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November

Florida Genetics Symposium 2015
Wednesday, November 18th to Thursday, November 19th
Cancer & Genetics Research Complex
2033 Mowry Road
Keynote speaker: Ian T. Baldwin

Each year, the UF Genetics Institute hosts the Florida Genetics symposium. This event attracts genetics and genomics researchers, students and industry from across Florida. Speakers from across the country will present and discuss genetics and genomics topics, organized into three focused sessions. Over 150 students will present their research and findings during two poster presentation sessions. Poster session winners will be awarded certificates and monetary awards.

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January 2015

More Human than Human: The Work of Life in the Age of Biotechnical Reproduction
Thursday, January 29th
Smathers Library 100, 5:30pm
Priscilla Wald (Duke University)

A woman pregnant with her grandchild; a hamster in a state of suspended animation; human cells reproducing into eternity. These are some of the biotechnological innovations that seemed to blur the line between science and science fiction in the decades following the Second World War. Public accounts of these innovations emerged against the backdrop of debates in social and political thought surrounding the atrocities of two global conflagrations and, more broadly, colonialism. Legal cases and policy debates, the mainstream media and popular fiction and film all attest to the convergence of scientific innovation and geopolitical transformation in new accounts of the human—and of life itself—in the decades following the war. Questions abounded: if we can create life in a laboratory and patent it in the courts, what will happen to the basic dignity of humankind? What will happen to human relationships to other humans and to the world at large? Such questions circulated through the courts and the media, but it was in the science fictional scenarios that writers could work through the dangers and possibilities, the hopes and fears, associated with the science and register as well the emergence of new histories—scientific creation stories—for humanity in the age of biotechnology. This talk draws on the legal cases and policy debates, news accounts and especially science fiction—with a focus on Ridley Scott's cinematic adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: the 1982 cult classic Bladerunner—to chronicle the scientific creation stories that emerged to explain the radically changing figure of the human, to forecast its destiny, and to create by imagining a biotechnological world.

Priscilla Wald teaches and works on U.S. literature and culture as Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. Her current work focuses on the intersections among the law, literature, science, and medicine. Her recent book, Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative, studies the evolution of the contemporary stories we tell about the global health problem of "emerging infections." She is currently at work on a book-length study entitled Human Being After Genocide, which chronicles the challenge to conceptions of human being that emerged from scientific and technological innovation in the wake of the Second World War. She is especially interested in analyzing how the language, narratives and images in mainstream media promote a particular understanding of genomic science that is steeped in (often misleading) cultural biases and assumptions. She is committed to promoting conversations among scholars from science, medicine, law and cultural studies in order to facilitate a richer understanding of these issues. Wald is the author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form (Duke, 1995). Dr. Wald has served on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and is currently the MLA representative to the American Council of Learned Societies; she recently completed a term as President of the American Studies Association. She has a secondary appointment in Women's Studies, is on the steering committee of ISIS (Information Sciences + Information Studies) and is a member of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and an affiliate of the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Institute for Global Health.

The Work of the Humanities series is made possible by the Rothman Endowment and Yavitz Fund at the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with co-sponsorship from the UF Informatics Institute, Smathers Libraries, Honors Program, College of Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Political Science, Department of English and Phillip Wegner (Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar Chair), Department of Philosophy, Department of Classics, Elizabeth B. and William F. Poe Center for Business Ethics Education and Research, Pamela Gilbert (Albert Brick Professor), Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, UF Research Computing, and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

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

February

Service-Learning in the Humanities: A Workshop for Interested Instructors and Community Partners
Monday, February 2nd
Dauer Hall 215, 3:00-5:00 pm
Facilitated by Anita Anantharam (Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research) and Angela Garcia (Center for Leadership and Service)

What does Feminist Theory have to do with Slow Food? The answer to this question is service-learning, a significant way for humanities scholars to connect theoretical ideas about the human condition to practical work in our communities. According to the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, service-learning is "a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities." In other words, service-learning combines pedagogy and community involvement to bridge the gap between the academy and the community and bring service into the classroom where teachers can utilize resources in the community, students can gain valuable cultural and professional experience, and community organizations can benefit from increased awareness and volunteerism.

This hands-on workshop will introduce UF teachers and community partners to the growing field of service-learning with particular attention service-learning components and strategies for humanities courses. The first part of the workshop will discuss existing service-learning courses in the humanities at UF, illustrate relevant student learning objectives, and provide resources for developing mutually-beneficial and sustainable relationships with community partners involved in service-learning courses. The second part of the workshop gives participants time and assistance to develop service-learning components to their existing or future courses. There will be ample time for Q&A and interactive planning by all participants.

