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Spring 2017 Schedule

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

Parking on USF Tampa Campus

Parking can be difficult on campus. Here are a few tips to make coming to events easier! Please refer to the following links for more information.

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

Humanities and Hops at Southern Brewing & Winemaking

Parking for Southern Brewing & Winemaking is located in the back of the building, right next too the beer garden.

Additional/Overflow parking is located in the lot across the side street.

If you have any questions concerning parking, please call Mallory Danley at 813-974-2913.

After Obama: Black Lives Matter in the Age of a Trump Presidency with Frank Roberts

Tuesday, January 24th, in CWY 206
6:00pm - Reception to follow

The Institute is proud to launch the Spring 2017 semester lineup with Frank Leon Roberts. Recently referred to by Dr. Cornel West as one of the “powerhouse intellectuals” of his generation, Frank Leon Roberts is an educator and political organizer on the frontlines of the contemporary movement for black lives. He is the Creator of Black Lives Matter Syllabus, the nationally acclaimed, public educational curriculum that provides resources for teaching BLM in classroom and community settings. Frank’s pioneering work as the “Black Lives Matter Professor” has been featured in Fader Magazine, NPR, CNN, The San Francisco Gate, CBS and an extensive variety of other national media outlets. During his visit to USF, Roberts will meet with faculty and graduate assistants to discuss how to productively discuss racial inequality in the classroom. Later he will give a public talk entitled, “After Obama: Notes on Black Lives Matter in the Age of a Trump Presidency.” This self-described “teach-in style talk” promises to be an important and inspiring event.

Humanities & Hops: What's up with Religion these days?

Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00pm

Southern Brewing and Winemaking
4500 N. Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL. 33603

Join us for a night of good beer, good local food, and even better conversation! USF's own faculty will present their research pertaining to the topic of 'What's up with religion these days?'. Jim Strange of Religious Studies will talk about the continued separation between "religion" and "spirituality" due to advancing secularism around the world. John Napora from Anthropology will draw on numerous faiths to discuss the relevance of religion today in terms of charity, toleration and compassion. James Cavendish of Sociology will discuss recent studies of religion affiliation, belief, and practice in the United States to describe the rise of religious "nones" (i.e. the religiously unaffiliated) and discuss what this reveals about the meaning of religion in people's lives today.

A Poetry Reading by Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence: Peter Balakian

Thursday, February 16th, in CWY 206
6:00pm - Reception to follow

Balakian has a diverse background in poetry, memoir, translation, history, and international affairs, making him an ideal candidate to work with students in a number of different academic disciplines. He is the Donald M. Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities in the department of English and Director of Creative Writing at Colgate University. In 2016, Balakian won the Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collection, Ozone Journal, which is praised for its historical depth and meticulously documented detail. The collection is a vivid journey through the personal and political. His persona excavated the remains of Armenian genocide survivors in the Syrian Desert and remembers New York City in the 1980s, ravaged by the AIDS crisis. During his time at USF, Balakian will be visiting classes in English, Sociology, Africana Studies, and the Honors College. Additionally, he will be spending time with the Digital Heritage work group in the USF Library which is actively working to save ancient churches in Armenia.

Humanities & Hops: The Process of Gender

Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm
Southern Brewing and Winemaking
4500 N. Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL. 33603

Meet up, grab a beer, and join the discussion with Jennifer Bosson, Sara Crawley, Sam Obeid, and MC Whitlock. Bosson is a social psychologist who studies gender and stereptypes. Her work on precarious manhood identifies a widespread tendency to view the male gender role as elusive and tenuous, and examines the implications of this precariousness for men's personal and social functioning.

This talk unpacks stereotypical ideas on the static state of identity, revealing through examples of lived experience and scholarship that identity is constantly evolving. Instead of challenging indentities unlike our own. Crawley and Obeid suggest we take a vested interest in understanding that "we are all trans".

Whitlock is a constructionist sociologist who is finishering her dissertation on feminist bookstores in the U.S. South. Her work focuses on understanding and deconstructing contentious feminist ideas about gender over the past forty years - and specifically focuses on the transition from woman to human.

Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution with Holly Tucker

Tuesday, March 28th in CWY 206
6:00pm - Reception to follow

Holly Tucker holds appointments as Professor of French and Italian and in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University. Her teaching interests include narrative medicine, medicine and literature, early history of medicine, and early-modern culture and history. Blood Work was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Science and Technology. The book was also named a Best Book of 2011 by the Times Literary Supplement and the Seattle Times as well as garnering Honorable Mention in the general nonfiction category from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. On March 28th, Tucker will explore the fascinating chapter in medical history and philosophy of the scientific battle in 17th century Europe.

Breaking the Spell: Video Activism in a Neoliberal Age with Chris Robé

Thursday, April 13th in CWY 206
6:00pm - Reception to follow

Robé is an associate professor in Film and Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. His research concerns the use of meida by various activist groups in their quest for a more equitable world. He contends that in the 21st century, media does not simply offer a representational platform for disenfranchised voices, but more importantly serves as a material practive to engage in collective struggles for equity, justice, and more sustainable systems. His current work concerns state repression, surveillance, and video activism regarding animal rights campaigns, copwatch and community organizing among working-class communities of color, counter-summit protesting, and anti-Muslim-American surveillance and resistances to it.

The Things That Really Matter with Jill McDonough

Thursday, April 20th in the TECO Hall (Education Building) 6:00pm - Reception to follow

This April, as a part of National Poetry Month, the Institute is please to welcome Jill McDonough for a poetry reading. McDonough was awarded the 2014 Lannan Fellowship and is a three-time Pushcart Prize winner. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford's Stegner program. McDonough will read from her work, Where You Live, a combination of lesbian love-poems, conversations, intimate jokes, prisons, and bars. There are stories from familiar figures - Cary Grant, Charles Darwin, Sappho, and strangers - prison inmates Julie and Andrew, friends, lovers.

Guests requiring disability accommodations for any event, please call 813-974-2913.