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

Spring 2015 Speaker Lineup

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Penguins in Patagonia: Ecology and Conservation at Scales from Very Small to Very Large
Dave Stokes

Beloved by humans and living far from most human populations, many penguin populations are nonetheless declining due to diverse interactions with people. To effectively protect penguins, conservation measures must respond to the ecologies of both humans and penguins at the multiple spatial scales at which they interact. In this talk, Stokes presents current research on Magellanic penguins in coastal Argentina.  Examining small-scale behavioral ecology processes (e.g., penguin nest site selection and mate choice) and larger-scale processes (eg. penguin foraging and geographic-scale seasonal migration), he relates these processes to human interactions, from colony site management and penguin nesting habitat use, to commercial activities such as fishing, marine transport, and petroleum development. 

Dave Stokes investigates the ecology and conservation implications of migration and movement of diverse organisms: penguins, salamanders, and invasive plants. He also has research interests in various topics in behavioral ecology such as habitat selection and mate choice in penguins, effectiveness of GIS-based conservation planning, and human biodiversity preferences.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 pm
A People's History of Mass Incarceration: Black Power and the Carceral State
Dan Berger

Why did the rise of mass incarceration coincide with the rise of a grassroots movement against imprisonment? Throughout the civil rights era, black activists turned prisoners into symbols of racial oppression while arguing that confinement was an inescapable part of black life in the United States. This talk, based on his new book Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, explores the history of grassroots opposition to imprisonment and what that activism means for the contemporary carceral state.

Dan Berger’s research emphasizes critical race theory, social movements, and American history, with a special emphasis on where these forces align through the carceral state. His theoretical framework looks at bottoms-up explorations of identity, politics, activism, and the state.

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

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.