Upcoming Talks of Interest


It Takes A Village: Critical Thinking & The Cultivation of Your True Self
April 29, 6–7:30 p.m., virtual

Join the Northwest African American Museum for an evening with Dr. Cornel West discussing “Critical Thinking and the Cultivation of Your True Self”. Nationally-renowned public intellectual and award-winning author Dr. Cornel West, professor of Harvard University, will join Graduate School Associate Dean Dr. Ralina Joseph, NAAM’s scholar-in-residence, for a riveting discussion as part of the “It Takes a Village” series. This event will also feature performances from award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, community activist, social entrepreneur, and educator, Ben Hunter. The even is free for all UW students, faculty, and staff.

Community Conversations: Queer, Questioning, and LGBTQ+
April 28, 7–8 p.m. Pacific Time

This spring, join other UW students in a series of conversations about who we are, who we want to be, and how we can better understand one another’s identities. We will center constructive, safe, and validating dialogue about different components of identity and intersectionality. This session will focus on queer and questioning identities in the LGBTQ+ community and international student communities: What does it mean to be questioning? What differences exist across cultures for gender, gender identity, and sexuality? Special notes regarding safety and anonymity: We have designed this event so that you may engage to the extent you feel comfortable without identifying yourself. No registration to join; the discussion will be streamed via the CIRCLE YouTube channel. There will be an anonymous online form where you can submit your questions during the event. Questions? Email circleprograms@uw.edu.

Joseph and Friends: A Svoboda Scavenger Hunt
April 19–May 14

The Svoboda Diaries Project is an interdisciplinary digital humanities project dedicated to the preservation of a unique set of historical diaries. Joseph Svoboda, who traveled up and down the Tigris River as part of his work as a steamship purser for a British shipping company, kept detailed accounts of the persons he encountered, difficulties, and happenings around him. Today, the diaries survive a unique firsthand account of social, economic, and political life around the Tigris River from the mid- to late 19th century.

Indigenous Blackness in Américas: The Queer Politics of Self-Making Garifuna New York
April 29, 4:30–6 p.m. PT

Paul Joseph López Oro shares a transdisciplinary ethnography on how gender and sexuality shape the ways in which Garifuna New Yorkers of Central American descent negotiate, perform, articulate, and self-make their Blackness, Indigeneity, and AfroLatinidad, transnationally and transgenerationally. Paul Joseph López Oro is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Smith College. His research and teaching interests are on Black Central American and Black Latinx LGBTQ social movements, hemispheric mobilizations, transnational and transgenerational migrations, and queer negotiations at the intersections of Blackness, Indigeneity, and AfroLatinidad. 

Talking Gender in the E.U.: Anti-Gender Politics and Right Wing Populism in Poland
April 27, 12–1 p.m.

Join Elżbieta Korolczuk, Associate Professor at The School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden for a discussion on anti-gender politics and right wing populism in Poland. This lecture series is organized by the Center for West European Studies and the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence with support from the Lee and Stuart Scheingold European Studies Fund, the EU Erasmus+ Program, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the Center for Global Studies. Next in the series: May 13, 12–1 p.m.: Gender in the European Parliament

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