Calendar of Events

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

Spring 2014


The Jane Austen Society of North America will hold its first meeting of 2014 on Sunday from 2–4 p.m. at the Tower Road Branch Library in Gainesville. The program will feature Dr. Judith W. Page, whose talk is entitled, “Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen and the Romantic Landscape.” The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be available.


Jane Landers, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, Vanderbilt University will present from her current project, a biography of Francisco Menendez and on the digital humanities project she directs, “Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies” (ESSSS). Her talk is titled “Recovering Afro-Hispanic Lives from Spanish Colonial Records ... and Making Them Available Digitally.” Professor Landers will address the rich documentary records available for persons of African descent in Spanish colonial archives, including those in Florida, and describes how unearthing one African man’s fascinating life led to archaeological projects, publications, museum exhibits and, finally, a digital archive of similar records collected in Florida, Cuba, Brazil and Colombia.

This event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Smathers Library Room 1A, and it is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the African-American Studies Program, the History Department, the George A. Smathers Libraries, and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. For more information, download the event poster.


MarketWise: The On-Campus Visit. Wesley Beal (PhD 2010), Assistant Professor of English, Lyon College; and Kirsten Ortega (PhD 2006), Assistant Professor of English, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs will present at 2:30 p.m. in Pugh 210. Beal and Ortega will discuss their experiences of on campus interviewing as job candidates, and Ortega will also address her experiences on search committees. Please rsvp to Leah Rosenberg.


The Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts (IPSA) will hold its second annual symposium. Guest speakers are Vera Camden, Professor of English at Kent State University, and Robert A. Paul, Candler Professor of Anthropology at Emory University, where he was for 10 years Dean of Emory College. Professor Camden is also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, and Professor Paul is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute.

The Friday, February 7 evening event will be held in Pugh Hall 120, from 8–10 PM. Professor Camden will present a paper, “A Narrative of Her Own: The Autographics of Allison Bechdel,” and Professor Paul will speak on “The Knight in Shining Armor and the Pure Fool: The Construction of Innocence in Lohengrin and Parsifal.”

On Saturday, February 8, the Symposium will reconvene in Pugh Hall 210 for two panel events. From 9 AM to noon, Professors Camden and Paul will preside over an interdisciplinary symposium on “Selfhood and Succession,” based on their working texts previously circulated to the Department of English. (Contact Professors Peter Rudnytsky or Terry Harpold for copies.) From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., three UF PhD candidates in English will present papers in a session attended by the Symposium guest speakers: Melissa Molloy (“Female Desire, Maternity, and Heterosexual Aesthetics”), Matthew Snyder (“Shame and Chivalric Law: Gawain’s Speech to the Court in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”), and Sandy Weems (“Prison Time: John Bunyan and the Temporal Limits of Grace Abounding”).

All events during the symposium are free and open to the public. For more information about the Symposium, contact Professors Rudnytsky or Harpold.

The 2014 IPSA Symposium is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts, the Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar Chair (Department of English), and the Department of English, University of Florida.


Anikó Imre will give a talk entitled “Big Fat European Weddings: Economic Crisis, Nationalism, and Reality TV” from 4–5:30 p.m. in Pugh Hall room 120.

Imre is Associate Professor of Critical Studies in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is the author of Identity Games: Globalization and the Transformation of Media Cultures in the New Europe (MIT Press, 2009), editor of East European Cinemas (Routledge, 2005), and co-editor of Transnational Feminism in Film and Media (Palgrave, 2007) and Popular Television in Eastern and Southern Europe (Routledge, 2012).

