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December 15, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: January Preview

Start the new year with lectures, performances, exhibitions and more!

Highlights of exhibition:

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

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


January 10, 7:30 PM |Viral Justice: How We Grow The World We Want, Kane Hall

In this talk, Ruha Benjamin introduces a microvision of change — a way of looking at the everyday ways people are working to combat unjust systems and build alternatives to the oppressive status quo. Born of a stubborn hopefulness and grounded in social analysis, she offers a pragmatic and poetic approach to fostering a more just and joyful world.

Free | More info.

POSTPONED: Katz Distinguished Lecture: The End of a Global Model: Prospects for the Norht American Public University, 2020-2050

Christopher Newfield is Director of Research at the Independent Social Research Foundation (London) and President of the Modern Language Association. He was Distinguished Professor of Literature and American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he taught for thirty years. His areas of research are critical university studies, literary criticism, quantification studies, innovation studies, the intellectual and social effects of the humanities, and U.S. cultural history before the Civil War and after World War II.

Free | More info.

January 18, 4 – 5:30 PM | Going Public Podcast Launch Party, CMU 202

Going Public Podcast Launch Party

Join us to celebrate the launch of Going Public, a podcast dedicated to exploring public scholarship and publicly-engaged teaching in the humanities. Since 2015, two successive Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded grant initiatives under the name “Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics” have supported public scholars at the University of Washington. The episodes of Going Public consist of interviews with Mellon-supported public scholars after they have launched their projects or taught their public-facing seminars.

This listening party and reception will feature clips of the podcast, the story of its development, and a lightning presentation of the Reimagining the PhD digital archive of doctoral student projects and graduate seminar syllabi.

Free | More info.

January 18, 6:30 PM | Democracy and the 2022 Midterm Elections, Part II, Kane Hall

Join UW Professor Jacob Grumbach for the second and final lecture on the 2022 midterm elections. In this talk, he will address the election results as well as ways we can protect and improve American democracy through reforming the Constitution, updating election laws, and revitalizing the labor movement.

Free | More info.

January 20 – 22 | UW Dance Presents, Meany Hall

Made possible by the Kawasaki Guest Artist Fund, undergraduate students will perform an excerpt of Dancing Spirit (2009) an ode to Emeritus Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Judith Jamison, by award winning choreographer and artistic director of EVIDENCE Ronald K. Brown.

The program will also include a tryptic of short contemporary dance works staged by Rachael Lincoln that includes an excerpt from the highly praised an attic an exit (2006). New works will be presented by faculty Alana Isiguen, guest choreographer Nia-Amina Minor who was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 Artists to Watch, and a dance film installation by Juliet McMains.

$10-22 tickets | Tickets and more info.

January 18 – February 15, 7:30 PM |History Lecture Series: Medieval Made Modern, Kane Hall

The medieval period has always occupied a paradoxical position in our cultural memory. An age of fantasy unimaginably distant from historical reality, it is also an era onto which writers and artists—and now moviemakers and gamers—have long projected their fears and desires. Why do cultures remake certain figures from the past—but not others–in their own image?

Join Professor Emerita Robin Stacey for this five-lecture series where she looks at the present’s relationship with the past through the lens of the making and remaking of important historical figures—some real, some fictional, and some the creatures of myth.

Free | More info.


January 21, 8 PM |Holland Andrews, Meany Hall

Produced in partnership with Bill T. Jones and New York Live Arts
Co-presented with On the Boards

Performance artist, vocalist, clarinetist and composer Holland Andrews explores healing and freedom in a solo program of unique multilayered musical soundscapes. Through abstract operatic and extended vocal techniques, coupled with a dynamic range of sonic influences, Andrews expresses the chaos and oppression of our times. Their work is a rich aesthetic journey of profound creative balance, showing us what it means to create revolution, unlearn destructive patterns and — ultimately — transform the world around us.

$10 – 28 tickets | Tickets and more info.

January 24, 7:30 PM |Behzod Abduraimov, Meany Hall

Since winning the London International Piano Competition in 2009, Behzod Abduraimov’s passionate and virtuosic performances have dazzled audiences around the world. His “prodigious technique and rhapsodic flair” (The New York Times) have defined his career as a recording artist, recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with major orchestras worldwide. The Tashkent, Uzbekistan native presents a program specifically crafted for his Meany debut, featuring Uzbek composer Dilorom Saidaminova, along with works by Florence Price, Robert Schumann and Modest Mussorgsky.

$48- 60 tickets | Tickets and more info.

School of Music Concerts

January 23 | Concerto Competition: Piano/Keyboard, Brechemin Auditorium

January 25 | Faculty Concert: Tekla Cunningham, violin: H.I.F. von Biber: Mystery Sonatas , Meany Hall

January 28 – 29 | Opera Workshop: Haydn, Philemon und Baucis, Meany Hall

January 31 | Concerto Competition: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Brechemin Auditorium