December 2018

Frances Lee writes on the pitfalls of empathy and the commodification of suffering

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Frances Lee’s article, “Seeking change without the commodification of pain and suffering,” was published in The Seattle Globalist on Dec 10. The Cultural Studies alum discusses how social movements rely on emotion and the dead end this creates. “If you don’t care about someone or a group of people until the media has made it abundantly clear that they are suffering, then your concern and engagement is not laudable, but ordinary, expected, and unremarkable.”

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Jennifer Atkinson interviewed on "Constant Wonder"

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson was interviewed about her new book, Gardenland, on "Constant Wonder" (BYU Radio). Her talk highlights the historical development of garden writing in the United States and discusses the desires, anxieties, ideologies, and social movements that underlie this genre.

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Amaranth Borsuk exhibits collaborative work at Pierogi Gallery in New York

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Curated by Heather and Raphael Rubinstein, the show Under Erasure takes its title from Jacques Derrida's concept of sous rature, which posits that to put a word under erasure (sous rature) is "to signal the inadequacy of inherited language while also recognizing its inevitability." The exhibition includes work by artists and writers who draw upon and obscure sourced texts. According to the curators, "Many of the works included in the exhibition, by artists such as Jenny Holzer and Glenn Ligon, utilize erasure and redaction to emphasize the political ...

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Jennifer Atkinson at Climate Science on Tap!

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson joined a panel of climate experts including Meade Krosby (UW Climate Impacts Group) and Sarah Myhre (UW Oceanography) to speak on the topic of Environmental Grief & Hope at Climate Science on Tap! The Climate Science on Tap program is a partnership between Cascadia Climate Action and the University of Washington that offers public panel discussions to build community understanding of, and engagement with climate change, its related causes, impacts, and solutions. 

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Ellen Donnelly exhibits Call Me Rabbit in Los Angeles

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MFA alum Ellen Donnelly (’16) will exhibit Call Me Rabbit, an immersive video installation, at Actual Size in Los Angeles, CA from December 15 to January 19. The New York-based artist’s first solo exhibition uses imagery, audio, and rhetoric from wellness culture, online marketing, and social media to create an anxious but intriguing landscape to consider our place as individuals and the way we define ourselves as such.

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