Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public and free of charge.

Spring 2011

1/12/11

“Affinity Natural and Unnatural in Lucretius and Shakespeare,”a lecture by R. Allen Shoaf. Presented by the Early Modern Reading Group. 4 PM. Pugh Hall 210.

1/21/11

MLK Value: JUSTICE.Acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni shares her eloquent words of wisdom, spanning the civil rights movement, politics, love, art, and more. Discussing the ideals of equality in her dramatic oratory, she shares the experiences and thoughtful poetry that embody her activism and legacy of passion for the arts. A book signing will be available following the program. 7 PM. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

1/27/11

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Christina Nichol and Hilary Jacqmin will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

2/5/11

Gainesville Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America welcomes guest speaker Arnie Perlstein. Noon. Alachua County Library, Tower Road Branch. For more information, contact Dr. Muriel Kay Heimer <drheimer@me.com>.

2/10-2/11/11

“Simone de Beauvoir: Legacies Conference,” presented by The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Toril Moi (James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies; Professor of English, Philosophy, and Theater Studies; and Director of the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature; Duke University) will deliver the keynote address, “‘The Taste of Another Life’:  Beauvoir Between Literature and Philosophy,” on the11th. 4:30 PM. Ustler Hall Atrium.  Other participants include:  Nancy Bauer (Tufts University), Judy Coffin (University of Texas), Mary Beth Mader (University of Memphis), and Carol Murphy, Sylvie Blum-Reid, Brigitte Weltman-Aron, and Maureen Turim from the University of Florida.  Details TBA.  For further information, consult <http://web.wst.ufl.edu> or contact Judith Page (page7@ufl.edu) or Trysh Travis (ttravis@ufl.edu). 

2/10/11

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Terita Heath-Wlaz and Kate Sayre will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

2/15/11

In memory of Dr. Jim Paxson, the department will hold a memorial service at 2:30 PM in the Ustler Hall Atrium. Please come and share your memories of our beloved colleague and friend. The department has also set up a facebook page as a space to share thoughts and memories, photos of Jim, and messages for his family, friends and students.

2/17-2/20/11

FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival holds its seventh annual international film festival at The Top Secret Space and the Hippodrome State Theatre in downtown Gainesville. For more information, see the FLEX WWW site.

2/19/11

James Haskins: Author, Teacher & Social Activist Exhibit Reception. The Smathers Libraries and Center for African American Studies celebrate Black History Month and the works of Jim Haskins with an exhibit in Smathers Library, second floor gallery,
from February 4–25. The Reception will include honored guests Kathy Benson Haskins, Dr. Irma McClaurin, President of Shaw University and colleague of Jim Haskins, and Stephanie Evans, Director of African American Studies at UF. 2:00–3:30 PM. Smathers Library, Room 1A.

2/24/11

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Anastasia Kozak and Bredt Bredthauer will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

2/26/11

“Shelf Images: A Sometimes Hilarious, Sometimes Horrifying, Always Edifying History of Girls Through Young Adult Book Covers,” a lecture by New York Times critic, blogger, and author Lizzie Skurnick, presented by The Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. A roundtable discussion with professors Kenneth Kidd, Stephanie Smith, Anja Ulanowitz, and Skurnick on “The State of the Art of Children’s and YA Literatures” begins at 1 PM, followed by a brief reception. Ms. Skurnick’s keynote speech begins at 3 PM. Smathers Library East, Room 1A.

2/28/11

MEMS Stammtisch Talk Series. UF alumnus Mead Bowen will present “Two Sides Lying at Odds: Cai and Kay in Arthurian legend.” Mead graduated from UF cum laude in December 2010 with a dual degree in journalism and English and with minors in anthropology and medieval studies. His areas of interest include cross-cultural analyses of Arthurian legend, medieval representations of Under-/Otherworlds and the human body, anthropological approaches to literature, and the crossroads of mythology and medieval literature. 2 PM. 210 Pugh Hall.

3/14/11

MEMS Stammtisch Talk Series. UF graduating senior Emerson Storm Fillman Richards will present “Arthur in January, Guinevere in May: Manifestations of French Arthurian Literatures of the Fourteenth Century in Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Tale.” Emerson double-majored with honors in English and Medieval and Early Modern Studies, with a minor in geography. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, her academic interests include modern and medieval dystopian literature, French and German literature, patterns of diffusion (and what can be discerned about culture from diffusion), Arthurian literature, and creative writing. 2 PM. 302 Pugh Hall.

