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Death: Confronting the Great Divide

Speaker Series
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.

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October 2016

Lecture: Mobile Memorials: Carrying the Dead in the Twenty-First Century
Candi Cann (Baylor University)
Thurs. Oct. 20, 5:30 pm, Smathers Library 100

In a period when American cemeteries get ever fewer visitors, it is clear that in many communities, grave stones and mausolea are no longer effective ways to commemorate the dead. This talk traces the development of mobile memorials, from tattoos to car decal memorials, as contemporary ways of (literally) carrying the dead around with us, and making the status of the bereaved clearly evident to those around them through a visual marker. In the contemporary world, where one is not given much time off to actually mourn and process a death, or to withdraw from the world to grieve, the practice of displaying one's status as mourner becomes even more valuable. Mobile memorials operate as one way of both affirming one's status as one in mourning and reconnecting the dead with the living.

This event is the third 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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Lecture: The ‘Born This Way’ Wars and the Future of Sexual Orientation
Patrick R. Grzanka, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Core faculty member of the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program and the American Studies Program University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Mon. Oct. 31, 1:00 pm, in Ustler Hall Atrium, reception to follow

Despite the lack of scientific consensus about what sexual orientation actually is and what factors (biological, environmental, individual) affect it, arguments about the etiology of sexual orientation are central to ongoing struggles for sexual minorities' legal rights, as well as broader social equality and acceptance in American society. This talk will chart the relatively recent rise of biogenetic explanations of sexual orientation at the end of the 20th and early 21st century and the connections between these beliefs and LGBT activism. Grzanka will also offer findings from new survey research that has attempted to capture multidimensional beliefs that individuals hold about sexual orientation, which both reflect and challenge dominant understandings of sexuality's nature, mutability, and essence. Finally, he will discuss the implications of the born this way wars ’ political debates about whether sexual minorities are born, not made ’ on how we imagine the future of sexual orientation in the United States.

Festival: Stargazing for Halloween
Sat. Oct. 29 at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, Keystone Heights, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Join the University of Florida Department of Astronomy at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park (Keystone Heights, FL) for a night of astronomy and stargazing! UF Astronomers will be on hand with telescopes, activities for all ages, and to answer your space-related questions. Experience the universe in a beautiful natural resource of Florida! Halloween costumes welcome.

This event was made possible by UF Department of Astronomy, Florida State Parks, and the UF Bob Graham Center: celebrating 10 years of civic engagement.


Otherwise park gates close and you will not be admitted. Park entrance fees apply:

The event will be held in Pavilion #32 and the nearby parking lot. From the main entrance gate off Hwy 21, follow signs for "Picnic and Swimming Area/Recreation Hall." The educational activities will be held in the pavilion and the telescopes will be set up in the far parking lot.

Festival: Molecular Mania
Sat. Oct. 29 at the Oaks Mall (Belk's Court), Gainesville, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Molecular Mania is the Chemistry Department's annual family-friendly outreach event in which they use Halloween-themed interactive demonstrations to convey chemistry concepts to local youth.

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