ArtSci Roundup: Beauty Who Saved Her World: Arts and Crafts of Ukrainian Women in the Soviet Gulag, Jeremy Denk and more

arts and entertainment

April 7, 2022

Connect with the UW community through public events and exhibitions every week!

Many of these opportunities are streamed via Zoom. All UW faculty, staff and students have access to it Zoom Pro via UW-IT.



Lecture by the faculty: Melia Watras: Song: An Endless Flight

April 11, 7:30 p.m. | common hall

violist/composer Melia Watras is accompanied on stage by the narrator Shelia Danielsviolinist Michael Jinsoo Lim and singers Carrie Henneman Shaw for a program for the music school newly commissioned music by Alessandra Barrett and Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, and works by Melia Watras and Frances White. All six pieces were composed in the last 10 years and four of them will be premiered at this concert, including Watras’s 5 Poems by Herbert Woodward Martinthat includes Song: An Endless Flighta poem dedicated to Martin Watras and Lim.

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Jeremy Denk

April 12, 7:30 p.m. | common hall

One of America’s leading pianists, Jeremy Denks creative blend of virtuoso skill and colorful imagination has earned him praise as “an artist you want to hear, no matter what they play” (The New York Times). A MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and Avery Fisher Prize winner, he is also recognized for his original and insightful writing about music. Denk turns to common center with a program that examines the interplay of Bach and Schubert with four American-inspired works and culminates in Beethoven’s last piano sonata.

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Beauty Who Saved Her World: Arts and Crafts of Ukrainian Women in the Soviet Gulag

April 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m | Online via Zoom

dr Oksana Kis (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv) will give this public lecture as part of the sponsored lecture series on Ukrainian history and culture Institute for Slavic Languages ​​and Literatures; the Department of History; the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies; and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

In the 1940s and 1950s, thousands of Ukrainian women were sentenced to long terms in Gulag camps and prisons for actual or alleged anti-Soviet crimes. Despite grueling work, constant hunger and cold, general exhaustion, illness and injuries, the mistreatment of guards and convicted criminals, and the unbearable living conditions, the need for beauty among female political prisoners not only persisted, but in some cases even increased. The women and girls have always drawn inspiration from traditional Ukrainian culture, as evidenced by the form and content of their creative endeavors. What drove women to sing and play music, write poetry, embroider and draw, celebrate traditional holidays, engage in amateur theater, enjoy the beauty of nature – expend their remaining energy, find meager resources and expose oneself to probable punishment? What gave these outcast prisoners such a creative drive? Who were they, these camp artists and artisans? What role did creative activity play in the survival strategies of Ukrainian women imprisoned as political prisoners in the Soviet Union?

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Third Coast Percussion/Movement Art is: Metamorphosis

April 14, 8:00 p.m | common center

Third coast percussion joins in forces with the groundbreaking choreography of movement art is (MAY) for a full-length program in the common center exploring the duality of human nature. At the same time very personal and highly virtuoso, MAI co-founder and choreographer Little buck and Jon Boogz seamlessly blend two distinct street dance styles with new music by Jlin and Tyondai Braxton and Philip Glass’ critically acclaimed arrangement Aguas da Amazonia.



Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium in Medical Ethics: Race, Health and Justice

April 15, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m | wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual house and virtual option

Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium in Medical Ethics on “Race, Health and Justice” is a one-day, interdisciplinary symposium presenting theoretical and empirical research on racial injustice and its impact on health and well-being.

The keynote speaker is George Yancy, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. Professor Yancy’s speech will also be a philosophical faculty colloquium. The symposium is sponsored by the Institute of Philosophythe program on ethicsthe School of Public Healthand the Benjamin Rabinowitz Foundation for Medical Ethics at the UW.

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Keyword(s): Institute for History • Institute for Philosophy • Institute for Slavic Languages ​​and Literature • Meany Center for the Performing Arts • Meany Hall for the Performing Arts • School of Music • Simpson Center for the Humanities


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