3/17-3/18/11

The 10th Annual American Studies Symposium: “The Cultures of Empire.” This event will bring together scholars in Asian-American Studies, Sociology, Law, literature, and Cultural Studies for a two-day symposium that focuses on the technologies of U.S. colonialism, the cultures created through colonialism, culture as a means of ruling, and forms of resistance to colonialism. The conference will emphasize different sites of U.S. empire: the Philippines, Hawai’i, and Puerto Rico. The speakers will be Victor Bascara, Juan Flores, and J. Kehaulani Kauanui. All talks in Dauer 215. (Click on image for full details, including to view a full-size version of the poster)

  • Thursday, March 17, 4 PM. Juan Flores (Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis; Director, Latino Studies, NYU), “Subversive Diaspora: The Force of Cultural Remittances.”
  • Friday, March 18, 10 AM. J. Ke-haulani Kauanui (Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University), “The Excuses of Empire: Apologist Politics and Imperial Resentment in Hawai'i.”
  • Friday, March 18, 1:30 PM. Victor Bascara (Associate Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, UCLA), “New Empire, Same Old University?: Instituting Neoliberal Education in the American Tropics.”
10th Annual American Studies Symposium "The Cultures of Empire"
3/17/11

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Rachel McGahey and Zacc Coker-Dukowitz will read from their fiction and poetry.

3/25/11

A Poetry Reading by Caki Wilkinson. Poet Caki Wilkinson, author of the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize-winning collection Circles Where the Head Should Be(University of North Texas Press, 2011), will read from her work. Ssponsored by the MFA@FLA Program in Creative Writing, The Department of English at the University of Florida, and Volta Coffee. Caki Wilkinson is the creative writing programs manager of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. The winner of Poetry Magazine's 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, as well as first prize in poetry in The Atlantic’s2007 Student Writing Contest, her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Yale Review, and other distinguished journals. She holds a BA from Rhodes College, an MFA in The Writing Seminars from The Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

3/31-4/2/11

“Nature of the Contradiction,” The Thirteenth Annual Marxist Reading Group Conference. John Bellamy Foster (Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon, Editor of Monthly Review) will give the keynote address. For full details, visit the conference website.

3/31/11

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Aaron Thier and Dave Fishman will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

4/1–4/2/11

COINTELPRO 101: Symposium & Film Screening. Featuring speakers Ward Churchill, Claude Marks, Harold Taylor, and Laura Whitehorn.

  • Friday, April 1, 9:30 AM. UF Social Justice Roundtable with Claude Marks, Laura Whitehorn, Harold Taylor, and Ward Churchill. Dauer 215.
  • Friday, April 1, 12 PM. Brown Bag Screening of Cointelpro 101. Civic Media Center, 433 South Main Street, Gainesville.
  • Friday, April 1, 1:30 PM. Claude Marks. Civic Media Center, 433 South Main Street, Gainesville.
  • Friday, April 1, 2:15 PM: Harold Taylor. Civic Media Center, 433 South Main Street, Gainesville.
  • Friday, April 1, 3 PM: Laura Whitehorn. Civic Media Center, 433 South Main Street, Gainesville.
  • Friday, April 1, 4:15 PM: Ward Churchill. Civic Media Center, 433 South Main Street, Gainesville.
  • Saturday, April 2, 12 PM. Screening of Cointelpro 101 and Speaker Panel. Alachua County Downtown Library Headquarters, 401 East University Avenue, Gainesville.
 
4/14/11

Digital Assembly Lecture Series: E-Crit: Art, Theory, and Critical Praxis in New Media Studies. Marcel O’Gorman will present “Digital Art, Terror Management, and Applied Media Theory.” O’Gorman is Director of the Critical Media Lab at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he also teaches studio-style courses such as “Rhetoric of Image and Text,” “Necromedia,” and “Cyberbodies. ” O’Gorman has published widely in the fields of media theory and criticism. His written work is reflected in his art projects, which often seek to materialize specific critical theories about the impact of technology on the human condition. O’Gorman’s art draws primarily on sensor-based computing, video, and the creation of sculptural environments designed to challenge the disembodiment of conventional screen-based media. He was the first director of the Electronic Critique Program at the University of Detroit, across the river from his Canadian hometown of Windsor, Ontario. The U.S./Canada border has had a deep influence on O’Gorman’s work, which challenges the borders of art and critique, theory and practice, mind and body, and even circuits and dirt. 5–7 PM. Pugh Hall, Room 210.

