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SEPTEMBER 2016

"Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000," Kunal Parker, Professor of Law

Headshot of Kunal Parker (Law)

‌Kunal Parker

Professor of Law & Dean's Distinguished Scholar
University of Miami

Making Foreigners:
Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600–2000

Wednesday
9-7-16

8:00 PM
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This book reconceptualizes the history of U.S. immigration and citizenship law from the colonial period to the beginning of the twenty-first century by joining the histories of immigrants to those of Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/a Americans, women, and the poor. Kunal Parker argues that during the earliest stages of American history, being legally constructed as a foreigner, along with being subjected to restrictions on presence and movement, was not confined to those who sought to enter the country from the outside, but was also used against those on the inside. Insiders thus shared important legal disabilities with outsiders. The book advances new ways of understanding the relationship between foreignness and subordination over the long span of American history.

Kunal Parker is Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami. He has held fellowships at New York University Law School, Cornell Law School, Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, and the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Professor Parker worked as an associate at the New York law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. His first book, Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790–1900: Legal Thought before Modernism was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. His teaching areas and interests include American legal history, estates and trusts, immigration and nationality law, and property.


"Galileo's Middle Finger" by Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger

Historian of Medicine and Science

Galileo’s Middle Finger: Why Social Progress Depends on Freedom of Inquiry (Public Lecture)

Should We Be Adding "I" to "LGBTQ"? (Public Lecture)


Thursday
9-22-16
7:00 PM

Public Lecture: Galileo's Middle Finger
Storer Auditorium
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Friday
9-23-16
4:30 PM

Public Lecture: LGBTQ
United Wesley Gallery
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“[A] smart, delightful book. Galileo’s Middle Finger is . . . an account of the author’s transformation ‘from an activist going after establishment scientists into an aide-de-camp to scientists who found themselves the target of activists like me’and back again . . . I suspect most readers will find that [Dreger’s] witnessing of these wild skirmishes provides a splendidly entertaining education in ethics, activism, and science.”New York Times Book Review

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OCTOBER 2016

"Quest for Power: European Imperialism and the Making of Chinese Statecraft," Stephen Halsey, Associate Professor of History

Stephen Halsey, Associate Professor of History, University of Miami

‌Stephen Halsey

Associate Professor of History
University of Miami

Quest for Power:
European Imperialism and the Making of Chinese Statecraft

Wednesday
10-5-16

8:00 PM
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China’s history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries has often been framed as a long coda of imperial decline, played out during its last dynasty, the Qing (1644-1912). Quest for Power presents a sweeping reappraisal of this narrative. Stephen Halsey traces the origins of China’s great-power status in the twentieth century to this era of supposed decadence and decay. Threats from European and Japanese imperialism and the growing prospect of war triggered China’s most innovative state-building efforts since the Qing dynasty’s founding.

Stephen Halsey is Associate Professor of History at the University of Miami. His research and teaching focus on modern China but also engage the fields of environmental history, economic history, comparative colonialism, and global history. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Chicago and has also studied at National Taiwan University and Beijing University. Before coming to Miami, he held the Alice Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Northwestern University and participated in an interdisciplinary teaching program called “The Great Society.” Halsey has held fellowships with the Fulbright-Hays program, the Blakemore Foundation, FLAS, and the Earhart Foundation.


Jose Luis Guerin with "La Academia de las Musas" poster

Presented by the Department of Philosophy

Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund

The Films of José Luis Guerín: Wandering Through Shadow and Silence

Linda C. Ehrlich, Case Western Reserve University


Tuesday
10-25-16
6:00PM

Bill Cosford Cinema
5030 Brunson Drive, Memorial Building 227
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Experimental filmmaker José Luis Guerín (b. 1960) makes films that defy categories. Neither strictly documentary nor fiction, Guerín’s films wander through silence and shadows, inviting the viewer to ponder the fragility and resilience of the cinematic image.

As background to the viewing of Guerín’s most recent film La academia de las musas (The Academy of the Muses, 2015), Dr. Linda Ehrlich will introduce some of Guerín’s earlier works such as Tren de sombras (Train of Shadows, 1997), En construcción (Work in Progress, 2001), Unas fotos en la ciudad de Sylvia (Some Photos in the City of Sylvia, 2007), and Dos cartas a Ana (Two Letters to Ana, 2011). In particular, she will examine how Guerín uses shadows and “the absent voice” to indicate the expansive power of the cinema, beyond the frame.

