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Presented by
The University of Miami

Fall Reception for Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students

9-5-13 4:30 PM

CAS Gallery
UM Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students Only
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Donald Spivey
Professor of History, University of Miami

"If Only You Were White":
The Life of Leroy "Satchel" Paige

9-6-13  |  8:00 PM  |  Books & Books
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“If You Were Only White” explores the legacy of one of the most exceptional athletes ever—an entertainer extraordinaire, a daring showman and crowd-pleaser, a wizard with a baseball whose artistry and antics on the mound brought fans out in the thousands to ballparks across the country. Leroy “Satchel” Paige was arguably one of the world’s greatest pitchers and a premier star of Negro Leagues Baseball. But in this biography Donald Spivey reveals Paige to have been much more than just a blazing fastball pitcher.

“A fantastic and comprehensive read with accounts so contagious you will want to turn the pages.”
— Larry Lester, Chairman of the Negro Leagues Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)

Donald Spivey is the author of Fire From the Soul: A History of the African-American Struggle (2003); The Politics of Miseducation: The Booker Washington Institute of Liberia, 1929-1984 (1986); Schooling For the New Slavery: Black Industrial Education, 1868-1915 (1978; rpt. 2007); Sport in America: New Historical Perspectives (1985); Union and the Black Musician: The Narrative of William Everett Samuels and Chicago Local 208 (1984). Professor Spivey has been appointed Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences and is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at UM. Professor Spivey has lectured throughout the country and has been a frequent commentator on radio, television, and in the print medium.

Public Invited


Presented by
The University of Miami

2012-2013 Center for the Humanities Fellows Symposium

9-20-13 1:30 PM

School of Nursing
Executive Board Room

Session 1 — 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Peter Lewis, Professor of Philosophy - "Measurement and Metaphysics"
Wilson Shearin, Assistant Professor of Classics - "Bestial Stupidity and the Intelligence of Things: Lucian's Ignorant Book Collector"

Session 2 — 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Maria Stampino, Professor of Italian - "Mid-18th-century Theater in Venice: Stages of the Public Sphere"
Suzanne Braswell, Assistant Professor of French - "Kinepoetics: Making it Move"

Session 3 — 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Megan Hatfield, Ph.D. Candidate in History - "Very Gentile and Very much in the English Taste: Eliza Pinckney and the Making of a Transatlantic English Identity in Colonial South Carolina"
Edmund Abaka, Associate Professor of History - "Africa in Cuba: African Students, the Isle de Juventud and South-South Cooperation (1961-2013)"



Tracy Devine Guzmán
Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, Portuguese, and Spanish, University of Miami

Native and National in Brazil:
Indigeneity after Independence

9-25-13  |  8:00 PM  |  Books & Books
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How do the lives of indigenous peoples relate to the romanticized role of "Indians" in Brazilian history, politics, and cultural production? Tracy Devine Guzmán argues that the tensions between popular renderings of "Indianness" and lived indigenous experience are critical to the unfolding of Brazilian nationalism as well as the growth of the Brazilian indigenous movement. She suggests that the "indigenous question" now posed by Brazilian indigenous peoples themselves--how to be Native and national at the same time--can help us to rethink national belonging in accordance with the protection of human rights, the promotion of social justice, and the consolidation of democratic governance for indigenous and nonindigenous citizens alike.

“With this brilliant study... Tracy Devine Guzmán establishes herself as one of the most original interpreters of Brazil in U.S. academic circles.”
— Luiz F. Valente, Professor of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies and Comparative Literature, Brown University

Tracy Devine Guzmán's research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of intellectual and cultural history, politics, social theory, philosophy, and cultural production, especially as they relate to race and ethnicity. She has worked throughout Brazil and Peru, and has conducted research in Spain, Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, and Argentina. Her work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, FLAS, FIPSE/CAPES, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities; and her articles have been awarded prizes from the Brazil and Peru Sections of the Latin American Studies Association.

