UW News

January 6, 2023

ArtSci Roundup

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

January 9, 7 PM |Feelin Book Event: Bettina Judd in Conversation with Dian Million, Elliott Bay Book Company

University of Washington Professors Bettina Judd and Dr. Dian Million gather in support of the former’s new book Feelin: Creative Practice, Pleasure, and Black Feminist Thought (Northwestern University Press, December 2022). In the book, the poet, artist, and scholar Bettina Judd argues that Black women’s creative production is feminist knowledge production produced by registers of affect she calls “feelin.”

Free | More info.

January 11, 6:30 PM | Utilizing Family Skills as a Protective Shield for Families Living Through War, Displacement and Other Challenging Contexts, Zoom

Parenting can be challenging at the best of times, let alone parenting children through war or refugee contexts. Global conflicts entail many changes for children and their families, with the potential for acute and longer-term impact on well-being and mental health. What can we do to help? Effective parenting can act as a protective shield against the difficulties that children face in challenging times. Providing interventions that focus on building strengths in parenting practices can be protective and predict more positive outcomes for children. In this talk, a wide range of open access family skills resources will be shared. As all families can experience highly stressful times, whether it is illness, relationship breakdown or living through a global pandemic, these resources have universal importance and applicability. This talk will reflect on the diverse public health implications of availing family skills resources for the prevention of drug use, mental health, violence and several adverse health and social consequences.

Free | More info.

January 12, 6 PM | A Conversation: Max Hunter on his book “Speech Is My Hammer,” University Book Store

University Book Store is proud to present Max Hunter for a conversation with Dr. Chandan Reddy about Dr. Hunter’s book Speech Is My Hammer.

With Speech Is My HammerMax Hunter draws on memoir and his own biography to call his readers to reimagine the meaning and power in literacy. Defining literacy as a spectrum of skills, abilities, attainments, and performances, Hunter focuses on dispelling literacy myths and discussing how Black male artists, entertainers, professors, and writers have described their own literacy narratives in self-conscious, ambivalent terms.

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