What's News
AS Perspectives / Winter 1998

UW Launches Campaign for the Arts
New Center for Journalism and Trauma
Forgiveness Marks Unusual Collaboration
Greenfield's Classic Gift
Clinic Adds Hearing Aid Program
Stanley Golub Inspires Endowed Chair
Pluma Greets Burke Museum Visitors

On the Web: Analyzing Argumentation
Snow Falling on Cedars Premiere for English Department

A Love of Poetry Translates to a $2 Million Gift

UW Launches Campaign for the Arts
Several years ago, UW President Richard McCormick asked the UW’s arts units to brainstorm about enhancing the arts on campus. The group came back with a long list of suggestions, including increasing visibility through an arts festival, integrating technology into the arts, and bringing more visiting artists to campus. The group’s creativity and willingness to collaborate soon inspired the College to launch the Campaign for the Arts.

  Don Johnson of the Kreielsheimer Foundation, UW President Richard McCormick, and Donald Petersen (from left to right) sign an endowment to kick off the Campaign for the Arts.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $12 million for an arts endowment, which would provide $600,000 annually in support of UW arts programs. The University has already received gifts totalling $3.5 million in support of the endowment.

“This is an important moment in the history of the arts at the University and in the Northwest,” says President McCormick. “…This endowment will have profound effects on the quality of artists on our faculty, on the resources available to our students, and on the community at large. Our overall goal is nothing less than a campus renaissance in the arts for the twenty-first century.”

What will this endowment make possible? It will support innovative curricula that span artistic disciplines. It will allow the UW to attract exceptional faculty, students, and visiting artists. It will allow the Henry Art Gallery and Meany Hall to enhance their offerings. And it will enable the University to increase its connections to the community, especially through the Summer Arts Festival—an ambitious week-long festival on the Seattle campus, which will be inaugurated this summer. Other goals are the creation of an arts technology program and expanded outreach to K-12 schools.

“We already have enormous artistic talent on campus, but we can do more,” says David Hodge, Dean of Arts and Sciences. “With this endowment, we have a chance to be a part of the life of the state in truly innovative ways. It’s an exciting time for the arts, the University, and the community.”

Already, the UW has received a $1 million pledge from the Kreielsheimer Foundation in support of the campaign, plus $1 million from an anonymous donor to the School of Drama. In addition, $250,000 has come from Ruth Waters to create a professorship in the School of Music and $100,000 has come from Grace Pruzan for a faculty fellowship in the School of Art. Another $1,250,000 will be redirected from the Donald E. Petersen Endowment for Excellence for professorships and faculty fellowships in the arts.

For information about the Campaign, contact Elaine Ethier at (206) 616-6225 or Richard Silverstein at (206) 616-3506, richards@u.washington.edu.

New Center for Journalism and Trauma
When reporters rush to the scene of a crime, they are often confronted with disturbing images: victims severely wounded or dead, family members in shock or anguish, and chaotic surroundings. Although journalists may appear calm as they gather information, they are often deeply affected by what they see.

“Anecdotally, we know that reporters suffer the same kinds of trauma that police officers, fire fighters, and survivors of violence also suffer,” says Roger Simpson, associate professor of communications. “But no one has gathered systematic evidence about this.” To address this need, the School of Communications is creating a new Center for Journalism and Trauma, with support from the Dart Foundation.

The Center will serve as a resource for students, journalists, and news organizations seeking information about victim and trauma issues. It will study news coverage of violence, develop educational resources for use in journalism schools and news organizations, disseminate research and information about trauma issues, and encourage industrial and educational attention to the effects of violence on news subjects and on journalists.

Through the Dart Fellowship program, journalists will be trained on issues of trauma. The program is coordinated by the Center, with the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, a leading research forum for the disciplines of psychiatry and psychology.

In April, the Center will award the annual $10,000 Dart Award for Excellence in Reporting about Victims of Violence, to a U.S. newspaper. The Center’s research staff also has undertaken a national survey of news photographers to learn about their exposure to traumatic situations and their own emotional responses.

The Dart Foundation will provide funding of $200,000 a year for three years, plus an additional two years of support at a minimum of $100,000 a year.

Forgiveness Marks Unusual Collaboration
The histories of Korea, Japan, and China—turbulent, intertwining—are the inspiration for Forgiveness, a theatrical collaboration to be presented at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts on March 31 and April 1. The innovative production, directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, attempts to reconcile the subjective memories of this intertwined past and move forward.

Forgiveness combines several traditional art forms in a new theatrical context.  

