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Spring 2018 Schedule

All Humanities Institute events are free and open to the public and refreshments are always served!

Parking on USF Tampa Campus

Parking can be difficult on campus. Here are a few tips to make coming to events easier! Please refer to the following links for more information.

Parking and Transportation Permits

All venues are convenient to visitor parking areas with automated Pay-by-Space machines. Download the Visitor Parking Map to identify the buildings and associated parking lots listed below.

  • Grace Allen Room (Library) - Pay-by-Space in Lot 29B and the Collins Blvd. Parking Garage
  • C.W. Bill Young Hall (CWY) - Pay-by-Space in Lot 21 or Lot 6
  • Marshall Student Center (MSC) - Pay-by-Space in Lots 3B, 3C, and the Crescent Hill Parking Garage

Humanities and Hops at Southern Brewing & Winemaking

Parking for Southern Brewing & Winemaking is located in the back of the building, right next too the beer garden.

Additional/Overflow parking is located in the lot across the side street.

If you have any questions concerning parking, please call Mallory Danley at 813-974-2913.

Mental Maps and Climate Apps: Screen Culture & The Environment Workshop

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
MSC 3709

This January, we partner with the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, the Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment (IASCE) and the Antrhopocene Working Group on an interdisciplinary workshop addressing the impact of media on the perception of the environment. The workshop is designed for graduating students interested in employment in interactive media curation, sustainability awareness, media management, science education, government and non-profit work, and/or corporate marketing strategies. The workshop leaders include HUnter Vaughan, creator of the first Media & Environment scholarly interest group for the Society for Cinema & Media Studies and founding editor of "Media and the Environment", and Meryl Shriver-Rice, director and developer of the first Master's of Environment Culture & Media program in the U.S. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Loving Vincent - Movie Screening

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 7:00pm
MSC Oval Theater

The Humanities Institute is proud to kickoff the Spring 2018 semester with one such creator, a genius who opened a portal that continues to fascinate millions – Vincent van Gogh. We will be screening Loving Vincent, the brainchild of Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film in the post-Impressionist style that is famously associated with van Gogh’s work. Van Gogh was known for his brilliant colors, his vibrating and swirling brush strokes. An extension of Impressionism, post-Impressionism defied Impressionisms’ use of naturalistic depiction of light and color and fled towards thick paint application, intensely vivid color, and real-life subject matter. Dorota, a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and The Warsaw Film School, brought her passion for painting and film to life with Loving Vincent, her sixth animated film. Over the course of four years, this masterpiece came to fruition by means of over 100 artists working at studios in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, and a studio in Athens. They mad use of 1,000 canvases, 90 designs, and 853 shots in the film, to finally produce 65,000 frames in oil paints. The film explores the life of van Gogh, his career as a tortured artist, and how he ultimately came to a violent end.

Wicked Brews Book Group: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 7:00pm
c.1949 6905 N Orleans Ave. Tampa, FL. 33604

The Humanities Institute invites anyone to join our book group! A book group that invites anyone, USF affiliated or not to join, read, and discuss a socially relevant work once a month at bar in the Tampa area. First up, Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds.

Humanities and Hops: Pixels and Preservation

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at 7:00pm
Southern Brewing and Winemaking 4500 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL. 33603

We try not to have favorites…but Humanities & Hops is our favorite event. Hosted twice each semester, these community-friendly research presentations focus on a central broad theme and give the audience ample time for questions and discussion. We begin the series with Noelle Mason, and Lori Collins. Mason's (Department of Art and Art History) work deals with the problem of visually engrossing imagery and how a lack of embodied experience in concert with traumatizing imagery can lead to very serious consequences that affect our culture at every level. Collins' (USF Libraries and Geosciences) will explain how USF Libraries uses 3D imaging and technologies to document heritage sites, landscapes, and objects to create innovative digital learning tools, as well as how differences in scale and representation present unique challenges for digital documentation. There is still an opening for a third speaker! If interested, please email Liz Kicak at

Poetry as Field Work with Elizabeth Bradfield

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 in GAR - 4th Floor of the Library
6:00pm - Reception to and book signing to follow.