This workshop is open to all UF faculty, staff, and graduate instructors. UF participants are encouraged to invite current or potential community collaborators to join them in the workshop.

Success and the Good Life in the Renaissance
Wednesday, February 11th
University Auditorium, 5:30pm
Dr. Konrad Eisenbichler, Professor of Italian Studies, University of Toronto

Dr. Eisenbichler will deliver the Good Life Common Lecture for Spring 2015. Sponsored by HUM 2305: What is the Good Life? and cosponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bio: Dr. Konrad Eisenbichler, Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto, has been inducted into the Royal Society of Canada for academic excellence. He has received the Medaglia al merito from the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and has been inducted into the Knights of St. Mark, the knightly order of the ancient Republic of Venice, in recognition of his services for Venetian culture and history. He received the Ennio Flaiano prize for his book, The Sword and the Pen: Women, Poetry and Politics in Sixteenth-Century Siena (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012). His monograph, The Boys of the Archangel Raphael: A Youth Confraternity in Florence, 1411-1785 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988) received the Howard A. Marraro Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association. Other recent publications include L'opera poetica di Virginia Martini Salvi (Siena 2012) and Renaissance Medievalisms (Toronto 2009). In his work, Professor Eisenbichler focuses on the intersection of literature, politics and religion in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy.

Abstract: The enormous cultural and scientific changes that marked the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Europe also marked the way Europeans saw themselves and the world around them. It has become a commonplace to say that the "medieval" focus on the afterlife and the salvation of the soul gave way in those centuries to a "humanist" focus on this life and the health of the physical body. While this commonplace, like all commonplaces, holds a grain of truth and a bushel of misinformation, it does point to the seismic change that pushed Europe to the forefront of global developments and turned it into the dominant civilization that, in many ways, it still is today. In the course of changing their ways of thinking and living, Europeans had, first and foremost, to change themselves. They did so by, among other things, producing self-help manuals that taught them to improve themselves, to do things more efficiently, and to obtain desired goals. One of these self-help books was Archbishop Giovanni Della Casa's innovative and still very relevant Galateo, a book of manners that taught its readers how to behave and how not to behave in public.

Threads of Silver and Gold: Women of the Panama Canal
A new play by Deborah B. Dickey
Women of the Panama Canal

Portrait of a group in front of a building in the Panama Canal Zone, c. 1910s. Panama Canal Museum Collection/University of Florida.

Friday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Hippodrome Cinema, 25 S.E. 2nd Place, Gainesville

Playwright and UF alumna Deborah B. Dickey has created a play in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. Threads of Silver and Gold: Women of the Panama Canal looks at the role of women who arrived from the West Indies, England and the United States during the construction period of the canal.

Dickey created her characters using letters, oral histories and other resources from the Panama Canal Museum Collection at UF and other related collections. She received her MFA in acting and directing from UFss School of Theatre and Dance and is a director and producer for A Classic Theatre Inc. in St. Augustine.

The "silver and gold" of the title refers to the separate payrolls used to classify workers (skilled and unskilled. Full of heroism and striving, the play celebrates the pioneering women who left behind family to face enormous challenges as they witnessed the realization of the 400-year-old dream to join the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

The play will be followed by a discussion with the audience, playwright, actors and a panel of University of Florida faculty on issues of race, class and gender from various perspectives, historical and contemporary.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere with support from the Rothman endowment, the play is presented by the George A. Smathers Libraries at UF with additional support from the university's Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.

Please see the flyer (pdf) for this event

The event is free and open to the public.

Women of the Panama Canal

Arthur Lucchesi and wife at Gatun Locks construction site, 1910. Panama Canal Museum Collection/University of Florida.

Gator Tales, an original play devised and directed by Kevin Marshall
Friday, February 13th through Sunday, February 22nd
Black Box Theatre, Nadine McGuire Pavillion, various times

Using the unique experiences of African American students at the University of Florida, from the first students who attended more than 50 years ago to members of the current student body, Gator Tales dramatizes honored stories from the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program's archive and the Alachua County African American History Project. This live theatre performance brings vividly to life the voices of those who first struggled for civil rights and the generations that followed. This world premiere speaks passionately to the heart of our community.

