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“The Humanities Lecture Series provides us with opportunities to analyze, discuss, and interpret current research and events. We look forward to public discussions that help us understand and appreciate various points of view on political, social, and cultural issues.”
Frederick C. Corey
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
Faculty Head, Classics and Middle Eastern Studies; Associate Professor, Arabic Literature and Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies, ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures;
Founding Chair, ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies
Many Muslim scholars have argued that it is not the religion but culture and patriarchal interpretation and implementation of the Qur’an that have kept women oppressed in most Muslim societies. In light of what is seen by these scholars as Qur’anic evidence in favor of women, it is quite ironic that gender reforms in many Muslim societies have been adamantly resisted. This presentation will discuss these challenges as a contribution to understanding the issue of women, Islam, and feminism.
Lecturer, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
The movie "Crazy Rich Asians" was a celebration of Asian representation, or was it? A critical textual analysis of the film and English-language media reports on the movie will be used to unpack visual and discursive constructions of the notion of “Asian representation" and to articulate the workings of geopolitical yellowface logics for complicating our understanding of Asian identities in transnational power relations.
Lecturer, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Museums, fridge magnets, movies, quirky celebrations or somber commemorations? Thirty years after the fall of Communism, Romanians are still trying to figure out what is the “right” way to remember it.
Camille Sledge, William Sledge, and James Heiskell
Musicians and teachers, School of Hip Hop, Phoenix
Enjoy an interactive session using an exercise called "Sardines & Pork and Beans" to explore how grassroots culture and arts nonprofits can sustain growth and engage the community through five elements of Hip Hop culture.
Stephanie L. Downie, Lecturer in English, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
In a culture torn between celebrating the transgender community and trying to erase its very existence, your choices as a parent of a child who comes out seem straightforward: you either accept and support, or you don’t. But even for those of us who unhesitatingly choose love, we may find ourselves ill prepared to make the transition from parenting the child we knew to the one who needs us now--especially when guilt resulting from a sense of loss leaves you feeling like a bad parent.
Details are subject to change
Michael Pfister, writing instructor, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts; Matty Steinkamp and Pita Juarez, documentary filmmakers
What does it mean to live in somebody else's shoes? When we meet someone new, how do we encounter them as individuals and really listen to them, rather than mapping all of our background, preconceptions, and identity on them? When we see interesting stories in the world that aren't being told, how might we respectfully share them? Arizona documentary filmmakers Matty Steinkamp and Pita Juarez, and ASU writing instructor Michael Pfister lead a discussion meant to get you thinking about these questions, as well as about your own identity and story. Steinkamp and Juarez will share clips from their soon-to-be-released documentary "You Racist, Sexist, Bigot." A panel of individuals who were featured in or consulted on the film, including musician Camille Sledge and ASU School of Social Transformation faulty associate Angeles Maldanado, and ASU journalism student Carmen Marquez from Radio Camposina, will enrich the conversation.
Lecturer in Communication, Faculty of Languages and Cultures
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
While queer marriage isn’t legal in mainland China, more gays and lesbians are coming out, creating a just-beginning-to-be-addressed economic force. Taobao (China’s e-commerce platform akin to Amazon in the United States), for example, recently sponsored a wedding competition in which gay and lesbian Chinese couples vied to win 10 all-expense paid trips to marry in Los Angeles and, essentially, a marriage certificate from a foreign country.
Join ASU faculty member Terrie Wong as she uses the Taobao "Rainbow Love" contest to discuss her research on the growing pink market in China and how corporations are joining with LGBTQ NGOs to market to China’s gays and lesbians. This lecture is based on Wong's co-authored article "More Coming Out, Bigger Market”: Queer Visibility and Queer Subjectivity in the Chinese Pink Market," which is currently under review.
Anthropologist, Cultural Geographer, Encyclopedist, Artist-in-Desert, and Lecturer, Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Stephen Davis, anthropologist, cultural geographer and encyclopedist shares his expertise in an engaging presentation drawing on Biblical texts and the cultural and chemical history of beer and spirits.
with Eduardo Caro Melendez, Course Coordinator, Languages and Cultures, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
with Paola Boivin, Professor of Practice, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Elizabeth A. Castillo, Assistant Professor, Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Film viewing and discussion with Venita Blackburn, MFA; ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
James Baldwin became the voice of a people and, in many ways, a nation, eloquently articulating realities that went otherwise misunderstood. Dominant cultures will often distort the stories of others, romanticizing horrors or erasing them completely from history, vilifying heroes and sanctifying villains. The documentary "The Price of the Ticket" is the narrative of Baldwin's life as a person but also as an author and spokesperson for the twentieth-century African American experience as he lived it from within, closing the gap between cultures while making room for understanding.
Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared in American Short Fiction, the Georgia Review, Pleiades, Madison Review, Bat City Review, Nashville Review, Smoke Long Quarterly, Café Irreal, Santa Monica Review, and elsewhere. Blackburn was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2014 and three Pushcart Prize nominations. In 2016 she won the Prairie Schooner book prize in fiction, which will result in the publication of her collected stories, “Black Jesus and Other Superheroes,” in 2017. Her hometown is Compton, Calif., and she now teaches writing courses at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus as an instructor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Blackburn earned her MFA from ASU and is finishing a new novel, “Guts.”
A lecture and discussion with Mike Tueller, PhD; ASU School of International Letters and Cultures
Professor Mike Tueller outlines the characteristics of the ancient Greek genre of epigram, tiny literary compositions that tried to make a big impact in just a few lines. Using epigram as a model, he discusses ways that we might understand Twitter, a medium whose brevity is not just a limitation, but a productive source of innovative expression as well.
Mike Tueller earned a bachelor’s from Harvard University and, after a brief stint in the U.S. Navy, completed Harvard's doctoral program in classical philology. On the ASU faculty since 2008, Tueller teaches courses in ancient Greek language and literature. His reseach is primarily in the Hellenistic period, the time after Alexander the Great but before Augustus, when Greek language and culture spread broadly across the Mediterranean. At that time, the Greek people had to deal with their own disconnect (in space and time) from their heritage, and with their constant contact with very different peoples. In response, their literature became erudite, allusive, and, strangely, both nostalgic and cosmopolitan (sometimes at once). Tueller is working on a revision of the Greek Anthology (the primary source for Hellenistic epigram) for the Loeb Classical Library.
A lecture and discussion with Cindy Dick, MS; ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Sports cards have a long history in the United States but few people associate them with female athletes, and even fewer know that women have been covered on trading cards as far back as the mid-1850’s. Cindy Dick will share the international collection of more than 1,100 original cards that she has acquired over the past 23 years. The collection, which includes cards from the 1850s to 1972, tells an important story of women’s sports history, the athletes’ challenges and accomplishments, and about society in the times in which they competed.
Dick earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from James Madison University, where she wrote a thesis on newspaper coverage of men’s and women’s sports. Her athletic career spans 15 years at three different colleges and universities, including six years working in intercollegiate athletics at ASU. She has been a board member of the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association and currently participates in ASU’s IHR (Institute for Humanities Research) Gender in Sports group.
Associate Professor, ASU’s School of Social Transformation
Wednesday, Sept. 14
The talk will look at the migration of Black musicians to Minneapolis (and St. Paul) in the years after the Second World War. More than just a history, this talk seeks to demonstrate how Black musicians brought a number of sonic forces (sounds) with them from different parts of the county to create a unique musical style that the next generation adopted, perfected, and popularized. That sound we identify with Prince was not solely his, but rather it was the product of push and pull factors that brought Black people from all over the South who were escaping southern Jim Crow and looking for a better life.
Lecturer Senior, ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Thursday, Oct. 6
Picasso described art as “an instrument of war.” Revealing the many possibilities of that statement, this presentation exposes artists’ depictions of war, the human condition, and allegiance—or resistance—to wartime causes. Highlighted are artists who have been soldiers or artists who have personally experienced the effects of war.
Nancy Liliana Godoy-Powell
Archivist and Librarian of ASU’s Chicano/a Research Collection
Thursday, Nov. 10
This presentation will highlight archival material from the ASU Chicano/a Research Collection. It will also focus on important events and policies in Arizona’s immigration history and how the Bracero Program (1940s-1950s), Hanigan Case (1976), Arizona Farm Worker Movement (1970s-1980’s), and SB 1070 (2010) affected the Mexican and Mexican American communities.