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Yale Historian and Food Scholar Paul Freedman to Speak as Part of Frontier Forum Lecture Series
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences and the Humanities Institute will host Yale Historian and food scholar Paul Freedman as part of the Frontier Forum lecture series on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019.

USF English hosts bicentennial Frankenstein celebration
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, the USF Campus Bookstore Café was the day-long read-a-thon site for the bicentennial celebration of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece “Frankenstein.” Through the course of the day, volunteers read through the entire work, and a slide show of related art and images completed the scene.

Humanities Institute to host 3rd annual poetry contest
The Humanities Institute at the University of South Florida is collecting entries for the third annual poetry competition as part of National Poetry Month 2015.

Humanities Institute accepting entries for 3rd annual poetry contest
The Humanities Institute at the University of South Florida is collecting entries for the third annual poetry competition as part of National Poetry Month 2015.

USF alumna discusses ethics of sex selection
On Oct. 22, 2014, the University of South Florida welcomed Inamaculada de Melo-Martin, Ph.D., to discuss the controversial topic of sex selection, also referred to as “designer babies.”

National Humanities Medal winner to visit USF
In her long and illustrious career, scholar Jacquelyn Dowd Hall has documented the lives of those whose voices were absent from traditional histories -- from the life stories of laid-off Southern textile workers, to the experiences of white female activists and African American civil rights leaders. Hall will be at USF Feb. 24-28 as the USF Humanities Institute’s first spring Scholar-in-Residence.

Humanities Institute to host Caryl Phillips
The University of South Florida Humanities Institute welcomes our Fall Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence - novelist, essayist and playwright Caryl Phillips. Often described as one of the premier “Black Atlantic” writers, he will be in residency for the week of Oct. 14.

Distinguished poet visits USF
Poetry fans were poised for a rare treat Tuesday evening. Jorie Graham, one of America’s premiere poets would read from her latest work and autograph their books. To a hushed and appreciative audience Graham delivered selections from her critically acclaimed PLACE accentuating her words and phrases with graceful yet emphatic hand gestures -- the urgency in her voice conveying the gentle command to pay attention to the details in her stream of imagery. She transported her listeners into as many emotions and time periods as geographic places and left them deeply moved.

USF to host second Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Jorie Graham
The University of South Florida Humanities Institute welcomes its second Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence for the first week of April -- Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham. Graham will lead off the Humanities Institute’s month-long celebration of National Poetry Month.

Visiting scholar to lecture about the history of white people at USF
One of the nation’s top historians, Nell Irvin Painter, Ph.D., asks a provocative question -- Can a black scholar write about white people? Painter’s lecture will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Patel Center for Global Solutions Auditorium (CGS), followed by a wine-and-cheese reception. This will be Painter’s first talk she will offer as the Humanities Institute’s inaugural Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence.

Darwin Day speaker to address evolutionary roots of altruism
Ground squirrels stand upright and squeal to warn others of predators, even though it puts them at risk. Humans risk their own lives and safety to save others. Such altruistic behaviors have long fascinated scientists like Lee Dugatkin, who ponders the evolutionary roots of caring -- perhaps fittingly on St. Valentine’s Day! At 6 p.m. on Feb. 14, in the TECO Room in the Education building, Dugatkin will address “The Evolution of Altruism: From Darwin to Today.”

USF to host international expert on “Arab Spring”
From its beginnings at the end of 2010, the “Arab Spring” has inspired both hopes and fears about dramatic social change throughout the Middle East. The USF Humanities Institute will host Tamara Sonn, Ph.D., to speak at the college. The lecture will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the auditorium at the Patel Center for Global Solutions (CGS), with a reception and book signing to follow.

“Outlaw Novelist” James Carlos Blake returns to USF
James Carlos Blake, author of many acclaimed novels, essays and short stories is returning to USF on Wednesday, Jan. 23, when he will speak at a public event and receive the USF Distinguished Humanities Alumnus Award. The event and award presentation will be in Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISA) Campus View Room, 7th Floor, starting at 6 p.m.

Prominent Norwegian academic to speak at USF
The effects of globalization are widely debated, but the perspectives from local communities worldwide are often overlooked. On Thursday, Nov. 8, University of Oslo anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen will address that neglect. Eriksen will speak on “Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalization,” using an anthropological perspective to address these crises: finance/the economy; climate/the environment; and identity/culture. His talk begins at 7 p.m. in CWY 202 (Military Science Building), with a wine and cheese reception continuing after the talk.

USF to host lecture on supernatural and paranormal claims
If you’ve ever wondered about the truth behind claims of the supernatural and paranormal, you should join writer and scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford as he explores unexplained mysteries at the University of South Florida on Oct. 16, 2012, at 7 p.m.

"Homegrown Humanities" series to feature books by USF faculty
A new faculty book series sponsored by the Humanities Institute called “Homegrown Humanities” kicks off this fall in an effort to bring more attention to new books published by University of South Florida faculty.

USF to celebrate poetry month at the gardens
April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month since 1996 and this year, the University of South Florida has been hosting many activities to recognize the importance of poetry. On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the USF Botanical Gardens, USF will hold an event entitled “The Future is Sustainable: Poetry, Food and Place.”

Humanities Institute launches Poetry Matters at USF
Learn a person’s favorite poem and you might get to know that person a little bit better.

USF to celebrate National Poetry Month
If National Poetry Month at the University of South Florida is not the largest event of its kind this year -- in Florida or the nation -- USF Professor Jay Hopler will be surprised. All the ingredients are there.

USF professors, fiction writers to discuss apocalypse theories
For the last few years, the blogosphere has buzzed with dire predictions that the end of the world is at hand -- either at the hands of God, ancient Maya prophecies, or human beings’ capacity to destroy ourselves or our environment.

USF hosts human rights conference
Global citizenship has its rewards, such as trade, business, and educational and cultural exchange opportunities. But there’s another side.

Lecture to focus on teaching evolution
In celebration of the birthday of Charles Darwin, the University of South Florida welcomes renowned science educator, Eugenie Scott, who argues that students cannot understand science without grasping the centrality of evolution. Scott will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in FAH 101 on Florida’s ‘Critical Thinking’ Bills: Creationism du jour?”

USF to host international scholars on violence, memory and human rights
More than 50 international scholars and activists will gather at USF to share research on “Violence, Memory, and Human Rights,” focusing on the never-ending incidents of mass violence that continue to plague the world. The conference will be held Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 in the Marshall Student Center.

Film legend speaks at USF
An overflowing crowd showed up recently to see German film director Werner Herzog at the Interdisciplinary Sciences auditorium, an event that included a showing of the award-winning filmmaker’s latest documentary “Into the Abyss.”

Academy Award winning director to speak at USF
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences is hosting Werner Herzog, a world-renowned German film director, as he discusses his work. Herzog also will be showing his new film project to attendees. The event is at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in ISA 1051 and is open to USF students, faculty, staff and Tampa Bay cineastes.

Academy Award winning filmmaker to speak at USF
The great German filmmaker Werner Herzog comes to the University of South Florida Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. to show and discuss a new work in progress -- a rare treat for Tampa Bay film lovers.

USF Humanities Institute to host Stampede of Culture
The University of South Florida Humanities Institute is partnering with the Humanities and Cultural Studies Organization (HSCO) to host the annual jazz festival, Stampede of Culture, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the MSC Amphitheater.

UMass Scholar to discuss Holocaust
Cultural studies scholar Olga Gershenson, Ph.D., will be speaking about how the Holocaust was represented in the Soviet Union, at noon, on Nov. 5, in the Grace Allen Room.