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May 12, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: Frontiers of Physics Lecture, Dance Concert, Undergrad Research Symposium and more

This week, learn about the Warped Side of the universe, listen to Russian Journalist Yevgenia Albats speak about her experiences, tune into the “Reflections on the 1968 UW Black Student Union” event livestream and more.


May 16 – 17, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Makers Fair, HUB Street/Lyceum/Lawn

The Makers Fair showcases the creative talents and uniquely made crafts and creations of UW students, faculty, and staff. The quarterly fair is sponsored by the Husky Union Building, The Whole U, and Housing & Food Services.

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May 16, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Sam Kigar and Rokiatou Soumaré, “Translation as Territorialization: Language and Belonging in Modern Africa” | A Translation Studies Hub Colloquium, Communications Building

Join the UW Translation Studies Hub for two short talks and conversation:

“Against Translation as Metaphor: Sultanic Languages of Sovereignty in Late 19th Century Morocco”
Sam Kigar (Islamic Studies, Department of Religion, University of Puget Sound) challenges a scholarly tradition of describing religions as languages that can be translated into one another. He examines the translation of two letters by Sultan Hassan I (r. 1873-1894) about his journeys to the Sūs region of southern Morocco. The Sultan was not translating forms of Islamic sovereignty into “foreign” territorial terms, instead, he was participating in the territorialization of the Sūs.

“Decentering French to re-center Wolof: Translation as a Nationalist Performance in Boubacar Boris Diop’s Work”
Rokiatou Soumaré (French and Francophone Studies, University of Puget Sound) proposes that Senegalese novelist Boubacar Boris Diop positions himself in his work as a nationalist linguistic activist by writing in Wolof instead of French, Senegal’s lingua franca. For Diop, translating these essential pieces initiated an ambitious political project that aligns with his nationalistic views, and his rejection of French hegemony.

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May 17, 7:30 PM | Embosquecerse, by Juan Pampin and Abigail Jara, Meany Hall

This project was born from a collaboration between Abigail Jara (choreographer and dancer) and Juan Pampin (sound artist and composer). The work was created during a residency of MUSSE DC at the Department of Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the UW Seattle campus in April 2022.

The performance is an exploration of the territory based on sound maps. The use of sensors enables the performers to carry out a space-time reconfiguration of the forest based on its sounds, which has the body as its axis, and movement and time as its organizing principle. In turn, the performers are part of an audiovisual ecosystem in which their bodies are captured by infrared cameras – similar to those used by scientists to investigate the presence of animals in the forest.

In each section of the work, the performers explore this interactive audiovisual space based on certain concepts related to the forest, such as the animal, the arborescent, the vegetal, the aviary, and the spectral.

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May 17 – May 21 | MFA Dance ConcertMeany Hall

Join the Department of Dance for their first-ever concert in the round. Six premieres by current graduate students, including one film, explore topics from Artificial Intelligence to the concept of Yin and Yang.

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May 17, 7:30 – 9:00 PM | My Romance with the Warped Side of the Universe from Black Holes and Wormholes to Time Travel and Gravitational Waves, Kane Hall

The Frontiers of Physics Lecture Series brings renowned scientists to the UW to offer free lectures on exciting advances in physics with the goal of fostering an appreciation of science and technology in our community. This spring the Department of Physics is honored to welcome 2017 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Kip Thorne.

When Kip Thorne embarked on his career as a physicist in the 1960s, there were hints that our universe might have a “warped side”:  objects and phenomena such as black holes that are made from warped spacetime instead of from matter. Most of Kip’s half-century career has been devoted to converting those hints into clear understanding. He and his colleagues have explored the Warped Side through theory (using mathematics and computer simulations to probe what the laws of physics predict) and through astronomical observations (primarily with gravitational waves). In this lecture he will recount the history of those explorations, he will describe what we now know about the Warped Side, and he will speculate about the future.