The collaborative nature of Forgiveness is evident throughout, as it combines elements of Japanese Noh theater, Peking opera, Korean dance, and American hip-hop. Its framework is a “ghost story”—an important genre for traditional theatre forms of Japan, China, and Korea—in which the nature of relationships and the subjectivity of memory can be explored through dialogue between the living and the dead. The work will be structured as a series of vignettes that build a kind of dreamscape, at once beautiful and horrific.

The Forgiveness cast is comprised of renowned performers of the traditional performing arts of China, Korea, and Japan. While each artist brings the power of his or her respective form to the work, it is more than simply a montage of traditional forms, because the performers are working in a new theatrical context.

“Who the artists are as individuals and how they personally relate to themes of the work—shame, guilt, pride, embarrassment, and the complexities of seeking forgiveness, giving and apology, or seeking acknowledgment—greatly shape the overall piece,” says Rachel Cooper of the Asia Society, which originally commissioned the piece.

Greenfield’s Classic Gift
Meg Greenfield’s lifelong passion for classical languages and literature did not end when the former Washington Post editorial page editor and Pulitzer Prize winner died last May. The journalist has left a bequest valued at about $2.9 million to the UW Department of Classics.

  Meg Greenfield

Greenfield’s bequest is one of the largest gifts ever received within the College of Arts and Sciences. It includes approximately $1.7 million for an endowed scholarship fund named for her late brother, Jim Greenfield, a UW alumnus who died in 1973. In addition, she left her waterfront summer home on Bainbridge Island to the Department of Classics as a place of retreat and study, as well as a $500,000 endowment to maintain it. The home is valued at about $650,000.

“In an academic field like ours, a gift on this scale is transformative,” said Stephen Hinds, chair of the Classics Department. “Meg’s generosity will enable us to offer full undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to students who share her love for the ancient world and the Greek and Latin languages.”

Greenfield was a Seattle native who spent her professional life in the other Washington, the nation’s capital. There she worked for the Washington Post for more than three decades as an editorial writer, deputy editorial page editor, and editorial page editor. In 1974 she also began writing a biweekly column in Newsweek. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1978 for pieces about international affairs, civil rights, and the press.

A graduate of Smith College, Greenfield had no formal ties to the University of Washington. Her friendship with former UW president William Gerberding, however, led her to meet faculty in the Department of Classics, and in 1989 she began making annual gifts of about $10,000 to the department for scholarships named for her brother. She was invited to campus as a commencement speaker in 1997.

“It was always a special day when Meg contacted us,” says Classics Professor Daniel Harmon. “We deeply miss those rare occasions. But her influence and inspiration will continue to grow in our department during the years to come.”

Clinic Adds Hearing Aid Program
First you start raising the volume on your television. Then you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves. You begin to wonder, “Am I experiencing hearing loss? Is there anything I can do about it?”

It might be time to head to the UW’s Speech and Hearing Clinic. The clinic, part of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been helping with the diagnosis of hearing loss for more than 50 years. Now, through a new program, it dispenses hearing aids as well.

Christina Quekett (right), a graduate student in speech and hearing sciences, counsels a patient about hearing aid options.  

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer this service,” says Nancy Alarcon, director of the clinic. “It benefits our students as well as the community.”

Alarcon explains that the clinic—which responds to a range of speech, language, and hearing needs—has three missions: to educate students, to promote research, and to provide service to the community. “It is a working laboratory that supports and expands upon the learning that occurs in the classroom,” says Alarcon. “We bring undergraduate and graduate students into the clinic environment in a whole variety of capacities.”

Until recently, however, students were not able to follow hearing loss cases from diagnosis through rehabilitation. “We could establish hearing loss and make recommendations, but we were not actually able to always complete the hearing aid fitting,” says Alarcon. “The students were partially learning their job. Now they can experience the full rehabilitation process.”

And it is a process. While many people perceive the fitting of a hearing aid as a simple matter, it actually requires familiarity with the options available and sensitivity to the client’s needs. “Given the sophisticated technology of hearing instruments, there is a lot of opportunity for customization, to meet the unique needs of the individual,” says Alarcon. “Our goal is to guide people to the best instrument to meet their needs—and to address their expectations, which may be unrealistic.”

Hearing aid prices at the clinic are comparable to prices elsewhere. The evaluation process does tend to be less expensive, however, since clients work with graduate students. Alarcon emphasizes that all of the students are fully supervised by Jim Labiak, senior lecturer in speech and hearing sciences, who is a hearing health care expert with 30 years of experience.