Dr. Ehrlich’s writings about José Luis Guerín have appeared in the online journal Senses of Cinema and in her book Cinematic Reveries. She has spent time with the director in New York City and Barcelona.

Linda C. Ehrlich, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University, has published extensively on world cinema, including Spanish cinema. Her edited book, The Cinema of Víctor Erice: An Open Window, introduces this important Spanish film director to a wide audience. Her newest book, Cinematic Reveries: Gestures, Stillness, Water, offers a collection of prose poems about selected films. Dr. Ehrlich’s taped commentary on the Spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena) appears on the Criterion DVD.  She has also edited and annotated the memoir of Juan Luis Buñuel (eldest son of filmmaker Luis Buñuel): Good Films, Cheap Wine, Few Friends: A Memoir. (For more information, please visit her website: http://braidednarrative.com)


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"Saynatakuna: Mascaras y Transfiguraciones en Paukartambo," Carlos Aguirre, Associate Professor of Art & Art History


‌Carlos Llerena Aguirre

Associate Professor of Art & Art History
University of Miami

Saynatakuna: Máscaras y Transfiguraciones en Paukartambo
(Saynatakuna: Masks and Transfigurations in Paukartambo)

Wednesday
10-26-16

8:00 PM
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Saynatakuna is an ethnographic film as well as a book documenting the film. It tells the story of the mask-makers and dancers during the festival of the Virgen del Carmen in Paukartambo. The dancers reinterpret their history and the socio-po­litical forces that drive them to perform their rituals of magic and resistance. The eighteen dance troupes reenact and satirize the different ethnic groups that have passed through Paukartambo since the beginning of time. They tell a story of the past, the present, and the future, wearing handmade colorful masks and intricate beaded costumes.

Peruvian-born Llerena Aguirre is Associate Professor of Art in Digital Imaging, Multimedia, and Graphic Design at the University of Miami. He directs and produces independent films from his Miami-based in-house studio. His video art and documentaries have been screened and officially selected by many international venues including FLAVIA 2015 Festival Latinoamericano de Videoarte, Centro Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lloret International Festival, Lloret de Mar, Spain; ISCHIA Film Festival, Naples, Italy; MAC-Lima, solo exhibition, Permanent Collection, Lima, Peru; TOLFA International Short Film Festival 2013, Rome, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida; and OMNI Urban Intervention, juried exhibit, Art Basel, Miami, Florida. Aguirre represented Peru and the USA with his woodcuts in the Norsk Internasjonal Grafikk Biennale, Norway; Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition, USA; and The Xylon Graphische International Triennale, Switzerland. He is the recipient of artist-in-residence awards from the Frans Masareel Centrum in Belgium and the Venice Printmaking Studio in Venice, Italy. Aguirre has published woodcuts in international journals, books, magazines, children's books, and newspapers. His woodcuts are in the Library of Congress Permanent Collection.

Click here to watch the movie trailer for "Saynatakuna"


New Voices on Digital Humanities @ UM (Logo)


Friday
10-28-16
12:30pm

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School of Nursing
Executive Board Room
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

Digital Humanities IRG Co-Convener

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Allison Schifani
, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures
Digital Refusals: Advocacy, Resistance, and Radical Epistemologies in the Digital Humanities

 

Paige Morgan, co-convener for the Center for the Humanities Digital Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Group

 

‌Paige Morgan, Digital Humanities Librarian
Field Crystallization: How Digital Humanities is Evolving

 

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NOVEMBER 2016

GIF of Martin Luther for Lyndal Roper

Lyndal Roper

Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford

Luther, Dreams, and the Reformation (Public Lecture)


Thursday
11-3-16
7:00 PM

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Public Lecture
Shoma Hall, School of Communications
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“[Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet is] among the most interesting, provocative, and original biographies of Luther to appear in recent years. . . . This unfailingly inventive and compelling account is a welcome gust of fresh air. . . . Anyone seriously interested in one of the most influential figures of the last half-millennium will need to make time to read this one.”Literary Review

