Urban@UW lecture, architectural tour, seminar and more

Over the next two weeks, explore local Black history, discuss housing justice in U.S. cities, and learn about Indigenous food sovereignty in our region. 

Urban@UW News 

Urban@UW hosts Anti-Displacement and Belonging Workshop

Led by Faculty Director Rachel Berney, and Director, Jen Davison, Urban@UW hosted a virtual workshop that brought together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and community partners to elevate key perspectives and facilitate cross-boundary discussions and action around the capacity for people to stay in place and stay in the community in the face of displacement. 

Read more here.

Urban-Related Events (For more, check out our calendar):

Monday – 2/21

Last day to view MOHAI Exhibit:The Black and Tan Collection

For nearly five decades, the Black and Tan Club on 12th and Jackson hosted legendary musical acts and local bands for patrons of all races as one of the first interracial establishments in Seattle. To honor the influential history of Seattle’s early Black jazz scene, artist Bonnie Hopper created oil paintings of the renowned musicians who played at the nightclub. Join the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) for a special installation of these paintings

10:00-5:00pm – MOHAI 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109


Wednesday – 2/23

Graduate School Public Lectures: Black feminist abolition reflections on anti-violence activism

Join The Graduate School and School of Social Work for a presentation by Beth Richie, head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois. Richie will make the case for abolition in response to the problem of gender violence from the perspective of Black feminist theory and praxis, including a history of the anti-violence movement in the U.S., ethnographic data from a current study, and recommendations for non-carceral alternatives. 

6:30-7:30pm – Online event. Registration required. 

Thursday – 2/24

Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture in Housing Justice: Ananya Roy on “Emergency Urbanism”

In this talk, Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography at UCLA, provides a conceptual and political framework of emergency urbanism and analyzes whether such a formation represents a radical reconfiguration of the relationship between sovereignty, life, and property that undergirds liberal democracy in U.S. cities.

5:00-6:30pm – Online event. Registration required. 

Friday – 2/25

ULI Northwest: Finding Founders Hall, A Tour of Seattle’s Newest Mass Timber Project

Mass Timber holds much promise to reduce embodied carbon in buildings. Not to mention the sheer beauty and biophilic qualities of being surrounded by natural materials. Join Urban Land Institute (ULI) Northwest for an exclusive tour of Founders Hall led by representatives from LMN Architects and Hoffman Construction, UW’s newest CLT building for the Foster School of Business. 

3:30-5:00pm – Founders Hall – 4215 E Stevens Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Wednesday – 3/2

Environmental Communications Seminar: “Communicating Environmental Injustice”

The Conversations in Environmental Communication seminar series explores environmental communication through the perspective of a diverse group of professionals working in the arts, journalism, social media, advocacy, business, and science. We’ll investigate how messages about nature and the environment permeate our public discourse through insightful presentations and riveting Q&A with leading experts. Hear from Vanessa Vassall – National Program Director, Maternal Health and Environmental Justice, Black Millennials for Flint. 

4:30-5:30pm – Online event. 

Thursday – 3/3

Stories of Indigenous Food Sovereignty from the NW: Charlotte Coté with Dana Arviso

Hear from Charlotte Coté (Tseshaht/Nuu-chah-nulth), Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington, and Dana Arviso doctoral candidate in the UW College of Education on food practices that have been a crucial part of the Indigenous community’s efforts to enact food sovereignty, decolonize their diet, and preserve their ancestral knowledge.

7:30-8:30pm – The Forum 1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.) Seattle, WA 98101

Celebrate Black History Month!

Support local organizations like Wa Na Wari

Wa Na Wari is an immersive community art project that reclaims Black cultural space and makes a statement about the importance of Black land ownership in gentrified communities, including Seattle’s Central District. 


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