It's a modern fairy tale: Homely police parking lot transforms into a benevolent building of goodwill and stage lights. Photo via 12th Avenue Arts' Facebook page.

 Today’s picks for civic nerds. 

For Friday: 

All the Senate Ladies 

Discuss the victories and challenges experienced by women in public office at this year’s public symposium at the Capitol, co-sponsored by the Office of Secretary of State Kim Wyman and the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service.

On the bill: Former state senate majority leader Lisa Brown and current state Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-16, Walla Walla). Appropriately enough, the event is being moderated by powerhouse AP reporter and Capitol press corps veteran Rachel La Corte.

Lunch buffet provided, or bring your own. 

Women in Politics: Challenges and Successes, Fri Feb 22, 11:30am–1pm, Conference Room ABC, John A. Cherberg Building, 298 15th Ave SW, Olympia, free.

China Goes Global

Leading China scholar and George Washington University professor David Shambaugh reads from his latest work, China Goes Global: The Partial Power. Expect to learn how China’s newfound power is manifesting in terms of global economy and diplomacy.

David Shambaugh: 'China Goes Global', Fri Feb 22, 4:30pm, Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall, University of Washington, 1410 NE Campus Pkwy, free.

For Thursday:

Extreme Lot Makeover

A long awaited makeover of the police parking lot at 12th and Pine will combine low-income housing, theater spaces, nonprofit offices, and local retail in one building. Stop by the groundbreaking ceremony to usher in the transformation alongside Mayor McGinn and Nick Licata. Pizza and live music provided.

Groundbreaking at 12th Avenue Arts, Thu Feb 21, 12:30pm, 1620 12th Ave, free. 

The Future of Higher Ed 

Recently named by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities, Duke University professor Cathy Davidson will talk about the need for a major shift in our country’s higher education system to suit the learning needs of college kids in an increasingly multidisciplinary, global, and technology-driven world.

Now You See It: Why the Future of Higher Education Demands a Paradigm Shift, Thu Feb 21, 7pm, Kane Hall Room 210, University of Washington, 1410 NE Campus Pkwy, free. 

Dig It!

WSDOT cultural resources specialist Kevin Bartoy and UW anthropology professor and associate Burke Museum director Peter Lape will discuss the role of archeologists during the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Expect to see some neat artifacts and learn about the role they played in the region's history.

History Cafe: Archaeology and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, Thu Feb 21, 7pm, Compass Cafe, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, free. 

And for Today: 

Pedagogic Powwow 


Washington’s newest education agency, the Student Achievement Council, is creating an extensive 10-year plan for our state’s education system and wants your input. Stop by for this special public forum hosted by the nine-member council. 

Washington Student Achievement Council Public Forum, Wed Feb 20, 5–6:30pm, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle Central Community College, 1625 Broadway, free.

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