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Literature and Creative Writing Courses to be offered this Fall in Friday Harbor!

30 Mar

In Autumn 2012, Professor Richard Kenney from the UW Department of English will be teaching Literature and Creative Writing courses at Friday Harbor: ENGL 365, “Reading the Marine Environment” (5 cr), ENGL 283/383/483, “Writing the Marine Environment”(5 cr), and an optional “Creative Writing Lab,” ENGL 493, (2 cr). All of these courses will take full advantage of living on San Juan Island, focusing on the marine environment; the sea and seashore; Moby Dick and other nautically-minded literature; and creative writing inspired by by writers, artists, scientists and naturalists who have taken the sea for their subject.

You can take 12 credits of English courses, or you can mix and match
these classes with introductory Marine Biology and Fisheries courses for
a full course load of 15-17 credits. This could be a great way to take
care of some of those NW credits you might still need for graduation, or
it might simply be an opportunity to learn more about the incredible
diversity of sea life in the Pacific Northwest.

To learn more about this exciting new program, please come to the Information Session on Thursday, April 12 starting at 3:30 pm in THO 134 or visit the Autumn 2012 Friday Harbor Program webpage.



DXARTS Autumn Concert

28 Oct

The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) presents an evening of 3-D digital music by graduate students and faculty. The program features works by graduate students Daniel Peterson, Abby Aresty, Stelios Manousakis, and Nicolás Varchausky and the word premiere of “A Line (Part I, IDA),” by School of Music composition faculty and DXARTS Director Juan Pampin.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

7:30 p.m.

Meany Theater



$15 ($10 students/seniors)




A full 3-D sound presentation employing the DXARTS 12.6 audio system, the program features works by graduate students Daniel Peterson, Abby Aresty, Stelios Manousakis, and Nicolás Varchausky, as well as the world premiere of “A Line (Part I, IDA)” by School of Music composition faculty and DXARTS Director, Juan Pampin.

Film Screening and Discussion: Innovations in Prison Education

24 Oct

Film Screening and Discussion:

Innovations in Prison Education

Friday, November 4, 2011

5:00 pm

Communications 120

*Free and open to the public

Zero Percent (Moxie Pictures, 2011)

Presented by Sean Pica, the Executive Director for Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison (,
this moving and powerful documentary focuses on Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, a college program inside Sing Sing Correctional Facility.  Named Zero Percent for the programʼs recidivism rate, it follows students as they prepare to graduate and profiles several alumni working in their communities after their release from prison.  Zero Percent has won a number of awards in film festivals across the country for Best Documentary.

Keeping the Faith (Michaela Leslie-Rule, 2011)

Presented by Michaela Leslie-Rule, Senior Storyteller for See Change Evaluation. As Artist-in-Residence and Artistic Director of Keeping the Faith Project 2011 with the Pat Graney Dance Company, Leslie-Rule worked with three artists and twenty-eight women incarcerated at a Washington State correctional facility over 13 weeks to create and document an evening-length
performance piece. Leslie-Rule currently works to develop and implement research methodologies that incorporate storytelling and narrative tools into program evaluation.

In conjunction with the national conference on Prison Higher Education at the University of Washington, Seattle, organized by Transformative Educations Behind Bars, and sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

For more information. 

Free for UW Students | Carnival at the Burke

11 Oct





After Hours @ the Burke: Carnival Celebration!
Thurs., Oct. 20, 7 -9 pm
$5 general public

Grab a friend and come celebrate our newest exhibit in true Carnival spirit! Featuring live music, Carnival activities, and light refreshments. Festive attire encouraged.

  • Grove to live music from the UW steel drum band
  • Learn Carnival dances from the Caribbean
  • Get creative and make a carnival mask
  • Strike a pose in the photo booth
  • Enjoy “King’s Cake”
  • And more!


13 Jun

ART ON THE Z-AXIS: A presentation of works in progress by the Stereoscopy Research Group.

WHEN: June 16 | 2:30-5:00PM,
WHERE: Raitt 121 (basement auditorium)
University of Washington

The Stereoscopy Research Group would like to invite you to a showcase of works in progress. The group has spent the past year making investigations into the aesthetics and technique of stereoscopic art. Short films, video installations, video sculpture, project proposals, and technical developments will be featured at the presentation. The presentation will be followed by a short reception.

