Calendar of Events

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

Fall 2012


Women, Work and Family in the 2012 Presidential Campaign, a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, UF, and The League of Women Voters of Alachua County. Panelists include Lynn Leverty (Political Science, UF); Shani King (Family Law, UF); the Honorable Nan Rich (D-Weston); and the Honorable Evelynn Lynn (R-Daytona). Former Mayor of Gainesville Pegeen Hanrahan will moderate. Contact organizer Trysh Travis with questions. 6:30 PM. Room 180 Levin College of Law, UF.


English Graduate Organization Conference. See the conference website for details.


2012 Florida Writers Festival, Presented by MFA@FLA. Readings and craft talks by Lauren Groff, Mary Gaitskill, Ben Lerner, Karen Solie, and Kevin Wilson.

*Ustler is located near the intersection of E. West Drive and Fletcher Drive, on UF's campus, near Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the campus infirmary. To reach Ustler, take University, then turn onto Buckman Drive. Parking can be found immediately on Buckman Drive, or you can take Buckman to Stadium, then turn right onto Fletcher and park in the small lot across from the infirmary.


Attention Training Workshop with Performance Studies Scholar and Artist Laura Cull. The attention-training practiced in this workshop will not be proposed as a way to get ‘out of this world’ or beyond the material world. Rather, we will be experimenting with practical strategies that might enable us to increase our participation in and attention to the real, material world. Noon. Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research (200 Ustler Hall). Contact Judith Page for more details.


The Legacy of Zora Neal Hurston: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Their Eyes Were Watching God, by the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and the George A. Smathers Libraries, is organized by Judith W. Page and Florence M. Turcotte. Participants: Jack E. Davis(History, UF); Paul Ortiz (Director, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and Department of History); Marilyn Thomas-Houston (Anthropology & African American, UF); and Debra Walker King. Florence E. Babb (Women’s Studies, UF) will moderate. Smathers Library and Ustler Hall.


Jerry Griswold presents “Beauties & Beasts @ Halloween” as the first installment of GrimmFest, an event series celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, co-sponsored by the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture and the Baldwin Library for Historical Children’s Literature. Stories and observations about: How fairy tales became gothic. Why scariness is fun. And how our monsters are not what they used to be. Jerry Griswold is a specialist in Children’s Literature and in American Literature and Culture. The author of seven books, he has published more than 200 essays in the national press (Nation, Paris Review, New Republic, et al.) and is a frequent contributor to the New York and the Los Angeles Times. The former Director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Griswold was a professor at San Diego State University, UCLA, UCSD, and the National University of Ireland in Galway. 7 PM. Smathers Library East, Room 1A.


MFA@FLA Alumni Reading. Readings by Halvor Aakhus, Flournoy Holland, and Sam Michel. 7:30 PM. Volta.

Halvor Aakhus, class of 2011. His Book of Knut comes out in Nov. 2012, with Jaded Ibis Press. Flournoy Holland, class of 1994. Her book Swim for the Little One First just came out in Sept. 2012, with Fiction Collective. Sam Michel, class of 1994. His book Strange Cowboy: Lincoln Dahl Turns Five will come out in Dec. 2012, with Tyrant Books.


Maria Tatar presents “Mythical and Magical: 200 Years of the Brothers Grimm” as the second installment of GrimmFest, an event series celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, co-sponsored by the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture and the Baldwin Library for Historical Children's Literature. Prof. Tatar will trace the evolution of fairy tales from the fireside to Kindle and reflect on the resurgence of fairy tales in new media today—Hollywood productions in particular. “Hansel and Gretel,” “Briar Rose,” and “Beauty and the Beast” will be used as examples to demonstrate the “enduring appeal” of fairy tales and how they depend on paradox and contradiction for their cultural power. Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures and Folklore & Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of the new bicentennial edition of The Annotated Brothers Grimm and edited The Fairies Return, both published in 2012. She has published many other books, including volumes on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, on childhood reading (Enchanted Hunters), and on Weimar Germany (Lustmord). 7 PM. Smathers Library East, Room 1A.