The current global economic crisis has deepened defensive right-wing nationalisms across Europe. Reality television has forced into articulation the changing ethno-racial and gendered parameters of post-Cold War nationalisms. Reality formats provide the most raw and unabashed outlet for racist and sexist views, precisely because they are not deemed worthy of critical and political attention. Devoid of the self-censorship of state-controlled political and media venues, they hold up a mirror to post-Cold War Europe that shows the persistence of an archaic imperialism and racism, which belies the European Union’s paternalistic rhetoric about unity in diversity. Programs such as the popular Channel Four/TLC reality program My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (2011– ) reveal a synergy between the political management of the European debt crisis and its symbolic management in popular culture. My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and other recent European reality shows about the ethnic poor and racialized immigrants have unleashed at times explosive public discussions in which sinking cultural quality and the feminization and racialization of national cultures are tied together within a narrative of a deepening economic, political and cultural crisis.

The event is organized 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 additional support from the Center of European Studies (CES).


Caren Irr will give a talk entitled “Ideology on the Surface: 21st-century Geo-economic Fiction” in Pugh Hall 210 at 4 p.m. Professor Irr teaches in the Department of English at Brandeis University, and her talk grows out of recently published book, Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S Fiction in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia, 2013). Professor Irr is also the author of The Suburb of Dissent: Cultural Politics in the United States and Canada during the 1930s (Duke, 1998), Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright (Iowa, 2010); and the editor of the collections, Rethinking the Frankfurt School: Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique (2002), and On Jameson: From Postmodernsim to Globalization (SUNY, 2005). Dr. Irr was also one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural UF American Cultures Symposium held in 2002.


The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research will hold “Feminist Publics, Current Engagements: Gender | Culture | Society Forty Years Later.” This conference will be held as part of the center's Feminist Legacies series, organized by Florence E. Babb.


FLEXfest, the annual Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, will hold its tenth annual international film festival in downtown Gainesville. For more information, see the FLEX WWW site.


Victor Chang will give a public reading of his short stories at 4 p.m. in the new Judaica Suite of Library East (enter through Special Collections, 2nd floor of Library East).

Victor Chang taught in the Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies for 32 years before retiring in 2010, where he continues to serve as chief editor of the Journal of West Indian Literatur. He has contributed to groundbreaking work on the Chinese in Caribbean, editing a special issue of Caribbean Quarterly.

This event is open to the public and sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, the George A. Smathers Libraries, and the Department of English.


Alan Rauch, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will present “The Culture of Dolphins & the Dolphins of Culture“ from 7–9 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Rauch is the author of Dolphin (Reaktion Books, 2014).

Dolphins are remarkable creatures by any definition. We love them for their beauty, their intelligence, and their obvious perception that we, too, can be interesting. Dolphins fascinate us because of they are both familiar and strange. But it is difficult for us to comprehend the real lives of these engaging and highly social beings, who live in an aquatic environment that is unforgiving to us. And thus, part of our captivation with dolphins is not because they are like us, or because they seem to enjoy our company (some may, but most are indifferent at best); rather, it is because they are fundamentally unlike us.

In this presentation, Rauch will explore dolphin biology, behavior, anatomy, as well as dolphin “culture,” and the human cultures in which they play important roles.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English, HHMI-UF Science for Life, and the Florida Museum of Natural History, which is located at 3215 Hull Road.


Alan Rauch, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will present “The Cradles of Nineteenth Century Science: Women Writers, Curious Children, and the Dissemination of Knowledge” from 5–7 p.m. at Smathers Library 1A (Library East).

In 1913, the 63rd edition of Mrs. R. Ward’s Child’s Guide to Knowledge was published in London. The book’s remarkable run of 90 years makes it among the most successful popularizations of knowledge in the 19th century. The author, Fanny Umphelby (1788–1852), who was responsible for the content and its catechetical format, followed the example (and the longevity) of Richmal Mangnall’s (1769–1820) similar Historical and Miscellaneous Questions for the Use of Young People (1798), which was itself reprinted in 1908. These engaging books are part of a vast and widely read “juvenile library” by women authors, almost all of whom are now forgotten.

Rauch will discuss the significance of these kinds of texts in the century that is at the heart of the modern scientific and industrial age. We can begin to reassemble this matrix of forgotten women writers, so as to understand them as workers in a field whose importance and reach they well understood. As scholars, we now have the tools to collaborate in a manner that will render “science writing for children” a more coherent and rigorous field of study. There is no question that canonical science in the early nineteenth century was shaped within social and discursive patterns of women’s writing. And that must be a project for all of us.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature.


