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February 15, 2024

ArtSci Roundup: The Big Read, DXARTS Winter Concert, LOVERULES Exhibition and more

This week, attend the “Big Read” conversation with Dr. Joy Buolamwini, visit the Henry Art Gallery for Hank Willis Thomas’ LOVERULES Exhibition, head to the Seattle Art Museum for “Tides of Times: A Conversation On Maritime Asia in Art and Trade” and more.

February 20, 1:00 pm | The Big Read: Keynote Conversation with the Author, Husky Union Building

The College of Arts & Sciences welcomes the UW community of faculty, staff, and students to participate in the second annual “Big Read.”

Tune into the conversation with Dr. Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League and author of Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What is Human in a World of Machines and Dr. Emily M. Bender, UW Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Master’s Program in Computational Linguistics.

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February 20, 4:00 pm | Voice Division Recital, Brechemin Auditorium

Listen as Thomas Harper, associate professor of voice, and Carrie Shaw, Artist in Residence in voice, lead their students to perform from the vocal repertoire.

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February 20, 7:30 pm | Wu Han, Philip Setzer & David Finckel, Meany Hall

Among the most esteemed musicians in the world today, pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer, and cellist David Finckel share deep musical connections. Finckel and Setzer were longtime members of the legendary Emerson Quartet, which played its farewell performance in Seattle just last year from the Meany stage. Wu Han is renowned as an orchestral soloist and chamber player, and with Finckel, helms The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

They are back to perform captivating works by Claude Debussy, Felix Mendelssohn, and Bedřich Smetana.

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February 21, 6:00 – 8:15 pm | TALK | Christopher Miller: The War Came to Us: Life and Death in Ukraine, Husky Union Building

Christopher Miller, a writer and journalist based in Kyiv, Ukraine and Brooklyn, New York, will discuss his book, The War Came to Us.

The book tells an inside story of Miller’s personal experiences, vivid front-line dispatches, and illuminating interviews with unforgettable characters. It will take readers on a riveting journey through the key locales and pivotal events of Ukraine’s modern history.

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February 21, 7:00 pm | External Event: Panel Discussion, Taiko’s Core Values: Beyond Roots, Ethnic Cultural Theater

Join a panel of academics, artists, and activists involved in the taiko community as they discuss the role taiko has in the community and how the art form and its values are adapting to a changing world.

Panelists include ethnomusicologist Deborah Wong, Winter Quarter Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Shoji Kameda, and taiko artist and activist Stan Shikuma.

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February 21 – 22, 7:30 pm | Jazz Innovations Part 1 & Jazz Innovations Part 2, Brechemin Auditorium

Small combos perform original music and arrangements of jazz standards, modern classics, and deep cuts from the popular music repertoire over two consecutive nights of performance.

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February 22, 4:00 pm | Climate Crisis: Our Response as Artivists, Kane Hall

The UW Alumni Association and Meany Center are excited to gather a UW College of the Environment alumna, a current student (majoring in geography) and creators of Small Island Big Song to talk about issues of climate change, advocacy, art, and culture. Panelists each come to these topics from different vantage points and will share their reflections on how these topics all impact one another.

Join the conversation as they explore ways people can use their voices to push the needle on political, economic, social, and cultural questions at the root of this global concern.

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February 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm | Jerusalem in Rome and Galilee: Encountering the Holy City in Jewish and Christian Mosaics, Thomson Hall

Join Professors Karen Britt and Ra‘anan Boustan as they explore a wide range of depictions of Jerusalem in mosaics produced during late antiquity (third to eighth centuries CE). In this period that saw the emergence of both orthodox Christianity and novel forms of Judaism, visual representations of Jerusalem became increasingly prominent in the decoration of religious buildings throughout the Mediterranean.

Learn how images of Jerusalem brought the visual presence of the Holy City into spaces of worship throughout the Roman Empire, thereby fostering memories of the past, hopes for the future, and forging networks of belonging that radiated out from this sacred center.

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February 22, 7:30 pm | DXARTS Winter Concert: Francis Dhomont’s Cycle du son [Cycle of Sound] — in memoriam, Meany Hall

This ‘Cycle’ celebrates sound, a major discovery of the twentieth century, and musique concrète. It is a fiftieth-anniversary homage to the inventiveness of Pierre Schaeffer, who clearly created an upheaval in the world of music that has had no precedent.

Drawing on the same sound material that was forged from the first movement of Schaeffer’s Étude aux objets, as well as from a personal collection of sounds that have been stored away over the years, these four pieces go through a process where they develop out of each other, question each other, echo each other, and complete each other through allusions, commentaries, metonymies, and continuations.