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"Novel Nostalgias: The Aesthetics of Antagonism in Nineteenth Century U.S Literature," John Funchion, Associate Professor of English

 

‌John Funchion

Associate Professor of English
University of Miami

Novel Nostalgias:
The Aesthetics of Antagonism in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature

Wednesday
11-9-16

8:00 PM
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Novel Nostalgias establishes how the longing to recover a lost home or past drove some of the central conflicts of the nineteenth-century United States. Providing one of the few U.S. literary histories that examines cultural material from both before and after the Civil War, John Funchion argues that a diverse array of novels, from William Wells Brown’s Clotel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, imagined new politically—and antagonistically—charged communities through forms of nostalgic longing.

John Funchion is Associate Professor of English at the University of Miami. His essays have appeared in Early American Literature, Modern Language Quarterly, Modernist Cultures, and The Henry James Review. He has co-edited and contributed an essay to Mapping Regions in Early American Writing (University of Georgia Press, 2015). He is currently at work on two new projects. His second book manuscript, Reading against the Law: Localities of Dissent in the Early Republic, establishes how regional writers in the U.S. engaged novelists, poets, revolutionaries, and legal thinkers across the Atlantic and throughout the Caribbean to challenge the rising dominance of legal and literary federalism in the early nineteenth century. He has also begun developing a digital humanities project, [alt] Periodicals, which will provide a searchable archive of radical and alternative periodicals published in the U.S. between 1865 and 1919.


DECEMBER 2016

"Ethics, Medicine, and Information Technology: Intelligent Machines and the Transformation of Health Care," Kenneth Goodman, Professor of Medicine and Director of Bio-Ethics Program

 

‌Kenneth Goodman

Professor of Medicine and Director of the Bioethics Program
University of Miami

Ethics, Medicine, and Information Technology:
Intelligent Machines and the Transformation of Health Care

Wednesday
12-7-16

8:00 PM
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Information technology is transforming the practices of medicine, nursing, and biomedical research. Computers can now render diagnoses and prognoses more accurately than humans. The concepts of privacy and confidentiality are evolving as data moves from paper to silicon to clouds. Big data promises financial wealth, as well as riches of information and benefits to science and public health. Online access and mobile apps provide patients with an unprecedented connection to their health and health records. This transformation is as unsettling as it is exhilarating. With chapters spanning issues from professionalism and quality to mobile health and bioinformatics, this book establishes what will become the “core curriculum” in ethics and health informatics, a growing field which encourages truly inter- and multidisciplinary inquiry.

Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine and jointly of Philosophy, Public Health Sciences, Health Informatics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Nursing and Health Studies. He directs the University of Miami Bioethics Program, a WHO Collaborating Center for Ethics and Global Health Policy, and the Florida Bioethics Network. His research has focused on ethics and health information technology and on ethics in epidemiology and public health. He has also emphasized international projects and has worked extensively in Latin America and Europe. He has served on the external ethics committee for the CDC and is a member of the American College of Epidemiology’s Ethics Committee. He is the author of Ethics and Evidence-Based Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and editor of The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics, Politics, and Death in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2009).


JANUARY 2017

"State of Nature, Stages of Society: Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse," Frank Palmeri, Professor of English

 

‌Frank Palmeri

Professor of English
University of Miami

State of Nature, Stages of Society:
Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse

Wednesday
1-25-17

8:00 PM
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Frank Palmeri sees in the conjectural history practiced by Enlightenment philosophers such as Rousseau and Hume a template for the development of the social sciences in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Without documents as evidence, speculative thought shaped the development of anthropology in the 1860s, the political economy of Malthus, Martineau, Mill, and Marx, and the first two generations of sociology in Comte, Spencer, Weber, and Durkheim. Conjectural histories, with their surprising ambivalence toward modernity, influenced Darwin's Descent of Man and Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality, as well as the novels of Walter Scott, George Eliot, and H.G. Wells. Palmeri concludes his investigation with the return of conjectural thought in recent histories of early religion, political organization, and Neolithic society.