In conjunction with the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.
Press release

Writing Retribution: Holocaust Justice and Its Meaning
An international conference with scholars from North America and Europe
Saturday, February 21st–Sunday, February 22nd
Hillel, All Purpose Room and the Judaica Suite in Smathers Library

Topics covered will include criminal prosecution of Nazi perpetrators, the restitution of art masterpieces, and way in which retribution has affected our understanding of the Holocaust and the Nazi Past.

Please see the full schedule (pdf) for this event

Made possible through a special gift by Norman and Irma Braman with additional funds from the Harry Rich Endowment at the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica

The Trials of John Demjanjuk: Memory and History in Holocaust Prosecutions
An International Conference
Trials of John Demjanjuk
Saturday, February 21st, 8:00 pm
Hillel, All Purpose Room
Lawrence Douglas, Amherst College

Plenary Address for the Writing Retribution: Holocaust Justice and Its Meaning International Conference

Lawrence Douglas is the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. His work examines the broader representative and historical qualities of Holocaust trials. His scholarly books include The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust (2001). His current work on the trials of Sobibor guard Ivan Demjanjuk in the US, Israel, and Germany situates these proceedings within the larger context of contemporary global Holocaust memory.

Please see the full schedule (pdf) for this event

Lesbian and Gay Couples with Children: Parenting Without Patriarchy?
Monday, February 23rd, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ustler Hall Atrium
Charlotte J. Patterson, Ph.D.

A Candidate for the Vada Allen Yeomans' Chair in Women's Studies

Dr. Charlotte J. Patterson is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the interdisciplinary program Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Virginia. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. Professor Patterson's research focuses on the psychology of sexual orientation, with an emphasis on sexual orientation, human development, and family lives. She is best known for her studies of child development in the context of lesbian- and gay-parented families. The author or editor of many books and articles, she has also won a number of awards, including the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health. Their report, entitled The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, was released in March, 2011. She has recently joined the NIH study section on Health Disparities and Equity Promotion, and her most recent book is the co-edited Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Reception Follows

Do you know the benefits of studying Humanities or Language?

Join the Career Resource Center and Eta Sigma Phi at one of our interactive session to identify and learn how to communicate the benefits you bring to employers as a Humanities or Languages major/minor.

Wednesday, February 25th
Pugh Hall room 210, 5:10 – 6:30 pm
Planning for the Future

Discrimination and Women's Health
Thursday, February 26th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ustler Hall Atrium
Alyssa N. Zucker, Ph.D.

A Candidate for the Vada Allen Yeomans' Chair in Women's Studies

Dr. Alyssa N. Zucker is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the George Washington University. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. She was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender and a George Washington Institute of Public Policy Research Scholar. Professor Zucker's research is devoted to understanding the consequences of social structural disadvantage for women's lives and to examining psychological mechanisms that help create social change. In particular, she examines the negative health correlates and consequences of discrimination and the role of social identities and group consciousness in resisting mistreatment. Having published extensively in these areas, she has won a number of awards and honors, including the 2014 Georgia Babladelis Award for Best Paper in the journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Reception Follows

March

The Genetic Imaginary: Gender, Health, and Sickle Cell Disease
Monday, March 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ustler Hall Atrium
Mary E. Frederickson, Ph.D.

A Candidate for the Vada Allen Yeomans' Chair in Women's Studies

Dr. Mary E. Frederickson is a Visiting Professor at Emory University's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. She earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for twenty-five years. Her research focuses on gender, race, labor studies, and the social impact of disease. At Miami University, she has been awarded the Distinguished Educator Award from the College of Arts and Science, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Ohio Academy of History. In 2010, she was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. She is author and editor of two recent books, Looking South: Race, Gender, and the Transformation of Labor (2011), a study of the low-wage, anti-union and state-supported industries that marked the creation of the New South and now the Global South, and Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery, and the Legacy of Margaret Garner (2013). She is also co-editor of Sisterhood and Solidarity on women's workers education. Her many published articles include works on sickle cell disease, labor and cultural history, new trajectories in women's history, and the relationship between historical consciousness and activism. Her research has been funded by the National Council for Research on Women, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Reception Follows

Unpaid and Unpriced: Toward a Feminist Political Economy
Monday, March 16th
Ustler Hall Atrium, 5:30pm
Nancy Folbre (Emerita, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

In both theory and practice feminism has always reached beyond an emphasis on gender equality to interrogate the causes and consequences of inequality writ large. In recent years, the emergence of feminist social science has generated a distinctive approach to political economy that emphasizes the intersection of many different forms of collective identity and action, with important implications for the trajectory of our economic system. Growing attention to the economic importance of unpaid work within families and communities parallels, in many respects, attention to the other unpriced resources crucial to a sustainable environment. Feminist theory can help construct a new paradigm for progressive political change.