Hand-Eye Coordination, the video class production screening, sponsored by Film and Media Studies in the Department of English and the Harn Museum of Art, will be held at the Harn Museum auditorium. Contact Scott Nygren for further information. 7 PM.


Spring 2013


“MarketWise: A Survivors' Guide from UF PhDs in Academe.” Alumni from our PhD program, Sean Morey, Trish Ventura, and Jon Glover, will discuss their current faculty positions and offer advice on the job market. 4 PM. Room 150 Pugh Hall.


Graduate Film Studies Group Conference. Film & Philosophy: Corpus//Bodies. From its beginnings, the art of cinema has been inextricably intertwined with scientific studies of bodies, from Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies to current work in neurocinema. Bodies of film are both real and metaphorical: human and animal bodies being filmed, the body of a film itself (its assemblage), and bodies watching film. This conference will explore the ways that we can think philosophically about these different versions of film bodies, including if and where they might converge. In addition to presentations from over 30 international film scholars and filmmakers, the conference will feature keynote addresses by Kaja Silverman (University of Pennsylvania), Christiane Paul (The New School), and Eugenie Brinkema (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). To close the conference, filmmaker and artist Lynn Hershman (San Francisco Art Institute) will host a screening of her documentary, !Women Art Revolution (2010), to be followed by a Q&A. For the full conference schedule and location information, please visit Organized by the Graduate Film Studies Group. Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Rothman Endowment. Held in conjunction with FLEXfest, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival. All events are free and open to the public.


The 10th Annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. Jeffrey A. Brown, Leela Corman, Megan Kelso, and Trina Robbins will all be speaking at the event. This conference hopes to foster the scholarly exploration of intersections between women's writing in comics, women represented in comics, and the women who read them. To accommodate this goal, the conference will feature a mixture of formats: keynote lectures, workshops and Q & A sessions with guest artists, a round table discussion, and traditional academic conference presentations. Please see the conference website for further details. The conference will kick off at 3:00pm on Friday, March 15 with a meet-and-greet at Pugh Hall. Refreshments will be provided.


The Fifthteenth Annual Marxist Reading Group Conference. This year’s theme is “Rethinking Work,” and all of the presentations will aim to offer new insights into the prevalent but under-theorized concept of work. The program will include over fifty panelists from institutions across the United States, South America, and Great Britain. In addition, the conference will host a brownbag lunch discussion of the importance of collective interdisciplinary work, and four keynote speeches by the following distinguished scholars:

The full schedule of events and further information can be found at the MRG website and by contacting conference is sponsored by the Marston-Milbauer Professorship, the Department of English, and CLASSC. All events in the conference will be held on the University of Florida’s campus in Smathers Library (East), Room 1A.


“Telling Science Fiction in the 21st Century.” Science Fiction scholar and historian John Clute, author of several hundred articles, reviews, and book chapters on sf, and author or editor of more than twenty critical collections, reference works, and anthologies in the field (including the landmark Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, now in its third edition) will speak on the future of sf in a multilingual world. His lecture is co-sponsored by the UF Departments of English and History, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and the George A. Smathers Libraries. Smathers Library 1A (Library East), 7 PM. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Terry Harpold.


“Books With Wings,” a lecture by author/illustrator Peter Sís. April 2nd has been designated as International Children’s Book Day. Sís is one of the most innovative and distinguished artists at work in the field of children’s literature today. He is the winner last year of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal, and he is the first children’s book artist to receive a MacArthur “genius” award. These free and open to the public events are sponsored by the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the George A. Smathers Libraries and the Baldwin Collection of Historical Children’s Literature, The College of Education, P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School, the UF International Center, the Alachua County Library District and the Friends of the Library, the Lawrence W. Tyree Library at Santa Fe College, and St. Leo University. PK Yonge Performing Arts Center, 7 PM.