Can we date revolutions in the history of literature and music?

Human­ists know the sub­jects we study are com­plex. So on the rare occa­sions when we describe them with num­bers at all, we tend to pro­ceed cau­tiously. Maybe too cau­tiously. Dis­tant read­ers have spent a lot of time, for instance, just con­vinc­ing col­leagues that it might be okay to use num­bers for exploratory purposes.”

For the full story, please see The Stone and the Shell.

Visualizing applause in the PennSound archive

What if you could iden­tify the applause in every record­ing in the PennSound archive? With that infor­ma­tion, you might ask who receives the most applause, which poems by a given author are most likely to spur an audi­ence response, and which venues lend them­selves to the warmest recep­tion. In the fol­low­ing we present our ini­tial work toward using machine learn­ing to answer just such questions.”

For the full story, please see Jacket2.

Call for Proposals: Scholars’ Studio

Schol­ars’ Stu­dio is an oppor­tu­nity for grad­u­ate stu­dents to present their research in a 5-minute TED-style talk.  Get feed­back on your pre­sen­ta­tion style and/or research from a research-friendly crowd.  Schol­ars’ Stu­dio is held quar­terly in the Research Com­mons, located in the Allen South Library.  Talks are cen­tered around an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary theme designed to bring in per­spec­tives from across cam­pus.  See below for this year’s themes and pro­posal dead­lines.  Please con­sider sub­mit­ting a proposal!

Fall Theme: Translate

Pro­pos­als due: Fri­day, Octo­ber 30

Event date: Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19

Win­ter Theme: Transgress

Pro­pos­als due: Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 5

Event date: Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 25

Spring Theme: Transform

Pro­pos­als due: Fri­day, April 22

Event date: Thurs­day, May 19

For more infor­ma­tion or to sub­mit a pro­posal, see the Schol­ars’ Stu­dio web­site.

The New WorldCat

Two of our search tools, UW World­Cat and OCLC First­Search, have been replaced with a new inter­face called World­Cat. World­Cat is a data­base for iden­ti­fy­ing and request­ing mate­ri­als not avail­able at UW and our Sum­mit net­work. World­Cat does not include arti­cles, call num­bers, or real-time availability.


For find­ing books, arti­cles, and more at UW and Sum­mit libraries, use UW Libraries Search, our main search tool on the Libraries homepage.


You can learn more on the fol­low­ing page:


Please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us with any ques­tions or feedback.

Tradition keeps it fresh for Husky Marching Band

For bet­ter than two decades Dr. Brad McDavid has climbed his podium to guide the notes and steps of the out­stand­ing Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Husky March­ing Band. Songs and young peo­ple have changed in those 20 years, but tra­di­tion keeps the pro­gram fresh and a major part of the UW foot­ball game experience.”

For the full story, please see KOMO News.

What Music Can Teach Us About The Lasting Impact Of WWI

How can we make sense of the stag­ger­ing his­tory of loss — loss of rea­son, life, and hope for the future — rep­re­sented by World War I?

In 2014 Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton pro­fes­sor Robin McCabe launched a three-part series of con­certs with accom­pa­ny­ing lec­tures to explore that ques­tion through music. The theme, inspired by the cen­te­nary of the start of World War I, was “Music From The War To End All Wars.” Speak­ers Forum airedPart I, fea­tur­ing a talk by UW dean Robert Stacey, this past January.”

For the full story, please see

Getting Into Grad School: The Inside Scoop About What Works

This is a 10-week course for sopho­mores, juniors and seniors who know they want to pur­sue, or are con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of, grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion; learn first-hand from fac­ulty and staff involved in grad­u­ate admis­sions how to find a good pro­gram fit and how to pre­pare effec­tive appli­ca­tion materials.

Learn more at The Grad­u­ate School’s web­site.

Carlo Torrella: Diehard Sousaphonist

Band is not a hobby; it’s a life. We put so much time into it. Prac­tice is Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day. On game days, we have to be ready four hours before kick­off. And then after the games, we have fifth quar­ter where we per­form as peo­ple leave the sta­dium. And then there’s sixth quar­ter, where those of us over 21 fin­ish our band duties and then play for the tailgaters.”

Read the full story at UW Today!

La Donna del Lago” in HD and more

Wel­come back to you and your stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff for the fall semes­ter. A quick reminder that the Met Opera on Demand: Stu­dent Access web­site was totally redesigned over the summer—and this extra­or­di­nary resource is now acces­si­ble to your users on smart­phones and tablets for the first time (directly through the web­site with a mobile device browser.)

Bel canto super­stars Joyce DiDo­nato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for the Met-premiere pro­duc­tion of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago—the lat­est new release avail­able to stream on Met Opera on Demand: Stu­dent Access. This show­case of vocal vir­tu­os­ity, set in the medieval Scot­tish high­lands, was seen live in cin­e­mas around the world last March. DiDo­nato is “indis­putably great” (The New York Times) as Elena, the tit­u­lar “Lady of the Lake.” New York mag­a­zine declares “you sense that DiDo­nato has no fear… toss­ing out vocal sparklers and high-note con­fetti.” As the king who relent­lessly pur­sues her, “Juan Diego Flórez was at his best… He tossed off runs and roulades effort­lessly and dis­patched excit­ing high notes” (The New York Times). Michele Mar­i­otti con­ducts Paul Curran’s pro­duc­tion, which also stars Daniella Bar­cel­lona and John Osborn.


La Forza del Des­tino (Verdi): radio broad­cast recorded on 3/17/1956, con­ducted by Fritz Stiedry and star­ring Zinka Milanov, Richard Tucker, Leonard War­ren, and Cesare Siepi.


Nabucco (Verdi): radio broad­cast recorded on 4/5/2003, con­ducted by James Levine and star­ring Susan Neves, Wendy White, Fran­cisco Casanova, Lado Ataneli, and Samuel Ramey.