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January 13, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: Democracy and the 2022 Midterm Elections, UW Dance Presents, Physics Slam, and more

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

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 19, 3:30 PM | Rise of Authoritarianism and Communication Policy in Bangladesh | Fahmidul Haq (Bard College), Hybrid

This lecture will analyze how the recent communication policy reforms ensured controlling the media systems with a background of the recent rise of an authoritarian regime. Fahmidul Haq will investigate and talk about how the mainstream media, digital platforms as well as film industry of Bangladesh are directly or indirectly under surveillance and censorship. The discussion will also include how people’s constitutional right to express their opinions is muzzled by the government.

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 | UW Physics Slam 2023, Kane Hall

Five scientists turn into slammers for one night as they compete with each other to bring you the clearest and most entertaining explanation of a topic in physics. Each has only 10 minutes to wow you with secrets and subtleties of nature that took them their entire careers to discover. That’s it – 10 minutes. No fuss, no intellectual fog, and absolutely no unexplained jargon. Instead, you get good old-fashioned entertainment and a solid foundation in physical science, or the slammers haven’t done their jobs. The participants will be the judges to determine which slammer will go home with the top prize.

Free/optional donation | 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


Have an event that you would like to see featured in the ArtSci Roundup? Connect with Lauren Zondag (zondagld@uw.edu).