Today’s picks for civic nerds. 


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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. 

For Wednesday:

Pedagogic Powwow

Washington’s lead 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. 

And for Today:

Students First


National education reform activist Michelle Rhee—author of Radical: Fighting to Put Students First—discusses her plan for improving the American school system by ensuring that students (not adults) are legislators’ top priority. 

Not a Rhee fan? Join local educators and parents to protest Rhee's appearance outside Town Hall at 6:00.

A Conversation with Michelle Rhee, Tue Feb 19, 7–8:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free. Protest Michelle Rhee, Tues Feb 19, 6pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free.

Poet for Peace

Michael Mabwe, director of Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights, performs his empowering slam poetry on everything from corruption and nepotism to HIV/AIDS and media freedom. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

An Evening with Zimbabwean Slam Poetry Artist Michael Mabwe, Tue Feb 19, 6:30–8:30pm, Arabica Lounge, 1550 E Olive Way, $5–$7.

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