Nancy Folbre is Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much of her research focuses on the economic dimensions of care work and its impact on gender inequality. She recently edited For Love and Money: Care Provision in the U.S. (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012), and has authored many articles and books, including Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009). Between 2009 and 2014 she was a weekly contributor to the New York Times Economix blog.

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

After the Curtain: Post-1989 Fantastic in Poland
Monday, March 16th
7:30-9:00pm, 120 Pugh Hall
Paweł Frelik, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland

A scholar of print and film science fiction, videogames, and postmodern and experimental fiction, Professor Frelik is the co-editor of American Portraits and Self-Portraits (2002), Playing the Universe. Games and Gaming in Science Fiction (2007), and (Mis)Reading America: American Dreams, Fiction and Illusions (2011). He has published widely on postmodern fiction, science fiction, retrofuturism, cyberpunk, and digital cinema and new media.

On March 17, Professor Frelik will also lead a lunchtime seminar on "What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Science Fiction: Genre Systems and Definitions in Central and Eastern Europe." The seminar will take place in the Marston Science Library Visualization Room (L-136), from noon to 1:30 PM. A light lunch (sandwiches, soda and coffee) will be served. Vegetarian options will be available.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information see the Science Fiction Working Group website. For access to recommended advance readings and film clips, contact Terry Harpold.

Professor Frelik's visit to UF is co-sponsored by the UF Center for European Studies, the Department of English, and the Science Fiction Working Group.

Contextualizing Cold War Anthropology: How Political Economy Impacts Anthropological Research
Friday, March 20th
4:15-6:00pm, L005 Turlington Hall
David Price, Professor of Anthropology, St. Martin's University

This presentation examines how the Cold War shaped the funding, production and consumption of anthropological knowledge. It forcefully illustrates how the production of anthropological knowledge is linked to the larger economic and political forces dominating the society in which the work is produced. Price draws on two decades of archival research and a collection of over 60,000 pages of CIA, FBI, and Defense Department documents released in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. This evidence highlights the witting and unwitting interactions between anthropologists and military and intelligence agencies during the Cold War. Focusing on the "dual use" nature of Cold War anthropology, documents released under FOIA and from several Cold War anthropological research projects show how anthropologists at times pursued projects of their own choosing without adequately considering the political economy in which this work was embedded or the larger political arena in which this knowledge was at times consumed.

Price Bio: David Price is a Professor of Anthropology at St. Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. He has conducted cultural anthropological and archaeological fieldwork and research in the United States and Palestine, Egypt and Yemen. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida, in 1993 under the supervision of Professor Marvin Harris. Price is the author of a three volume series of books using documents released under the Freedom of Information Act and archival sources to examine American anthropologists' interactions with intelligence agencies: Threatening Anthropology (2004, Duke), examines McCarthyism's effects on anthropologists; Anthropological Intelligence: The Use and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War.  (2008, Duke) documents anthropological contributions to the Second World War, and his forthcoming book, Dual Use Anthropology: The CIA, Pentagon, Universities, and the Enticements of Cold War Anthropology will be published by Duke University Press next fall. Price served on American Anthropological Association committees investigating anthropologists interactions with military and intelligence agencies, and a task force writing the Association's new code of ethics.  He is a founding member of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists. Professor Price's most recent book is Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State (2011, CounterPunch Books).

64th Center for Latin American Studies Annual Conference: Envisioning a Sustainable Tropics
Wednesday, March 25th–28th
Emerson Alumni Hall
Envisioning a Sustainable Tropics

The UF Center for Latin American Studies' holds its 64th Annual Conference, "Envisioning a Sustainable Tropics" on March 25-28th at Emerson Alumni Hall. The Conference recognizes the challenges and opportunities facing society over the next decades as we attempt to provide for growing populations and improve human well-being, while conserving biodiversity using our natural resources wisely. The conference features 19 presentations from 25 researchers and practitioners that address three main themes: 1) sustaining ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation in the context of growing population and food demand; 2) reconciling energy and resource extraction with human and environmental health; and 3) strengthening capacity for adaptive governance at multiple scales. Keynote speakers include Dr. Avecita Chicchón - Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, Dr. Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez – Columbia University, Dr. Julie Kunen – Wildlife Conservation Society, Dr. Phillip Fearnside – Brazil's National Research Institute for the Amazon, Drs. Claudio and Suzana Padua, Brazil's Institute for Ecological Research, among others. The conference also features a final integrative session that brings together practitioners, funders, researchers, and educators to reflect on lessons learned from the Conference and discuss pathways to a sustainable future. More than 60 posters or short videos are highlighted during a special Thursday evening session. Learn more about the Conference.

