UW Retirement Association

March 31, 2021

News & Events – March 31, 2021


Life Writing: From Memories to Meaning: Have you been writing about your life or the life of a family member? Are you thinking about doing so? Whether you’re writing just for your family or are hoping to publish, come join a conversation about life writing with Nancy Wick, a UW retiree who writes personal essays about her life and has published some of them. All are welcome — you’ll enjoy the session whether or not you are currently writing. Date, time: Friday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. Register for this UWRA Member-to-Member conversation HERE.

What’s the Big Idea Discussion: Surveillance Capitalism: Is your personal information, even your image, permanently compromised for the sake of greater profits in the marketplace? What does the nearly ubiquitous use of our images and our personal information mean for our future? Is there any way of rolling back this particular advance of technology? Does it matter? Your confirmation email will include readings you can explore to prepare for the discussion. Facilitator: Alan Borning, UW professor emeritus of computer science and engineering Date, time: April 7 at 10:30 a.m. Register: HERE.

Secrets of Seattle’s Ship Canal and Locks: Few engineering projects have shaped Seattle as much as the construction of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Ship Canal. Nor do many have as many false starts or political shenanigans, and such chaotic history. In this talk, David Williams shares the far-reaching social, economic, and environmental impacts of the canal’s construction and operation. David B. Williams writes about natural history, primarily focusing on geology and how it impacts our lives. Date, time: April 8 at 1:00 p.m. Register: HERE.

The UWRA Book Club is for retirees who love reading.  We read fiction and non-fiction, new titles and old favorites. If you like a good discussion, you’re in good company. Our book for the 1 p.m. meeting on Friday, April 9 is Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane. It’s an examination of the darkness that lies invisible beneath our feet–from ancient graves and vast caverns to underground rivers and sites for nuclear waste. Reviewers call it “chilling,” “prophetic,” and “lyrical.”  If you’re interested in joining the group, contact Connie Bourassa-Shaw at cbshaw3216@gmail.com for more details.

From your Legislation & Benefits Committee: The latest federal stimulus package gives the State Legislature a new opportunity to help seniors and support pensions. More money is now available to the State than was envisioned just a few months ago. The Medicare explicit subsidy is fully funded in the House and Senate budget proposals. Learn more about this and other bills of interest HERE.


Curating in Conversation: A Panel Series on Sharing Northwest Native Art and Art History with the Public:  Join the Burke Museum for the second of a three part series with curators and artists, this panel features discussion with Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Alison Bremner, and Karen Duffek. The program will include an overview of Bremner’s work as an artist and curator followed by a larger discussion on the state of contemporary Northwest Coast art and the issues involved in ethical curation. Date, time: April 12 at 7 p.m. Register: HERE.

Volunteer Opportunity: The Undergraduate Research Program is seeking volunteers for this year’s virtual 24th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 21, 9am – 5pm. There are a variety of positions available and all will require 30-60 minute pre-event training. Sign-up HERE Questions and more information: urp@uw.edu.