UW News

November 18, 2020

ArtSci Roundup: Lessons (Not) Learned from the Holocaust, What to Watch, Read, and Listen to at Home, and Drawing Wild Washington

During this time of uncertainty and isolation, find solace in digital opportunities to connect, share, and engage. Each week, we will share upcoming events that bring the UW, and the greater community, together online. 

Many of these online opportunities are streamed through Zoom. All UW faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro via UW-IT

Lessons (Not) Learned from the Holocaust | In the Bloodlands: History and Memory of the Holocaust in the U.S.S.R.

November 24, 4:00 PM | Online

As many as half of all the Jewish victims of the Holocaust died in 1941-1942, in the killing fields of Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia — the territories of the Soviet Union. In its turn, the U.S.S.R suppressed much of this history because it raised uncomfortable questions about the complicity of various groups of Soviet citizens in the killing of Jews. This talk, given by Sasha Senderovich, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and sponsored by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, will delve into the thorny issues of this contested history by looking at its manifestations in literature and cinema.
Next in the series:
  • Genocide in Myanmar: The Case Before the International Court of Justice: December 1, 4:00 PM
  • Concluding Roundtable Discussion: December 8, 4:00 PM

Staying Home? Here’s What to Watch

Read Online

Staying home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus? Looking for ways to stay entertained? If you’ve already binged all the shows in your Netflix queue, fear not. Faculty in the Department of Cinema & Media Studies have gathered television and film recommendations to fit every mood. 

UW Alumni Book Club

December | Online

The UWAA, UW Libraries, and University Book Store invite all interested readers to join the UW Alumni Book Club. An online forum for the curious reader, the bookshelf has a place for personal stories, timely topics, and transformative fiction. For December, the book club will be reading “Kindred” by Octavia E. Butler.
Book club events for “Kindred:”
  • Time Travel: Fact and Fiction: December 2, 4:00 PM
  • Leaves A Mark: Passing Trauma From One Generation To Another: December 9, 4:00 PM
  • “Kindred” Book Chat: December 16, 4:00 PM

Free | Register and More Info

“Literature, Language, Culture” Dialogue Series


The Department of English is proud to announce the new “Literature, Language, Culture: A Dialogue Series.” These video and podcast episodes share faculty research and teaching, including the ways our work contributes to how we experience and seek to understand this time of global crisis. In each episode, faculty share their innovative work in fostering intellectual vitality, inspiring enthusiasm for literature, honing critical insight into the ethical and creative uses of the English language, preparing future teachers, and crafting the stories that animate our world.

Free | View Online

Praise the Pod

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Podcasts are the perfect entertainment for the current moment. Need a diversion? There’s a podcast to fit every interest and mood. Physical distancing? Not a problem. Plus you’re likely to learn something new every time you listen.

We asked a dozen faculty to suggest a favorite podcast related to their field, and they were happy to oblige. Check out their picks (including a triple nod to RadioLab!) related to politics, literature, gender, and more.

Stuck at Home? What To Read Right Now

Read Online

The silver lining of being stuck at home during a pandemic? More opportunities to curl up with a good book. Five faculty in the Department of English offer suggestions for what to read now, from classic titles to less familiar gems.

Drawing Wild Washington: Get to know your neighbors

Watch Online

Learn to draw plants and animals from all over Washington state in the Burke Museum‘s new video series with artist Jed Dunkerley. Watch free how-to videos and download coloring pages from Jed’s Ecosystems of Washington mural at the Burke.

Share what you do online with #burkefromhome.

Looking for more?

Check out UWAA’s Stronger Together web page for more digital engagement opportunities.