For naturalist and poet Elizabeth Bradfield, the science governing the natural world is as fascinating as the poetry that describes it. In February, she will share how she knits both together in a presentation called “Poetry as Field Work.” Bradfield, an associate professor of English at Brandeis, works as a naturalist on Cape Cod as well as on expedition ships, in addition to authoring three collections of poetry: Interpretive Work, which won the Audre Lorde Prize and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; Approaching Ice, which was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Once Removed. Her upcoming book, Toward Antarctica, uses haibun and photographs to investigate her time working as a naturalist on ecotour ships in Antarctica. “Poetry, is for me, an investigation as open and un-ended and thrilling as biology field work,” Bradfield says. “The necessary focus of attending; the importance of what happens in the periphery, on the edge of your subject; the unanticipated discovery that comes at the moment when your head tilts, your mind brightens like a crow's glinted eye, and you think, ‘That's funny.’”

A Joint Poetry Reading with Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Matt de la Peña

Monday, February 19th, 2018 in GAR - 4th Floor of the Library
6:00pm - Reception to and book signings to follow.

Both Nezhukumatathil and de la Peña are concerned with issues of representation in English Literature. On Monday, de la Peña will conduct a workshop for K – 8 educators and education researchers where attendees will come away with an appreciation for why and how to incorporate diverse children’s literature into the classroom or an appreciation for how to frame a research project around incorporating diverse children’s literature in the curriculum.

This event will be held in the Grace Allen Room at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Nezhukumatathil will be conducting a closed workshop with M.F.A. poetry students on Monday afternoon before she and Matt give a joint public reading on Monday, February 8 at 6 p.m. in the Grace Allen Room, on the fourth floor of the library. A reception and book signing will follow. This series is co-sponsored with the USF Library Special Collection

Wicked Brews Book Group: Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at 7:00pm
c.1949 6905 N Orleans Ave. Tampa, FL. 33604

Jessica Bruder is a journalist who reports on subcultures and economic justice. In this work, Bruder is documenting itinerant Americans who gave up traditional housing and hit the road full time, enabling them to travel from job to job and carve out a place for themselves in our precarious economy. The project spanned three years and more than 15,000 miles of driving – from coast to coast and from Mexico to the Canadian border.

Humanities and Hops: The Culture of Food

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 7:00pm
Southern Brewing and Winemaking
4500 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL. 33603

The last Humanities and Hops of the Spring 2018 semester explores the Culture of Food with Sara Dykins Callahan, Julia Irwin, and William Schanbacher. Dykins Callahan, Humanities and Cultural Studies Department, explores the relationships between identity, culture, and food. Dykins Callahan is specifically interested in the politics and performances of Foodie Culture in Neo-Pastoralism in the contemporary United States. Julia Irwin, History, will speak about the relationship between German immigration and the growing popularity of beer in 19th century United States. Irwin notes how this history reminds us about the important contribution that immigrants made to the development of America foodways, and American culture more broadly. And finally, we will hear from William Schanbacher, Religious Studies, whose research interests concentrate on religious and social ethics with a focus on the global food system and globalization and poverty. His forthcoming book, Food Justice: Security and the Path to Global Food Sovereignty will be released in 2018.

The Spirit of Those Times: The Constitution, Slavery,and the District of Columbia with Simon Gilhooley

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 in CWY 206
6:00pm - Reception to follow.

