November 2022 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

Jay Gillesie performing with others in the Navy band

Making Music in the Military

US Army veteran Jay Gillespie and US Navy veteran Oliver Callahan found their way to the UW School of Music after serving their country as musicians.

Lillian Williamson in Washington, DC, with the Capitol Building visible in the distance.

My Memorable DC Internship

As a Congressional intern in Washington DC, UW senior Lillian Williamson was immersed in historic — and contentious — events on Capitol Hill.

Maya Angela Smith on campus

Smith to Lead Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

Maya Angela Smith, the College of Arts & Sciences' inaugural associate dean for equity, justice and inclusion, answers questions about her new role.

Opportunities to Explore

  • Sign with "Vote" and American flag on it, at a voting location.

    Assessing the 2022 Midterm Election Results

    November 14, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Following the midterm election, the UW Department of Political Science presents a roundtable discussion of what the election results portend for national and state policymaking over the next two years, and for the 2024 Presidential race. Speakers include political science professors Scott Lemieux, Mark Smith, and Rebecca Thorpe, with John Wilkerson moderating. Free. Register to receive Zoom link.

  • Cathy Davidson headshot

    The Big Read: Keynote Event with Cathy Davidson

    November 14, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
    HUB South Ballroom, with Zoom option

    The College of Arts & Sciences is launching its Rethinking the Academy initiative by inviting students, faculty, and staff to join a campus-wide discussion about how we can enhance teaching and learning at the University of Washington. Join us for a keynote with Cathy Davidson, author of “The New Education.” Free, but registration required.

  • Artwork with hand holding flashlight

    Language of Angels

    November 17 through December 4
    Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

    Years after a young girl goes missing in the caves near a rural North Carolina town, her disappearance continues to affect each of her close-knit friends in different ways. In this haunting yet touching play presented by the UW School of Drama, playwright Naomi Iizuka weaves a story about grief, loss, guilt, and karma into a play with elements of Japanese Noh drama set in Appalachia. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, UW professor of drama. $10 - $20.

  • Jewish celebratory document written in Ladino langauge

    Ladino Day 2022: Past, Present, Future

    December 4, 10 – 11:30 am
    Online (Zoom)

    On the tenth anniversary of International Ladino Day, UW’s Sephardic Studies Program presents three experts working to revitalize Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), the traditional language of Sephardic Jews. Speakers include Rachel Bortnick, founder of the Ladinokomunita online community; Eliezer Papo, Ladino scholar featured in the documentary “The Last Sephardic Jew;” and Karen Sarhon, editor-in-chief of the Ladino language publication “El Amaneser.” Free. Check web link for updates on registration. 

  • Miguel Ballumbrosio performing and laughing

    Miguel Ballumbrosio: Afro-Peruvian Music and Dance

    December 6, 7:30 pm
    Brechemin Auditorium, Music Building

    In this UW School of Music concert, ethnomusicology visiting artist Miguel Ballumbrosio shares the artistry of Afro-Peruvian traditions and the musical roots borne of his childhood in Chincha, Peru, as he and his UW students present an evening of Afro-Peruvian music and dance. Free.

  • Shawn Wong in his office

    Katz Lecture: How to Write a DEI Statement in Only 50 Years

    December 7, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
    120 Kane Hall

    Shawn Wong, UW professor of English, was told as an undergraduate in the 1960s that Asian American literature did not exist. Later he was told that his writing had too much style to be written by him, and that large corporations could question his birthright and his ownership of intellectual property. Wong’s first book, “Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers,” turns 50 in 2024, and it's where this DEI travel story begins. For this Katz Distinguished Lecture, Wong will be joined in conversation by Ed Taylor, UW vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Free.

Looking for more events? Visit ArtsUW and the UW Alumni Association website

In The News

  • Why do some female hummingbirds crossdress?

    Some female hummingbirds mimic the plumage colors and patterns of males to avoid harassment from aggressive males without becoming bullies themselves, says Jay Falk, postdoctoral scholar in the UW Department of Biology.

  • A new rating system could help you cut through the health guidelines

    Aleksandr Aravkin, UW associate professor of applied mathematics, and UW colleagues Christian Razo (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) and Jeffrey Stanaway (Global Health and Health Metrics Sciences), describe a new method for assessing health risks that should make it easier for people to determine which health advice to follow or ignore. 

    The Conversation
  • New Global and Regional Studies major offers undergraduates a customizable window on the world

    A new major in the UW Jackson School of International Studies offers more flexible course options, allows undergraduates to focus on a particular geographic region and theme, and provides more choices for the capstone experience.

    UW News
  • AI is already better at lip reading than we are

    People, on average, can guess only one out of five words correctly when lip reading. Why is this skill so difficult for humans? KC Lee, UW professor and chair of Speech and Hearing Sciences, is quoted.



Nancy Joseph