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The University of Arizona College of Humanities began presenting an annual series of public outreach events in the spring of 2009, showcasing timely projects and topics of broad interest. Under the name Humanities Week, this program continued, with attendance steadily rising and presentations expanding from faculty speakers to film screenings and distinguished guests, reflecting the interdisciplinary scope of the College’s programs.
In 2011, Humanities Week began organizing the presentations around a central theme, which continues. The annual theme allows the College to focus on showcasing its innovative research and teaching programs in a way that shares with the community the impact of humanities on our lives. In 2016, the name of the series changed from Humanities Week to the Tucson Humanities Festival, which has now grown to a month-long series of events every October to coincide with National Arts & Humanities Month.
The 2018 Tucson Humanities Festival: Secrets welcomes special guests, including Pulitzer Prize winning author Colson Whitehead, to campus for thought-provoking events.
Previous festivals have explored themes including: Resistance & Revolution, Refuge, Found in Translation, and Trailblazers & Hellraisers.
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