Simon Gilhooley, assistant professor of political studies and American studies at Bard College, will talk about how the rise of abolitionism in the 1830s saw renewed attention to the topic of slavery in Washington, D.C. For abolitionists, slavery in the nation's capital represented a failure to live up to the standard professed in the Declaration of Independence's claim that "all men are created equal." For the advocates of slavery, attempts to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia were seen as the first steps to abolition throughout the nation and were thus to be resisted. This talk traces how the process of these debates about the U.S. Constitution and its meaning developed in important ways - both for the future of slavery in the United States and for American understandings of constitutionalism more generally. Gilhooley is a recipient of a prestigious ACLS Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year, and the USF Humanities Institute has been proud to serve as his host institution. The American Council of Learned Societies is a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations and serves as the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences that advances scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies. Gilhooley received M.A.'s from Edinburgh University and the University of London, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. His research builds upon insights from American politics and political theory in order to address issues of constitutionality and authority within the American polity.

Wicked Brews Book Group: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 7:00pm
7venth Sun Brewing 6809 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL. 33604

In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

Nicole Sealey: 2018 William H. Scheuerle Distinguished Humanities Graduate Award Presentation and Reading

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 in the Gibbons Alumni Center - Traditions Hall A
6:00pm - Reception and book signing to follow.

This semester, the HI Faculty Advisory Board unanimously agreed to give this award to Nicole Sealey, who received a B.A. in English and Africana Studies from USF in 2001 and her M.L.A. in Africana Studies from USF in 2008. She went on to earn her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from NYU in 2014. Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony, and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. In addition to her work as a poet, Sealey is also the executie director at Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. in Brooklyn, New York. Founded in 1996 by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady, Cave Canem Foundation's goal is to "remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape" and is part of a national coalition of poetry organizations working together to promot the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. Sealey's leadership at Cave Canem and her creative work exemplify the attributes ofa well-rounded, humanites-based education. When asked about her studies at USF, Sealey said, "My teachers at USF encouraed and nutured my curiosity, without which I could not have written a single poem."

Frankenstein's Bicentennial with Elizabeth Denlinger

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 in CWY 206
6:00pm - Reception to follow.

2018 marks the 200-year anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This seminal work is considered to be the first piece of English science fiction and introduced themes that are still central to many intellectual debates including bioethics, progress and innovation, and the role of the monstrous in society. Next year, the Humanities Institute will be joining a number of USF departments to host a year of Frankenstein-related events but this spring, we are pleased to host Elizabeth Denlinger as a “teaser” of what’s to come. Denlinger is the curator of the Pforzheimer Collection at the New York Public Library, where she builds the library’s collections and documents British Romantic literature through the classroom, publications, digital projects, and exhibitions. She will be the guest curator of an exhibition on Frankenstein with the Morgan Library & Museum in 2018. Previously, Denlinger was co-curator of the Library’s exhibitions Before Victoria: Extraordinary Women of the British Romantic Era and Shelley’s Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet; she also wrote the companion volume (of the same title) to Before Victoria. Denlinger received her Ph.D. in English from New York University and an M.L.I.S. from the Palmer School at Long Island University. Many artists and writers have attempted to answer this question, and since 1823, there has been a proliferation of plays, movies, comic books, and graphic novels exploring Frankenstein and the monstrous. It’s not hard to find Frankenstein in popular works today – Shelley’s influence is still pervasive. Denlinger says, “In Shelley’s novel, the Creature’s face as a textual entity allows the reader a more subtle and moving emotional experience than either stage or the movies do, but theatrical and cinematic depictions offer a more viscerally appealing, and perhaps more intimate experience, than the book.”

Wicked Brews Book Group: Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enriquez

Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 7:00pm
7venth Sun Brewing 6809 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL. 33604

Mariana Enriquez is an Argentine journalist, novelist, and short story writer. In these wildly imaginative, devilishly daring tales of the macabre, internationally bestselling author Mariana Enriquez brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and legions of desaparecidos loom large in the collective memory. In these stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortázar, three young friends distract themselves with drugs and pain in the midst a government-enforced blackout; a girl with nothing to lose steps into an abandoned house and never comes back out; to protest a viral form of domestic violence, a group of women set themselves on fire.

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