Centennial Celebration

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This academic year is a special one for the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. It marks the 100th anniversary of the founding at the University of Washington of the first department devoted to the teaching of Asian languages, literatures, and cultures. Known as the Department of Oriental History, Literature, and Institutions, that department is the direct ancestor of AL&L, as well as of several other departments on the UW campus.

The Department will be holding special events throughout the year to commemorate this centennial milestone. Check back here for announcements.

The University Week published an article about the Centennial Lecture held Wednesday Nov. 19.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the UW Alumni Association are sponsoring a Centennial Lecture Series featuring presentations by faculty from four UW departments. The Asian L&L presentation, by Professors Zev Handel and Michael Shapiro, will take place on the evening of November 19th.

"The Centennial Lecture Series: Beyond the American Point of View" is a set of four presentations and panel discussions featuring the UW's renowned faculty.

When: All lectures from 7-9 p.m.

  • Oct. 29 — The Rise of Asia: A New World Order?
  • Nov. 5 — Islam and Sexuality: Beyond the Headlines
  • Nov. 12 — The Power of Scandinavia
  • Nov. 19 — A Fire-Pot of Tongues: Asian Languages in a New Global Environment

Where: Kane Hall, Room 120, UW Seattle campus

Cost: Free, but space is limited.

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