Department Event Calendars

Calendar of Events

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Series and Recurring Events

2016—2017 Year

Speaker Series: Death: Confronting the Great Divide
Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere

Drawing on both historical and contemporary examples, invited speakers in this eight-part series will draw our attention to the inevitability of the end facing all living creatures, the various ways in which humans have learned to live with knowledge of their mortality, and how bereavement rituals impact our environment and community. With input from scholars in a range of disciplines, including scholars of history, religion, environmental studies, Latin American studies, history of medicine,and art history, the series reveals how learning in the humanities can help us better understand one of the most integral parts of life: the end of life.

This event is free and open to the public and includes time afterward for questions and discussion.

Workshop Series: Diversity Dialogue
Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
All events are 4–5:30 p.m. in Reitz Union: Room 2201

Film Series/Conference: Refugees in Film and Migration in Europe
Center for European Studies
March 14–29

Film Screening: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)
Tues. March 14 7:00 p.m., Hippodrome Cinema

Join us for the screening of Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), winner of the highest award at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival and 2017 Oscar nominee for best Documentary (Feature)

Fire at Sea is a beautiful, cinematic documentary by Gianfranco Rosi that captures migrants' dangerous Mediterranean crossing, set against a background of the ordinary life of islanders on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.

The film will be followed by a post-film discussion with Dr. Katerina Rozakou, political anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam, on Mediterranean Refugee Politics.

Dr. Rozakou has done extensive fieldwork on voluntary associations assisting refugees, as well as on Afghan refugees in crisis-ridden Athens. Her research interests involve political anthropology, civil society, NGOs and humanitarian aid, asylum, refugees and immigrants, charity, exchange theory and the gift. She has published in international and Greek academic journals and she has coedited a collective volume on civil society, patronage and violence (in Greek).

The event is free and open to the public.

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Conference: The Provocations of Contemporary Refugee Migration
March 16–17
Keynote: Archipelagic Sovereignty, Geopolitics and the Death of Asylum
Dr. Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University
Thurs. March 16 1:00–6:00 p.m., University Auditorium: Friends of Music Room

Join us for keynote talk Archipelagic Sovereignty, Geopolitics and the Death of Asylum by Dr. Alison Mountz, Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dr. Mountz is Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University. She was the 2015–2016 Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University. Mountz works broadly on migration, borders, asylum, and detention. Her recent research explores migrant detention on islands and US war resisters seeking safe haven in Canada. Mountz is the author of Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border (Minnesota). She recently completed two monographs: The Enforcement Archipelago: Hidden Geographies and the Death of Asylum and Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Non-Citizen Detention in the United States, the latter co-authored with Dr. Jenna Loyd.

Panel: The Provocations of Contemporary Refugee Migration
Dr. Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University
Fri. March 17 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Dauer Hall: Room 219

On Friday, March 17, we will be hosting a four-panel conference featuring the following migration experts:

Southeast Europe: After the Wars
A Getting to Know Europe (GTKE) Event Series
March 20-29

Renowned Bosnian Actress Zana Marjanović, star of Angelina Jolie's directorial debut film In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) and Snow (2008), and filmmaker Emir Kapetanović will spend 10 days in Gainesville on a GTKE artist visit.

During their visit, Zana, a parliamentarian in the Bosnian House of Representatives, will be giving a talk on Women & Politics in Anderson Hall 216 on Wednesday, March 22nd at 3pm.

Emir will host a Q&A session following the screening of his newest film Children of Peace, time and location TBA.

Stay tuned for more information on a series of events that examines the Balkan states of Southeast Europe after the Yugoslav wars and under the auspice of the European Union.

Non-recurring Events

March 2017

Speaker: Criticism of the Albigensian Crusade in Occitan Crusading Lyrics
Marjolaine Raguin
Wed. March 1 5:30 p.m., Marston Visualization Lab (L136)
Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere

Already marked as different by contemporary participants and witnesses, the Albigensian crusade beginning in 1209 against Christian heretical groups such as the Albigenses or Cathars and their protectors, was seen as a special kind of holy war. It lasted for twenty years and saw a profound modification of the structures of Occitan traditional society since it put French conquerors and Occitan collaborative leaders in positions of power. They killed and exiled a broad swath of the affected communities in the south of France, including not only heretics but also Occitan poets, known as troubadours, who made themselves undesirable by critiquing the war. This Occitan literary corpus represents a consistent part of political and religious lyric songs of the first part of thirteenth century.

