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Duke professor discusses the importance of being human
On Monday, April 6, USF’s Humanities Institute, in collaboration with the Department of English, hosted a talk by Sarah Beckwith, the Katherine Everitt Gilbert Professor of English, Theatre Studies and Religious Studies at Duke University. Beckwith spoke about Shakespeare and the importance of being human in this year’s installment of the institute’s annual Shakespeare series.

“This Is Your Brain on Music” author to speak at USF event
The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences will host rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., who explores the connection between music--its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it--and the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and musical examples ranging from Mozart to Van Halen, Levitin will share findings from his New York Times Bestseller “This Is Your Brain on Music” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Levitin’s lecture is part of the Frontier Forum lecture series and is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

The so-called Maya doomsday "End Date" nears
Dozens of television shows and news reports talk about it. There is an “official” countdown clock recording it. And, some companies are offering up bunkers to ride it out. With the date of the ancient Maya prediction for global calamity fast approaching, Christian Wells expects the reports and coverage will only get more frenetic. Tourism is booming at Maya sites, and he’s hearing rumors that Bono will be singing at the Kukulkan Pyramid at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan on Dec. 21.

5 questions with Rory Kennedy
Emmy award winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy will be at the Tampa Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 for a screening of her latest work, "Ethel." We asked Kennedy five questions about the making of "Ethel."

USF to host an evening with Rory Kennedy
Rory Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and Emmy-winning independent documentary filmmaker, is coming to Tampa to talk about her newest film, “Ethel,” which offers a personal look inside the life and political dynasty of the Kennedy family.

New class examines the food industry
It’s not a good idea to get between a hungry animal and its food. This can apply to humans, too, especially when it comes to their favorite dishes. So it was with a little fear and trepidation that University of South Florida Visiting Instructor Sara Dykins Callahan offered her new course, The Ethics of Food Production that concluded its pilot outing last semester.

Religion and Food course visits organic farm
What do elephants, giraffes and zebras have in common with a great tasting salad? Just ask the students of University of South Florida’s Religion and Food course. The class, taught by William Schanbacher, Ph.D., took a field trip on March 7, to Sweetwater Organic Farms in Hillsborough County.

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.

New course had students brave the wilderness
University of South Florida visiting instructor Sara Dykins Callahan risked the backlash of separating students from their phones for a full 10 days.

Students enjoy the fruit of their labor
Students from the Ethics of Food Production class gathered under a tent at the USF Botanical Gardens to gorge themselves on organic produce and vegan meals. This potluck, held on April 14, was a result of a semester-long process of maintaining their own vegetable garden where they finally got a chance to enjoy the harvest.