Writers on Writing

28 Oct


ENGL 285: Writers on Writing (VLPA) 5 credits

lecture: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:50

quiz section: Th 12:30-1:20 or W 9:30-10:50 or W 12:30-1:50 or W 2:30-3:50

Professor Richard Kenney

Again this year, the collective UW Creative Writing faculty, along with other visiting artists, will remember in public why they do what they do. On ten sequential Tuesdays they will speak in depth about what interests them most, including the ways and means of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and the joys and vagaries of inspiration, education, artistic practice, and the writing life. Thursdays will constellate a literary reading series. Discussion sections will be scheduled in between.


Serious curiosity is the only requirement for admission. Students will be expected to attend all talks, do the assigned reading, respond to problems and exercises posed by the lecturers, and participate vigorously in the ongoing conversation. By the end, they will have had a disciplined brush with literate passion, practiced imaginative methods at the point of the pencil, learned something about books from people who write them, and gained a practical sense of the artist’s way of knowing the world.


Conceived as a perpetual work-in-progress, according professors full freedom in designing their respective contributions, the course will find its coherence in the conversation we leap to make of it. Sample topics: What Is It? or, Ars Poetica; Forms of Poetry, Forms of Thought; Mythos-Minded Thinking: From Proverbs to Parables, Stories as Metaphors in Motion; Odd Autobiography; Reading the New; Literary Collage & Blurring Boundaries; The Writing Life; The Revision Process; Closing Words.


No required text. Readings will be posted online or handed out in class. Grading will be based equally on reading (by quiz and conversation), writing (solutions to assigned prompts), and participation (attendance and discussion).



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 (www.hudsonlink.org),
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. 

NFFTY 2012 Film Submissions are Open

18 Oct

Calling filmmakers 22 and under! NFFTY 2012 submissions are now open! Please forward this email to your film students!


Submit films

Early entry fee is $20 through October 31st. Films completed in the current & past school year are eligible.

Final deadline is January 31st.

There is also a discount for multiple entries, so as a school submitting more than one film under the same account, the first entry fee is full price, with additional entries 50% off.


NFFTY is the largest and most influential youth film festival in the world. In 2011, we screened 225 amazing films from the best filmmakers 22 and younger representing 40 states and 20 countries. NFFTY 2012 (April 26-29) will be even bigger, with over 10,000 expected in attendance. Here is a short video to get an idea of what NFFTY means to youth filmmakers.


We have added an exciting new program to NFFTY 2012: The Future of Film Expo – April 27th & 28th. It will feature exhibits from film schools/universities, film/tech companies, brands/products and film organizations. We also will have speakers, workshops, and product demos. We encourage you and your students to come to this exciting event – it’s free to attend! If you are interested in learning more about how to organize a field trip, please contact me and I will be happy to help.


Download a PDF of the Festival Poster to Share.

Official Rules

FAQs  About Submitting

If you would like a Call for Entries poster mailed to you directly, please reply with the proper mailing address. I will be reaching out further to make sure you have all the information you need. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions about NFFTY and how your students can submit a film. I look forward to hearing from you and helping showcase your students’ work to the world!

NFFTY | National Film Festival for Talented Youth

sam@nffty.org | http://www.nffty.org/


Our mailing address is:


1607 Dexter Ave N, Suite 1C

Seattle, WA 98109

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!

Study Abroad Fair

10 Oct

Anthropology: Through the Lens Exhibit

10 Oct

Depth of Field: Anthropology TTL

Depth of Field : (1) the range of object distances within a photograph that are imaged with acceptable sharpness; (2) the relative experience of fieldwork.

TTL : [Through the Lens] (1) metering system that measures light or exposure through the taking lens of a camera; (2) manner of observation: perspective.

How do we see? How do we observe the world around us? Anyone who has picked up a camera knows that looking through a lens necessarily changes the way we appreciate the scene before it. What do we foreground, and what do we let fall into the distance? This exhibit showcases the visual work of UW Anthropology students and images from their field research from all over the world. Comprised mostly of images taken by graduate students, we hope this collection will open your eyes not only to the variety of human cultures but also to the many ways we can study them. We invite you to take a moment, and see the world through someone else’s lens.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2011—DECEMBER 18, 2011
Odegaard Library, 1st Floor, West Photo Cases (behind circulation)

Open House Reception October 28, 2011 5-7PM Odegaard Library, Room 220


New Geographies of Feminist Art: The Critical Potential of Metadata

10 Oct

GWSS Departmental Research Colloquia – October 12, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

Research Commons, Allen Library, in “Green A” (the fishbowl room just inside the entrance to the RC)

Sasha Welland, Ph.D. presents:

New Geographies of Feminist Art: The Critical Potential of Metadata

This presentation describes the process of building a digital platform for a book on Chinese contemporary art worlds that critiques masculinist canon formation and narratives of global feminist art centered in the West. This web publication presents an argument about art worldings with spatial, temporal, and gendered dimensions through mappings that incorporate images, video, and narrated visual essays with Chinese and English audio tracks. I focus on the development of metadata schema–the categorical data assigned to digital objects such as images–as a feminist interpretive project. What new forms of analysis, display, and archiving are made possible in digital humanities environments by metadata?