UW News

January 6, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: The Converso’s Return, Drop-in Meditation Session, and More

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

The Converso’s Return: Dalia Kandiyoti in Conversation with Devin E. Naar

January 14, 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Online

In the fifteenth century, thousands of Jews in the Iberian Peninsula (today’s Spain and Portugal) were forced to convert to Catholicism under threat of death and became known as conversos (literally meaning “the converted”). Five centuries later, their descendants have been uncovering their long-hidden Jewish roots; as these stories come to light, they have taken hold of the literary and popular imagination. “The Converso’s Return” explores the cultural politics and literary impact of this reawakened interest in converso and crypto-Jewish history, ancestry, and identity, and asks what this fascination with lost-and-found heritage can tell us about how we relate to and make use of the past.

In this talk sponsored by the Stroum Center for Jewish StudiesDalia Kandiyoti (College of Staten Island, City University of New York) will discuss her new book “The Converso’s Return: Conversion and Sephardi History in Contemporary Literature and Culture” with Devin E. Naar, professor in Sephardic Studies, associate professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies

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Critical Issues Lecture Series: Skawennati

January 15, 12:00 PM | Online via Zoom

The 2021 Critical Issues Lecture Series will have its first event on January 15. It is organized by the School of Art + Art History + Design in collaboration with the Henry Art Gallery. The general public is invited to join degree-seeking individuals studying fine art in order to share ideas and raise questions about contemporary art.

Drop-in Session: Steadying the Heart & Mind with Yoga

January 11, 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Online via Zoom

The session, sponsored by the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, weaves together a series of traditional Yoga practices for cultivating a sense of calm and inner peace: mindful movement, focused breathing, and meditation. This session will begin with a gentle Yoga sequence to settle the body. We will then explore how a simple breathing practice along with the use of an anchor phrase (i.e., a mantra) can soothe anxiety. The session will close with a meditation. In Hatha Yoga, these practices are frequently completed together as a means of steadying the mind and emotions. Each one can also be drawn upon individually as a brief practice when you need extra support.

UWAA Events Calendar


The UW Alumni Association events calendar is an excellent resource for finding upcoming events from entities all over the UW. 

Upcoming events on the calendar:

ArtsUW Events Calendar


The ArtsUW events calendar lists events from arts departments and organizations across campus, including the School of Art + Art History + Design, the Henry Art Gallery, and Meany Center for the Performing Arts.

Upcoming events on the calendar:

The Henry Art Gallery’s Virtual Collections


Although the Henry Art Gallery‘s in-person space on the UW campus is closed to the public, its collections can still be viewed virtually. The gallery’s online collections contain works in the genres of contemporary art, works on paper, costumes, and textiles. It can be accessed for free by all, at any time.

Looking for more?

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