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Spring 2012 Schedule of Events

An Evening With Pam Iorio: How History Guides Effective Leadership
January 11, 2012
Patel Center for Global Solutions Auditorium

The Humanities Institute is pleased to welcome former Mayor of Tampa and USF Alumna, Pam Iorio. She will introduce her new book, Straightforward: Ways to Live & Lead, and will focus especially on how education in the humanities prepares people to be effective leaders. Straightforward leadership is distinctly direct, clear, honest, strategic, and respectful. It provides room for compromise and seeks to bring people together instead of dividing them. This brand of leadership is pragmatic, not ideological; solutions based and results oriented. It empowers others and recognizes the importance of ongoing development, learning, and change.

Violence, Memory, and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Conference.
January 31 - February 2, 2012

Many disciplines have contributed to the worldwide debate on violence, memory, and human rights, but rarely do they come together to share their insights. This small conference will offer a unique, interdisciplinary forum, in which forensic scientists may interact with poets, or historians with legal scholars, anthropologists and philosophers. Registration is encouraged. Visit the conference webpage for additional details.

Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer's Civil War with Dr. Peter Wood
February 6, 2012
Grace Allen Room (Library)

Historian Peter Wood is Professor Emeritus at Duke University, and is an authority on American history, especially the Colonial and Civil War eras. He is the author of many books, including an influential text book, Created Equal, now in its third edition. His newest book is Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War (Harvard University Press 2010). The work offers a fresh view of Homer’s early career, the struggle to end slavery, and the closing years of the Civil War. His visit is co-sponsored by the departments of Anthropology, History, and Africana Studies.

Darwin Day 2012 with Dr. Eugenie Scott
February 9 - February 11

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, and expert on the educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social components of the creationism/evolution controversy.

  • Feb. 9, MSC 2100C, 3:30pm: Dr. Scott's Handy-Dandy Guide to Teaching Evolution

  • Feb. 9, FAH 101 (College of the Arts), 7:00pm: "Critical Thinking" Bills: Creationism du jour?
  • Feb. 10 - 11: Workshops with Hillsborough County Students and Teachers.

Vonnegut and Hemingway: Writers at War with Dr. Lawrence Broer
February 15, 2012
3:30pm (reception), 4:00pm (lecture)
Grace Allen Room (Library)

Dr. Lawrence Broer, Professor Emeritus of English, will speak about his most recent book, Vonnegut and Hemingway: Writers at War U. of South Carolina Press) in which he studies the intersections of biography and artistry in works by both writers. Broer sees Vonnegut and Hemingway as fundamentally at war—with themselves, with one another’s artistic visions, and with the idea of war itself. Against this onslaught, he asserts,they wrote as a mode of therapy and achieved literary greatness through combative opposition to the shadows that loomed so large around them. Broer is an internationally acclaimed scholar of modern and postmodern American and British Literature. He has published widely in critical collections and professional journals, and has authored or edited nine books on such writers as Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Updike. Broer is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of South Florida, where he received the Theodore and Venette Askunes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

New Religions, Science, and Sustainability Mini-Conference
March 1, 2012
MSC 3707
Times TBD

The Humanities Institute is one of several USF entities co-sponsoring the Department of Religious Studies’ miniconference on New Religious Movements. Headlining the event will be lectures by two of the world’s most notable scholars of new religions: J. Gordon Melton and James R. Lewis. Melton founded the Institute for the Study of American Religion in 1968 and remains its director. Author of more than 35 books and numerous articles, Melton is a pioneering scholar in the study of new religions; he sits on the international board of the Center for Studies in New Religions (CESNUR) based in Turin, Italy, the primary academic association focusing on studies of new and alternative religions.

Lewis co-founded the International Society for the Study of New Religions and is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø in Norway. He is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter. His most recent publications include Children of Jesus and Mary (Oxford UP) , Religion and the Authority of Science (Brill), and Violence and New Religious Movements (Oxford UP). He is also one of the leading scholars of UFO religions, having edited the definitive collection on the subject, The Gods have Landed (SUNY Press). They will be joined by several other significant scholars in the field, including, Phillip C. Lucas (Stetson University), Dawn Hutchinson (Christopher Newport University), Ryan Cragun (University of Tampa), and several USF faculty members.

Visions of the Apocalypse
March 19 - March 20, 2012

For the last few years, the blogosphere has been buzzing with dire predictions, most notably the claim that the ancient Maya predicted the end of the world in December 2012. This scare is only one symptom of a long-standing cultural preoccupation with the apocalypse, and it seemed like a good moment to explore this theme at USF.

  • Mar. 19, MSC 2707, 7:00pm: The Ancient Mayan Doomsday Prophecy: Some Helpful Tips for Surviving the End of the World with Dr. Christian Wells.
  • Mar. 20, TECO Conference Hall (Education), 7:00pm: Readings by Science Fiction Authors, Joe Haldeman and Nancy Kress.

National Poetry Month
April, 2012

In 1996 the Academy of American Poets launched a nationwide initiative called National Poetry Month. Every April schools, libraries, publishers, and literary organizations host readings, workshops, and festivals to promote the vital role of poetry in American society. The Humanities Institute has a long tradition of supporting NPM with a month-long series of public readings but this year’s NPM is going to be our largest ever. In fact, National Poetry Month at USF is so big it gets its own webpage this year: Click here for all the events.