2011-2012 Co-Sponsored Events

Every year the Simpson Center co-sponsors dozens of interdepartmental speaker events and conferences with small discretionary grants. Co-sponsorships are limited to $500 and do not require Executive Board review. The Simpson Center also co-sponsors events that feature UW faculty and graduate students as speakers or facilitators in community venues. Learn more about how to apply.

The following list of recent events provides an overview of the diverse events supported by co-sponsorship funds.


August 22-25, 2011 ǀ Conference
Head Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 2011
Organized by Emily Bender (Linguistics)

October 13, 2011 ǀ Lecture
Sharon Daniel (Film & Media, University of California, Santa Cruz)
Public Records/Secret Publics
Organized by Bruce Burgett (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

October 14, 2011 ǀ Lecture
Jon Beasley-Murray (Hispanic Studies, University of British Columbia)
Posthegemony and Affect
Organized by Cynthia Steele (Comparative Literature)

October 2011ǀ Film Screenings and Discussions
New Latin America Cinema
Organized by Cynthia Steele (Comparative Literature) with the Latino Film Festival

October 23, 2011 ǀ Lecture
Roger Copeland (Theater & Dance, Oberlin College)
Shared Sensibilities: Cunningham, Rauschenberg, and Johns
Organized by Betsy Cooper (Dance)

November 7, 2011 ǀ Lecture
Sebastiaan Faber (Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College)
Truth in the Making: Robert Capa, the Spanish Civil War, and the Myth of Photographic Objectivity
Series: Images in Crisis
Organized by Anthony Geist (Spanish & Portuguese)

November 8, 2011 ǀ Lecture
Anna Everett (Film & Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Have we Become Post-Racial Yet? Obama, Viral Media, and the Where U @ Generation
Organized by Habiba Ibrahim (English) and Ralina Joseph (Communication)

November 8, 2011 ǀ Lecture
Benedict Anderson (International Studies, Cornell University)
Long Live Shame! The Good Side of Nations and Nationalism
Nomination supported by the Simpson Center for the Humanities

November 12, 2011 ǀ (Un)Conference
THATCamp PNW (UW Bothell)
Technologies and Social Justice
Organized by Bruce Burgett (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

November 16, 2011 ǀ Lecture
Boreth Ly (Southeast Asian Art History and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz)
The Legacy of Displacement: Memory, Identity, Homeland, and the Refugee Experience in the Contemporary Arts of Cambodia and Its Diaspora
Organized by Laurie Sears (History)

November 17, 2011 ǀ Lecture
Wendy Brown (Political Science, University of California, Berkeley)
The Weakness of One: Devolution, Responsibilisation, and Citizenship in Neoliberal Rationality
Organized by Blake Barnett (Comparative History of Ideas)

November 29, 2011 ǀ Lecture
Tanya Erzen (Religion and Comparative Studies, Ohio State University), Simpson Center Fellow in Residence, 2011-2012
On Becoming a Faith-Based Prison Nation
Organized by the Simpson Center, with Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies

January 8-9, 2012 | Workshop
CHCI/Mellon Planning Initiative Project Workshop
Organized by Kathleen Woodward

January 10, 2012 | Lecture
Marianne Hirsch (English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University)
Postmemory, Art, and Archive
Series: Images in Crisis
Organized by Susan Glenn (History)

February 7, 2012 | Lecture
Russell Berman (German Studies and Comparative Literature, Stanford University)
The Integrity of Fiction: Imaginative Literature in a Culture of Realism
Organized by Sabine Wilke (Germanics) as a Walker-Ames Lecture
Nomination supported by the Simpson Center

February 9, 2012 | Lecture
Diane Fujino (Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Samurai among Panthers: The Narrative and Interpretive Histories of Richard Aoki
Organized by Moon-Ho Jung (History)

February 16, 2012 | Lecture
Eben Kirksey (Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center)
Interspecies Love in an Age of Excess: Being and Becoming with a Common Ant, Ectatomma ruidum (Roger)
Organized by Celia Lowe (Anthropology)

February 16, 2012 | Lecture
Jentery Sayers (English, University of Victoria)
Scholarly Communication in a Digital Age
Organized by the Information School

February 25, 2012 | Lecture
Immanuel Wallerstein (Sociology, Yale University)
The Politics of Religion, the Religion of Politics, and the Good Society
Organized by Resat Kasaba (International Studies)

February 28, 2012 | Lecture
Andrea Geiger (History, Simon Fraser)
Triangulating Difference: Japanese Immigrant Negotiations of Race, Castle, and Borders in the North American West
Organized by Moon-Ho Jung (History)

March 8, 2012 | Lecture
Gigi Peterson (History, State University of New York, Cortland)
The Journey of the Pablo O’Higgins Mural for the Seattle Ship Scalers Union
Organized by James Gregory (History)

>March 12, 2012 | Workshop
Lorraine Stock (English, University of Houston)
Designing and Teaching “Hybrid” or “Blended Learning” Courses: Why and How?
Organized by Míċeál Vaughan (English)

March 13, 2012 | Lecture
Lorraine Stock (English, University of Houston)
The Transformation of Robin Hood and the Medieval Wild Man on the 1589 London Stage: Primitivism and Masculinity in Anthony Munday’s Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntington and Shakespeare’s Mucedorus
Organized by Míċeál Vaughan (English)