Frank Palmeri is Professor of English with courtesy appointments in Philosophy and Classics at the University of Miami. In 2016, Professor Palmeri was appointed a Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts & Sciences. He has published on comparative literary studies of the 18th and 19th centuries; satire in narrative and graphic forms; conjectural history and the history of social thought; animal studies; and the novels of Thomas Pynchon. In addition to being comparative (primarily involving British, French, German, and American), his work is interdisciplinary—calling on the critical methods of history, visual studies, and philosophy. He has published two other authored books—Satire in Narrative: Petronius, Swift, Gibbon, Melville, Pynchon (University of Texas, 1990), and Satire, History, Novel: Narrative Forms 1665-1815 (University of Delaware, 2003). His current project is Satire and the Public Sphere: Caricature, Novels, and Politics in England, 1790-1910.

Read an article in The Chronicles of Higher Education on conjectural history now.

Read an article in TIME on conjectural history and the anthropocene.


New Voices on Digital Humanities @ UM (Logo)


Friday
1-27-17
12:30pm

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School of Nursing
Executive Board Room
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Susanna Allés Torrent

 
Susanna Allés Torrent, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures
Digital Philology or When the Love for Words Becomes Computational

 

Lindsay Thomas

 
Lindsay Thomas
, Assistant Professor of English
What is a "Critical" Digital Humanities?

 

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FEBRUARY 2017
Edith Bleich 2017 Graphic of English Speech Bubbles

Joshua Katz

Cotsen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics, Princeton University

What Is English and How Do We Know?


Thursday
2-2-17
7:00 PM

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Public Lecture
United Wesley Gallery
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This sentence is written in English. So, however, are these:

itjmhoF oj ofuujsx tj fdofuoft tjiU
We synt gumcynnes Geata leode
I shall not want
All mimsy were the borogoves
There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs
That was a lekker braai, bru
i <3 u

What it means to be English is evidently not a simple matter.

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"Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past, and Present," June Teufel Dreyer, Professor of Political Science


‌June Teufel Dreyer

Professor of Political Science
University of Miami

Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun:
Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present

Wednesday
2-8-17

8:00 PM
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Japan and China have been rivals for more than a millennium. In recent times, China was the more powerful until the late nineteenth century, while Japan took the upper-hand in the twentieth. Now, China's resurgence has emboldened it even as Japan perceives itself falling behind, exacerbating long-standing historical frictions. Dreyer argues that recent disputes should be seen as manifestations of embedded rivalries rather than as issues whose resolution would provide a lasting solution to deep-standing disputes.

June Teufel Dreyer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami where she teaches courses on China, U.S. defense policy, and international relations. She has also lectured to, and taught a course for, National Security Agency analysts. Formerly senior Far East specialist at the Library of Congress, she has also served as Asia policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and as commissioner of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission established by the U.S. Congress. Dreyer is also the author of China’s Political System: Modernization and Tradition (Routledge, 2014), currently in its ninth edition. Professor Dreyer has published widely on the Chinese military, Asian-Pacific security issues, China-Taiwan relations, Sino-Japanese relations, ethnic minorities in China, and Chinese foreign policy.

Read the review in Wall Street Journal.


MARCH 2017

Merry Wiesner-Hanks graphic (GIF)

Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Distinguished Professor of History, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Adjusting Our Lenses to Make Women Visible (Public Lecture)


Thursday
3-2-17
7:00 PM

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Public Lecture
United Wesley Gallery
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The oldest surviving examples of eyeglasses in the world, dating from around 1330, were discovered hidden beneath the floorboards of the nuns’ choir in the Cistercian Kloster Wienhausen in northern Germany.

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Presented by the University of Miami Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund, and the Center for the Humanities.‌

Academic Conference

 Expanding Visions:
Women in the Medieval and Early Modern World

"Expanding Visions: Women in the Medieval and Early Modern World" Conference.


March 2 - 4, 2017


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"“Big Bosses”: A Working Girl’s Memoir of Jazz Age America," Robin Bachin, Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History and Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement


‌Robin Bachin

Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History
University of Miami

Big Bosses:
A Working Girl’s Memoir of Jazz Age America

Wednesday
3-8-17

8:00 PM
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Sharp, resourceful, and with a style all her own, Althea Altemus embodied the spirit of the independent working woman of the Jazz Age. In her memoir, Big Bosses, she vividly recounts her life as a secretary for prominent (but thinly disguised) employers in Chicago, Miami, and New York during the late teens and 1920s. Alongside her we rub elbows with movie stars, artists, and high-profile businessmen, and experience lavish estate parties that routinely defied the laws of Prohibition. Anchored by extensive annotation and an afterword from historian Robin F. Bachin, which contextualizes Altemus’s narrative, Big Bosses provides a one-of-a-kind peek inside the excitement, extravagances, and the challenges of being a working woman roaring through the ’20s.

Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History and Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement at the University of Miami. Her areas of research and teaching include American urban, environmental, immigration, and cultural history. Her first book, Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004 and won the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Illinois History and Heritage. Bachin’s current book project is Tropical Urbanism: Modernity, Exoticism, and the Creation of South Florida, 1890-1965. She has received fellowships from the Graham Foundation for the Advancement of the Fine Arts, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Teagle Foundation, and the Driehaus Foundation. She was one of the first recipients of the University of Miami Library Digital Fellowship, which supported the creation of her digital archive on “Travel, Tourism, and Urban Growth in Greater Miami.”


William Shakespeare's first folio - graphic for Peter Holland lecture

This lecture is presented with the support of the ACCAC Distinguished Lecturers Program

Peter Holland

McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre Dame

Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies


Thursday
3-23-17
4:30 PM

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United Wesley Gallery
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The book we know as the First Folio wasn’t given that title by the two Shakespeare colleagues who posthumously published his plays in 1623. Its formal name, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, is more functional, laying out genres for the 36 collected plays – like a TV channel offering varying types of movies.

Peter Holland, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shakespeare, examines the choice and significance of the volume’s title. What was behind it? How does thinking about genre help us understand how the plays work?

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GIF: "Emperor of all Maladies" and "The Gene" -- books by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author


Monday
3-27-17
7:00 PM

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Public Lecture
Gusman Concert Hall
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“Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee dazzled readers with his Pulitzer-winning The Emperor of All Maladies in 2010. That achievement was evidently just a warm-up for his virtuoso performance in The Gene: An Intimate History, in which he braids science, history, and memoir into an epic with all the range and biblical thunder of Paradise Lost. . . . Thanks to Dr. Mukherjee’s remarkably clear and compelling prose, the reader has a fighting chance of arriving at the story of today’s genetic manipulations with an actual understanding of both the immensely complicated science and the even more complicated moral questions.”New York Times Science Section

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APRIL 2017

"The Social Value of Drug Addicts: Uses of the Useless," Bryan Page, Professor of Anthropology


‌Bryan Page

Professor of Anthropology
University of Miami

The Social Value of Drug Addicts:
Uses of the Useless

Wednesday
4-5-17

8:00 PM
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Drug users are typically portrayed as worthless slackers, burdens on society, and just plain useless—culturally, morally, and economically. By contrast, this book argues that the social construction of some people as useless is in fact extremely useful to other people. Leading medical anthropologists Merrill Singer and J. Bryan Page analyze media representations, drug policy, and underlying social structures to show what industries and social sectors benefit from the criminalization, demonization, and even popular glamorization of addicts. Synthesizing a broad range of key literature and advancing innovative arguments about the social construction of drug users and their role in contemporary society, this book is an important contribution to public health, medical anthropology, popular culture, and related fields.

Professor Page specializes in studying the consumption of drugs in urban, street-based settings. His 42-year career in the anthropology of drug use has focused on the consequences and impacts of various patterns of legal and illegal drug use in a wide variety of cultural settings. Among his funded projects supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health are studies of: poly-drug use in the Seminole Tribe of Florida, poly-drug use among Cuban immigrants, prescription drug use among women, HIV risk and disease progression among injection drug users (IDUs) in Miami, response to the HIV epidemic among Haitian Women, Haitian youth and gang activity, and needle-cleansing behavior among Miami IDUs. These projects have resulted in the publication of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, plus two books co-authored with Merrill Singer: The Social Value of Drug Addicts and Comprehending Drug Use: Ethnographic Research at the Social Margins (Rutgers University Press, 2010).


 

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The Future of Academic Publishing

Seth Denbo

Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives, American Historical Association

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association

Alison Mudditt

Director, University of California Press

Tuesday
4-18-17
4:00PM

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Workshop:
Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room
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