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December/January Events & Opportunities

While performances, lectures, and other events are not being held on campus due to COVID-19, there are numerous opportunities to explore through online offerings. Here’s a small sampling of what’s happening in the coming month. All events are online and free unless otherwise noted.


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2020: The Course


Many of the online lectures from “2020: The Course” -- an autumn quarter UW course designed to help contextualize this year's extraordinary events and challenges -- are now available to the public for free viewing. Featured speakers include UW President Ana Mari Cauce; Provost Mark Richards; Robert Stacey, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; sociology professor Alexes Harris; history professor Margaret O’Mara; writer/English professor Shawn Wong, and others. Read about the course or watch the online lectures.


Remembering 2020: A UW Time Capsule

December 30, 2020
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Join Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Ed Taylor, iSchool professor Joseph Janes and a panel of UW experts as they reflect on this unprecedented year — and the stories our community chose to memorialize — in this livestream event. This event is connected to “2020: the Course,” listed above.


Beyond Economic Mobility: Can Higher Education Advance Racial Equity?

January 7, 2021
5:30 – 6:30 pm

For the seventh annual UW Impact Legislative Preview, leaders from the UW, the state legislature, and beyond come together for a moderated online discussion about the role higher education can play in dismantling systemic racism and achieving a more just society, while holding one another accountable. Our state lawmakers will also share a preview of what’s to come for higher education and beyond in a very challenging budget session. Presented by UW Alumni Association and UW Impact.


History Lecture Series: Technology and its Discontents

Four Wednesdays, January 20 – February 10
6 - 7 pm

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The History Lecture Series will be offered online this winter, with four lectures presented by UW Department of History faculty. They will examine the role technologies have played in society since the medieval period and trace the connections around the world to contemporary issues of social, economic, and political justice.


Whose Struggle for What? Sexual Minorities and Social Movements in Africa

January 20, 2021
Noon – 1:30 pm

Serawit Debele, postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, will discuss whether popular political protests in Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Sudan in the past decade allowed sexual minorities to imagine cultivating a world beyond the violence and injustices to which they have been subjected. This event is part of the "Protest, Race and Citizenship across African Worlds” lecture series, presented by the Jackson School of International Studies and its African Studies Program.

COVID-19 & Racial Inequities

January 22, 2021
11 am - noon

Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality & Race (WISIR) brings together leading experts to discuss systemic racism and how it amplifies racial disparities related to the health, economic, labor, and educational impacts of COVID-19 among different racial and ethnic groups, as well as public opinion towards public health and social distancing recommendations. The lecture is part of WISIR‘s Contemporary Race & Politics in the United States lecture series.

Looking for more events?

Visit the UW Alumni Association website. Students can also visit the HUB’s Student Events & Activities listings for opportunities to connect with other Huskies. And check out @UWArtSci’s weekly event roundup on Instagram!