May 2022 Newsletter




Featured Stories This Month

Laada Bilaniuk head shot

In Ukraine, Language is Political

Ukraine's national language is Ukrainian, but many citizens grew up speaking Russian. Does that matter? Professor Laada Bilaniuk studies language and Ukrainian identity.

Portrait of Professor Chris Waldo

In Classics, a Different Take on Race

A new Classics course looks at conceptions of race in antiquity and how ancient racial categories “put the arbitrariness of race as we know it into relief.”

Young Leslie Jeanne Berns holding twins.

Connecting through Challenges

With a gift to Speech & Hearing Sciences, Lacey Berns is creating community for those caring for children facing communication challenges.

Opportunities to Explore

  • Momix performer sprouting legs like a giant spider.

    Momix: Alice

    May 12 -13, 8:00 pm
    May 14, 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
    Meany Hall

    MOMIX creates surreal and fantastic worlds with light, shadow, props and the human body. Their latest work, Alice, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beguiling tale, creates a magical wonderland that grows “curiouser and curiouser.” $10 - $70.

  • Montage of individual dancers performing

    MFA Dance Concert

    May 18 – 21, 7:30 pm
    May 22, 2:00 pm
    Meany Hall

    Department of Dance MFA students, each with at least eight years of professional dance experience, have composed six conceptually and aesthetically diverse works of original choreography to be performed by undergraduate students. $10 - $18.

  • Donna Strickland headshot

    Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses

    May 19, 7:30 pm
    130 Kane Hall

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo) co-developed a laser capable of knocking the electrons off of their atoms. In this “Frontiers of Physics” lecture, Strickland will discuss her work and applications made possible by this new understanding of laser-matter interactions. Free. RSVP required.

  • Oliver Rollins on the UW campus.

    Of the Meaning of (Scientific) Progress: How Science Continues to Get Race Wrong

    May 20, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

    How has Science progressed regarding the question of race? How far does it still need to go to get race “right”? In this 2022 Anthropology Distinguished Lecture, Oliver Rollins, UW assistant professor of American Ethnic Studies, explores recent attention to systemic racism in the biomedical and technoscientific fields and how to move toward an anti-racist science, beneficial for all in society. Free.

  • Students in UW Gospel Choir singing

    UW Gospel Choir

    May 23, 7:30 pm
    Meany Theater

    Phyllis Byrdwell, director of the UW Gospel Choir and minister of music at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Seattle, leads the UW’s 100-voice gospel choir in songs of praise, jubilation, and other expressions of the Gospel tradition. $10.

Looking for more events? Visit ArtsUW and the UW Alumni Association website. And check out the weekly event roundup on Arts & Sciences’ Instagram!

In The News

  • Light from Starlink satellites over the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.

    Heavens need environmental protection just like Earth, experts say

    Space urgently needs special legal protection similar to that given to land, sea, and atmosphere to protect its fragile environment, write a team of scientists including Meredith Rawls, research scientist with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the University of Washington’s DiRAC Institute.

    UW News
  • Opinion: The everyday creativity of mothering

    “In recent years, the relationship between motherhood and work, including creative work, has clearly become a topic of interest…but much less attention has been paid to the essential creativity of mothering itself,” writes Maya Sonenberg, UW professor of English and creative writing.

    The Seattle Times
  • Massive study seeks to help dogs live longer and healthier

    The Dog Aging Project seeks to understand how genetics, environment, and lifestyle affect longevity and the risk of disease in dogs, and how we can ensure our beloved companions stay healthy and active as long as possible. Initiative co-founder Daniel Promislow, UW professor of biology and of laboratory medicine and pathology, is quoted.

    The Seattle Times
  • What does it mean to 're-Indigenize' contemporary diets?

    Charlotte Coté, associate professor of American Indian studies, discusses her book A Drum in One Hand, a Sockeye in the Other: Stories of Indigenous Food Sovereignty from the Northwest Coast, in a radio interview.



Nancy Joseph