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Opportunities to Explore

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.


Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye will be featured at the Scheingold Lecture in Poetry and Poetics. 

Scheingold Lecture in Poetry and Poetics

April 29
5:00 – 6:30 pm

The Department of English presents a reading by poet Naomi Shihab Nye, the author or editor of more than 30 books including poetry, essays, picture books, and poetry anthologies. Nye’s reading will be followed by a conversation with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, winner of the 2019 Washington State Book Award.


Biden Faces the World: American Foreign Policy in a Post Trump Era

May 4
5:30 – 7:00 pm

To what extent will the recent change in administrations impact US involvement on the world stage? Explore the topic with UW Department of Political Science faculty Beth Kier, Geoffrey Wallace, Victor Menaldo, and John Wilkerson.


Track athletes holding up a fist as they stand on the winner's podium.

Track athletes Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) with a raised fist on the podium at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Media credit: Angelo Cozzi (Mondadori Publishers)/Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons Licence

Sports & Civil Rights History Panel

May 12
noon – 1 pm

Take a deep dive into the history of sports and civil rights, featuring perspectives from historians, a sports writer, and sports figures. Presented by the Department of History, with UW Sociology Professor Alexes Harris as moderator. 


Re-imagining performance: Musical connection in a time of social distance

May 13
12:30 pm

Bonnie Whiting, assistant professor of music, presents a talk on music-making in student and professional ensembles during the COVID-19 pandemic and gives a virtual tour of experimental music practices presented by UW students and alums.  


The Revolutionary Quantum Reform of the Metric System

May 18
6:00 pm

In May 2019, the international metrology community adopted revolutionary changes to the International System of Units (the SI, or Metric System) so that it is firmly based on quantum methods of measurement. In this Frontiers of Physics lecture, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics William D. Phillips will explain why we needed such a reform and how we achieved it.


Meany on Screen

Available for streaming

Meany Center continues to bring world-class artists to audiences online, for free, allowing access to the art and the artists in ways that would be impossible in Meany Hall.


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!