Joff Hanauer Honors Lecture Series

August 26, 2020

Joff Hanauer Honors Lecture Series

Approximately one Tuesday per month, 5-6:00 p.m., PST

FREE/Registration required for hosted Zoom-based lectures

Daniel Bessner, Associate Professor in UW’s Jackson School of International Studies and Joff Hanauer Honors Professor of Western Civilization (2020-2022) invites us to learn more about the history and interconnectedness of our politics and the experiences of people across the planet.

Join Dr. Bessner (and occasional guest speakers) for these free 1-hour talks via Zoom. This series is supported by a generous endowment to the College of Arts & Sciences, to advance understanding of and participation in civic life through the interdisciplinary lens of the University of Washington Honors community.

Nov 24, 2020: America Voted. What Now?

What can we expect from a second Trump term or a Biden presidency? What does our recent election mean for U.S. relations with other governments, our impact on issues of climate, economy, and other interconnected aspects of life across the world? What about domestic policing, immigration policy…? 

Jan 19, 2021: Public Health

Explore the history of public health and pandemics, particularly focusing on the lackluster US response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn the historical context of this response and how it connects with domestic policy and the hollowing out of state capacity.

Feb 23, 2021: U.S. Foreign Policy and American Policing

Join a robust discussion about the profound linkages between American actions abroad (invasions, bombing, counterinsurgencies) and American domestic policing. 

March 23, 2021: Seattle/PNW History

Dr. Bessner will convene a group of local historians to give multiple five-minute presentations on the region, helping Seattleites (and “transplants”) get grounded in unexpected facts and stories about our culture.

Register here to request more details and receive Zoom invitations.