Public Invited



Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine
Directed by Chris O'Connor 
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Talk Back after Totally Tuesday* performance with Director, Actors, and English Professors Brenna Munro and Mihoko Suzuki

*admission free to all students

10-1-13 8:00 PM

Ring Theatre

Presented by the Center for the Humanities in cooperationwith the Department of Theatre Arts


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Dava Sobel
Award-Winning Author

Copernicus' Search for A More Perfect Heaven

10-2-13 12:20 PM

Seminar with SEEDS
Faculty and Grad Students

10-2-13 3:35 PM

Seminar with Da Vinci

10-3-13 7:00 PM

Public Lecture:
Copernicus' Search
Storer Auditorium

10-4-13 12:00 PM

Lunch Seminar: "Panel on Literature & History"
CAS Gallery
UM Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students Only

By 1514, Nicolaus Copernicus had written an initial outline of his heliocentric theory. Over the next two decades, Copernicus expanded his theory, while compiling a manuscript that fearing ridicule, he refused to publish. In 1539, a young German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, traveled to Poland to seek out Copernicus. Two years later, the Protestant youth took leave of his aging Catholic mentor and arranged to have Copernicus’ manuscript published, in 1543, as De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres). Dava Sobel chronicles the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution, presenting an unforgettable portrait of scientific achievement, and of the ever-present tensions between science and faith.

“Ms. Sobel is an elegant stylist, a riveting and efficient storyteller, a writer who can bring the dustiest of subjects to full-blooded life”
— Katherine Bouton, New York Times

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Paleography Seminar
the Department of English



Grants Review Workshop
the College of Arts & Sciences

Mentoring Workshop
the College of Arts & Sciences

Arthur Marotti
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English
Wayne State University

The Verse Nobody Knows:
Rare or Unique Poems in Early Modern English Manuscript Collections

10-10-13 10:00 AM

Paleography Seminar
Humanities Center,
Richter Library Suite 100
UM Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students Only
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10-10-13 4:30 PM

The Verse Nobody Knows
Otto G. Richter Library
3rd Floor Conf Room

10-11-13 10:00 AM

Grants Review Workshop
School of Communications Wolfson Building, Rm 4029
UM Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students Only

10-11-13 2:00 PM

Mentoring Workshop
Otto G. Richter Library
3rd Floor Conf Room
UM Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students Only

Arthur F. Marotti is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Wayne State University. He is the author of John Donne, Coterie Poet (1986); Manuscript, Print and the English Renaissance Lyric (1995); and Religious Ideology and Cultural Fantasy: Catholic and Anti-Catholic Discourses in Early Modern England (2005). He has also edited or co-edited ten collections of scholarly essays. Professor Marotti served as the editor of the journal Criticism (1986-96) and is a member of the editorial board of English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Literature Compass, and JNL: Journal of the Northern Renaissance

Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses
Directed by Henry Fonte 
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Talk Back with Director, Actors, and Classics Professors Jennifer Ferriss-Hill and Wilson Shearin*admission free to all students

10-13-13 7:30 PM

Adrienne Arscht Center

Presented by the Center for the Humanities in cooperation with the Department of Theatre Arts

Presented by
Department of Religious Studies‌

Cosponsored by:
the Center for the Humanities

Karl Giberson
Stonehill College 

Are Science and Christianity at War?

10-28-13 7:30 PM

Whitten Learning Center
Room LC-110


Presented by
Department of Classics

Cosponsored by:
the Center for the Humanities

Ruby Blondell
Professor of Classics, University of Washington 

"The Gods Made Me Do It!" The Divine Defense of Helen in Homer, Gorgias, and Euripides

11-7-13 4:00 PM

Otto G. Richter Library 
3rd Floor Conf Room

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Mark Rowlands
Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami

Running with the Pack:
Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality

11-13-13  |  8:00 PM  |  Books & Books
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For Mark Rowlands, running and philosophizing are inextricably connected. In Running with the Pack he describes the most significant runs of his life. Intertwined with his honest, passionate and witty commentary are profound meditations on mortality, midlife, and the meaning of life. Highly original and moving, it makes the philosophically inclined want to run, and those who love running become intoxicated by ideas.

“This year’s most original and instructive work of popular philosophy.”
The Financial Times

Rowlands is the author of 15 books and more than 50 research papers translated into fifteen languages. His publications focus on three main areas: philosophy of mind and cognitive science, applied ethics, and public understanding of philosophy. His memoir, The Philosopher and the Wolf, was published by Granta in 2008 and became an international best seller. He is also the author of Can Animals Be Moral? (2012), Fame (2008), Body Language (2006), Everything I Know I Learned From TV (2005), Externalism (2003), The Philosopher at the End of the Universe (2003), Animals Like Us (2002), The Nature of Consciousness (2001), and The Environmental Crisis (2000).