MarketWise: Alternative Academic Careers: Online Instructional Design. Sarah Bleakney (UF 2012), Instructional Designer at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida; and Jill Pruett, (PhD 2007), Lecturer, Online Degree Program, University of Massachusetts-Lowell will discuss their positions in instructional design at 2:30 p.m. in Library West room 212. Graduate students in all humanities departments are invited to this event. Please rsvp to Leah Rosenberg.


The Digital Assembly 2014 Symposium, “Systm 3rr0r: Ruptures in Digital Media,” will be held Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. in Pugh Hall 210. The symposium will feature presentations by

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The Sixteenth Annual Conference of The Marxist Reading Groupwill feature keynote speeches by Kim Stanley Robinson, Fredric Jameson, and Nicholas Brown. For more information, visit the MRG’ website.


Uta Larkey will give a talk entitled “Trauma, Testimony and History: Life in Jewish DP Camps (1946-50)” at 4 p.m. in Pugh Hall 120. This event is free and open to the public. Larkey's talk is made possible by the Norman and Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies, German Studies of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the generosity of the Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Arlyn S. and Stephen H. Cypen.


The Graduate Comics Organization will hold the 11th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “Traumics: Comics Narratives of Trauma.” The conference will be organized by the Graduate Comics Organization and curated by Image/Text.


Sidney Homan directs graduate student and undergraduate actors in a performance of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildensetern Are Dead at 7:30 p.m. in Ustler Hall (The Center for Women’s Studies). The performance is free.


MarketWise: Getting a Head Start on the Job Market, 2014-2015 will help graduate students who are considering going on the job market next year as well as students earlier in their careers. It will provide an introduction to preparing job materials as well as an overview of the search process. The event will be held from 3–4:15 in TUR 2306.


Fall 2013


FLEX presents Jim Finn’s INTERKOSMOS at 8 p.m. at Wooly, 20 N. Main St.


Dr. Stephanie Smith will give a talk on her WARPAINT trilogy at the Library West café across from the Starbucks from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be a book signing, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit and


Dr. Stephanie Smith will give a talk to the GNW Writer’s Allieance on her WARPAINT trilogy at the Millhopper Branch Library at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit and


Novelist Robert Antoni will read from his new novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys (Akashic, 2013) at 7:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Headquarters branch of the Alachua County Public Library. This event is sponsored by the Alachua Public Library and co-sponsored by the Department of English.

Robert Antoni is the author of the landmark novel Divina Trace (1992), for which he received a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and an NEA grant. His other books include Blessed Is the Fruit (1997), My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales (2000), and Carnival (2005). He was a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow (for his work on As Flies to Whatless Boys), and recently received the NALIS Lifetime Literary Award from the Trinidad & Tobago National Library. He now lives in Manhattan and teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School University.


An opening reception and program for the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research will begin at 3:30 p.m. Department of Biology Professor Marta Wayne will give a lecture “Health Disparities & Society: A New Initiative in CWSGR.”


Andrew Klevan of St. Anne's College, Oxford, will give a talk about Barbara Stanwyck at 4 p.m. He will give a colloquium the next day at 1 p.m.


MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Oliver Lee and Elaina Mercatoris will read. 8 p.m. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.


Latino Film Festival at the Harn Museum of Art. For more information, please visit the film festival's website or download the schedule.


