How National Symphony targets young audiences: With driving electronica

It’s rare for an orchestra to devote a whole performance to works by a single composer — even rarer for that composer to be living, and onstage. Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence, was the focus of the second concert in the National Symphony Orchestra’s new “Declassified” series, which offers a shorter, late-night performance of music that specifically, earnestly and even a little desperately targets a younger generation. Read the article at the Washington Post.

Asking Whether Copland’s Abstruse Works are the Exception or the Rule

When Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic visited “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last month, it was only natural that they performed Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” (1942). Is there any work more emblematic of the dean of American music than the stirring “Fanfare,” which Mr. Colbert called “one of the most powerful American melodies”?  Read the article at the New York Times.

2016 Teaching & Learning Symposium program

The UW Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2-4:30 in the UW HUB Ballroom. The UW Libraries is a proud co-sponsor of the event.

This year’s keynote highlights the scholarship of UW instructors — from three disciplines and three campuses — who use race and equity to inform their teaching and research.

Here’s the Symposium schedule:

  • 2:00 – 2:05 Opening remarks
  • 2:05 – 2:50 Poster session #1
  • 2:50 – 3:00 Welcome
  • 3:00 – 3:45 Keynote
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Poster session #2

More information can be read here. Come out and learn more about the teaching and learning practices happening across all three campuses.

Vanishing Languages, Reincarnated as Music

The Unesco Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger is a melancholy document, charting the 3,000 or so languages that experts predict will vanish by the end of this century. For the most part, ethnographers and linguists are helpless in the face of the gradual erasure of collective memory that goes along with this loss of linguistic diversity. Time to call in the composers?  Read the article at the New York Times.

Graduate Funding Workshops

Mark your calendars for the upcoming graduate funding workshops!

“Finding Graduate Funding,” Tuesday, April 12th, 12:30-1:30, Research Commons, Red C

The first in a two-day workshop series, this Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) event will introduce UW graduate students (current and admitted) to the graduate funding landscape. The workshop provides an overview of timelines, databases, and strategies for finding fellowships, scholarships, grants, and awards to support graduate education, research, and travel. No RSVP necessary. Attendance at the second workshop in the series — “Crafting a Strong Application for Graduate Funding” — is recommended, but not required.


“Crafting a Strong Application for Graduate Funding,” Wednesday, April 13th, 12:30-1:30, Research Commons, Red C

The second in a two-day workshop series, this event will introduce UW graduate students to the components of a quality funding application and strategies for creating one. Moderated by the Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) Manager, the workshop will include presentations by representatives from the UW Libraries and Office of Fellowships, in addition to a panel discussion with current students and faculty. No RSVP necessary. Attendance at the first workshop in the series — “Finding Graduate Funding” — is recommended, but not required. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Core Programs.


Further details about these events are available via the Research Commons events calendar.

Call for UW Undergrad Papers & Projects

  • What? The UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes undergraduate students who have authored superb research projects, including posters, that demonstrate a creative use of scholarly materials.
  • Why? Winners receive $1,000 and University-wide recognition for their outstanding accomplishment.
  • When? Deadline to submit is Monday, May 16, 2016, by 5:00pm PDT.
  • Where and How? Submission criteria and guidelines are available online.