June Exhibit: SUMMER CAMP: a curatorial reaction @ Interstitial Theatre

27 May

Interstitial Theatre
1701 First Avenue S. (3rd Floor)
Seattle, WA 98134

SUMMER CAMP : a curatorial reaction
June 2nd & July 7th, 8-11pm

SUMMER CAMP : a curatorial reaction is a two part exhibition series of new video work by Interstitial Theatre’s curators Julia Bruk and Kira Burge. The fast approaching June 2nd exhibit will focus on Burge’s latest work, with an accompanying video piece made in response/reaction to Burge’s work, by Julia Bruk. The July 7th screening will be the reverse with Bruk creating the video that Burge will respond/react to.

Now a little bit about Burge’s work. Burge considers herself a consumer, exploring how we (the consumer) justify and navigate our personal consumption of manufactured goods. Burge’s new work focuses specifically on the “green movement” drawing upon iconography and language associated with “green” consumer goods to create work that questions the relationships and interactions we have with these objects. Burge’s sculptural exhibition last May, modular exposure to a High-gloss sunset(2010) included low craft based materials paired with decorative household objects that were strategically placed upon awkwardly built sleek white surfaces and shelving units. The title of each piece within the exhibition had been extracted from text and consumer imagery, such as warning labels, to spotlight the complexities and absurdities of and within the contemporary system of consumption, a technique that is still highly prevalent in her practice to date. The work that will be screened on June 2nd at Interstitial Theatre has a similar feeling to a previous video piece HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED(2010), as it is also according to Burge, an “action based video” a term she uses to describe the style of video art she makes that feels homologous to a documentation of a performance piece.

Kira Burge is an installation, sculpture and video artist. She received her BFA in Fibers and Arts Administration from the University of Oregon in 2010. Burge grew up in Portland and recently moved to Seattle to found and curate Interstitial Theatre. Burge has exhibited work at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, and at the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts in Eugene, OR.

Julia Bruk is a photographer and video artist native to Seattle. She received her BFA from the University of Washingtonʼs DX Arts program in 2010. Bruk is a member of RustiQue Studios in SODO and co-curatorof Interstitial Theatre.

Interstitial Theatre is an artist run project that features artists who are making relevant contemporary video art. Openings are held the first Thursday of each month from 8pm to 11pm at RustiQue Studios in SODO (1701 First Ave S, Seattle) with the one and only POPCORN machine and the occasional beer.

James Tweedie 5.26.11

4 May

James Tweedie
Comparative Literature
University of Washington

Thursday, May 26, 2011
4:30 pm
Communications 120

The French New Wave and the Mise en Scène of Globalization

In the 1950s critics associated with Cahiers du cinéma developed a theory of film centered not on the technological or storytelling aspect of the medium but on mise en scène, or the interaction of bodies and objects in space and then recorded by a camera. Critics like Jean-Luc Godard, Fereydoun Hoveyda, Michel Mourlet, Eric Rohmer, and François Truffaut began to redefine cinema as a paradoxical combination of photographic realism and theatrical staging, and the films of the French New Wave are characterized by a similar attention to the intricacies of mise en scène. With particular emphasis on the crucial role of architecture in the cinema and theory of the time, this talk examines the concept of mise en scène as it developed in France during the 1950s and reframes the films of the New Wave as acts of cinematic staging, with the props provided by France’s consumer revolution and within the radically reconfigured urban space of France’s post-war economic boom.

James Tweedie is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and a member of the Cinema Studies faculty at the University of Washington. He has published essays in Cinema Journal, Screen, SubStance, and Twentieth Century Literature, and is currently completing a book on European cinema in the 1980s. He is also working on a comparative study of cinematic new waves from the late 1950s to the 1990s.

This event is presented by the Moving Images Research Group (MIRG), with funding from the Simpson Center for the Humanities. MIRG seeks to broaden and vitalize research exchange among faculty and graduate students who share moving images as an object of study.