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Fall 2016 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

Tuesday, Sept. 13
CWY 206
6:00pm - Reception to follow

Receipient of the William H. Scheuerle Distinguished Humanities Graduate Award - "The E-Word: Ebonics, Race, and Language Politics"

Dr. Jonathan Gayles most recent documentary, "The E-Word", critically considers the Ebonics Resolution of 1996 as well as the myriad influences on the public debate (or lack thereof) that erupted as a result of the Resolution. Through the use of archival footage and interviews with scholars, policymakers and most importanly, those directly involved with the Resolution, the documentary pursues a choerent and comprehensive engagement of Ebonics. In his presentation, Dr. Gayles will discuss the documentary and his own evolving understanding of the many contexts that influence student performance in schools.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
CWY 206
6:00pm, reception to follow

Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence: Michael Bérubé

The Meaning of Life: The Devaluing of Lives of People with Disabilities in Bioethical Debates

Michael Bérubé, The Humanities Institute Fall 2016 Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, will be at USF from September 26 to 30. He is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Life As We Know It, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His most recent books include The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read (2016), and Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up, the long-awaited sequel to Life as We Know It (forthcoming, 2016).

Michael Bérubé will be facilitating a Discussion Group on Academic Freedom on Thursday, Sept. 29th in the Grace Allen Room (4th Floor of the Library)

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

Collecting Latin American Science Fiction with Rachel Haywood Ferreira

Researching Latin American science fiction is a bit like treasure hunting; it requires detective work, art restoration, a bit of scientific experimentation, and a great deal of collecting. Dr. Haywood Ferreira, Professor of World Languages and Cutlures at Iowa State University, will present her current research on the Latin American science fiction produced during the space age / atomic era in short stories, novels, magazines, comics, and films. In addition to discussing her findings, she will describe the collection process for these materials ~ in particular the ways private collections, public archives, and special collections such as the Latin American Science Fiction Collection at the University of South Florida, contribute to the preservation, dissemination, and understanding of this important part of Latin American culture.


Wednesday, Oct. 12
CWY 206

Do Leaders Make History? Reflections on the American Presidency, with Fredrik Logevall

"Men make their own history," Karl Marx famously said, "but they do not make it as they please." Was he right? How should we think about the role of the individual in human affairs versus that of deeper, impersonal forces? This talk by Harvard historian Fredrik Logevall, explores this profund question anew in the context of contemporary American and world history, taking into account the agency of human action and the degree to which even the most powerful leaders are constricted by time, space, and conditions, and by what went before.


Thursday, Nov. 17
CWY 206
6:00pm, reception to follow

Why We Need Awe, with Michelle Lani Shiota

Affective scientists have long applied evolutionary theory to the study of negative emotions, articulating how fear, anger, and disgust helped human ancestors respond effectively to fitness-relevant threats. Although comparable theory and research on the positive emotions were neglected for decades, the 21st century has brought huge advances in this area. Michelle Shiota is the Associate Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. Her talk will offer an overview of modern understanding of positive emotions' adaptive and social functions, with supporting empirical evidence. In particular, the talk will highlight the emotion awe. Though often considered an emotional luxury, awe contributes to human functioning and well-being in crucial ways. Dr. Shiota will discuss ways of experiencing awe in everyday life, particulary through nature and the arts.


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