Last time it was a shout out to my $5 Ronan Farrow tickets, this week it’s a shout out to my $5 Anita Hill tickets, whose calm, graceful demeanor in the face of extraordinary hostility was burned into my brain in 1991. Just wait, Monica Lewinsky’s coming up in the spring.
Happy November, here are few free or low-cost things coming up over the next week at the UW.
Family Nature Classes
9:30 – 11:30 a.m., ongoing
Join the UW Botanic Gardens Naturalists for Mushroom Mania this Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th, for preschoolers age 2-5 and their caregivers.
COST: $19/class for 1 adult and 1 child. Additional child: $9.50/class. Preregistration is required, lots more details here: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/Family-Nature-Classes-C266.aspx
And here you’ll find a peer reviewed study on psychedelic users in the U.S.
ARTS, MUSIC, AND PERFORMANCE
Brechemin Piano Series
Thursday, November 7th, 7:30pm, Music Building
Free piano music! That’s all I’ve got.
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
Exploring Ocean Worlds: Prebiotic and Astrobiology Implications
Tuesday, Nov 5th, 2019, 3 – 4 p.m., Physics/Astronomy Auditorium 102
“Our solar system is host to multiple ocean worlds – planets and moons that contain oceans of liquid, usually water, either on their surfaces or underneath icy crusts. These worlds are prime targets of exploration due to NASA’s quest to ‘follow the water’ and may contain all three ingredients for life as we know it – water, chemistry, and energy. Could life exist in the oceans of Enceladus or Europa? Could even stranger life have emerged in the liquid methane lakes of Titan? We will cover our current state of knowledge of these ocean worlds, and discuss some current missions and future mission concepts to explore their plumes, surfaces, and ocean depths.”
This is part of the Astrobiology Autumn Colloquium Series.
How Will We React to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life?
An Evening with Anita Hill
Wednesday, November 6th, 7:30 p.m., Meany Hall
Chair of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, author of “Reimagining Equality: Inclusive Communities in a Post-Obama America,” an American women’s rights icon, historic figure, attorney, and powerful advocate for equality, Anita Hill brought the issue of sexual harassment to the forefront of our national conversation in her historic testimony before the Supreme Court confirmations hearings of Judge Clarence Thomas. Her bravery empowered women from all walks of life to bring forth their own sexual harassment lawsuits and helped revolutionize equality for women in the workplace. Standby seating only.
Standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:45 p.m. in Meany Hall. Stand-by seating will begin at 7:15 p.m. for any unclaimed reserved seats.
Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers: Technology, ethics and social change…who cares? Wednesday, Nov 6th, 6:30 p.m., HUB North Ballroom
Emerging technologies seem to be influencing systems and individual choices at a rate and scale beyond our ability to understand. What’s actually happening and what can or should we be doing about it? Each year, UW Honors freshmen tell us what keeps them up at night. Their concerns set the focus of a robust public event where experts from different backgrounds demonstrate the power of collaborative problem-solving at high levels of engagement. Students are concerned about lack of governance, transparency and ethics in fields driven by new technologies. Paradigm-shifts driven by rapid technological advancements impact all of us, but who decides how they are designed or deployed? What does accountability look like in such a complex environment?
We invite our entire community to explore this topic together in a public conversation with speakers Anna Lauren Hoffmann (UW iSchool), Ece Kamar (Microsoft Research) and Shankar Narayan (ACLU) at the UW Honors Program’s 2019 Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers event.
ODD CORNERS OF THE UW
UW SURPLUS PUBLIC STORE!
Every Tuesday, 12-6 p.m.
A lot of stuff flows through the UW and if you’ve ever wondered where it ends up, this is the place. The store is open to the public every Tuesday, noon to 6pm. This week: puppets, patio umbrellas, and pants.
Government Documents Open House
Wednesday, November 6th, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, The Smith Room, Suzzallo Library
UW Libraries holds one of the most expansive government documents collections in the Pacific Northwest, with publications from the federal government, the United Nations, the European Union, Canada, and the State of Washington. From WWII propaganda to early maps of our national parks, explore how communities and countries record and sometimes rewrite history (before the era of Presidential tweets) with Cass Hartnett, U.S. Documents Librarian and Kian Flynn, International Documents and Geography Librarian.
Thank you, Jessica! This is great—more, please! What a resource we have so close by.
School of Drama also have a lot of performances. Right now a Midsummer Night’s Dream is playing at Jones Playhouse. Meany Hall got a string quarter concert this Thursday.