MFA@FLA alum Rhonda Riley will read from her recently published first novel, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, at the Alachua County Library District Headquarters, 401 East University Ave., Gainesville, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit


Dr. Stephanie Smith will give a talk on her WARPAINT trilogy at the downtown Alachua County Library HQ at 6 p.m. There will be a book signing. For more information, visit and


Professor Lissa Paul (Brock University) will deliver a lecture, “The Game of Clue: Or Mrs. Fenwick (1766-1840), in the Library with a ...,” addressing the intriguing life of British author, Eliza Fenwick, whose works include Secresy; or The Ruin on the Rock as well as several children’s books and an extensive letter collection featuring Charles and Mary Lamb, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Paul’s talk will explore the life of Fenwick, including the chase for the plot of her story, likening it to a murder mystery and the game of Clue. Ms. Fenwick can be situated within three-degrees of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The narrative arc of Eliza Fenwick’s life reads as an adventure-romance as well as a mystery story. For her talk, Dr. Paul will focus on Fenwick’s life in Barbados as an abolitionist slave-holder.

Professor Paul is an expert on the writings and life of Eliza Fenwick as well as children’s literature. Her previous published works include, Reading Otherways and The Children’s Book Business, and as co-editor of the Lion and the Unicorn. She is currently working on a biography of Fenwick tentatively entitled, “Eliza Fenwick: An Eighteenth Century Life for the Twenty-First Century.” Fenwick was part of an extraordinary group of women writing for children and adults, including Mary Wollstonecraft, in the radical London of the late Enlightenment.

The lecture will be held in Smathers Library (East), Room 1A from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Paul’s lecture is part of Baldwin Library Speaker Series 2013 and is co-Sponsored by the Department of English.


The first MarketWise event for current job seekers, "Workshop on CVs and Job Letters," will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the English seminar room, 4112 Turlington. Everyone who is on the market this year is encouraged to participate; job deadlines will be starting October 1. Materials for this event need to be submitted by September 15 to Leah Rosenberg and Marsha Bryant. Contact Leah Rosenberg ( for more information.


MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Victor Florence and Nini Berndt will read. 8 p.m. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.


Dr. Stephanie Smith will give a book talk and signing at the Tower Road Library at 2 p.m. For more information, visit and


The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and the Levin College of Law will hold a symposium, “American Reproductive Rights: 1973–2013”.

With thanks to the Center for Children and Families and the School of Art and Art History for their support and co-sponsorship. This symposium was organized by Judith W. Page, Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, and Danaya Wright, Professor of Law.


Video Installation by Naomi Fisher, University Gallery. For more information on the installation, download a description.


FLEX presents Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me at 8 p.m. at Wooly, 20 N. Main St.


MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Patrick May and Gentris Jointe will read. 8 p.m. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.


Dr. Hui-shu Lee (UCLA), “Picturing West Lake,” Harn Eminent Scholar in Art History lecture on Southern Song painting (12-13c) in Huangzhou, China, 6 p.m., Harn Museum auditorium. For more information, view the event poster.


Dr. Carol Singley will give a guest lecture, “Why Genealogy Matters?: Childhood, Kinship, and American National Identity,” from 5–7 p.m. at Smathers Library (East), Room 1A.

Singley will discuss how genealogy has been essential to the construction of U.S. national identity since the nation’s inception. Famous “self-made” men like Benjamin Franklin, for example, considered the extent to which genealogy restricted one’s chances for success; indeed, Franklin continues to be cited as an example of why genealogy should not matter, and why constructed kinship relations should trump biological ones. Singley writes about the importance of childhood, kinship, and national identity when thinking about genealogy. In her book, Adopting America, she provides close readings of work by Franklin, Cotton Mather, Harriet Wilson, Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, and others in order to demonstrate how the adoption trope in nineteenth-century American literature challenged traditional family structures and early conceptions of U.S. national identity. In this talk, Singley expands upon her earlier work in order to explain why genealogy continues to matter today. She includes examples from American books published for children and adults in order to make her case.

Singley is a Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden, and she also teaches in the Department of Childhood Studies. She directs the graduate English program and co-directs the American Studies program. She co-founded and currently serves on the executive board of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture, a group of interdisciplinary scholars interested in representations of adoption and issues of personal and social identity and family construction. Singley’s interests include childhood studies, adoption studies, women’s writing (especially Edith Wharton), nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, and feminist theory.

