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April 18, 2024

ArtSci Roundup: Improvised Music Project Festival, Modern Abortion Around the World Panel, Taiwan’s Pop Music and more

This week, join the Jackson School for International Studies for a panel on Modern Abortion Around the World, head to Meany Hall for the Improvised Music Project Festival, celebrate Taiwan’s pop music, and much more.

April 22, 3:30 – 5:00 pm | ‘Genbaku Otome: Reconsidering the “Hiroshima Maidens”’ with Kim Brandt (Columbia University), Thomson Hall

The Jackson School of International Studies invites Research Scholar Kim Brandt, Columbia University, to discuss the significance of the Hiroshima Maidens.

“Hiroshima Maidens” loosely translates to “genbaku otome”, a phrase used to refer to young women who were scarred by injuries during the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ten years later, 25 such women were flown to New York to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery. The “Maidens” received wide publicity in the U.S. and Japan, where the story resonated with growing anxiety about nuclear weapons, public fascination with new forms of beauty culture, and the potential of postwar technology.

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April 23 – May 3 | BA Graduation Exhibition – Art Group 1, Jacob Lawrence Gallery

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery will feature the work of students graduating from one of the School of Art + Art History + Design’s Bachelors of Art in Art concentrations: 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture, Interdisciplinary Visual Art, Painting + Drawing, and Photo/Media.

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April 24, 4:00 – 5:30 pm | Living Quarters: Gender, Slavery, and Private Life in the Early Black Atlantic | Jennifer L. Morgan (NYU), Communications Building

The 2024 Stephanie M.H. Camp Memorial Lecture by Jennifer L. Morgan, professor at New York University, explores the connections between domestic space, the idea of privacy, and the presence of enslaved women in the early modern world. Drawing on court cases, legislation, and the growth of slavery, Morgan revisits questions of the public/private divide to consider the impact of slavery in the early modern period upon the development of racially marked notions of private life.

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April 24 – May 28 | Music, Island, Stories: Taiwan Calling!, Allen Library North Lobby

In partnership with the Taipei Music Center, the UW Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program welcomes everyone to celebrate Taiwan’s pop music through the “Music, Island, Stories: Taiwan Calling!” pop-up exhibition on the UW campus.

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April 25, 3:00 – 4:30 pm | Modern Abortion Around the World panel, Husky Union Building

Join The Jackson School of International Studies for Modern Abortion Around the World, a panel discussion on the history of abortion in Bolivia, China, Kenya, South Asia, and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands over the past 60 years, and what those histories reveal about technopolitical developments, reproductive governance, and transnational social movements.

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April 25, 5:30 – 7:00 pm | ‘Escaping the Highway to Hell: Death, the Afterlife, and Buddhist Practice in Premodern Japan’ with Miriam Chusid, Kane Hall

The 2024 Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture will interrogate two sets of fourteenth-century hell paintings owned by the temples Gokurakuji in Hyōgo Prefecture and Konkaikōmyōji in Kyoto, which both posit the possibility of early escape from the infernal realms, albeit in seemingly contradictory ways. This talk will uncover the ways people in premodern Japan transformed hell from a place solely retributive in nature into one that had liberating powers.

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April 25, 7:30 pm | Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band: Spotlight, Meany Hall

The UW Wind Ensemble, led by Director Timothy Salzman, and Symphonic Band, led by Director Shaun Day, present “Spotlight,” performing music by Nancy Galbraith, Michael Daugherty, Henk Badings, and others. This performance features winners of the 2024 Winds Concerto Competition: Devin Foster (tuba), Kelly Hou (harp), and Cole Henslee (tuba).

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April 26, 12:00 – 1:30 pm | Political Theory Colloquium: Dr. Melvin Rogers, Brown University | “The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought”, Suzzallo Library

Guest speaker Dr. Melvin Rogers, professor of political science at Brown University, is invited to speak about “The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought.”

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April 26, 3:30 pm | The Making of 1177 BC: A Graphic History of the Year Civilization Collapsed, Denny Hall or Online via Zoom

The Department of Classics invites Glynnis Fawkes, cartoonist and archaeological illustrator, who will analyze the way a cartoonist adapts history. Fawkes will specifically look into Eric H. Cline’s 1177BC: A Graphic History of the Year Civilization Collapsed? to describe the process of interpreting Cline’s text in comic, an exercise where Fawkes repeatedly asks: how might she tell this story visually, and how can she put Eric’s words into the mouths of characters involved in the story?

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April 26, 3:30 – 5:00 pm | Geography Colloquium: Dr. Keston K Perry, African American Studies (UCLA), Smith Hall

Dr. Keston K Perry, who researches race, reparations, and climate change for the University of California, Los Angeles Department of African American Studies, is invited to speak for the Geography Colloquium on “Beyond Repair? The Crisis of Ecological Imperialism and Reparative Ecologies in the Caribbean.”

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April 26, 7:30 pm | UW Symphony with Concerto Competition Winners, Meany Hall

David Alexander Rahbee conducts the UW Symphony and winners of the UW Concerto Competition—Kai-En Cheng, violin; Rachel Reyes, flute; and Ella Kalinichenko, piano—in a program including winning concerto excerpts. This performance will feature a UW student composition by graduate student Yonatan Ron, Silvestre Revueltas’s Sensemayá, and Overture to Le roi d’Ys, by Éduard Lalo.   

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April 27, 7:30 pm | Improvised Music Project Festival (IMPFEST): Todd Sickafoose, Meany Hall

Renowned bassist Todd Sickafoose headlines this special performance as a part of the 2024 Improvised Music Project Festival (IMPFEST). Sickafoose will be performing sets with UW Jazz Studies students and UW faculty Cuong Vu, trumpet, Ted Poor, drums, and Steve Rodby, bass.

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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).