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September 28, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: Faculty Concert, The Secret Language of Art Radicals, and more

This week, explore “how to use art for resistance” with Elisheba Johnson, head to Meany Hall for an engaging performance by the Turtle Island Quartet, and more.

October 2, 7:30pm | Faculty Concert: UW Faculty Brass, Meany Hall

UW faculty brass instructors and Seattle Symphony members David Gordon (trumpet), John DiCesare (tuba), John Turman (French horn), and Eden Garza (trombone) are joined by colleague Alexander White (trumpet) in this concert of works by several composers.

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October 5, 7:30pm | Isata Kanneh-Mason, Meany Hall

Award-winning pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason is in great demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Currently Kanneh-Mason is Artist in Residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her Meany debut performance features an eclectic program including Fanny Mendelssohn’s Easter Sonata, lost for 150 years and then attributed to her brother Felix, before finally being recognized as hers.

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October 5, 6:00 – 7:00pm | Elisheba Johnson, “The Secret Language of Art Radicals: How Nina Simone and Jean-Michel Basquiat Taught Me How to Use Art for Resistance”, Henry Art Gallery

Join Elisheba Johnson, a curator, poet, public artist and consultant, for a discussion on “How Nina Simone and Jean-Michel Basquiat Taught Me How to Use Art for Resistance”. For six years Johnson worked at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture on capacity building initiatives and racial equity in public art. Johnson was a member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network advisory council and has won four Americans for the Arts Public Art Year in Review Awards for her work. She currently co-manages Wa Na Wari, a Black art center that uses the arts to build community and resist displacement.

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October 6, 1:00 – 5:30pm | 10th Annual Korean Peninsula Forum, Kane Hall

South Korea and the United States have invested 70 years forging an alliance which defines geopolitics in Asia. Join as two panels of experts review and interpret the future of US-SK relations and decipher Korea’s role between its greatest democratic ally and its largest economic partner. The forum will feature former diplomats and academics to provide critical perspectives from each side of the alliance.

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October 6, 7:30pm | Turtle Island Quartet, Meany Center

The Turtle Island Quartet has honored the lineage of musical traditions performed in North America, both past and present. Most recently, they have forged a new direction as an original music ensemble with Island Prayers, an ambitious, multi-composer piece. This evening-length work celebrates the range of influences within the rich cultural spectrum of the continent known as “Turtle Island.” The new music by award-winning composers bring a unique combination of jazz, American roots, Indigenous and folkloric styles to its premiere at Meany Center.

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Beginning October 13 | Readers’ Choice: “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson, Online

Marilynne Robinson, ’77, is one of the world’s premiere fiction writers. In 2023, the UW awarded her the Alumni Summa Laude Dignata Award — the highest award an alum can earn. In this Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, an Iowan preacher with a terminal illness writes a letter to his young child, chronicling his own life and that of his forefathers. This tender, meditative tale explores the accumulation of wisdom and the precious bonds between fathers and sons.

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October 13, 1:30 – 2:50pm | The Dubal Memorial Lecture: Weighing the Future: Race, Science, and Pregnancy Trials in the Postgenomic Era, Zoom

As the first ethnography of its kind, Weighing the Future examines the implications of ongoing pregnancy trials in the U.S. and United Kingdom, illuminating how processes of scientific knowledge production are linked to racism, capitalism, surveillance, and environmental reproduction. This groundbreaking book makes the case that science, and how we translate it, is a reproductive project that requires feminist vigilance. Instead of fixating on a future at risk, this book brings attention to the present at stake.

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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).