In this lecture, Dr. Marjolaine Raguin will present the typology of motifs and literary uses of the denunciation of this Albigensian Crusade in this lyric corpus. She will show which kind of arguments were used by poets, how they were applied, and in which historical and intellectual context they operated.

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Film Screening: The Anthropologist
Susie Crate
Thurs. March 2 5:30–7:30 p.m., Reitz Union: The Chamber
Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Anthropology

The Anthropologist explores climate change (and more broadly, social change) as it is affecting different parts of the world, such as the Andes, Siberia, and Pacific Islands, and how researchers are approaching the problem. It focuses on the work and experiences of Dr. Susie Crate (George Mason University), seen through the eyes of her teenage daughter as they visit research sites where climate change is a looming issue.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Crate.

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Q&A: Ask a Scientist: Geology
Sun. March 12 1:00–4:00 p.m., Florida Museum of Natural History

Science is all around you! Take advantage of this opportunity to talk with researchers from UF's Department of Geological Sciences and ask those questions you have been wondering about. Bring your specimens and find answers during an afternoon of discovery and learning.

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Speaker: Stepping Up: Helping those with mental illness
Tues. March 14 6:00 p.m., Pugh Hall: Ocora
Bob Graham Center for Public Service

The Bob Graham Center will host a public talk by Judge Steven Leifman and Leon Evans on Tues., March 14 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. They will discuss cutting-edge community programs developed as part of the national stepping up initiative aimed at reducing incarceration rates among those with mental illness.

The Honorable Judge Steve Leifman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, is the recipient of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. He received the award for his groundbreaking work helping people with mental illnesses.

Mr. Leon Evans, the chief executive officer of the Center for Health Care Services in Bexar County, Texas, developed an award-winning jail diversion program and has become a national leader in improving mental health care through multi-stakeholder collaboration.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be streamed live at

The event is co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

Speaker: Pentecostals, Politics, and Religious Equality in Argentina
Hans Geir Aasmundsen (University of Bergen)
Thurs. March 16 5:15 p.m., Grinter Hall: Room 376
Department of Religion

On March 15, 2017, at 5:15pm in Grinter Hall, room 376, Hans Geir Aasmundsen will give a talk entitled Pentecostals, Politics, and Religious Equality in Argentina. In Argentina, Pentecostalism had a breakthrough in the early 1980s, and today more than 10% of the population are Pentecostals. The revival coincided with a socio-political transformation of Argentinean society. In this presentation, Aasmundsen examines global, region and local aspects of Argentinian Pentecostalism while emphasizing the religious sphere and how Pentecostals relate to society at large, and the political and judicial spheres in particular. Hans Geir Aasmundsen is a researcher at UiB Global, University of Bergen, and holds a PhD in The Study of Religion from Sodertorn University College. He has done extensive research on Pentecostalism and politics in Argentina.

Speaker: Relics and Reliquaries: A Matter of Life and Death
Cynthia Hahn (CUNY, Hunter College)
Thurs. March 16 5:30 p.m., Harn Museum of Art: Chandler Auditorium
Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere

A not unusual modern response to reliquaries is disgust — after all they often contain bones. To understand their presence, even their glorification, it must be admitted that the bones are not the ordinary subject of horror, rather as the bones of the blessed, dem bones gonna rise again! In a Christian understanding they will be instrumental in linking heaven and earth. Relics (with the help of their reliquaries) lead away from death and horror through intercession and access to salvation. Indeed, only in a later, almost modern development did the bones — and the economy of death — become a subject of fascination in themselves.

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This event is the 7th in an eight-part speaker series called Death: Confronting the Great Divide. This series invites nationally renowned scholars and filmmakers to explore unique cultural and historical confrontations with death.

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Symposium & Reception: UF Women's Studies Turns 40
Fri. March 17 1:00–7:00 p.m., Ustler Hall
Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research

UF Women's Studies celebrates 40 years this year and you are invited to help us in commemorating this important milestone. On March 17, 2017, we will celebrate our anniversary in beautiful Ustler Hall with a day of food, fun, and opportunities to connect with faculty, students, and other alums. The theme of the celebration is Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research: 40 Years of Transformations. You are an integral part of this history and the vibrancy of the Center's future. We hope you will join us.

