Innovation Forum: The House of Language: Micro-intervention


The House of Language: Micro-intervention

Multilingual Glossaries

Monday, 2/11, 1:00pm-1:30pm



Presenter: Weizhi Gao, Lecturer for CUSP, Faculty Liaison for Global Learning Living Learning Community

This instructor-led/student-involved project aims to initiate and implement a series of common core glossaries of essential concepts and critical terms in a multilingual edition for the courses taught at the college level. It foregrounds the intellectual content of each course, while contributing to a more inclusive living and learning community where exposure to other cultures and languages is immediately visible. Such a process generates many “provocative things that impinge upon the senses together with their opposites,” not only for our critical reflection and intellectual awakening, to quote Plato, but also commences something new as genuine poetry does, to echo Martin Heidegger.


Further information:

This presentation is part of the ongoing exhibits for the 2013 Innovation Forum: Engaging Design.

The House of Language, held in UW1-361, will offer a series of micro-interventions of 10-25 minutes—poetry, philosophy, translations, music, writing, and dance—as well as visual art installations that will be open during the entire Forum. In each instance, the hope is to ignite thought about the power, beauty, and inscrutability of language.

The Failure Room, held in UW1-103, will offer a series of reflections on the necessity and the implications of failure for all forms of innovation, including the arts, business, and engineering. While everyone wants her project to succeed, a stage toward that end always involves constraints, breakdowns, and glitches. And, at times, the failure is the only form of success possible. The installations and activities in this room will explore these enigmas.

Broadening the Reach, held in UW2-307, connects the campus with towns and cities in the region. It focuses on the merchants in downtown Bothell, on the art projects students undertook that focused on those merchants, on the Progressive Design Project: A Regional and Global Interactive Map, Computing and Progression in Creative Design, Designing a Culture of Service, and on a Series of InterArts and Collaborative Design Projects on Water. UW Bothell, rather than the staid image of the university as an ivory tower, is, instead, a site of opening and collaboration with community connections across all disciplines.