February 2024 Newsletter
Perspectives is a monthly newsletter that highlights the accomplishments and latest news from the College of Arts & Sciences community. Learn about unusual courses, student projects, faculty research, alumni careers, and more.
Featured Stories This Month
How does digital technology impact teens' mental health? That’s the question explored in a new course developed by UW Psychology professor Lucía Magis-Weinberg.
Identity Unboxed, a podcast created by alums Tiana Cole and Brad Blackburn III, explores the experiences of Black professionals in the Seattle area.
Opportunities to Explore
February 24, 8:00 pm
Meany Hall – Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater
Small Island Big Song features Indigenous musicians from as far afield as Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Australia, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) uniting as one voice to make a powerful musical statement. Presented by Meany Center.
February 15, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Thomson Hall, Room 317
Western feminists, pundits, and policymakers tend to portray the Muslim world as the last and most difficult frontier of global feminism. Challenging this view, Elora Shehabuddin (UC Berkeley) presents a unique and engaging history of feminism as a story of colonial and postcolonial interactions between Western and Muslim societies. Sponsored by the UW South Asia Center.
February 15, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Kane Hall, Room 110
Journeys of Black Mathematicians: Forging Resilience (2024, 58 min) traces the evolution of a culture of Black scholars, scientists, and educators. The story follows prominent pioneers, showing how the challenges they faced and their triumphs are reflected in the experiences of today's Black mathematicians. Free film screening plus a Q&A with the director, George Csicsery, and reception to follow. Hosted by the UW Departments of Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, and Statistics in partnership with the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute. RSVP strongly encouraged.
February 21, 6:00 – 8:15 pm
Student Union Building (HUB), Room 145
Journalist Christopher Miller was in Ukraine when the first Russian missiles struck and troops stormed over the border in February 2022. But the seeds of Russia’s war against Ukraine and the West were sown more than a decade earlier. This talk, based on Miller’s book of the same name, tells the story of Ukraine’s long fight for freedom. Presented by the UW Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.
February 29 – March 2, 7:30 pm
March 3, 2:00 pm
Meany Hall – Studio Theatre
The Department of Dance presents student-choreographed works in the styles of contemporary ballet, hip-hop, and modern dance. Exploring themes of femininity, self discovery, love, and forgiveness, the students conceive their own visions and then collaborate with lighting and costume designers to bring their pieces to life onstage. Experience the premieres of these creative original works!
In The News
Holly Barker, UW teaching professor of anthropology, and three members of the UW football team are studying how skills developed to maximize chances of victory on the field have applications outside the stadium. Their work demonstrates that research methods and analytical abilities of student-athletes are applicable in academic and research settings, as well as jobs in a variety of fields.
"Asian communities in Washington are changing, and our state’s century-old Asian languages department must change as well,” writes Zev Handel, UW professor and chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, who describes changes within the department that reflect changes in Asian demographics in the state and region.
Dogs can develop the same health conditions that humans do, like dementia or diabetes. Daniel Promislow, UW professor of biology and of laboratory medicine and pathology, discusses how those similarities drove researchers to wonder if our medical science can help dogs live longer — and if maybe, our furry friends could tell us something about how we age, too.
Museums are responding to new federal legislation about Native American cultural items on display. Burke Museum repatriation coordinator and registrar Justice McNeeley (Iñupiaq), and Burke curator and associate professor anthropology Sara Gonzalez, are quoted about the Burke’s existing process to ethically engage with tribes about objects in its collection, noting that the new regulations will merely strengthen this consultation process.