The event will be co-sponsored by the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, The Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, and the Department of English. Light refreshments will be served.


David Leavitt will read from his new novel, The Two Hotel Francforts, at the Alachua County Public Library.


2013 Florida Writers Festival, Presented by MFA@FLA. Readings and craft talks by Patricia Lockwood, Ramona Ausubel, Claudia Rankine, Maggie Shipstead, and Bob Hicok. For more information, see the event poster and postcard.

*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.


A Marketwise event on teaching philosophies and teaching portfolios will be held at 2:30 p.m. in MUB 146. Samantha Banal, Sarah Traphagen, and Terry Harpold will lead the discussion.


13th annual English Graduate Organization conference “Wish You Were Here: Positions, Interactions, and Environments.” The keynote speaker will be Mathias Nilges (St. Francis Xavier University). For more information, see the full conference schedule and the conference CFP.


Dr. Stephanie Smith will give a book talk and signing at the Alachua Library at 5 p.m. For more information, visit and


MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Ashley Keyser and Glen Lindquist will read. 8 p.m. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.


A Marketwise event on interviews and experience will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Pugh 210. In this session, Stephanie Boluk (UF Phd 2011), Assistant Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the Pratt Institute, will discuss her experience on job market (with an emphasis on interviews) and in the positions she has held. This will be followed by Laurie Gries who will speak on how to prepare for academic interviews.

11/4/13 and 11/6/13

Japanese Film Mini-Series, two films by Imamura Yohei, 8 p.m., Reitz Union Auditorium. These events are co-sponsored by Film and Media Studies. For more information, download the event description.


FLEX presents A Band Called Death at 8 p.m. at Wooly, 20 N. Main St.


MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA students Alex Pickett and Tara Tatum will read. 8 p.m. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.


Elizabeth Wheeler, author of the young adult novel Asher’s Fault (2013) and University of Florida alum, will give a talk at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Headquarters Library in downtown Gainesville.

Wheeler’s novel tells the story of 14-year-old Asher Price, a Floridian teen who finds refuge behind the lens of a vintage Minolta camera as he comes to terms with the divorce of his parents, death of his younger brother, and incipient feelings for a charismatic new boy in town. With thoughtfulness and realism, Wheeler envisions the complexities of family dynamics, guilt, suppressed sexuality, and a budding artistic perspective through the eyes of a teenage boy who prefers photographing the world in black and white instead of color. Kirkus Reviews calls Asher’s Fault a “book of subtlety” that captures how “treacherous it can be for an LGBTQ teen—or any teen—to achieve self-acceptance” and notes that in the hands of an LGBTQ young person struggling with identity, the book could make “a world of difference.”

Read the full review here. This talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, Alachua County Library District, and the UF Department of English.


Michael Patrick Hearn, a leading American scholar on children’s illustration and the Wizard of Oz will give a talk on from 6–7 p.m. in Smathers Library (East) Room 1A.

Hearn’s notable works include: The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, The Victorian Fairy Tale Book, Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children’s Book Illustration, and From Silver Age to Stalin: Russian Children’s Book Illustration.

The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, The Howe Society, and the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture are pleased to present this guest speaker, whose talk coincides with the opening of When Phantasie Takes Flight: the Art & Imagination of Arthur Rackham—an exhibition of the work of Arthur Rackham, leading illustrator during the Golden Age of Children’s Illustration (1890-1914). On display from November 12 through December 13 in the Smathers Library Gallery, this exhibit features more than 16 limited and signed editions by Arthur Rackham, including The Peter Pan Portfolio, which contains illustrations not published in the original Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Accompanying Rackham’s work are items by other famed illustrators such as Walter Crane, Aubrey Beardsley, Willy Pogány, Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth, from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature and the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection.


MFA@FLA Fiction & Poetry Reading. MFA student Erin Jones will read from her work, and recent fiction grad Emma Smith-Stevens will be a special guest reader. 8 p.m. Volta Coffee, 48 SW 2nd Street.