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Graduate Certificate Meet-and-Greet
Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 2:00–4:00 pm, Smathers Library (East) 100

This informal meet-and-greet will introduce graduate students across disciplines to graduate certificate programs outside of their departments. Our objectives are to foster interdisciplinary work and intellectual communities at UF and to inform students about opportunities for gaining skills and finding careers beyond traditional faculty positions. For more information contact Leah Rosenberg, Department of English Graduate Coordinator, or Tim Blanton, Program Coordinator for the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. More information is available here.


Morning with the Curators: 3D Printing, Baldwin Children’s Literature, Judaica, and Latin American & Caribbean
October 5, 9:00–11:00 am, Smathers Library, Special Collections and Second Floor Lobby

Please join us for an informal meet-and-greet with Curators and Experts in the Libraries for Humanities and Arts Graduate Students and Faculty. The Curators will share rare and unique treasures from the collections and introduce ways of thinking about and working with texts, collections, and materiality, including 3D printing. The event will start with brief introductions by all Curators, and then time for small group conversations with the Curators. See this page for more information.


MarketWise Fall Workshop Series for Job Seekers
Monday, October 5, 4:00–5:30 pm, Pugh Hall 150

Dr. Jodi Schorb will lead a workshop on crafting effective teaching philosophies and teaching portfolios. Our guest speaker will be Sabrina Gilchrist, winner of a Department of English Graduate Student Teaching award and the winner of the 2015 University-wide Graduate Student Teaching award. Sabrina will share her process and offer examples of how she crafted a philosophy and chose materials to demonstrate teaching effectiveness. All are welcome.


“Imagining Climate Change: Science & Fiction in Dialogue”

This international, interdisciplinary colloquium will bring noted climate scientists and science fiction authors and scholars to the UF campus to discuss the effects of climate change on the physical environment and the human imaginary. Confirmed speakers include Christian Chelebourg, Andrea Dutton, Jean-Marc Ligny, and Nathaniel Rich, and UF faculty from the Department of English, the Center for African Studies, the UF Climate Institute, and the UF Water Institute. A second colloquium in the series will take place in February 2016. For more information, visit the colloquium WWW site,


The English Graduate Organization’s 2015 conference, “How to Talk About Horror,” will take place Thursday, October 22–Saturday, October 24.


Professor Katrin Sieg (Georgetown University)
Public Talk: “Queering Asylum: Refugees in Recent European Cinema”
4:00 pm
Ustler Hall Atrium

Many of the refugees reaching European shores now include gay, lesbian, and transgendered people who seek protection from persecution for belonging to a “specific social group” in their country of origin. The enshrining of gay rights in EU law seemingly signals the victory of glbt rights as human rights. What perverse impulse, then, drives some European filmmakers to call the idea of a cosmopolitan, ethnically diverse, and sexually tolerant Europe into question? The talk discusses the films Unveiled (dir. Angelina Macaroni, 2005) and Jaures (dir. Vincent Dieutre, 2012) to ask how queer European cinema has helped to envision alternatives to the current asylum regime, which would better correspond to the lived realities of glbt people in Europe and outside of it.

Katrin Sieg is Professor of German and European Studies at Georgetown University. Her areas of research are modern and contemporary German theater and European cultural studies. She is the author of three monographs on twentieth-century German theater and performance, including Ethnic Drag: Performing Race, Nation, Sexuality in West Germany (2002) and Choreographing the Global in European Cinema and Theater (2008). She has published in journals in women’s studies, theater, German, and European studies. Among her ongoing areas of interest are German and European popular culture, Turkish-German theater and literature, and Afro-German film and performance. Her two current research projects revolve around films and performances by and about refugees and efforts to decolonize European ethnology museums.

The talk is funded by the Jean Monnet Chair and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence with funding from the European Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission, and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel or Amie Kreppel.


Shannon Silva—Film Screening

The Wooly, 20 N Main Street @ 7:00 pm

Shannon Silva is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and an experimental and documentary filmmaker with interests in gender, celebrity culture, fandom, and community building creative initiatives.

29 Places I Once Called Home (2006)

(Director/Producer, 2006, 20 minutes) From motels and trailer parks along the east coast to a ranch house in suburban, small town Texas, this 20-minute, experimental documentary utilizes super 8mm and 16mm footage along with family interviews to explore the multi-layered connections between poverty, frequent relocation, substance abuse, family violence and memory instability.

It’s a Girl Thing: Tween Queens and the Commodification of Girlhood (2012) 

(Director/Producer, 2012, 57 minutes) It’s a Girl Thing speaks with consumer critics, tween brand marketers, girls, moms, and educators to explore the seemingly benign cultural universe of candy-coated, pastel-colored, hyper-commercialized girl culture to reveal the complex and contradictory messages directed at today’s young girls.  Historical research, playful reenactments and found footage allow the film to look closely, and critically, at the tween markets evolution and the role of Disney and Nickelodeons’ tween queens in the markets explosion.

Funded by the Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel.


Alt-ac and Non-traditional Humanities Workshop
Jan 24, Pugh Hall Ocora

Day-long series of workshops on alt-ac and non-traditional humanities, featuring UF graduate student alumni from art, English, history, anthropology, and more. Sponsored by Graduate Coordinators Working Group, Center for Humanities in the Public Sphere, Dept. of English; organizer: Elizabeth Dale. More details to follow.


Event with Professor Elena Gorfinkel (Film Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

For questions, please contact Dr. Barbara Mennel.


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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