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January 25, 2024

ArtSci Roundup: Katz Distinguished Lecture, Book Talks, Michelle Cann Piano Performance, and more

This week, listen to the Katz Distinguished Lecture series led by Sasha Su-Ling Welland, join a book talk event with Dr. Alexander Bubb, be awed by Michelle Cann’s piano performance, and more.

January 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am | 18/19 GRC Book Talk: Asian Classics on the Victorian Bookshelf with Dr. Alexander Bubb, Zoom

UW Textual Studies will host a virtual book talk event with Dr. Alexander Bubb on his latest book, Asian Classics on the Victorian Bookshelf. There will be a featured presentation and Q&A session that follows.

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January 26, 12:30 – 1:30 pm | 2023-2024 Turkish & Ottoman Studies Program Talk Series – STFF Director, Semih Tareen, Denny Hall

The Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures invites Semih Tareen, the Seattle Turkish Film Festival Director, to give a talk on viruses, biotechnology, and horror movies. 

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January 29, 6:30 pm | Concerto Competition: Piano/Keyboard, Brechemin Auditorium

UW keyboard performance students perform concerto movements for outside judges for a chance to perform with the UW Symphony.

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January 29, 3:30 – 5:00 pm | ‘Public Interest and State Legitimation: Early Modern England, Japan, and China’ by Wenkai He, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Thomson Hall

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program, the China Studies Program is hosting book talk with Wenkai He, author of Public Interest and State Legitimation: Early Modern England, Japan, and China

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January 30, 6:30 pm | KATZ DISTINGUISHED LECTURES IN THE HUMANITIES: The Art of Living in the Nuclear Anthropocene, Kane Hall

In this Katz Distinguished Lecture Series, Sasha Su-Ling Welland, Chair and Professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, is invited to discuss “The Art of Living in the Nuclear Anthropocene.” This is a story of kinship, grief, and place that asks an impossible question. This lecture explores telling terrible stories in a way that centers relationally and compels those to seek repair instead of closure.

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January 30, 6:00 – 7:00 pm | LECTURE | Cultivating Tomorrow: Empowering Change through Community Farming, Agro-tourism, and Climate Action in Nepal, Thomson Hall

The converging forces of climate change, migration, and shifting livelihoods have thrust Nepal’s farmers into precarious positions. Join the South Asia Center and the Nepal Studies Initiative for a case study on how Sanskriti Farms & Research Centre is responding through innovative and sustainable agricultural practices at a local scale while empowering the community.

Shree Krishna Dhital is the Executive Director of Sanskriti Farms & Research Centre and Phoolbari Homestay. He has over a decade of experience in tourism, community farming, and sustainable technological implementation.

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January 30, 5:00 – 6:20 pm | War in the Middle East Lecture: The Question of Palestine and the Evolution of Solidarity and Resistance in the U.S., Husky Union Building

Karam Dana, Associate Professor at UW Bothell, will discuss “The Question of Palestine and the Evolution of Solidarity and Resistance in the U.S.” His research examines Palestinian political identity and the impact of Israeli occupation on Palestinian society. He also studies American Muslims, how they are racialized, and what affects their political participation in the U.S.

This event is part of War in the Middle East, a series of talks and discussions on the aftermath of October 7, the war in Gaza, and responses worldwide.

Recordings of each lecture will be made available on the event landing page. Watch or listen to the January 16, 2024, recording of On the Ground in Israel Now.

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January 30, 7:30 pm | Faculty Concert: Rachel Lee Priday, violin; Craig Sheppard, piano, Meany Hall

Faculty colleagues Rachel Lee Priday and Craig Sheppard present a blockbuster program, including the Fauré A Major Sonata and Bartok #1 and shorter works by Arvo Pärt and Franz Schubert.

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January 31, 7:00 – 8:30 pm | HISTORY LECTURE SERIES | “Russian-American Encounters in Seattle” | Elena Campbell, Kane Hall

In this History Lecture Series, Professor Elena Campbell explores the multifaceted history of Seattle’s engagement with peoples from the Romanov Empire and the Soviet Union, including trade relations and commerce, Russian emigration, the “Red Scare,” Russian studies, and citizen diplomacy.

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

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February 1, 7:30 pm | Michelle Cann, The Women of Chicago’s Black Renaissance, Meany Hall

Lauded as “technically fearless with…an enormous, rich sound” (La Scena Musicale), pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age 14 and has since performed as a soloist with numerous prominent orchestras.

Cann’s Meany debut features a music program by luminaries of Chicago’s Black Renaissance, including Hazel Scott, Nora Holt, Irene Britton Smith, and others. A champion of Florence Price’s music, Cann also performs the composer’s Fantasies No. 1, 2, and 4.

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February 2, 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TALK | Severyns Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics – Suparna Chaudhry, Lewis and Clark College, Gowen Hall

Join the Department of History and the Severyns Ravenholt Endowment at the UW for a conversation with Suparna Chaudhry, Assistant Professor in the Department of International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College, and Ji Hyeon Chung, graduate student in the Political Science Department at the UW.

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February 2, 7:30 pm | UW Symphony with Michelle Cann, piano, Meany Hall

David Alexander Rahbee conducts the University of Washington Symphony and special guest Michelle Cann, piano, in a music program by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. With acclaimed pianist Michelle Cann, performing Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, with the orchestra.

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February 2, 7:30 pm | Guitar Studio Recital, Brechemin Auditorium

Guitar students of Michael Partington perform works for solo, duo, and group arrangements.

Michael Partington is one of the most engaging of the new generation of concert players. Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine for his “lyricism, intensity, and clear technical command,” this award-winning British guitarist has performed internationally as a soloist and with an ensemble to unanimous critical praise.

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February 5, 7:00 pm | Organ Lecture Series: Carole Terry, Organ, Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall

Carole Terry, renowned organist and former longtime UW professor of Organ Studies presents a lecture, “How the body works when playing piano, organ, or harpsichord.”

This series is made possible with support from the Paul B. Fritts Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Organ.

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