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January 18, 2024

ArtSci Roundup: History Lecture Series, Meany Center Dance Performance, “A Kabluna” Film Screening, and more

This week, attend the History Lecture Series on Mediterranean Imprints and Erasures in Seattle, view the film screening of A Kabluna at the University of Washington, head to Meany Hall to enjoy Spain’s premiere dance group Compañía Nacional de Danza, and more.

January 22, 7:30 pm | Frequency: Variations, Meany Hall

Chamber group Frequency—violinists Michael Jinsoo Lim and Jennifer Caine Provine, violist Melia Watras, and cellist Sarah Rommel—performs works by Benjamin Britten, Felix Mendelssohn, Kaija Saariaho and the world premiere of a new work by Melia Watras in this exploration of the musical form of theme and variations.

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January 22, 3:30 – 5:00 pm | BOOK TALK | Ghosts in the Neighborhood: Why Japan is Haunted by its Past and Germany is Not by Walter Hatch, Professor Emeritus, Colby College, Thomson Hall

Join Walter Hatch, an affiliate faculty at the Japan Studies Program, for a special book talk. Hatch will defend the argument that political cooperation best explains Germany’s relative success and Japan’s relative failure in achieving reconciliation with neighbors brutalized by each regional power in the past.

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January 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm | War in the Middle East Lecture Series | Hope and Despair in Israel/Palestine, Kane Hall

Join the East Asia Center and the Japan Studies Program for a talk and discussion featuring Mira Sucharov, Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ontario and Omar M. Dajani, Professor of Law at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in Sacramento, California, as part of the department’s War in the Middle East Lecture Series on the aftermath of October 7, the war in Gaza and responses worldwide.

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January 23, 6:30 pm | Concerto Competition: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Brechemin Auditorium

UW instrumental performance students compete for a chance to perform with the UW Symphony. Judges for this competition are Brian Shaw, trumpet, and Logan Esterling, oboe.

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January 23 & 24 | Film Screening & Conversation: El Houb (The Love), Thompson Hall & Zoom

January 23, 4:00 – 6:00 pm |El Houb (The Love, 2022), directed by Shariff Nasr, follows Karim as he navigates coming out as gay to his Moroccan-Dutch Muslim family. This film screening will be introduced by Louisa Mackenzie and Nicolaas P. Barr (Comparative History of Ideas).

January 24, 9:30 – 11:00 am | This virtual panel about the award-winning Dutch film El Houb (The Love, 2022) will discuss how dominant white European narratives of “coming out” normatively frame queer freedom in contradistinction to racialized Others – particularly Muslim men.

January 24, 7:00 – 8:30 pm | HISTORY LECTURE SERIES | “Mediterranean Imprints and Erasures in Seattle” | Devin Naar, Kane Hall

In this History Lecture Series, Professor Devin Naar takes a look at how Seattle became home to one of the largest communities in the United States of Jews from the Muslim world.

Recordings of each lecture will be made available on the Department of History website.

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January 24, 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Film screening A Kabluna: Inuit Language Study at the University of Washington, Allen Auditorium

Join the Canadian Studies Center for the premiere screening of A Kabluna at the University of Washington.

This is a documentary about Inuktitut Language Scholar Sydney Tate Mallon (“Mick”) and his life and partnership with the University of Washington. The film follows Mick as he visits the UW to meet his students during his final year of teaching in 2019, where he shares about his life and work.

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January 25 – 27, 8:00 pm | Compañía Nacional de Danza, Meany Hall

Spain’s premiere dance group returns after 14 years for a rare Seattle engagement. The company is internationally renowned for its expressively powerful and refined movement style exemplified in three classic works: White Darkness, a lush and virtuosic one-act ballet created as a requiem; The vivacious and satirical Sad Case embodies the fiery, syncopated rhythms of Mexican mambo; And, Passengers Within is inspired by people determined to question the status quo.

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January 25, 3:30 – 5:00 pm | LECTURE | Kalyani Ramnath | Boats in a Storm: Law, Migration, and Decolonization in South and Southeast Asia, 1942-1962, Thomson Hall

Before World War II, traders, merchants, financiers, and laborers steadily moved between places on the Indian Ocean, trading goods, supplying credit, and seeking work. This all changed with the war and as India, Burma, Ceylon, and Malaya wrested independence from the British empire.

Boats in a Storm centers on the legal struggles of migrants to retain their traditional rhythms and patterns of life, illustrating how they experienced citizenship and decolonization.

Kalyani Ramnath (University of Georgia) narrates how former migrants battled legal requirements to revive prewar circulations, in a postwar context of rising ethno-nationalisms that accused migrants of stealing jobs and hoarding land.

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January 25, 3:00 – 6:00 pm | Mt. Koya – Kukai’s Gravitational Force in Japan’s History, Communications Building

Join the Department of Asian Languages & Literature for Washin Kai Conversations featuring Ven. Taijo Imanaka, Seattle Koyasan Temple. This is presented by Washin Kai: Friends of Classical Japanese at UW.

Washin Kai 和心会, also known as Friends of Classical Japanese at UW, was formed in the spring of 2018 to preserve and strengthen classical Japanese studies at UW. Washin Kai is a group of volunteers from the Puget Sound community with strong ties to the university and to Japan. Regularly organizing free, public lectures, the goal is to raise awareness and appreciation of classical Japanese literature.

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