Center Events Calendar


  • BookTalk at Books & Books
    A Conversation between
    Professors David Ikard & Donald Jones

    David Ikard

    Associate Professor of English

    Blinded by the Whites:

    Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America

    Donald Jones

    Professor of Law

    Fear of a Hip-Hop Planet:

    America's New Dilemma


    1-22-14 8:00 PM Books & Books
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    David Ikard, Associate Professor of English at UM, is the author of Breaking the Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism (2007), and (with Martell Teasley) Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America (2008). His blog "Nation of Cowards" on contemporary racial topics engages a wider intellectual and activist community.

    “Donald Jones is a powerful and prophetic voice in the Age of Obama. He courageously and compassionately keeps our focus on social injustice and structural racism in America.” — Cornel West

    Donald Jones teaches constitutional law, criminal procedure, and employment discrimination at the UM law school. Professor Jones is the author of Race, Sex, and Suspicion: The Myth of the Black Male (2005) and articles on the civil and political rights of minorities. In 1997 he was awarded the James Thomas Prize by Yale University. Professor Jones has written editorials for the Miami Herald and the Miami Times, and has appeared on “Frontline” (PBS), “Burden of Proof” (CNN), “The O'Reilly Factor”, and Michael Putney's “The Week in Review.” In 2000 he was the official constitutional law expert for Channel 4, and in 2003 he drafted the affirmative action plan for Dade County.

  • Todd Presner

    Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature,
    and Jewish Studies, UCLA

    HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities

    1-23-14 4:30 PM HyperCities
    CAS Gallery

    1:30 PM

    Developing a Curriculum in Urban Humanities / Digital Humanities 
    Otto G. Richter Library
    3rd Flr Digital Exploratory


  • Expanding Career Opportunities
    for Humanities Ph.D.s

    2-7-14 3:00 PM

    School of Nursing, Executive Board Room
    UM Humanities Graduate Students & Faculty Only Listen to the podcast

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    Jacqueline Grant, Events and Exhibits Coordinator and Grant Writer for the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno (Ph.D. History); Joanne Hyppolite, Curator, HistoryMiami (Ph.D. English); Cecile Houry, Assistant Dean for Continuing Education for the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University Honors College (Ph.D. History); and Joshua Stone, Academic Dean, Ransom Everglades School (Ph.D. English).

  • Stanford Distinguished Professors Lecture Series 2012-2013

    Victor Mair

    Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
    University of Pennsylvania

    A 9th-Century Shipwreck and its Implications for the History of Tea

    The Tarim Basin Mummies

    2-19-14 4:30 PM Public Lecture:
    9th-Century Shipwreck
    Lowe Art Museum
    2-20-14 7:00 PM Public Lecture:
    Tarim Basin Mummies
    CAS Gallery
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    In 1998, a shipwreck was discovered by fishermen just off the coast of Belitung Island in the Gelasa Strait between Sumatra and Borneo. The wreck dates to around 830 and constitutes the single most significant collection of archaeologically recovered materials from the Tang Dynasty. One of the most surprising finds in the cargo was a bowl that tells us an enormous amount about the history of tea.

    “[The Tarim Mummies is] a major contribution to the history and archaeology of a remote and little-known part of the world. ”
    —Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

    The Bronze Age and Early Iron Age mummies that have been unearthed from around the edges of the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang, China) count as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th and 21st centuries. These extremely well-preserved human remains and the artifacts associated with them provide an immense amount of valuable information about the cultures, languages, physical attributes, and migration patterns of Eurasian peoples in late prehistory.

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  • What is a Classic?

    The Concept of "Classic" in China:
    Philological and Philosophical Reflections

    Stanford Distinguished Professor Victor Mair

    with interventions by Classics Professors
    John Paul Russo, Wilson Shearin, and Han Tran

    February 21, 2014 — 3:00 PM

    CAS Gallery

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  • Thebans by Edith Freni

    A new version of the Theban Plays by Sophocles

    Department of Theatre Arts


    February 21, 2014 — 5:00 PM

    Lowe Art Museum

  • BookTalk at Books & Books

    Susanne Woods

    Distinguished Visiting Scholar of English, University of Miami

    Milton and the Poetics of Freedom

    2-26-14 8:00 PM Books & Books
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    In this important new study, Susanne Woods reveals Milton’s central place in the evolution both of ideas of freedom in English-speaking culture and in creating a poetics that invites readers to enact the freedom Milton defines. For Milton, we find, freedom is fundamentally about human choice; God gave humankind genuine free will, with reason and the light of conscience to enable choice. By locating freedom in thoughtful choice, Milton must offer his reader opportunities to consider alternatives, even to his own well-argued positions.

