Winter 2012 Visiting Scholars and Speakers

Dylan Rodríguez lectures at the UW during Winter 2012.

Dylan Rodríguez gave a compelling lecture at the UW during Winter 2012. And he was not the only one; the Simpson Center and the University of Washington had the honor of hosting a number of brilliant scholars over Winter Quarter, including:

  • Marianne Hirsch (English and Comparative Literature, Columbia) spoke on Holocaust photography and the crisis of meaning as part of the “Images in Crisis: the Politics of Visual Culture in the Twentieth Century and Beyond” lecture and film series.
  • Doris Sommer (Romance Languages & Literatures, Harvard), one of this year’s Katz Distinguished Lecturers in the Humanities, explored the ways in which the arts intersect with social change and the development of communities worldwide by focusing on Bogota, Columbia.
  • Dylan Rodríguez (Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside) questioned the common understanding that the historical problems of institutionalized racial domination have been significantly resolved since the 1960s. 
  • Bruce Robbins (English and Comparative Literature, Columbia) delivered the Joff Hanauer Lecture in Western Civilization on cosmopolitanism and inequality.
  • Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology, Rutgers) explored the problem of culture in contemporary debates about human rights and how it shapes the expression and experience of gender justice by grassroots women in Africa.
  • Satomi Yamamoto (Kyoritsu Women’s University, Tokyo) discussed Buddhist precepts and food as depicted in Medieval Japanese handscroll paintings as part of the “Food and Faith in Japan” public lecture series.
  • Russell Berman (German Studies and Comparative Literature, Stanford) delivered the Walker Ames Lecture on the durability of fiction within a scientific-realist setting through the problem of poetic realism in the work of Theodor Storm.
  • Diane Fujino (Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara) spoke on the life of Richard Aoki, one of the most iconic figures of the Asian American Movement, who was best known for his work in the Black Panther Party and Berkeley’s Third World strike. 
  • Dave Guston (School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University) explored the vision, prospects, and operationalization of anticipation in the governance of nanotechnology and similar emerging technologies as part of the Biological Futures in a Globalized World Colloquium Series.
  • Jentery Sayers (English, University of Victoria) presented on scholarly communication in a digital age with particular focus on how modes of scholarship are changing and the effects this change has on scholarly writing, collaboration, research, archives, history, and culture.
  • Jean François Porchez, renowned French type designer, gave two talks on the pragmatic aspects of type design and his type designs in the larger context of French culture.
  •  Akira Takagishi (Tokyo Institute of Technology) discussed The Miraculous Origins of Kitano Tenjin Shrine, a 13th-century Japanese handscroll in the Seattle Art Museum’s collection as part of the “Food and Faith in Japan” public lecture series.
  • Linda Williams (Film Studies and Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley) analyzed the American television series, The Wire, as melodrama, contextualizing the importance and function of this popular mode on big and small screens.
  • Micheline Ishay (International Studies and Human Rights, University of Denver) spoke on the Arab Uprisings. She also participated in a related colloquium on Human Rights and Global Interactions.
  • Immanuel Wallerstein (Sociology, Yale) lectured on the continuing relevance and challenge of politicized religion, as part of the conference, “The Influence of Religion on International Politics.”
  • Colin Koopman (Philosophy, University of Oregon) offered a genealogical pragmatist approach to biopolotics as part of the Biological Futures in a Globalized World Colloquium Series.
  • Andrea Geiger (History, Simon Fraser) spoke on Japanese immigrant negotiations of race, caste, and borders in the North American West.
  • Punk legend Alice Bag and hip-hop artist Medusa were the keynote speakers at the 2nd annual “Women Who Rock” (un)Conference and Film Festival, an event exploring the unheralded roles of women and community in music.
  • Gigi Peterson (History, State University of New York-Cortland) presented on the Pablo O’Higgins mural in Kane Hall, explaining why it was painted and how it came to the UW.
  • Lorraine Stock (English, University of Houston) led a workshop on how to incorporate digital technology into traditional humanities curriculum, creating “hybrid” or “blending learning” courses. She also gave a talk on primitivism and masculinity in Anthony Munday's Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntington and Shakespeare's Mucedorus.