Join us for a FREE series of topical lectures, panel discussions, events and special guests, presented by the UA College of Humanities!

Thursday, Oct 04

INDIE GAMES IN CHINA: FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION

With Tiexin Liang, Film Director

China has the largest video game industry in the world, but this size has spawned numerous criticisms, from over-commercialization and game homogenization, to the encouragement of social pressures that lead to game addiction.

In response, a new Chinese independent game development culture has arisen, populated by creative and technical people interested in resisting the mainstream industry. Filmmaker Tiexin Liang recently captured this growing Chinese subculture, documenting the unique set of obstacles—and opportunities—that Chinese indie game developers face every day.

Sponsored by the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

Friday, Oct 05

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3:00pm

 

SURPRISING VERMEER: AN ARTIST IN DELFT, DELFT IN THE WORLD

With Timothy Brook, University of British Columbia

We are all so familiar with Vermeer’s paintings—crystalline visions of domestic life in the 17th century—that we hardly notice them any more.

But he can still surprise us if we pause and connect him to the world in which he lived. Far from being sequestered in his studio in Delft, Vermeer was hugely aware of Delft’s connections to the world and drew on those links endlessly to craft his paintings. Join a China historian as he looks at Vermeer from a global perspective.

Tuesday, Oct 09

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7:00pm

 

TO SPEAK OR NOT TO SPEAK? WOMEN, SECRETS AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

With Martine Delvaux, Université du Québec à Montréal

How do women choose to speak or not speak about personal experiences of sexual violence?

Rape culture silences victims of sexual violence, and while social movements such as #Beenrapedneverreported (2014) and #Metoo (2018) have worked to undo this silencing, they have succeeded by both facilitating collective speech and acknowledging women’s right to keep secrets. If doubt is a common response to speaking out, then for women, speaking cannot be presented as the only solution. Acknowledging that speaking does not necessarily cure, Martine Delvaux explores how women navigate secrecy, in order to think about secrets as a radical feminist tool.

Sponsored by Martha Durkin and YWCA Southern Arizona

Thursday, Oct 11

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6:00pm

 

LETTERS TO THE FUTURE: BLACK WOMEN / RADICAL WRITING

With editors Erica Hunt & Dawn Lundy Martin and featured poets giovanni singleton & Ruth Ellen Koche

The new Kore Press collection, Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING, celebrates temporal, spatial, formal, and linguistically innovative literature.

The anthology collects late-modern and contemporary work by black women from the United States, England, Canada, and the Caribbean—work that challenges readers to participate in meaning making.

Sponsored by Kore Press, the Dunbar Pavilion and the Tucson Museum of Art 

The reading is presented alongside a gallery viewing of the Rubell Family Collection’s 30 Americans, an exhibit showcasing African American artists of the last three decades, at the Tucson Museum of Art, October 5, 2018–January 13, 2019.

 

Friday, Oct 12

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6:00pm

 

Tickets are required for this event. Register for free at Eventbrite:

CRUSHIN’ IT: UNTOLD STORIES FROM HIP-HOP’S FOUNDING DAYS

With Rockin’ Rob & Tony Tone

In the late 1970s, DJs and MCs in the Bronx began attracting crowds with innovative new sounds that sparked a cultural phenomenon and transformed popular music.

Part of the original Mean Machine crew, DJ Rockin’ Rob would set up turntables and speakers at Clark Park, spinning records until 3 a.m. as he perfected skills like needle dropping and covering up labels on his records so nobody could copy his beats. Meanwhile, DJ Tony Tone put together the Cold Crush Brothers, known for stage-stomping performances as they battled other groups for hip-hop supremacy, earning a reputation as one of the strongest underground crews in history. Join these two early pioneers of hip-hop for turntable demonstrations and untold stories of hip-hop’s founding days.

Sponsored by: Loud Republic & Tony Crush Entertainment

Tuesday, Oct 16

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7:00pm

 

SECRET LIVES: HIDDEN IDENTITIES IN GLOBAL POPULAR CULTURE

With Melissa Fitch, UA Spanish & Portuguese

Just as political prisoners turn to internal lives to survive confinement and torture, marginalized people turn to popular culture to survive in hostile societies.