The celebration will include:

A reception will follow.

Panel: Politicizing Religion and the Politics of Religion
Tues. March 21 6:00–7:00 p.m., Pugh Hall: Ocora
Bob Graham Center for Public Service

Politicizing religion in the U.S. has resulted in the rise of religious intolerance and discrimination against religious minorities and politicians have made religion into an instrument by which to mobilize voters. The Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will host a panel discussion at 6 p.m. on March 21 in the Pugh Hall Ocora, which will examine the role of religion in politics and how the politicizing of religion in our country has resulted in significant public discord. The panel will address this important issue and offer solutions on how we might prevent religion from becoming a source of such political polarization.

Members of the panel include University of Florida political science professor Badredine Arfi, Ph.D.; American Islamic College Arabic and Islamic Studies assistant professor Omer Awass, Ph.D.; and Dr. Mustafa M. Ahmed, an assistant professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine's Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and a member of the Center for Global Islamic Studies' Advisory Board.

Symposium: Negotiating Gender and Sexualities in Muslim Africa
March 24–25
Department of Religion and the Center for African Studies

The Islam in Africa Working Group's (Center for African Studies) yearly symposium will be on March 24-25, in 404 Grinter Hall. The title for the symposium is Negotiating Gender and Sexualities in Muslim Africa. The symposium starts with the Baraza on Friday March 24, at 3:30, with Rudi Gaudio (Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY, Purchase College) giving his talk: Islam in Africa, Africa in Islam: The Sexual Politics of Religion and Race. Speakers and talks on Saturday March 25 include: Kjersti Larsen (Professor of Social Anthropology and African Studies at the Department of Ethnography, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo), speaking about Devotional Practices and Complex Identity Configurations: Negotiating gender and morality in contemporary Zanzibar, Esha Faki (Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Maseno University (Kenya)), speaking about: Engaging New Media on Sexuality issues among Kenyan Muslims, and Rosa De Jorio (Associate Professor, University of North Florida).

Festival: Congo-Kinshasa Meets Gainesville
March 29–31
Center for African Studies

Screening: Viva Riva!
Wed. March 29, 6:00 p.m., The Wooly

This sexy crime flick, set in Kinshasa, is a fast-paced, 90-minute rush through the streets of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's megacity of 10 million. It uses the gangster genre to brilliant effect. Viva Riva! met acclaim at the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals, won six African Movie Academy Awards, and was named Best African Movie at the MTV Movie Awards. It channels noir aesthetics into the gangster genre to raise awareness of sexual, gender, and economic issues in this vibrant city—without preaching.

A gangster hero returns from neighboring Angola with a truckload of stolen oil. When he falls for the girlfriend of a Kinshasa gangster, chaos and violence erupt. The film speaks to machismo, corruption, sexual commodification, troubled kinship, and death.

Born in Kinshasa, trained at Belgium's National Film School, Djo Munga worked on international TV productions in Kinshasa from 2000; founded Congo's film production company, Suka! Productions, in 2006; and co-produced Congo in Four Acts in 2010.

Workshop: Papa Mfumu'eto Comics Exploration
Thurs. March 30, 3–5:00 p.m. Smathers Library (East), Room 100

Join the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida for the second event in their series Congo-Kinshasa Meets Gainesville: an interactive archival & exhibition workshop focused on the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections' newest manuscripts collection, the Papa Mfumu'eto comics archive!

The archive contains about 1000 text-image pages in Lingala, ca. 1985-2007, direct from Kinshasa's streets. Invited specialists will present to facilitate public discussion and critique preliminary ideas for a Fall 2019 Harn Museum of Art exhibition and catalog. Possible themes may be the comic arts; Kinshasa's history, street cultures, and gender relations; media archaeologies & (obsolete) print technologies; vernacular linguistics; and future fieldwork & filmmaking.


Talk: Buffalo Bill in Kinshasa: Westerns, Masculinity, and Violence in the Tropics
Fri. March 31, 3.30–5:00 p.m., Grinter Hall, Room 404

Join the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida for the third and final event in their series Congo-Kinshasa Meets Gainesville, a Baraza talk on manhoods, gangs, and visualities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Prof. Ch. Didier Gondola, Chair & Professor of History and Africana Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

A captivating exploration of how the iconic American figure Buffalo Bill influenced a generation of young Kinshasa men, their flamboyant feats, styles, and aspirations in this bursting colonial city in then-Belgian Congo. Adapted from this distinguished, Paris-trained Congolese historian's most recent book, Tropical Cowboy.

