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Fall 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.






USF Book Group: Evicted by Matthew Desmond


Thursday, August 24th 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 August, we will be discussing Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by sociologist Matthew Desmond. It is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2017 Pulitizer Prize for General Nonfiction, and has been named the best book of the year by numerous publications. Evicted follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems.


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


Wednesday, September 6th 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 September 6th, Tucker will explore the fascinating chapter in medical history and philosophy of the scientific battle in 17th century Europe.


Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity with Marcia Ochoa

Monday, September 18th in CWY 206 6:00pm - Reception to follow

The Humanities Institute will be partnering with the Department of Women's and Gender Studies ( WGS ) and the Institute of the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean ( ISLAC ) to host Marcia Ochoa, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Stana Cruz. Through her work at the intersection of gender, sexuality, race and media studies, she brings to the fore the experiences of people in the global south who have been marginalized by binary systems of gender and sexuality. She will be working with students in both WGS and ISLAC in addition to giving a public talk. In addition to her work at UC, Santa Cruz, Ochoa works with El/La Para TransLatinas in the Mission District of San Francisco to promote transgender Latina participation in social justice work. She is also the co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, which she hopes will contribute to bolstering the intellectual culture in the discipline of queer theory, expanding the conversation to include voices of the global south in a more sustained way.


USF Book Group: No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers


Thursday, October 5th 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 October we'll be discussing the work of Ron Powers that serves a blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs on the subject of mental health. No One Cares About Crazy People is a New York Times bestseller and "offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia".


Remembering (and Forgetting) Dead Infants in Late-Roman and Early Medieval Britain with Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence: Robin Fleming

Tuesday, October 17th, in CWY 206
6:00pm - Reception to follow

This Fall the Humanities Institute is happy to welcome Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Robin Fleming. Fleming is a professor of history at Boston College, where she teaches courses on late Roman and early medieval history, the Vikings, ancient and medieval historical writing, and material culture. She has written books on the people of Roman Britain and Anglo-Saxon England, using both written records and archaeological evidence to write historically rich stories about medieval life. Her public talk, "Remembering (and forgetting) Dead Infants in Late-Roman and Early Medieval Britain: will be based on her current research projects: attempting to determine how Roman ways of life, identity, burial, and status marking chaged once the Roman economy collapsed and connections to the wider Roman world began to unravel.


Humanities & Hops: Environmental Ecology


Tuesday, October 24th at 7pm
Southern Brewing and Winemaking
4500 N. Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL. 33603

Meet up, grab a beer, and join the discussion with Amy Rust, Becky Zarger, and (tbd). From the Humanities and Cultural Studies department, Rust specializes in American cinema, international film history, film genre, post-1960 American culture, photography, horror film, film and television, theories of technology, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, Frankfurt School, and critical theory.

Zarger, from the Anthropology department focuses on sociocultural anthropology, environmental anthropology, ethno ecology, ethnographies of childhood, informal education and situated learning, political ecology of water, environmental change, environmental and cultural heritage, urban agriculture, public engagement in environmental policy.


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.