4/14/11

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students John Westbrook and Harry Leeds will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

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Fall 2010

8/28/10

Jane Austen Society of North America. Judith Page will speak about Austen’s Northanger Abbey. 12 PM. Alachua County Library, Tower Road Branch. For more information, contact Dr. Muriel Kay Heimer.

9/15/10

The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research Opening Program. Betty Smocovitis (UF Professor of Biology and History) will speak on “Celebrating Darwin? Reflections on Darwin and Gender after 2009.” 3:30–5 PM. Ustler Hall Atrium.

9/23/10

EGO Teaching Workshop. Melissa Mellon, Jordan Dominy, and Rachel Slivon will discuss general teaching strategies applying to American Literature, British Literature, and Film classes. Topics may include building syllabi, choosing a reading list, creating assignments, generating class discussion, and pedagogical practices. All years and levels of experience welcome. 4:30–5:30 PM. 210 Pugh Hall.

9/23/10

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Elizabeth Bevilacqua and Sarah Trudgeon will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

9/29/10

“The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Women’s Liberation Movement,” a lecture by Winifred Breines (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Northeastern University). Sponsored by The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. 4:30 PM. Ustler Hall Atrium.

10/7/10

“Collecting Body Parts in Leonardo’s Cave: Vasari’s Lives of the Artists and the Erotics of Obscene Connoisseurship,” a lecture by Harry Berger, Jr. (Professor Emeritus of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz). His numerous books include Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief (Fordham, 2006), Situated Utterances (Fordham, 2005), The Villain’s Discourse in Shakespeare (Stanford, 2000), Fictions of the Pose: Rembrandt Against the Italian Renaissance (Stanford, 1999), and Imaginary Audition: Shakespeare on Stage and Page (California, 1989). Berger's essay “Supposing Rembrandt’s The Night Watch” is available online. Please contact Richard Burt for further information. 4 PM. Dauer 215.

10/7/10

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Sabrina Jaszi and Rebecca Baumann will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

10/8/10

“Feminist Scholarship Now,” an interdisciplinary panel discussion presented by The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.  Participants include H. Jane Brockmann (Biology), Pamela Gilbert, Danaya Wright (Law), Faye Harrison (Anthropology and African American Studies), and Louise Newman (History).  Noon. Ustler Hall Atrium.

10/21-10/22/10

2010 EGO conference “From Here to There and Back Again: Allusion, Adaptation and Appropriation.” All panels held in Smathers Library East, Room 1A. Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire), author of Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture (2002), will give the keynote address, “Shakespearean Rhizomatics,” Thursday, 10/21. 6 PM. Smathers Library East, Room 1A. For conference details, visit the conference website.

10/21/10

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Amy Dyer and special guest Alexandra Teague will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

11/4/10

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Carrie Guss and Andrew Donovan will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

11/5–11/6/10

2010 Florida Writers Festival, Presented by MFA@FLA. Sponsored by Dorothy and Terry Smiljanich, Storm Richards and Jeanne Fillman-Richards, the Alachua County Library District, the Friends of the George A. Smathers Library, Volta Coffee, The Wine and Cheese Gallery, and the MFA@FLA Class of 2011. (Click on image for full details, including to view a full-size version of the poster)

  • Friday, November 5th, 8 PM, Smathers Library East, Room 1A. Readings by Henri Cole and James Lasdun.
  • Saturday, November 6th, 1–3 PM, Alachua County Public Library, 401 E. University Avenue. Informal talks by Henri Cole, James Lasdun, and Wells Tower.
  • Saturday, November 6th, 8 PM, Smathers Library East, Room 1A. Reading by Wells Tower.
2010 Florida Writers' Festival
11/5-11/7/10

2010 GFSG conference “Film & Philosophy: How Films Think.” Keynote speakers are Mary Ann Doane (George Hazard Crooker Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University) and D.N. Rodowick (Professor and Chair, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies; Director of Graduate Studies for Film and Visual Studies; and Interim Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts; Harvard University). Details TBA. Pugh 210.

11/18/10

MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Rebecca Evanhoe and Hai-Dang Phan will read from their fiction and poetry. 8 PM. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.

12/9/10

Video Virus. A Public Screening of New Work From the Fall 2010 Video Production Program, presented by Film and Media Studies and Risk Cinema at the Harn Museum of Art. Video students in Film and Media Studies work through electronic images to engage current issues in politics, desire and representation. Video is generated through cultural theory and the visual arts, as a form of research into what remains unthought and unrepresentable in media and culture. For further information, call Scott Nygren at 392-6650, x247. 7–10:30 PM. Harn Museum of Art Auditorium.

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