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Affect & Audience in the Digital Age is a symposium and performance event exploring the aesthetics of digital meditation in contemporary poetry. While poets have long been expected to connect with readers through carefully constructed emotional appeals, much poetic work is now written through impersonal digital methodologies such as crowd sourcing and data mining. Yet digitally mediated poetry can still have a particular affective density: even appropriated text from the Internet can convey the “powerful feelings” that Wordsworth described as the ideal for poetry.
After nine years at the Simpson Center, Miriam Bartha has accepted a new position as Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) at the University of Washington, Bothell. She will assume her new responsibilities beginning August 2013.
Humanities Washington will honor author and former UW faculty member Charles Johnson with the 2013 Humanities Washington Award at the Bedtime Stories literary gala in Seattle Oct. 4, 2013.
Congratulations to CPS fellow Elyse Gordon (Geography) on receiving a PAGE fellowship to participate in the 2013 Imagining America Annual Conference and PAGE Summit!
Interested in scholarship with a public dimension? Don’t miss the essay, "The New Public Humanists" by Julie Ellison, which appears in the March 2013 issue of PMLA, the flagship journal of the Modern Language Association.
The Simpson Center is pleased to recognize Maurice Dolberry (Education) as the first UW student to complete the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship (CPS). Dolberry, who entered the program in Fall 2011, completed his Certificate this spring, with the guidance of his CPS portfolio advisor Ralina Joseph (Communication).
Fourteen UW scholars have been selected to participate in the Society of Scholars fellowship program for the 2013-14 academic year. Facilitated by the Simpson Center, the Society of Scholars is an intellectual community in which scholars of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations contribute to and learn from one another’s work.
The Simpson Center’s Executive Board has awarded support to select UW scholars and projects for 2013-2014 year. Simpson Center funding sponsors a wide range of activities, including fellowships for UW faculty and doctoral students, cross-departmental research groups, scholarly conferences, and community-engaged collaborations. Recipients of awards given in this year’s Fall and Spring funding rounds include:
We are excited to announce that Stephen Hinds, a professor of Classics and Byron W. & Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities at the UW, has been selected to deliver a Katz Lecture next year, and that two of the 2013-14 Walker-Ames Lectures, organized by the Graduate School, will take place in conjunction with Simpson Center-funded projects!
Currently a lecturer in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, Georgia M. Roberts is completing her PhD in English from the University of Washington. Her research interests are centered on global hip hop culture, American and Comparative Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory and practical (everyday) conceptions of race, nation and empire. Her dissertation, “Who Killed It: Toward a Hip Hop Theory,” explores the aesthetics of commercial rap music, focusing specifically on the politics of reproduction around race, gender, and sexuality.