Join us for the 2021 Tucson Humanities Festival: STORYTELLING, a series of public lectures, panel discussions, events and special guests, presented by the University of Arizona College of Humanities.

OCT – NOV 2021

Once upon a time, humans began telling stories. Heroes journeyed far and wide, kings led armies to battle, peasants fought oppression. Gods intervened, sorcerers conjured magic, demons haunted the lands. Great minds brought new inventions, grand cities rose, people yearned for the good life. And the action rose to a climax! In the end, humans crave stories. We read, we write, we speak and we listen. We invent, we imagine. We connect.

The story begins with you…

Calendar of Events

German-English Translation Slam: One text, two translators, and no wrong answers
@ Live on Zoom
OCT 04
A Life in Stories: Visions & Journeys in the Land of Mystery
Writingbear, Mike Lindsey
@ Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room
OCT 05
Inflection Points: A Gallery Talk on Poetry in Translation
Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Alex Braslavsky, Jein Han, and Farid Matuk
@ Live on Zoom
OCT 08
The Innovators: An Evening with Walter Isaacson
@ Centennial Hall
OCT 12
Border Medicine: Origins & Diversity of Mexican American Religious Healing
Brett Hendrickson, Michael M. I. Abecassis, Felina Cordova-Marks, Ada Wilkinson-Lee, Kristy Slominski
@ Health Sciences Innovation Building
OCT 14
Angels & Devils: An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea
@ Health Sciences Innovation Building
OCT 19
7 PM
Asian Americans: A History of Identity, Contributions & Challenges
Renee Tajima-Peña
@ Health Sciences Innovation Building
OCT 20
Transformation: Story, Character & Meaning Across Time & Space
Jennifer Donahue, Faith Harden, Kaoru Hayashi, Arum Park
@ Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room
OCT 26
Sequins & Stories: Drag Queens & Kids Learning From Each Other
Lil Miss Hot Mess
@ Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room
PechaKucha: Humanities Scholars on Narrative, Literature & Biography
Online Presentations
OCT 27
In Search of Fright: Tales of Monsters, Ghosts & the Undead
Joela Jacobs, Colleen Lucey, Lucy Swanson, Eddy White
@ Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room
OCT 30
Drag Story Hour – Arizona
@ Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, East
A Fantastic Woman: Film Screening & Discussion

Yadira Berigan
@ The Loft Cinema
Luci, Telecamera, Azione: An Acting Life from Broadway to Milan
Jessica Polsky
@ Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room

At this time, the 2021 Tucson Humanities Festival will be offered in a hybrid format, with most events available for in-person attendance as well as live stream viewing online. Sign up now to receive reminders for each event in our exciting line-up! The College of Humanities and the University of Arizona are actively monitoring incidence of COVID-19. All guests will be required to follow campus health and safety protocols in place at the time of any event as well as adhere to any existing state and local guidelines. If campus circumstances should shift, you will be notified immediately regarding any event changes or alternative viewing formats available to you.


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