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Spring 2018 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.

Loving Vincent - Movie Screening

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 7:00pm
MSC Oval Theater

The Humanities Institute is proud to kickoff the Spring 2018 semester with one such creator, a genius who opened a portal that continues to fascinate millions – Vincent van Gogh. We will be screening Loving Vincent, the brainchild of Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film in the post-Impressionist style that is famously associated with van Gogh’s work. Van Gogh was known for his brilliant colors, his vibrating and swirling brush strokes. An extension of Impressionism, post-Impressionism defied Impressionisms’ use of naturalistic depiction of light and color and fled towards thick paint application, intensely vivid color, and real-life subject matter. Dorota, a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and The Warsaw Film School, brought her passion for painting and film to life with Loving Vincent, her sixth animated film. Over the course of four years, this masterpiece came to fruition by means of over 100 artists working at studios in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, and a studio in Athens. They mad use of 1,000 canvases, 90 designs, and 853 shots in the film, to finally produce 65,000 frames in oil paints. The film explores the life of van Gogh, his career as a tortured artist, and how he ultimately came to a violent end.

Wicked Brews Book Group: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 7:00pm
c.1949 6905 N Orleans Ave. Tampa, FL. 33604

The Humanities Institute invites anyone to join our book group! A book group that invites anyone, USF affiliated or not to join, read, and discuss a socially relevant work once a month at bar in the Tampa area. First up, Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds.

Humanities and Hops: Pallets and Pixels

Southern Brewing and Winemaking at 7:00pm
4500 N. Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL. 33603

We try not to have favorites…but Humanities & Hops is our favorite event. Hosted twice each semester, these community-friendly research presentations focus on a central broad theme and give the audience ample time for questions and discussion. We begin the series with Noelle Mason, Kamila Oles, and (tbd). Mason's (Department of Art and Art History) work deals with the problem of visually engrossing imagery and how a lack of embodied experience in concert with traumatizing imagery can lead to very serious consequences that affect our culture at every level. Oles' (Department of Archaeology/Art History/CVAST) will be discussing Picasso's Bust of a Woman, which he donated to USF in 1971. The installation never happened, but the sculpture would have dominated the campus scene. Oles and a group from CVAST have digitized the small-scale original and emplaced the Picasso in virtual space on the USF campus, allowing us to explore the work as it might have been. There is still an opening for a third speaker! If interested, please email Liz Kicak at

Poetry as Field Work with Elizabeth Bradfield

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 in GAR - 4th Floor of the Library
6:00pm - Reception to and book signing to follow.

For naturalist and poet Elizabeth Bradfield, the science governing the natural world is as fascinating as the poetry that describes it. In February, she will share how she knits both together in a presentation called “Poetry as Field Work.” Bradfield, an associate professor of English at Brandeis, works as a naturalist on Cape Cod as well as on expedition ships, in addition to authoring three collections of poetry: Interpretive Work, which won the Audre Lorde Prize and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; Approaching Ice, which was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Once Removed. Her upcoming book, Toward Antarctica, uses haibun and photographs to investigate her time working as a naturalist on ecotour ships in Antarctica. “Poetry, is for me, an investigation as open and un-ended and thrilling as biology field work,” Bradfield says. “The necessary focus of attending; the importance of what happens in the periphery, on the edge of your subject; the unanticipated discovery that comes at the moment when your head tilts, your mind brightens like a crow's glinted eye, and you think, ‘That's funny.’”

A Joint Poetry Reading with Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Matt de la Peña

Monday, February 19th, 2017 in GAR - 4th Floor of the Library
6:00pm - Reception to and book signings to follow.

Both Nezhukumatathil and de la Peña are concerned with issues of representation in English Literature. On Monday, de la Peña will conduct a workshop for K – 8 educators and education researchers where attendees will come away with an appreciation for why and how to incorporate diverse children’s literature into the classroom or an appreciation for how to frame a research project around incorporating diverse children’s literature in the curriculum.

This event will be held in the Grace Allen Room at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Nezhukumatathil will be conducting a closed workshop with M.F.A. poetry students on Monday afternoon before she and Matt give a joint public reading on Monday, February 8 at 6 p.m. in the Grace Allen Room, on the fourth floor of the library. A reception and book signing will follow. This series is co-sponsored with the USF Library Special Collection

Incarceration Nations with Baz Dreisinger

Wednesday, November 1st in CWY 206
6:00pm - Reception to follow

A scholar and an activist, Dreisinger serves as an Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, where she works at the intersection of race, crime, culture and justice. There, she founded and serves as Academic Director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP), which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men at Otisville Correctional Facility, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Her focus is on shifting discussions from awareness to reform. In Incarcerated Nations she explores the human stories of incarcerated men and women in prisions around the world. Professor Dreisinger regularly speaks about justice reform and prison issues on popular news media and in international settings. Dr. Dreisinger was named a 2017-2018 Global Fullbright Scholar and is working to internationally replicate the Prison-to-College Pipeline, with a focus on the Caribbean and South Africa. She is currently working on a road map for how prison-to-college pipelines and restorative justice can replace mass incarceration as a system of justice.

Curatorial Activism with Maura Reilly

Tuesday, November 14th in CWY 206

6:00pm - Reception to follow

After completing her doctorate in art history at NYU, Reilly has worked as the Senior Curator at both the American Federation of Arts and Location One. She was the Founding Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she launched the first public programming space in a U.S. museum devoted exclusively to feminist art. She is a founding member of both The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) and the Women's Action Coalition (WAC), two organizations fighting discrimination against women in the art world and society at large. She is also a founder, along wth Helena Reckitt and Lara Perry, of Feminist Curators United. Reilly is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including ArtTabl'es Future Women Leadership Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus for Art, and in 2016, she was voted one of the 50 most influential people in the art world by both Blouin Art Info and Art & Auction. Concerned by the overwhelming underrepresentation of women, artists of color, and queer artists, Reilly advocates for "curatorial activism" a conscious effort by curators, artists, teachers, scholars, museum directors, patrons, and collectors to resist the racism and sexism currently dominates the art world.

USF Book Group: From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

Thursday, November 16 at 7:00pm
Brew Bus Brewing - 4101 N. Florida Ave.

The Humanities Institute invites USF affiliated community members to join our new book group that meets every six weeks or so around Tampa. In November we'll be discussing the work fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty sets out to discover how other cultures care for their dead.

Humanities & Hops: Social Movements

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

We end the semester with USF's Peter Funke, John Lennon, and Lily King as they discuss their research in social movements across three different disciplines. Funke is an Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies where his research focuses on social movements and contentions politics, capitalism and class, and media and technology. Lennon, an Assistant Professor for the Department of English, researches how marginalized individuals exert a politicized vocie in collectivized actions. And finally, King, a Teachning Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate in the Philosophy Department, will share her research in the history of philosophy, specifically the history of ethical thought. Though most of her research pertains to the medieval period, she is also interested in contemporary construal’s of virtue ethics and the ideological roots of secular human rights discourse.

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