April 2017

Speaker: Shorstein Lecture: American Jewish Culture & Society
Kenneth D. Wald, professor of political science, UF
Tues. April 4 6:00 p.m., Pugh Hall: Ocora
Bob Graham Center for Public Service

Kenneth D. Wald is a distinguished professor of Political Science and previously served as the the Samuel R. Bud Shorstein Professor of American Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Florida. He has written about the relationship of religion and politics in the United States, Great Britain, and Israel. His most recent books include Religion and Politics in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010, 6th ed.), The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period (Princeton University Press, 2002, co-authored), and The Politics of Gay Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2000, coedited with Craig Rimmerman and Clyde Wilcox).

He has been a Fulbright Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting scholar at the University of Strathyclyde (Glasgow), Haifa University (Israel), Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs in Washington, DC. He has lectured widely at academic institutions in the United States and abroad and given talks in such disparate locales as the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, throughout China for the U.S. Information Agency, and at two House Democratic Message Retreats in Congress.

Together with David C. Leege, he coedits the Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics for Cambridge University Press. He has edited a special issue of the International Political Science Review and served on the editorial board of Political Behavior and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. He current serves on the editorial board of Politics and Religion.

At the University of Florida, he served as Chair (1989-1994) and Graduate Coordinator (1987-1989) of the Department of Political Science. From 1999 through 2004, he served as director of the Center for Jewish Studies. In 2011, he received the University's highest faculty award, Teacher/Scholar of the Year.

Dr. Wald received his BA from the University of Nebraska, where he was inducted into Phi Beta.

Speaker: The Election of Donald Trump: Last Gasp or Resurrection of White Christian America?
Robert P. Jones (Religion Research Institute)
Wed. April 5 6:10–7:50 p.m., Pugh Hall: McKay Auditorium
Department of Religion

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, renowned sociologist Robert P. Jones, Founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute will be giving a lecture at the University of Florida. The lecture is open to the public and will be in McKay Auditorium in Pugh Hall from 6:10 to 7:50 p.m. In his lecture, entitled The Election of Donald Trump: Last Gasp or Resurrection of White Christian America?, Dr. Jones will examine the election in light of long-term social trends and analyze what it portends for the future of religion and politics in America. A forum will follow with comments from UF political scientist Ken Wald, and religion professors Bron Taylor of UF and Julie Ingersoll of the University of North Florida.

Speaker: A Doorway to the Divine: Islamic Bodies and the Sufi Saints as Connecting the Living to the Dead
Ellen Amster (McMaster University)
Thurs. April 6 5:30 p.m., Smathers Library: Room 100
Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere

Nineteenth-century French visitors to Morocco remarked that pilgrims in North Africa visited the tombs of Islamic saints (awliya') searching for healing from a variety of mental, physical, and moral afflictions. These were dead who brought healing to the living — through touch, prayer, or cures performed at the shrine. The Moroccan jurist Hasan al-Yusi (d. 1691) called these saints a medicine and a cure, for the saint connects the various layers of reality to one another; he is an axis around whom reality revolves (qutb) and a murabit (marabout, one who binds men to God). Saint tombs also have political significance. In visiting graves, Moroccans constructed a topographical map of the collective past, a geographical representation of the Islamic political community (umma) and God's presence in the world, a political imaginary yet contested in the contemporary world. The key connecting the living to the dead is knowledge, a knowing that realizes the potentiality of the human body as an isthmus between the oceans of God and the Cosmos, as the Qur'an describes, and a station for the Lord of the Two Worlds to reside. In this talk, we consider the hagiographical compendium of Muhammad ibn Ja'far al-Kattani, Salwat al-Anfas wa Muhadathat al-Akyas bi man Uqbira min al-Ulama' wa al-Sulaha bi Fas, and the city of Fez. In Morocco, we see how this knowing operated in physical space and time, and how French colonial interventions and science impacted Moroccan understandings of death and life.

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This event is the 8th and final in an eight-part speaker series called Death: Confronting the Great Divide. This series invites nationally renowned scholars and filmmakers to explore unique cultural and historical confrontations with death.

more information about the series

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