March 29, 2012 | Conference
The 18th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore
Organized by Bojan Belic (Slavic Languages & Literatures)

April 5, 2012 | Lecture
Richard White (American History, Stanford University)
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
Series: From the Civil War to the Pacific Century: Sesquicentennial Reflections on State Power and the American West
Organized by Moon-Ho Jung (History)

April 12, 2012 | Conversation
Lytle Shaw (English, New York University)
Expanded Literary Forms
Organized by Joe Milutis (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

April 17, 2012 | Lecture
Elliott West (History, University of Arkansas)
Rethinking the West in the Civil War Era
Series: From the Civil War to the Pacific Century: Sesquicentennial Reflections on State Power and the American West
Organized by Moon-Ho Jung (History)

April 18, 2012 | Lecture
Keith McHenry (Author, Activist, Co-founder, Food Not Bombs)
Cooking for the Occupations: The “Elect to End Hunger and Poverty” Tour
Organized by David Giles (Anthropology)

April 20, 2012 | Lecture
Marvin Carlson (Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center)
Representing the Middle East: Theatre in the Arab World
Organized by Odai Johnson (Drama)

April 23, 2012 | Lecture
Brian Boyd (English, University of Auckland)
Why Lyrics Last: Evolution, Cognition, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Organized by Galya Diment (Slavic Languages & Literatures)

April 25, 2012 | Lecture
Philipp Loeffler (American Studies, University of Heidelberg)
“. . . and the sour reek was fine and right": Authenticity in Spielberg, DeLillo and Morrison”
Organized by Gary Handwerk (English)

April 26, 2012 | Lecture
Nick Mitchell (African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley)
Curricular Objects: “Women of Color,” Feminist Anti-Racisms, and the Consolidation of Women’s Studies
Organized by Gillian Harkins (English)

May 1, 2012 | Lecture
Alice Kaplan (French, Yale University)
Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis
Organized by Richard Watts (French & Italian Studies)

May 2, 2012 | Lecture
Francis Ambrosio (Philosophy, Georgetown University)
Becker, Dante and St. Francis of Assisi: Love and Death
Organized by James Wellman (Comparative Religion)

May 2, 2012 | Lecture
Pheng Cheah (Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley)
What Is a World? Postcolonial Literature as World Literature
Organized by Vicente Rafael (History)

May 3, 2012 | Lecture
Sarah Deutsch (History, Duke University)
The Speculative State: The U.S. West in the 1920s
Series: From the Civil War to the Pacific Century: Sesquicentennial Reflections on State Power and the American West
Organized by Moon-Ho Jung (History)

May 7, 2012 | Lecture
Hsiung Ping-chen (Dean of Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
The Power of the Voiceless: Further Thoughts on the Studies of Chinese Childhood History
Organized by Madeleine Dong (History) and Kathleen Woodward (Simpson Center)

May 11, 2012 | Keynote
Jonathan Katz (Visual Studies, University of Buffalo)
Symposium: Queering the Art Museum
Organized by Nicole Robert (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)

May 17, 2012 | Lecture
Kelly Lytle Hernández (History, University of California, Los Angeles)
Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol
Series: From the Civil War to the Pacific Century: Sesquicentennial Reflections on State Power and the American West
Organized by Moon-Ho Jung (History)

May 23, 2012 | Lecture
Timothy Snyder (History, Yale University)
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
Organized by Katarzyna Dziwirek (Slavic Languages & Literatures)

May 24, 2012 | Lecture
Daniel Martinez HoSang (Ethnic Studies and Political Science, University of Oregon)
State Power, Race Power and the Rise of California
Series: From the Civil War to the Pacific Century: Sesquicentennial Reflections on State Power and the American West
Organized by Moon-Ho Jung (History)

May 25, 2012 | Lecture
Mark Neocleous (Politics and History, Brunel University)
International Law as Primitive Accumulation; or, The Secret of Systematic Colonization
Organized by Jamie Mayerfeld (Political Science)

June 7, 2012 | Convening
Editorial Collective of The Black Scholar
Organized by Laura Chrisman (English)

Co-Sponsored Community Events

October 6, 2011 | Lecture
Jane Brown (Germanics)
From Alchemist to Anatomist: Goethe’s Faust and Gabriel von Max’s Faust Illustrations
Co-Sponsored with Frye Art Museum

October 20, 2011 | Lecture
Catherine Connors (Classics)
Seers and Saints in the Work of Gabriel von Max
Co-Sponsored with Frye Art Museum

October 20, 2011 | Lecture
Tim Coombs (Germanics)
The Menageries of Darwin and Nietzsche
Co-Sponsored with Frye Art Museum

January 6, 2012 | Conversation
David Shields (English) and Jessica Burstein (English)
Held in conjunction the Modern Language Association convention in Seattle
Organized by Kathleen Woodward and co-sponsored with the Modern Language Association

January 7, 2012 | Reading by Sixty Writers
Held in conjunction with the Modern Language Association convention in Seattle Organized by Jeanne Heuving (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Spring 2012 | Collaboration
GhostWorks: interactive installations design in collaboration with
community-based arts organization TwispWorks (in conjunction with a team-taught undergraduate course)
Organized by Tad Hirsch (Design) and Rob Corser (Architecture) and co-sponsored with the TwispWorks