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April 7, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: Japan’s Climate Change Policy, Yoko Ono and the Art of the Breakdown, Guest Artist Concert and more

This week, learn more about Japan’s response to climate change, attend the talk on Yoko Ono and the Art of the Breakdown, enjoy music performances at Meany Hall and more.

April 12, 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Stagnation or Renewal? Japan’s Energy and Climate Change Policy, Thomson Hall

This special lecture event with Phillip Lipscy  walks through Japan’s response to climate change. Once heralded for responding effectively to the 1970s energy crisis through ambitious energy conservation and diversification – which culminated in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol – by 2010 the country was widely criticized as a climate change laggard as it struggled to reduce emissions and sank to the bottom of international climate change rankings. Lipscy examines why Japan has struggled to make progress on decarbonization, the impact of the war in Ukraine on Japan’s energy transitions, and what lessons Japan’s experience holds for other countries.

Phillip Y. Lipscy is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, and a professor in the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo.

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April 12, 3:30 – 5:00 PM | Martin Nekola – War in Ukraine: Impact on the Czech Republic and on Europe, Meany Hall

The lecture will focus on the current political developments in Europe after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, 2022. In response to thousands of civilian deaths and destruction of the country, the international community has imposed fierce sanctions targeting every sector of the Russian economy. The war has created a new reality and changed the relations between Russia and the European Union from the ground. Was it possible to avoid the war? How are the refugees from Ukraine received and how did the conflict change lives of the people in neighboring countries? What will be the impact for Europe in near future?

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April 12, 5:00 – 6:30 PM | Virtual Book Talk and Discussion; Harry Bridges: Labor Radical, Labor Legend, Zoom

The iconic leader of a small but powerful union, Harry Bridges, was a highly controversial figure within the twentieth century labor movement. The result of more than 30 years of research, Robert Cherny’s new monumental biography of Bridges tells the life story of the person who built the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) into a labor powerhouse that now represents some 30,000 workers.

Join the University of Washington’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies for an evening with author Robert Cherny, labor journalist E. Tammy Kim, and ILWU activist Zack Pattin, reflecting on Bridges’s life and his legacy for the labor movement today.

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April 13, 5:30 – 7:00 PM | Joshua Chambers-Letson “Yoko Ono and the Art of the Breakdown”, Communications Building

Screams have always been a component of Yoko Ono’s artistic practice, but rather than received as an act of communication, the dominant reception has been not to listen. Offering a meditation on the queer dynamics of Asian American grief, this talk lingers in and listens to Ono’s shatter and scream as she mobilizes affective expressions that are at times explosive, and at others depressive, to perform various modes of coming undone, shattering, falling apart, and breaking down.

This is a Minoritarian Performance Research Cluster event. Joshua Chambers-Letson (Performance Studies and Asian American Studies, Northwestern University) is author of After the Party: A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life and A Race So Different: Law and Performance in Asian America, and co-editor (with Tavia Nyong’o) of José Esteban Muñoz’s The Sense of Brown.

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April 14, 7:30 PM | Guest Artist Concert: Ensemble Dal Niente, Meany Hall

Chicago-based contemporary music collective, Ensemble Dal Niente, presents new music in ways that redefine the listening experience and advance the art form. This performance includes the group’s interpretations of works by UW faculty composers. With Melia Watras, viola.

$10 – $20 Tickets| More info and Ticket

April 15, 8:00 PM | Fatoumata Diawara, Meany Hall

Fatoumata Diawara’s captivating stage presence and contemporary perspective make her one of Africa’s most vital international stars. A multiple Grammy nominee noted for the electric power of her music, her live performances “scream with energy” (NPR). Diawara harmonizes the Wassoulou traditions of Southern Mali with soul, R&B and funk to create a boldly experimental sound uniquely her own. Her vivid and original songs cover such timeless subjects as love, respect, migration, family and how to build a better world. Co-presented with SAMA: Seattle Sacred Music & Art.

$33 Tickets | More info and Tickets

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