"Literature, Language, Culture" Dialogue Series

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"Literature Language Culture: A Dialogue Series" from the UW Department of English Seattle

About the Series:

The Department of English is proud to announce its new "Literature, Language, Culture: A Dialogue Series". These video and podcast episodes share faculty research and teaching, including the ways our work contributes to how we experience and seek to understand this time of global crisis. In each episode, faculty share their innovative work in fostering intellectual vitality, inspiring enthusiasm for literature, honing critical insight into the ethical and creative uses of the English language, preparing future teachers, and crafting the stories that animate our world.
This series is made possible with support from Lee Scheingold, author of One Silken Thread: Poetry's Presence in Grief
Public Scholarship Project Director & Series Editor: C. R. Grimmer
Project Manager: Jake Huebsch
Social Media Student Intern: Reagan Welsh

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Episode 9: Lee Scheingold on Grieving, Sponsoring Public Poetry & Scholarship, & Writing One Silken Thread

Lee Scheingold, sponsor of the "Lee Scheingold Lecture in Poetry & Poetics" and "Literature, Language, Culture: A Dialogue Series," shares why she created support for these projects. In this episode, you will learn more about her relationship to grieving her late husband and renowned scholar, Stuart Scheingold, about poetry as a way through grieving, and about what she believes poetry and humanities scholarship can offer for more love and care. Key texts range from Grief is the Thing with Feathers to One Silken Thread.

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Episode 8: Professor Josephine Walwema on Ubuntu Ethics and Technical Writing

University of Washington English Department Professor Josephine Walwema discusses Ubuntu Ethics and explores how these ethics connect to the field of Technical Writing. In this episode, you can expect to develop a working understanding of terms in Ubuntu Ethics, but also the deep connections between Ubuntu Ethics and the technical writing community. Key texts range from Desmond Tutu's No Future without Forgiveness to Clifford G. Christians' ”Introduction: Ubuntu for Journalism Theory and Practice”.

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Episode 7: Professor Douglas S. Ishii on Crazy Rich Asians, Critical University Studies, and Queer of Color Theory

University of Washington English Department Professor Douglas S. Ishii discusses the unexpected connections between films like Crazy Rich Asians and fields such as Critical University Studies and Queer of Color Theory. In this episode you can expect to develop a working understanding of the cultural studies terms themselves, but also much of the rich history around the activism and community built along these lines.

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Episode 6: Professor Leila K. Norako on Why Study and Teach Medieval Literature Now?

University of Washington English Department Professor Leila K. Norako shares how reading, teaching, and studying medieval literature informs our understanding and sense of agency during COVID-19. Key texts range from "Bisclavret" by Marie de France to "The Pardoner's Tale" by Geoffrey Chaucer.

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Episode 5: Lydia Heberling on How Reading Multimodal Literature Can Support Indigenous Sovereignty

University of Washington Doctoral Candidate Lydia M. Heberling shares how reading multimodal literature -- from canoes, to fish, to comics --  can support Indigenous Sovereignty and teach us how to "to listen to the communities that we have become very good at silencing."

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Episode 4: Professor Anu Taranath on Shame and Antiracism Beyond Guilt Trips

University of Washington Professor Anu Taranath discusses shame and hope and her book, Beyond Guilt Trips when teaching and practicing antiracism both in and outside of the classroom. 

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Episode 3: Professor Stephanie D. Clare on Queer Care and Trans Literature During COVID-19

University of Washington Professor Stephanie D. Clare discusses studying and teaching queer care and trans literature during COVID-19. Key texts range from "Nevada" by Imogen Binnie to "Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir" by Kai Cheng Thom. 

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Episode 2: Professor Michelle S. Liu on What Asian American Studies, Literature, and Art Teach Us During COVID-19

University of Washington Professor Michelle Liu discusses what Asian American Studies, Literature, and Art teaches us during COVID-19, as well as anti-racist pedagogical practices.

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Episode 1: Professor Jesse Oak Taylor on What Novels Can Teach Us About Cyclone Amphan and COVID-19

University of Washington Professor Jesse Oak Taylor discusses what studying literature in what's called "the environmental humanities" teaches us about collectivity during events from Cyclone Amphan to COVID-19.

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