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Olive Senior
A Reading and Conversation
Monday, 8 February at 4:00 pm in the Judaica Suite (Special Collections, 2nd Floor, Library East)

Olive Senior will read from her poetry and fiction and discuss Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, her recent prizewinning book which exposes a little-known side of a monumental story.

Author of over 16 books, Olive Senior is one of the most prominent contemporary Caribbean writers, having won prizes for her fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Senior has worked internationally as a creative writing teacher and lecturer on Caribbean literature and culture. She is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers, Toronto, and has taught in the writing programs at University of Toronto, St. Lawrence University, Barnard College, and Columbia University.

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Wind of Change
Wednesday, February 17th @ 4:00 p.m.
Room 100 Smathers East

This screening will be followed by a Q+A with the festival’s curator, Nicole Dreiske, Director of the International Children’s Media Center.

On Wednesday, February 16th, the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature and the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Florida will present a special screening of Wind of Change, a program of short films from the Global Girls FilmFest, the first festival featuring female-focused short films juried by formerly homeless young women. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q+A with Festival Founder, Nicole Dreiske. The Wind of Change program will showcase six diverse and empowering short films from five countries. The Global Girls Film Festival was created by the International Children’s Media Center (ICMC) as a 14-week film immersion program in which formerly homeless and abused young women screen and discuss 40–50 films from around the world. Global Girls is designed to prompt self-reflection and thought-provoking discussions that culminate in a festival curated by residents themselves. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to spread the word about it to your colleagues, friends, and students. We hope to see you at the screening! For more information please feel free to contact:

Suzan Alteri, Curator, Baldwin Library
John Cech, Director, Center for Children’s Literature and Culture
Leila Estes, Coordinator, CCLC


Imagining Climate Change
University of Florida, February 17–18, 2016

“Imagining Climate Change” will engage authors, scholars, scientists, and the general public in the vital work of imagining our collective climate futures. The Spring 2016 colloquium will bring award-winning and influential French and American science fiction authors and climate scientists to the UF campus to dialogue with UF faculty and researchers in the humanities, climate studies, and water management, and to explore new ways of representing and responding to environmental change.

The colloquium begins on February 17, with a plenary roundtable co-hosted by the UF Water Institute as part of the Institute’s 5th Biennial Symposium. Introduced by UF President W. Kent Fuchs and Cynthia Barnett of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, the roundtable will feature Tobias Buckell, Jay Famiglietti, Ellen E. Martin, Yann Quero, and Jeff VanderMeer. The colloquium concludes on February 18 with individual talks by Tobias Buckell, Christian Chelebourg, Ellen E. Martin, Yann Quero, and Jeff VanderMeer, and responses by UF faculty from the Center for African Studies and the Departments of English, Entomology and Nematology, Geological Sciences, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

All events are presented in English or simultaneous English translation and are free and open to the public. See for a schedule of event locations and times, interviews with the authors, and excerpts of their work in climate science and fiction. For additional information, contact Terry Harpold or Alioune Sow.


Peter Logan (Temple University) Talk
Dauer Hall, 5–7pm

Peter Logan will present “Eccentric Dickens,” a talk on characterization and Victorian medical psychology.

For more information on Dr. Logan and the abstract for “Eccentric Dickens,” please see this page.


Peter Logan (Temple University) Workshop
Nygren Studio, Library West, 2–3pm

Peter Logan will lead a works-in-progress workshop on using computational textual analysis to analyze changes in the nature of knowledge across time in C19, a DH project analyzing historical editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

For more information on Dr. Logan, the workshop, and a list of recommended reading, please see this page.


The Marxist Reading Group will hold its 18th Annual Conference.


13th Annual UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels
The 13th Annual UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels on the theme of Transnational Comics will be held from April 8–10th, 2016.

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