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As Gloria Anzaldúa’s description of the Mexico-US border in her 1987 book Borderlands/La Frontera attests, borders can be “una herida abierta (an open wound) where the third world grates against the first and bleeds.” Borderlands throughout the Americas and beyond constitute sites of conflict, friction and—more hopefully—solidarity. Although borderlands are not unique sites of violence, they are critical fault lines along which the legacy of colonialism and the impact of globalization have become especially severe.
We are excited to share this menu of options to help our friends and audiences keep up with the goings-on at the Simpson Center in the way that best suits them. So, as we gear up for the start of the 2012-13 year, we would like to remind you of the many communications channels we now offer.
Three University of Washington faculty have been elected as senators of the national Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, at the group’s triennial council meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. Serving six-year terms are Simpson Center Director Kathleen Woodward; Zev Handel, associate professor ofAsian Languages & Literature and a 2011-12 Society of Scholars fellow; and Mary-Claire King, professor of Genome Sciences.
The Simpson Center’s Executive Board has awarded support to select UW scholars and projects for 2012-2013 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.
The Simpson Center and the UW closed the 2011-12 academic year by hosting a wealth of brilliant minds, such as Pheng Cheah, Alice Kaplan, and Nick Mitchell, to name but a few.
Art and Migration in the Age of Globalization, an art exhibition and symposium taking place this summer at the UW, recognizes the contributions of Shinzaburo Takeda, a Japanese master painter and printmaker who has lived in Mexico for nearly fifty years and trained several generations of Mexican artists, many of them indigenous Zapotecs and Mixtecs. Lauro Flores (American Ethnic Studies) is the project’s organizer and exhibition curator.
Integrating computer technologies with humanities research. Utilizing computational tools to retrieve, analyze, and visually represent data. Exploring multimodal ways of teaching, disseminating, and publishing scholarship. Curating online collections. The field of digital humanities is all of this, and more.
The Simpson Center congratulates several UW faculty who have recently been named the recipients of notable prizes, fellowships, and awards.
On Tuesday, May 15, Diana Taylor will present the third Katz Distinguished Lecture of the 2011-2012 academic year. Working at the intersection of scholarship, artistic expression and politics, she will explore what options for political and economic justice people have when electoral processes have been violated or corrupted, the media sequestered in the hands of power-brokers, and official institutions unable to adjudicate in ways acknowledged as transparent and legitimate.
How can museums better address, engage, and integrate queer culture? UW graduate students Erin Bailey (Museology) and Nicole Robert (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) are organizing “Queering the Art Museum,” a symposium that they hope will invite attendees to explore such questions.