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May 18, 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Transcultural Approaches to Europe: Specters of Sexual Liberation, Communications Building

This lecture series and colloquium advance crucial conversations on world language and literature study on the UW Seattle campus through an interdisciplinary, multi-departmental speaker series focused on issues of race, identity, colonialism, and migration within a broad European context. These approaches to national literatures offer effective frameworks for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to grasp the intersectional complexity of power configurations in literary and visual cultures.

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May 18, 7:30 PM | Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert: Srivani Jade, Music of North India, Meany Hall

Indian Classical vocalist, educator, and composer, Srivani Jade presents “Ritu Chakra: Ragas of the Six Seasons of North India” in the culminating recital of her artist residency at the UW School of Music. She is accompanied by Deepashri Joglekar (Harmonium), Ravi Albright (Tabla), Suchitra Iyer (Vocal Saath), and Tanpura. Her UW students present a short opening act of Ragas and bandish compositions they learned during the quarter.

Srivani Jade identifies deeply with the Khayal and Thumri traditions of North India, and devotional repertoire from the Bhakti movement. Her performances have received critical acclaim in the 2014 Sawai Gandharva Festival and 2016 Earshot Jazz Festival, and she has many albums, film and musical scores to her credit.

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May 18, 7:30 PM | Christopher Ozubko – A Life of Design: Student / Designer / Teacher / Director, Kane Hall

Christopher Ozubko is a Canadian-American designer, educator, and former Director of the School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington. He completed his BFA at the University of Alberta, and his MFA at the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art, then under the direction of Katherine and Michael McCoy. After his appointment to the Design faculty at the UW in 1981, Ozubko established his own atelier in Seattle, Studio Ozubko, which garnered numerous regional, national, and international design awards.

Ozubko’s poster designs are in the collections of the George Pompidou Museum, Paris; the US Library of Congress; the Museum of Applied Art, Helsinki; Dansk Plakatmuseum, Arhus, Denmark; and IPT Toyama, Japan.

As an educator, Ozubko developed and led the UW summer “Design in Rome” program for more than a decade, which exposed students to photography, history, epigraphy, traditional craft, and industrial technology.

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May 18, 7:30 PM | Putin’s Wars | A Talk by Russian Journalist Yevgenia Albats, Husky Union Building

Come to the Husky Union Building and listen to Yevgenia Albats, Distinguished Journalist in Residence, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, talk about Putin’s Wars. The speech is followed by a public Q&A.

Yevgenia Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, and radio host. She has been Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly, since 2007. On February 28, 2022, Vladimir Putin blocked its website, just days after Russia invaded Ukraine. Despite that, Albats continues to run the newtimes.ru, and she kept reporting from Russia until she had to leave the country in the last week of August 2022 after she was fined for her coverage of the war with Ukraine and pronounced a foreign agent. She graduated from Moscow State University and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. Additionally, she was a full-time professor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics.

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May 19, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Undergraduate Research Symposium, Kane Hall

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a larger audience. It is also a space for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting-edge research. This event is held on UW’s campus and is open to all students, faculty, and community members to attend.

The event includes poster, visual arts and design, performing arts, and oral presentations by students from all academic disciplines and all three UW campuses, plus invited student presenters from peer institutions.

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Credits: Emile Pitre Collection, James Garrett, MOHAI, Steve LudwigCredits: Emile Pitre Collection, James Garrett, MOHAI, Steve Ludwig

May 19, 5:00 – 6:30 PM | Reflections on the 1968 UW Black Student Union, Livestream

Join together with students – past and present – to celebrate and commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the Black Student Union (BSU).

This panel conversation is an opportunity for our campus community to hear from BSU founding members James P. Garrett, Larry Gossett, Kathleen Haley, Carl Miller, and Leathia Stallworth-Krasucki, who demanded changes in how the UW served students of color. From their 1968 occupation of the UW administration building (now Gerberding Hall), to the myriad ways they have been leading voices in justice and equity over the years, these visionary leaders have shaped this university and our greater community.

The panel will be moderated by UW alum and former Black Student Union leader Dr. Marc Arsell Robinson, Assistant Professor of History from California State University, San Bernardino.

Registration for in-person attendance is at capacity and is only open for the livestream.

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