    Susanne Woods is Provost and Professor of English Emerita at Wheaton College (Massachusetts) and Visiting Distinguished Scholar of English at the University of Miami. She also serves as a senior advisor to the Council of Independent Colleges. She has chaired three Modern Language Association divisions, served on the Executive Committee of the Milton Society of America, and served as chair of the Northeast Milton Seminar. She received the Inaugural Award for Special Achievement from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for her founding of the Brown University Women Writers Project. In addition to three other books, Woods has published over 40 articles on Renaissance poetry and poetics.

MARCH 2014

  • Stanford Distinguished Professors Lecture Series 2012-2013

    Alma Guillermoprieto

    Award-Winning Journalist

    Memory and Journalism:

    Creating an Online Altar for the Day of the Dead

    The Drug Wars the "War on Drugs" Created

    3-19-14 4:30 PM Public Lecture:
    Memory and Journalism: Creating an Online Altar for the Day of the Dead
    CAS Gallery
    3-20-14 7:00 PM Public Lecture:
    The Drug Wars the "War on Drugs" Created
    CAS Gallery
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    Alma Guillermoprieto has been investigating and writing for many years about the drug wars in Latin America for the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker. She will discuss how the billions of dollars spent on the "War on Drugs" has paradoxically led to an expansion of the drug trade, and how the drug culture has infiltrated social structures and institutions throughout Latin America.

    “ If you want to understand what’s happened in Latin America over the last 30 years, if you want to feel what it was like or see what it has to do with you, you simply have to read Alma Guillermoprieto...She is an original voice whose place is secure in a tradition of journalism from Crane to Orwell to Agee and Halberstam.”
    —Philip Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy and Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, Duke University; former Managing Editor, The Washington Post

    Guillermoprieto will also discuss the building of an online altar like those built for Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican day of remembrance for the dead, to honor the memory of 72 migrant workers from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, who had been heading north to the United States through Mexico, along a stretch of railroad known as la bestia — the beast.

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  • Jonathan Marks

    Biological Anthropologist, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    The Invisible Aspects of Human Evolution

    3-27-14 3:30 PM School of Communications
    Wolfson Building, Rm 2040

APRIL 2014

  • Joan B. Landes

    Walter L. and Helen Ferree Professor of History
    Pennsylvania State University

    Elephants without Borders: Exhibition, Art, and Science


    4-3-14 4:30 PM Otto G. Richter Library
    3rd Floor Conf Room
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  • Thinking Queer
    Activism Transnationally

    Friday April 11, 2014

    9:00am - 7:00pm

    CAS Gallery

    Confirmed Speakers: Paul Amar, Rafael de la Dehesa, Kenyon Farrow, Raquel (Lucas) Platero Méndez, Graeme Reid, Dean Spade, Maurice Tomlinson and Ruth Vanita

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    This symposium will bring together scholars and activists who work on queer and transgender issues to discuss what effective transnational activism might look like. How can action be taken to address LGBTQ needs across borders without engaging in what Teju Cole has called the ‘white-savior industrial complex,’ and without exacerbating the very questions of sovereignty that have made LGBTQ rights in the global South such a politicized contemporary issue? What new connections and modes of intellectual and strategic exchange might be established between activists and scholars that could invigorate transnational projects and make LGBTQ lives better? What should ‘internet activism’ become in an era of both instant virtual connectedness and radical inequality? What about the borders of class, race, and gender within the U.S.? This forum for re-thinking global queer politics at the intersection of activism and academia is aimed at shifting the public conversation, and engaging with students and the wider local community. The follow-up conversation on Saturday will be a more informal discussion focused on queer youth activism here in Miami and the intersections between the local and the transnational.

    Organized by the Queer Studies Research Group:
    Pamela Geller(Anthropology), Brenna Munro (English),
    Gema Pérez-Sánchez (MLL)

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  • Queer Youth Activism
    Follow-Up Conversation

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    10:00am - 11:30am

    Student Activities Center
    Third floor, Activities Room North


    Brunch provided