Research Colloquium

Join us for a monthly showcase of research-in-progress by Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences faculty members. The campus-community and the general public are invited to interact with faculty in conversations about their research, gain a sense of how research practices shift as they move across disciplines and sectors, and think critically and creatively about the implications of different forms of research design.

All colloquium presentations occur in the following location:
UW Bothell, Building UW1, Room 280 (Rose Room)  Directions

No RSVP is required for general attendance.  A one-credit course option is available to graduate students.* 

Spring 2014 Speaker Lineup

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
The Astounding Social Geographies of Everyday Life on a Single New York City Street
Christian Anderson

What can the close study of a few New York City street blocks tell us about political-economic and social processes, nationally and globally? Anderson, a cultural geographer and urban studies scholar, uses ethnography to document people's everyday lives and circumstances, showing how 'macro' processes like gentrification and urban capital accumulation are deeply contingent on the often contradictory ‘micro’ ways that people conduct life locally.

Christian Anderson has a background in geography and interdisciplinary urban studies. His research uses ethnography to understand how everyday life intersects with broader political-economic and cultural processes in and across space, particularly in cities. His current research attempts to understand the cultural and structural production of gentrification from the vantage point of everyday life on a few blocks of a single street in the Hell's Kitchen/Clinton neighborhood of New York City. Additionally, Anderson is working on a project examining the relationships among gentrification, urban development, and social reproduction in Seattle alongside initiatives exploring new models for public scholarship and university-community organizing. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
What Do You Know about Evolution?: Assessing Undergraduate Students' Conceptions
Becca Price

Teaching evolution effectively continues to be a challenge. Until recently, researchers have concentrated on improving students' conceptions of natural selection, but natural selection is only one part of evolution, a complex phenomenon with multiple causes. The many misconceptions that students hold about natural selection consequently become barriers to understanding other evolutionary processes. My colleagues and I hypothesize that understanding of evolution can be drastically improved by teaching more than natural selection. Under this model, students can use additional evolutionary contexts to understand why and when natural selection works, but also when other evolutionary mechanisms provide better explanations.

Rebecca M. Price is an evolutionary biologist who studies how evolution is understood. She was trained as a paleontologist, researching the ecological and phylogenetic influences on anatomical characteristics; her research now emphasizes biology education, and she is particularly concerned with how students overcome the conceptual difficulties surrounding evolution. She is co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Kathryn E. Perez, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse) of a grant from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Animality and Poetic Voice: from Virginia Woolf's "Flush" to Bhanu Kapil's "Humanimal"
Sarah Dowling

Sarah Dowling is the author of Security Posture, winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Selections from her most recent work, Hinterland B, appear in ‘I’ll Drown My Book’: Conceptual Writing by Women and other journals. Her critical essay, “How lucky I was to be free and safe and at home” is forthcoming in Signs. She is currently completing scholarly monograph, Remote Intimacies: Multilingualism in Contemporary Poetry.

Visit this page again soon for more information on these and future presentations. If you have questions regarding the research colloquium series, please contact Bruce Burgett.

*A one-credit course option is available to graduate students (BCULST/BPOLST 591).  The first class meeting of the quarter begins at 3:30pm (location TBD), with the actual colloquium presentation beginning at 4:00pm.

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Past Colloquia

Learn about past colloquium presentations.

Subject areas included: education policy, sex trafficking, rethinking Marxism, environmental justice, arts-based research, qualitative geovisualization, religion and HIV risk, conserving biodiversity, human rights, and media activism.