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Fall 2015 Schedule

All Humanities Institute events are free and open to the public and refreshments are always served!

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Parking and Transportation Permits

All venues are convenient to visitor parking areas with automated Pay-by-Space machines. Download the Visitor Parking Map to identify the buildings and associated parking lots listed below.

  • Grace Allen Room (Library) - Pay-by-Space in Lot 29B and the Collins Blvd. Parking Garage
  • C.W. Bill Young Hall (CWY) - Pay-by-Space in Lot 21 or Lot 6
  • Marshall Student Center (MSC) - Pay-by-Space in Lots 3B, 3C, and the Crescent Hill Parking Garage

Wednesday, Sep. 9
Grace Allen Room (Library, 4th Floor)
3:30pm refreshments, 4:00pm lecture

Around the World in Sixty Minutes

Join CAS Faculty members for a reading highlighting the diverse and global nature of creative writing and trasnlation at the University of South Florida. Readers will include graduate student Aracelis González Asendorf (English), and faculty members Pablo Brescia (World Languages), Jay Hopler (English), and Eric Shepherd (World Languages).

Monday, Sep. 14
CWY 206
6:00pm, reception to follow

Practicing Impolite Conversations on Race, with John L. Jackson

At a time when the need for a national discussion on race is increasingly urgent, we're delighted to welcome a leading scholar who in, "Practicing Impolite Conversations on Race," challenges us to be fearless in speaking about topics that are often whispered in secret.

In his talk, anthropologist and communication scholar John L. Jackson, Jr. draws from his ethnographic research in the United States and around the world to make a case for the value of reimagining how we discuss race and racism in scholarly debate and public discourse.

Thursday, Sep. 24
MSC 2500
6:00pm, reception to follow

Why We Tell Our Stories, with Firoozeh Dumas

The Humanities Institute is pleased to present Firoozeh Dumas in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Student Affairs, the Global Citizens Project and USF Libraries. Firoozeh Dumas, a well noted Iranian-American writer, has traveled the country reminding audiences of our shared humanity. Dumas's talk will share her insights on the complex issues of being an Iranian immigrant in the U.S.


Wednesday, Oct. 7
Grace Allen Room (Library, 4th Floor)
3:00pm refreshments, 3:30pm lecture

Homegrown Humanities: Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action From Below, with Harry Vanden

Harry Vanden will discuss his recent publication that explores the dramatically evolving social movements surrounding Latin America for the past fifteen years. Vanden will elaborate on how the text examines a variety of significant shifts throughout the region, transformations in internal movement dynamics and strategies, and new dynamics of resistance and repression.


Wednesday, Oct. 14
CWY 206
6:00pm, reception to follow

Did the Early Christians Forget Jesus? Faulty, Frail, and False Memories of the Messiah, with Bart Ehrman

Bart Erhman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Stuides at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has published almost 30 books, including five New York Times bestsellers, in which he questions the historical accuracy and inconsistencies of the New Testament, as well as the way it has been interpreted, misinterpreted, and distorted. Erhman's USF talk will draw from an upcoming book of his, where Ehrman notes, "As scholars of memory have long known, we not only forget things (all the time), we also misremember them or even invent them in our heads." His talk will go on to ask: "How does that apply to the memories of Jesus among his early followers before the Gospels were written? Did the earliest Christians forget what Jesus really said and did? Did they invent false memories?"


Thursday, Oct. 22
CWY 206
6:00pm, reception to follow

The Rise of the Cyber Left: Capitalism, Technology and Contemporary Social Movements, with Todd Wolfson

Wolfson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. Wolfson has been trained as a socio-cultural anthropologist, his research focuses on the convergence of new media and social movements and he is the author of the recently published book Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left (University of Illinois Press 2014). In his talk he historicizes this contemporary struggle by placing it in the context of the Old and New Left, arguing that "we are entering a new phase in social movement organizing, the Cyber Left, that is interwoven with new infomation and communication technologies and other globalizing trends."


Tuesday, Nov. 3
CWY 206
6:00pm, reception to follow

Are You A Thing or A Process? And Why It Matters, with John Dupré.

This semester's Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence program brings John Dupré, an internationally renowned philosopher from the University of Exeter, U.K. where he serves as a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Philosophy, and Director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences.

At USF John Dupré's talk will argue that how we conceive of the nature of life has profound, real-world consequences. He notes that, "philosophers, and perhaps the rest of us, generally think of the world as composed of things. Big things are made of little things, and the arrangement of these things - atoms into molecules, molecules into living cells, cells into multicellular organisms, an so on - produces the behavior of big, complex things."


Tuesday, Nov. 10
Grace Allen Room (Library, 4th Floor)
3:00pm refreshments, 3:30pm lecture

Homegrown Humanities: Feminist Interventions in Surveillance Studies & Miley and Kim K's Twitpix, with Rachel Dubrofsky

Associate Professor from the Department of Communication, USF's own Rachel Dubrofsky will discuss her newly published book that looks at the controversial questions of gender, race, class and sexuality that have been left unexamined in surveillance studies. Her talk will address questions such as: How might surveillance put different bodies at risk/on display with particular contingencies? Who is scrutinized under surveillance, and why and at what cost? What are the implications for disenfranchised bodies? This presentation discusses these questions and how a few of the questions are taken up in a chapter on tabloid coverage of Twitter photographs posted by Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian.


Wednesday, Nov. 18
CWY 206
6:00pm, reception to follow

Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth, with Jane Caputi

“The Anthropocene,” or “Age of Man,” is increasingly used to describe a new geological age, in which humans are the main force shaping the world. Jane Caputi, Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Communication & Multimedia at Florida Atlantic University, places the gendered notion of Anthropocene in dialog with another gendered concept, the ancient one of “Mother Earth.” Caputi is the author of several books, including Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture (2004), and is creator of a new documentary, Feed the Green: A Feminist Answer to the Anthropocene.


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