From the underground music scene in Iran to the defiant LGBTQ dancers who perform in Russia, individuals use a secret life connected to popular culture in order to protect themselves from the real dangers of exposure. Drawing on examples in fiction, film, theater and social media, UA Spanish Professor Melissa Fitch examines the cultural masks that people don to allow for safe personal expression in the face of sanctions from their family, religious community or nation.

Thursday, Oct 18

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7:00pm

 

Tickets are required for this event. Register for free at Eventbrite:

REVISITING THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

With Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Colson Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature.

From the secret lives of elevators to international poker tournaments, Whitehead takes on the marginal, the strange, and the surreal. His newest novel, The Underground Railroad, reimagines pre-Civil War America, exploring an alternate reality in which the underground railroad is no mere metaphor, but an actual subterranean train system delivering slaves to freedom. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won both the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

In Partnership with Arizona Humanities

Book Signing

With Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Tuesday, Oct 23

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7:00pm

 

SUBVERTING COLONIALISM: KEEP IT SECRET, KEEP IT SAFE

With Andrea McComb Sanchez & Caleb Simmons, UA Religious Studies

Colonialism involved much more than military and administrative dominance.

Again and again, in different geographical regions and across different eras, various conquering powers used violence directed against indigenous religions and the imposition of Christianity as a strategy to cement their rule. Using the as-sumptions and confusion inherent in the shared label “Indian” as a starting point, Religious Studies scholars Andrea McComb San-chez and Caleb Simmons explore how resistance to colonization occurred beyond the battlefield. Though not as visible, these co-vert and subtle fights to maintain indigenous traditions, grounded in religious beliefs and practices, often became more successful.

Friday, Oct 26

TRANSPARENCY & TRUST: HOW OPEN DIPLOMACY ADVANCES DEMOCRACY

With Andre Goodfriend, Director, U.S. Office of eDiplomacy & COH Alumnus of the Year

Andre Goodfriend’s 30-year career in diplomacy has taken him to Tel Aviv, New Dehli, Moscow, Frankfurt, London, Damascus and Budapest.

Much of his work has revolved around the role of information technology in managing consular operations and streamlining the services and safety provided to American citizens abroad.

Goodfriend is the 2018 College of Humanities Alumnus of the Year. A 1979 UA graduate, he earned degrees in French, Greek, Philosophy and Radio-TV. The presentation is part of the 2018 Homecoming festivities: http://humanities.arizona.edu/homecoming

Tuesday, Oct 30

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7:00PM

 

FREE tickets available at 12PM on
Oct. 30 at The Loft Cinema.
Limit two per person.

SPELLBOUND: FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION

With Humanities Seminars Program

Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist with a firm understanding of human nature—or so she thinks.

When the mysterious Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) becomes the new chief of staff at her institution, the bookish and detached Constance plummets into a whirlwind of tangled identities and feverish psychoanalysis, where the greatest risk is to fall in love. A transcendent love story replete with taut excitement and startling imagery, Spellbound is classic Hitchcock, featuring stunning performances, an Oscar-winning score and a captivating dream sequence by Surrealist icon Salvador Dalí.

UA Poetry Center | Rubel Room

To Speak Or Not To Speak? Women, Secrets And Sexual Violence

Tuesday, Oct 9

7:00pm

 

Secret Lives: Hidden Identities In Global Popular Culture

Tuesday, Oct 16

7:00pm

 

Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe: Subverting Colonialism

Tuesday, Oct 23

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Loft Cinema

Spellbound: Film Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, Oct 30

7:00pm

Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

Indie Games In China: Film Screening & Discussion

Thursday, Oct 4

6:30pm

Cans Deli

Crushin’ It: Untold Stories From Hip-Hop’s Founding Days

Thursday, Oct 12

6:00pm

Student Union Sonora Room | 4th Floor Terrace

Transparency & Trust: How Open Diplomacy Advances Democracy

Friday, Oct 26

10:00am

North Ballroom UA Memorial Student Union

Revisiting The Underground Railroad

Friday, Oct 18

7:00pm

Tucson Museum of Art

Letters To The Future: Black Women / Radical Writing

Thursday, Oct 11

6:00pm

UA Museum of Art

Surprising Vermeer: An Artist in Delft, Delft in The World

Friday, Oct 05

3:00pm