Public Invited


Early Modern Studies Lecture

Cosponsored by:

Geography of Ginseng 
the Department of History



"Digital Media and the New Horizons of Pedagogy"
the College of Arts & Sciences

Shigehisa Kuriyama
Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History
Professor and Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Professor, Department of the History of Science
Harvard University

The Geography of Ginseng and the Alchemy of Needs

11-14-13 4:30 PM

Geography of Ginseng
Otto G. Richter Library
3rd Floor Conf Room

11-15-13 12:00 PM

Lunch Seminar:
"Digital Media and the New Horizons of Pedagogy"
CAS Gallery
UM Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students Only

11-15-13 3:00 PM

"Creative Uses of New Media for More Compelling Presentations of Research"
Richter Library 3rd Floor
Faculty Exploratory
UM Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students Only

Professor Kuriyama is the author of The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine (1999), a study of the different views of health and medicine held by the ancient western and eastern civilizations, which was awarded the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine. His research explores broad philosophical issues through the lens of specific topics in comparative medical history (Japan, China, and Europe). At Harvard,  he has also been actively engaged in expanding the horizons of teaching and scholarly communication through the creative use of digital technologies. He was a pioneer in the development of course trailers at Harvard, founded the Harvard Shorts competition for scholarly clips, and has held workshops on multimedia presentations of research for faculty and students at many universities around the world. He currently serves on the FAS Standing Committee on IT, the Advisory Committee for the secondary Ph.D. field in Critical Media Practice, and is a Senior Researcher at Harvard’s metaLAB.

Presented by
Department of History

Atlantic Studies Lecture

Cosponsored by:
the Center for the Humanities

Jeremy Popkin
T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. Professor of History
University of Kentucky

Violence in the Haitian Revolution

11-21-13 3:30 PM

Otto G. Richter Library 
3rd Floor Conf Room

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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

Public Invited


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.

Presented by
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities, IRG on Digital Humanities, Department of Geography, Miami Observatory on Culture and Creative Industries

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

CAS Gallery

1-24-14 1:30 PM Workshop:
Developing a Curriculum in Urban Humanities / Digital Humanities 
Otto G. Richter Library
3rd Flr Digital Exploratory
Presented by
The University of Miami

Cosponsored by the Graduate School, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Departments of English and History

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
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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).


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

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.


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

Inasmuch as the various dynasties that ruled over what is now known as "China" during the past two millennia and more subscribed to Confucianism as the primary orthodoxy for principles of government and morality, the "classics" upon which these principles were founded are of enormous importance for understanding their origins and nature. The concept of "classic" will also be compared to the notion of "scripture" and "canon".


Thebans by Edith Freni
A new version of the Theban Plays by Sophocles

Department of Theatre Arts

John Paul Russo, Wilson Shearin, and Han Tran

February 21, 2014 — 5:00 PM
Lowe Art Museum

Susanne Woods
Distinguished Visiting Scholar of English, University of Miami

Milton and the Poetics of Freedom

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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


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.

Presented by
Department of Anthropology

Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities

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

Animal Studies and Environmental Humanities Lecture

Cosponsored by the Department of History


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

This talk focuses on two elephants brought as war booty in 1798 to the Paris menagerie at the Jardin des Plantes. Traveling across colonial, national, and continental borders, they became objects of public amusement and subjects of artistic and scientific study. Against questions of “the animal” and “the human” in republican science and art, Professor Landes will consider how the least delicate of animals was perceived to be among the most sensitive and intelligent of beasts: along with man, one of nature’s most elevated creatures.

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Queer Studies Symposium

Cosponsored by Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Modern Languages and Literatures’ Carter Fund, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, American Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, and Africana Studies Program

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 Vanit


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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Sponsored by SAVE

Queer Youth Activism
Follow-Up Conversation

Saturday, April 12, 2014
10:00am - 11:30am

Student Activities Center
Third floor, Activities Room North

Brunch provided