Contact: Bette Loiselle

India Fest and Health Fair 2015
Saturday, March 28th
9:00am – 5pm, Santa Fe Gym, Building V
India Festival 2015

A Fun-filled, exuberant, colorful, and exciting annual festival that will give you a chance to experience India: a nation that epitomizes unity in diversity! It's your chance to get a glimpse of a rich cultural show, exquisite jewelry and intricately designed fabrics. You are going to love the lip-smacking Indian food at the festival.

Free health screening and basic blood tests for $55 will be offered from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm as part of Health Fair.

General Admission $5 (Adults), Children aged 5 and under Free!

'Wholly Other' or 'Holy Other:' Islam, Religious Diversity, and Muslima Theology
Monday, March 30th
5:00pm, 404 Grinter Hall – Center for African Studies
Jerusha Lamptey, Assistant Professor of Islam and Ministry, Union Theological Seminary

Professor Jerusha T. Lamptey earned her Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies with a focus on Religious Pluralism at Georgetown University in 2011. Before joining the Union Theological Seminary faculty in July of 2012, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University, where she taught courses on Islam, the Qur'an, feminist theology and philosophy of religion. She is the author of Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press, 2013).

April

Queer Cinema and the Spaces of Europe
Thursday, April 9th
5:00-7:00pm, Smathers Library East 100

Karl Schoonover (University of Warwick) and Rosalind Galt (King's College London)

Abstract:
Queer cinema creates worlds. It intervenes in existing debates on the national, transnational and global as well as envisioning new modes of being in the world. This talk will explore how contemporary queer films are imagining Europe, and how dissident gender and sexual identities intersect with persistent questions of European politics, spaces, and identities. It will analyze border-crossing films (e.g. Dvojina, Unveiled, Edge of Heaven), considering how tropes of immigration and mobility articulate sexuality with race, nationality, and marginality within and outside the EU. In interrogating queer European cinema, it will consider both art films (She Male Snails, Wedding Song) and popular genres, such as the lesbian romcom (Stud Life, I Can't Think Straight) and the gay road movie (Parade, Adventures of Felix). By examining a range of cinematic styles and genres, the talk will draw out queer cinema's richly varied responses to debates on homonationalism, multiculturalism, and queer belonging in today's Europe.

Bios
Karl Schoonover is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Brutal Vision: The Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema (Minnesota UP, 2012), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). He has published essays in numerous anthologies and in journals such as Art Journal, Cinema Journal, Framework, and Screen. His research interests include theories of cinematic time, the politics of film style, and the emergence of 'world cinema' as an institutional category.

Rosalind Galt is Reader in Film Studies at the King's College London. She is the author of The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map (Columbia UP, 2006) and Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image (Columbia UP, 2011), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). She has published in journals such as Camera Obscura, Screen, Cinema Journal and Discourse. Her research interests include the intersections of film theory and aesthetics, postwar world cinemas, and European avant-garde movements.

Funding and contact info:
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair and the European Union funded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Florida, the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship, and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at mennel@ufl.edu or Amie Kreppel at kreppel@ufl.edu.

Start-up Democracy: Innovating Citizenship with the Ancient Athenians
Thursday, April 16th
Pugh Hall Ocora, 5:30pm
Cynthia Farrar (Yale University)

Entrepreneurship rules: as a way to make a living, and to remake the world. Human striving tends to be interpreted through the prism of disruptive innovation. We call change agents "social entrepreneurs." And yet, we don't innovate our democracy. We take its structure for granted: as a framework fixed by the Founders, or (increasingly) as irrelevant. In a variety of spheres, we are attenuating the significance of the political system. We seek to achieve political as well as economic aims through individual initiative, data gathering and targeting, and technological ingenuity. What will digitally-driven decentralization and fragmentation mean for democratic aspirations? Has the system we take for granted ever made good on the promise of democracy? Will the networked public do better? Perhaps the innovations of the first democracy can help us re-invent our own. The ancient Athenians were civic entrepreneurs. In an unprecedented restructuring that provoked Plato's scorn, they accorded political equality "to equals and unequals alike." We assume that our democracy means equal power; the Athenians knew they had to have a political app for that.