“In no way does the clinic see itself as a source of competition in the community,” says Alarcon. “Instead, this program should be viewed as the ideal foundation for preparing new audiologists who will be entering the working world. And it is almost certain to encourage new areas of clinical research.”

For more information on the Speech and Hearing Clinic’s hearing aid program or other services, call (206) 543-5440.

Stanley Golub Inspires Endowed Chair
Throughout his life, Stanley Golub was involved in politics. He worked behind the scenes, serving as a key fundraiser and adviser to many candidates in Washington state, including close friend Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson. Golub was also a founder of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and served as its first president in 1983.

When Golub died in October 1998, the Jackson Foundation made a $500,000 gift toward the establishment of the Stanley D.Golub Endowed Chair at the UW. The endowment addresses an ongoing challenge at the University—how to compete for respected scholars when the UW’s salaries are not competitive. It will be used to attract an outstanding director for the Jackson School of International Studies and provide much-needed discretionary funds for academic programs.

Golub, who was a philanthropist himself—as well as a lawyer, businessman, and decorated army veteran—would have been pleased by the impact of this endowment.

“Stan inspired others through his quiet leadership,” says Helen H. Jackson, wife of the late Senator Jackson. “Scoop and I admired his loyalty to his friends and his unbridled generosity. He was always willing to help.”

The Jackson Foundation and the UW are engaged in a campaign to raise the additional funds necessary to reach the Chair level.

Pluma Greets Burke Museum Visitors
Visitors to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will notice a new artwork near the building’s entrance: a cast bronze sculpture, Pluma, by Seattle artist Mark Calderon.

Pluma by Mark Calderon  

The sculpture, resembling an undulating leaf, was commissioned and given to the museum by the Committee of 33, a group dedicated to the beautification of Seattle through the placement of art in public places.

Calderon wanted to create a sculpture that reflected the Burke’s role as a museum of natural and anthropological history. Before sketching designs, he looked at the museum’s collections and studied books on shells, plants, and fossils. “I inundated myself with images to expand my knowledge of natural history, the Burke Museum, and its mission,” explains the artist

. The finished artwork is seven feet tall by ten feet wide and weighs more than half a ton. “Calderon’s beautiful sculpture embodies the spirit of the Burke Museum by embracing in a unique way the fields of nature, culture, and art,” says Karl Hutterer, director of the museum. “It’s a marvelous gesture greeting our visitors.”

On the Web: Analyzing Argumentation
As the year’s political campaigns heat up, the public will likely be inundated with candidates’ claims about everything from health care to immigration. Whose arguments are valid?

That’s up to voters to decide. But a web site developed by the Department of Speech Communication may help. The site provides basic information about argumentation. It includes explanations of the parts of an argument—claim, evidence, and reasoning—and examples of the effective use of each.

“The site was initially developed for Speech Communication 334, our course on critical thinking and argumentation,” says department chair Barbara Warnick, who credits graduate student Jennifer Peeples and former instructional technology specialist Charles Waugh with creating the site. “Students from all over campus see the site and email me to ask if they can be in the class. I’m pleased that students find it interesting.”

Warnick says the site may not help voters make their election decisions, but “it probably will help them cast a critical eye on politicians’ claims.”

Snow Falling on Cedars Premiere Benefits English Department

  UW alumnus David Guterson (far left) signs copies of his novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, at the premiere of the movie based on the book.

On December 6, more than 800 friends of the UW Department of English packed the Cinerama Theatre for a preview of Snow Falling on Cedars, a new film based on the bestselling novel by UW alumnus David Guterson. Both Guterson and the film’s director, Scott Hicks, spoke at the event. The premiere was a benefit for the UW’s Creative Writing Program, raising more than $21,000 for student support.

A Love of Poetry Translates to a $2 Million Gift
It started with email. Last October, UW President Richard McCormick received an email note from Internet entrepreneur Ravi Desai, whose first love is poetry. Desai wanted to know if the UW was interested in discussing a major gift that he was willing to make to suport the teaching of poetry.

Ravi Desai (left) with UW President Richard McCormick.  

Desai soon made a $2 million gift to the UW’s Creative Writing Program to fund a poet-in residence program and provide fellowship support for promising graduate students. The announcement was made at a February 16 UW event that Desai attended.

Desai, who studied poetry as an undergraduate at Harvard University, is president and CEO of Logical Information Machines, a columnist for Worth magazine, and a weekly commentator on American Online.


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