ArtSci Roundup: Book Talk with Cathy Davidson, Poetry with Ricardo Ruiz, Jazz Innovations with School of Music faculty and students, and more.

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Arts and shows | UW Notebook

November 10, 2022

Through public events and exhibits, connect with the UW community every week!


Fall Term: The Big Read: The new education by Cathy Davidson

The College of Arts & Sciences launches its “Rethinking the Academy” initiative by inviting students, faculty and staff to join in a campus-wide reading experience, followed by conversations about how we can improve teaching and learning at the University of Washington.

Join the Conversation: Register for the keynote with the author on November 14 at 1:30 p.m. (in person or via Zoom).


November 14, 5 p.m. | Assess the results of the 2022 midterm elections with implications for the next two years and for 2024, On line

Please join us a week after the general election for a panel discussion on what the election results portend for national and state policy-making over the next two years, and for the 2024 presidential race. Speakers include Scott Lemieux, Becca Thorpe and Mark Smith hosted by John Wilkerson.

Free | More information.


Highlights of current and upcoming exhibitions:

October 27 – November 23 | Miha Sarani: fineart building

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is pleased to welcome Seattle artist Miha Sarani. This exhibition is an extensive survey of Sarani’s work, focusing on portraiture while reflecting her Slovenian heritage.

November 6 – April 16 | Body Language: Northwest Cultural Tattoo Awakening, Burke Museum (Free admission for UW students, faculty, and staff)

Until January 8 | everything was beautiful and nothing wrong., Henry Art Gallery (Free admission for UW students, faculty, and staff)


November 15, 6 p.m. | Ricardo Ruiz presents “We had our reasons” University bookstore

Poet Ricardo Ruiz, ’20 will read and sign copies of his book, We had our reasons: Poems by Ricardo Ruiz and Other Hardworking Mexicans in Eastern Washington.

We Had Our Reasons is a collection of poems created by Ricardo Ruiz in collaboration with other members of his Mexican farming community in eastern Washington. The poems, lively and sharp, guide the reader through the thoughts and struggles that come with the decision to leave home in Mexico and travel to this remote rural community in the United States. Through the book, access is provided to readers; stories that have gone untold for generations are now being shared, evoking conversation at home and within the community due to the community of experiences. Insight into the multigenerational effects of migration is seen through the telling of the stories of parents and their children – documented and undocumented. Ricardo’s raw and shameless style cuts straight through the emotions of each moment disclosed in short, punchy and powerful pieces.

Free | More information.


November 15, 7:30 p.m. | Juilliard String Quartet, mean center

Juilliard String Quartet, The Juilliard School, Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Photo credit: Erin Baiano

The Juilliard String Quartet delves into the wonders of string quartet literature with irrepressible energy and relentless curiosity. During its 75 years as the String Quartet-in-Residence at The Juilliard School, the legendary ensemble has embraced its mission “to perform new works as if they were established masterpieces and work established as if they were new” in a dynamic combination of the familiar and the bold. They will present their distinct perspective on two of Beethoven’s late quartets, as well as a contemporary take on Beethoven by multifaceted German composer Jörg Widmann, co-commissioned by the Meany Center.

UW Faculty, UW Staff, UW Retirees and UW Alumni Association (UWAA): 10% off regular-priced single tickets, subject to availability. UW students: $10 ticket. A valid UW ID (e.g. Husky card or UWAA card) is required; limit of one ticket per valid ID | Tickets and more information


November 15, 7 p.m. | Storm clouds over the Pacific? Impacts of the invasion of Ukraine on Sino-Taiwanese relations, HUB 334 or live streaming

What are the implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for relations between China, Taiwan and the United States? Does the war make China’s use of force against Taiwan more likely? If China uses force, will the United States go to war to defend Taiwan? Will Taiwan be able to resist threats from China in a way comparable to Ukraine?

A UW panel of experts examines these and other issues in the changed international environment since February 2022.

  • David BachmanHenry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies
  • James LinAssistant Professor of International Studies, Taiwan Studies Program
  • Tabitha Grace Mallory Affiliate Professor of International Studies and CEO, China Ocean Institute
  • Anand Yang(moderator), Professor of History and International Studies

Free | RSVP and more info.


Jazz innovation, School of Music – Auditorium Brechemin

Student jazz ensembles pay homage to jazz icons and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions.

November 16, 7:30 p.m. | Jazz Innovations Part I

The program will include The fighters seen (Cuong Vu, adviser) and Owen Gwinn Quintet (Marc Seales, Advisor).

Free | More information.

November 17, 7:30 p.m. | Jazz Innovations, Part II, School of Music – Auditorium Brechemin

The program will include Three-Eleven (Ted Poor, academic advisor) and The Four Pointed (Steve Rodby, Advisor).

Free | More information.


November 16, 7:30 p.m. | Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, Kane Room

In this performance, Canadian rapper and former tree planter Baba Brinkman will break down the science, politics and economics of global warming, following its surprising twists and turns from the carbon cycle to the global energy economy. To paraphrase the Notorious BIG: “Mo’ carbon, mo’ troubles.”

Pay what you can | More information.


November 17 – 19, 8 p.m. | Martha Graham Dance Company, mean center

The legendary Martha Graham Dance Company continues to promote Graham’s spirit of ingenuity and artistic collaboration, while inspiring new generations of dance enthusiasts and choreographers. Among the works the company will perform will be a new Song for Innocent Comedians, based on the themes and format of Graham’s “lost” original work — a celebration of the power of nature and the elements. The vignette series features Graham’s stars of today in solos, duets and trios by eight diverse choreographers with a new score by jazz pianist Jason Moran. Additional pieces on the program include Errand into the Maze, Diversion of Angels and Cave, an energetic and rave-inspired work by Hofesh Shechter.

UW Faculty, UW Staff, UW Retirees and UW Alumni Association (UWAA): 10% off regular-priced single tickets, subject to availability. UW students: $10 ticket. A valid UW ID (e.g. Husky card or UWAA card) is required; limit of one ticket per valid ID | Tickets and more information


November 17 – December 4 | language of angels, Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

I didn’t understand all that when I was little, all that stuff about angels and God in heaven. I thought it was all puffy clouds and baby angels playing harps. I didn’t understand the other part, the secret part, as some sort of sign. The language of angels and how the light burns.

Many years after their friend Celie disappeared in the caves near a rural North Carolina town, many of her close friends remember the inexplicable consequences of her loss. As the play unfolds, we see how Celie’s disappearance continues to affect each of them in different ways. Against the echoes of Celie’s ghostly cries, the survivors continue to struggle to unravel the mysteries of that fateful night. In this haunting yet touching play, Iizuka weaves a story about grief, loss, guilt and karma in a play with elements of the Japanese drama Noh set in Appalachia.

Led by Faculty Member Valerie Curtis-Newton (Father Comes Home from the Wars Pars 1, 2, & 3, The Best of Everything) recipient of the 2022 University of Washington Faculty Lecture Award.

$20 tickets ($14 for UW employees and seniors, $10 for students) | Tickets and more information.


Tag(s): Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture • College of Arts & Sciences • Department of English • Department of Political Science • Henry Art Gallery • Jackson School of International Studies • Jacob Lawrence Gallery • Meany Center for the Performing Arts • School of Art + Art History + Design • School of Drama • School of Music • UW Graduate School



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