Simpson Center for the Humanities newsletter
FALL 2016
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Why We Don't Have Wings

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Historian Phillip Thurtle draws on genetics, comics, film, and a vast array of cultural mythology to probe a question that haunts our collective past.

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Pipes in weeds at park, courtesy Curtis Cronn/Creative Commo   NEH Awards $179,000 for Urban-Nature Summer Institute
UW ecologists, landscape historians, and literary scholars lead a three-week exploration of nature and the city. More.
Angela Duran Real and Asha Tran discuss survey   Rewriting the Narrative of Success for Humanities PhDs
Bringing philosophy to children and shaking up attitudes toward study-abroad trips, UW graduate students are broadening the notion of successful scholarship through a Mellon-funded program. More.
Book held in hand, courtesy Christoph G/Creative Commons   A World in Translation: AmazonCrossing Editors Reveal Inside View on Publishing
Top editors describe Amazon's foray into the long-neglected field of translation publishing. More.
David Damrosch   Teaching World Literature
Literature is everywhere alive, transforming people across space, time, and cultures. Noted leaders gather to consider literature as a global phenomena. Keynote by David Damrosch. October 21-22.
Refugees welcome demonstrator, Cyril Wermers/Creative Common   Immigration, Toleration, and Human Rights
International scholars explore philosophical questions related to the global rise in immigration and refugee displacement. October 27-28.
David Shields   David Shields: The Novel Is Dead; Long Live the Anti-Novel
The bestselling author and UW English professor delivers a provocative argument for "evolution beyond narrative" in a Katz Distinguished Lecture. November 15.


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Ethnography Unbound: Experiments in New Scholarship

Birds fly in film Leviathan, courtesy Cinema Guild

Sasha Su-Ling Welland curates a series of creative projects pushing past the limits of traditional academic writing. Read.
Stephanie Coontz talks to students   Talking to the Public Will Sharpen Your Work
Historian and veteran media commentator Stephanie Coontz urges academics to find their voice in the public square. Read the story.
All Funded Projects for 2016-17
This year’s lineup includes studies of the Anthropocene, activist poetics, global health partnerships, and much more. See all projects.

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