ArtSci Roundup: Grammy-winning Morris Robinson, Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest, and more!

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October 14, 2022

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October 17, 1:30 p.m. | Guest Artist Interview – Morris Robinson, Auditorium Brechemin, Pavilion of the School of Music

He made his Seattle Opera debut as King Marke in Tristan and Isoldainternationally acclaimed bass and recent GRAMMY winner Morris Robinson visits the University of Washington to share his story as a professional opera singer and his insights into the challenges of performing Wagner in the 21st century.

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October 18, 7:30 p.m. | UW Public Lectures – Counting with Race: Fluidity, Invention, and Reality with Ann MorningKane room

The idea that race is a social construct, rather than an objective physical reality, is widely accepted – except in fields that include biomedical research, debates over transracial identities, and sports. In this lecture, Ann Morning will dissect why we hold so firmly to understanding race in the 18th century in these areas.

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October 18, 6 p.m. | Maxine Cushing Gray Fellow Distinguished Writers: Rena Priest, on line

Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest (Lhaq’temish Nation) has received numerous awards for her writing, including an American Book Award for her debut collection of poetry, “Patriarchy Blues.” The priest will share a reading followed by a conversation with UW Ta(oma Professor Danica Miller (Puyallup), with an opportunity for questions from the audience afterwards. The host of the event will be Annie Downey and the moderator of the discussion will be Anne Jenner, ’93, both of UW Libraries.

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October 19, 7 p.m. | Washin Kai presents: “What is haiku?” with Professor Paul Atkins, Scott Oki, Mitsuko Miller and Bruce RutledgeKane Room

How and why was haiku born? Why are the haiku so short? Why do they include precisely 17 syllables in a 5-7-5 arrangement? This lecture, which assumes no knowledge of Japan or the Japanese language, will answer these questions and more. In a captivating overview of this fascinating subject, Professor Paul Atkins will discuss the origins of haiku in medieval Japan, introduce key classical poets, and explore the connections between haiku and other forms of Japanese literature and art. Haiku isn’t just a poetic genre, it’s a way of looking at the world and, for many people, a way of life. This lecture will be followed by a moderated panel discussion between Professor Paul Atkins and haiku poets Scott Oki and Mitsuko Miller.

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Jews of Arab Lands | 2022 Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Fall Speaker Series, on line

Collage showing historical images of Jews wearing light robes and hats, with a medieval map next to it

What did it mean to be a Jewish minority in an Arab-Islamic society? How did Judaism shape Islam and vice versa? What future for Jewish-Arab relations?

Today, Jews and Arabs sometimes seem entrenched in a timeless conflict. But for centuries, more than 90% of the world’s Jews have lived, worked and prospered (or sometimes floundered) in the Arab world.

Middle East.

In four lectures by scholars drawing on their original research, this series will explore the interactions between Jews and Arabs through fifteen hundred years of history.

  • October 19, 4 p.m. | Lecture 1. Arab Judaism and Primitive Islam
  • October 26, 4 p.m. | Lecture 2. The Jews of Medieval Baghdad in the Abbasid Period
  • November 2, 3 p.m. | Conference 3. Jews and Muslims in colonial Algeria: between intimacy and resentment
  • November 10, 3 p.m. | Cafés, parks and neighborhoods: Jews and Muslims
    in 20th century Cairo

Free | RSVP


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).


October 20, 11 a.m.: UW President Ana Mari CaucePresident’s Annual AddressHenry Art Gallery Auditorium and online

Join President Ana Mari Cauce for her annual address to learn about her vision for the year ahead and the University of Washington’s critical role in accelerating change for the public good through education , innovation, discovery and collaboration. Questions can be submitted in advance and during the event to [email protected]

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October 20 – 22: Pilobole, Nasty Hall

For 50 years, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality with choreographies that have changed the look of modern dance. Today, for this anniversary celebration, Pilobolus is questioning its own “data”, hijacking its traditions and bringing its past into the future. Always so fresh and dynamic, this fiery and shape-shifting artistic organism puts the “Oh! in ​BIG FIVE-OH! and continues to carve an exciting path into the hearts and minds of audiences. The celebration includes iconic works, from vintage classics to their cutting-edge innovations in the play of shadows.

UW Faculty, UW Staff, UW Retirees, and UW Alumni Association (UWAA): 10% discount on single tickets at regular price, subject to availability. A valid UW ID (e.g. Husky card or UWAA card) is required; limit of one ticket per valid ID.

UW Student: $10 UW student tickets are available in Section B for most Meany Center guest artist performances. A 20% discount on regular priced single tickets is available to UW students in Section A. Limit of one UW student ticket per valid Husky ID.

Tickets and more information.


October 20, 2:30 p.m. | The Nuclear Difficulties of Russia’s War on Ukraine with Emma Belcher, CENTER

Plowshares Fund President Emma Belcher in conversation with Jackson School professors Christopher Jones and Scott Montgomery on the current state of nuclear threats amid the escalating crisis in Ukraine. Together they will explore the geopolitical impacts of the Russian war and the importance of diplomacy in this critical time.

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October 20, 6 p.m. | 2022 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Health Disparities in the United States: Drivers and the Path Forward with Dr. Ali Mokdad, Alder Hall Auditorium

Dr. Ali Mokdad will explore the drivers of health disparities in the United States among racial/ethnic groups. Dr. Mokdad will discuss the extent to which these patterns vary geographically locally and how they are not well understood. It will address the urgent need to address the common underlying factors driving these widespread disparities and the way forward to improve population health in the United States.

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Highlights of current and upcoming exhibitions:

Until October 29 | The Traveling Jacob Lawrence Gallery: MFA Group Show, SOIL Art Gallery (Pioneers Square)

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)

Tag(s): President’s Annual Address • Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture • Center for Communication Difference and Equity • College of Arts & Sciences • Department of Asian Languages ​​& Literatures • Department of Genome Sciences • Department of Asian Languages ​​& Civilizations Near East • Department of Political Science • Henry Art Gallery • Jackson School of International Studies • Meany Center for the Performing Arts • Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center • School of Art + Art History + Design • School of Music • School of Public Health • Simpson Center for the Humanities • Stroum Center for Jewish Studies • University of Washington • UW Alumni Association • UW Graduate School • UW Libraries • UW Tacoma


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