Cynthia Farrar is a scholar and civic entrepreneur who applies her understanding of ancient Athenian democratic theory and practice to the challenge of engaging citizens as full partners in American democracy. From 2001 - 2007, she orchestrated non-partisan conversations among randomly-invited citizens, with local partners and MacNeil-Lehrer Productions. In 2007, Farrar founded Purple States®, a video production company that brings the experiences and perspectives of ordinary people into discussions of the politics, policies, and programs that affect them. Purple States documentary video series have aired on the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY. As a Research Scholar at Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Farrar teaches and writes about the theory and practice of democracy, ancient and modern, with a special focus on deliberative democracy. She holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

Girl in Dior: Annie Goetzinger
Monday, April 20th
Ustler Hall Atrium, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Best-selling French graphic novelist Annie Goetzinger has been published in CircusL'Écho des SavanesFluide GlacialMétal HurlantPiloteLe Mondeand Charlie Hebdo. The author of celebrated graphic novels and comics series Casque d'orAuroreL'Avenir perduAgence HardyLe Regard des jours, and Marie Antoinette, La Reine fantôme, in 2014 she was awarded the Grand Prize "BD Boum." She is the first woman to win this prize. At UF she will present her latest graphic novel, Girl in Dior, a sweepingly beautiful docudrama of the life of Christian Dior, starting with the launch of his brand in 1947. The girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired journalist, fashionista and future Christian Dior model, who serves as the reader's guide through the busy hallways of Dior.

In English, Free and open to the public

Presented by The France-Florida Research Institute with the support of The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and The Center for Women's Studies & Gender Research. See flyer.

For more information contact Dr Alioune Sow, FFRI Director (sow@ufl.edu) or visit http://franceflorida.clas.ufl.edu/

DNA Day
Tuesday, April 21st
Reitz Union North Lawn, 11:00am – 3:00pm

The UF Genetics Institute is sponsoring DNA Day @ UF. This event celebrates the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA and the completion of the Human Genome Project. While the national DNA Day is April 25, we are celebrating April 21 in order to capture students still on campus during the last week of classes. A separate website has been created to celebrate this event. The goal is to promote genetics and genomics research on the UF campus.

We are hosting two events –

The first is a tabling event on the Reitz Union North Lawn, April 21, 11a-3p – Student organizations and faculty labs are invited to share their research by hosting a table and providing an activity or info for passersby. Example: The undergrad Genetics Club will be showing students how to smash fruit and extract DNA in a mini lab environment.

The second event is a Twitter scientific photo contest. Submit photos via Twitter, mention @Ufgenetics, #UFDNAday and #UFDNApic to enter. Rules are on the DNA Day website, and the winner will receive a 23andMe personal DNA ancestry kit.

THAT Camp
Friday, April 24th
Smathers Library, Room 100 (1A), 8:30 am
That Camp

THATCamp, The Humanities and Technology Camp, is an unconference which fosters informal and productive conversations about projects, topics, and skills that connect humanities scholarship/teaching with methods and theories of digital technologies. Since this is an unconference, participants propose sessions directly on the website, where other participants can read and comment on them. You can also write a request to learn more about a particular topic, so that other conference attendees might be able to step up and propose a session about that area. The final schedule will be collaboratively created by the participants on the morning of 24th April.

Registration is free, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Registration at THATCamp Gainesville is open to anyone with an interest in the digital humanities, including students, scholars, librarians, archivists, grant-writers, museum professionals, developers and programmers, K-12 teachers, administrators, non-profits and for-profits. It is also a chance to build connections between digital humanities projects across Florida. And, if you don't know what the 'digital humanities' are, then come find out! Please also join us in spreading the word to more students and colleagues at UF and in our broader community of North Central Florida.

--> For more information and to register, visit: http://gainesville2015.thatcamp.org/

THATCampGainesville 2015 is sponsored by: the UF Smathers Libraries, the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and Sobek Digital.

May

2015 SECIM Metabolomics Workshop
Monday, May 11th – 14th
Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics (SECIM)

This year's workshop will review the basics of metabolomics, including introductions to analytical instrumentation, study design, and quality control methods, while providing detailed overviews and hands-on sessions in metabolomics data processing, data analysis, and metabolite identification.

The workshop has a hard cap of 40 participants and is appropriate for graduate students, technicians, postdocs, and faculty new to the field.

Confirmed Lecturers

Full information including Registration Form and Abstract Submission Instructions

2015 SECIM Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Sponsored by CTSI, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pathology, and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

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