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February 23, 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Drumming Papuan Garamut Workshop with Small Island Big Song, University Heights Center

Mea Joy Ingram and her father Airileke will lead this drumming workshop, teaching some of the basic rhythms on their Garamut (Papuan log drum). Aremistic, a master percussionist from Tahiti, will also join in to share Tahitian rhythms on To’ere (Tahitian log drum).

Whether it is the Tahitian To’ere, the Fijian Lali, the Vanuatuan Tamtam, the Cook Island Pate, or the Papuan Garamut, a tradition of slit log drums reverberates across our “Sea of Islands” from one end of the Pacific to the other. 

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February 23, 2:00 pm | Melia Watras: CD Release Celebration, Brechemin Auditorium

Faculty violist Melia Watras invites the community to join in celebrating the release of her new album, “Play/Write,” which features music composed by Leilehua Lanzilotti, Frances White, and Watras. This event includes performances by faculty violinist Rachel Lee Priday, Pacific Northwest Ballet concertmaster Michael Jinsoo Lim and Watras, as well as a Q&A with the artists.

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February 23, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Dancing Mauritian Sega Workshop with Small Island Big Song, University Heights Center

Get ready to sweat and have some fun while learning Sega Dance from Mauritius with drumming accompaniment by Small Island Big Song artists. Dance is a form of storytelling that preserves cultural memory and history. Sega is both the national dance of Mauritius and a profound artistic embodiment of the historical and cultural memory of colonial slavery. It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the capacity to create and express beauty and joy out of nothing.

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February 23, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Annegret Oehme: “The Writing Werewolf – An Old Yiddish Tale about Language, Rabbinic Identity, and the Diaspora”, Denny Hall

The Old Yiddish short story “The Rabbi Who Was Turned into a Werewolf” (Mayse Bukh, 1602 ) tells the fascinating tale about a Rabbi-turned-werewolf-turned-Rabbi and his scheming wife. A magic ring with an ancient inscription and Hebrew letters written in the snow play a key part in the Rabbi’s transformation.

This talk explores the role of language and letters, arguing that the werewolf’s access to literacy enables a transcultural and translingual discourse, which highlights not just the contested position of Yiddish but also Hebrew as the language of the Galuth. The Rabbi’s story ultimately presents an allegory of the Diaspora.

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February 23, 3:30 – 5:00 pm | TALK | Severyns Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics – Jana Foxe, UW, Gowen Hall

Join in for a talk and discussion with Jana Foxe, Graduate Student in the Department of Political Science, and faculty discussant Cricket Keating from the UW Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

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February 23, 7:30 pm | Faculty Concert: Carrie Shaw with uluuul: More Than Beautiful: Experiments in Vocal Timbre, Meany Hall

Electroacoustic trio uluuul (Carrie Shaw as soprano; Mabel Kwan as keyboard; Mauricio Pauly as multi-instrumentalist and electronic music creator) performs music from their latest collaboration, created with support from the UW Royalty Research Fund.

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February 24 – August 4, Hank Willis Thomas: LOVERULES – From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, Henry Art Gallery

LOVERRULES is an expansive exhibition of Hank Willis Thomas’ prolific interdisciplinary career, including photo-conceptualist works and sculpture that examine American culture, with a particular focus on perceptions of race and gender. The exhibition includes more than 90 works drawn from the collection of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation.

February 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm | Public Opening: Hank Willis Thomas

February 24, 2:00 – 3:30 pm | In Conversation: Hank Willis Thomas and Shamim M. Momin

February 24, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Tides of Times: A Conversation On Maritime Asia in Art and Trade, Seattle Art Museum

Accruing new meaning as they move from one place and context to another, material objects enable imaginative encounters between the indigenous and foreign, the familiar and unfamiliar.

The Seattle Art Museum invites everyone to join historians and archaeologists for a conversation that will deepen participants’ understanding of the interconnected ancient global world. This roundtable includes four ten-minute presentations on examples that embody conceptions of space and spatial movement within maritime Asia.

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February 24, 2:30 pm | Bassoon Master Class: Arthur Grossman, Music Building

Bassoonist and long-time former School of Music professor Arthur Grossman returns to campus to lead a master class with UW bassoon students of Paul Rafanelli (Grossman’s former UW student).

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February 24, 8:00 pm | Small Island Big Song, Meany Hall

Small Island Big Song with special guest John-Carlos Perea celebrates the seafaring cultures of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. This immersive concert features Indigenous musicians from as far afield as Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Australia, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), all with their own unique musical lineages. From oceanic grooves and  soulful island ballads, to contemporary styles of roots, reggae, R&B, and grunge, they unite as one voice to make a powerful musical statement from a region on the frontline of the climate crisis.

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Have an event that you would like to see featured in the ArtSci Roundup? Connect with Kathrine Braseth (kbraseth@uw.edu).