahrokni is a sociologist and an assistant professor of gender and globalization at the London School of Economics, where she directs the MSc program for Gender and Gender Research. Her scholarly work is located at the intersection of gender and globalization, feminist geography, and ethnographies of the state in Iran, the Middle East and beyond. Nazanin is the author of the award-winning book Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran (UC Press 2020). She also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association.

Labor and State in Iran: From the 1979 Revolution to the 2022 Protests – Peyman Jafari 

Peyman Jafari is Assistant Professor of History and International Relations at the College of William and Mary. His research focuses on the social history of revolutions and the role of the labor movement in contemporary Iran, and the relationship between empires, labor, and ecology in the global history of oil. He is currently writing a monograph titled Oil and Labor in the Iranian Revolution: A Social History of Uneven and Combined Development.

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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.

School of Music Concerts

November 29 | Concert and Campus Bands, Meany Hall

November 30 | Modern Band and UW Jazz Studies Faculty, Meany Hall

December 3 | Autumn 2022 Concert – Campus Philharmonia, Meany Hall

December 4 | Modern Music Ensemble, School of Music

Full School of Music calendar


November 30, 3:30 PM | Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (GWSS) Fall 2022 Colloquium: “Land as Insurgent Kin” presented by fabian romero, Padelford

fabian romero will discuss work from their dissertation. The colloquium will be moderated by Michelle Morado.

Free | More info.


December 2, 4 PM | Belonging, Queer Relationality, & Black Women’s Labor, Hutchinson Hall

Focusing on the themes of belonging, queer relationality, and Black women’s labor, Bimbola Akinbola will discuss her book project, Transatlantic Disbelongings: Anti-Respectability, Queerness, and Diasporic Homemaking in Nigerian Women’s Art, and her most recent durational performance, “You Gotta Know It”: A durational mediation on (black) collectivity, labor, and joy.

Free | More info.