Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 5:00pm
MORE THAN WORDS: Translating culture in language Presented by: Irene d’Almeida, Professor, French & Italian  “To speak … means above all to assume a culture” the cultural and political critic Frantz Fanon said but in speaking, writing or translating a langue not our own, how do we assume the unfamiliar culture? Our language is so basic to our everyday lives that we rarely think about all the implications that the words we use might have.  However, when we speak a foreign language, we are likely to suddenly become more aware of these implications as we try to make our meaning clear. Are we really saying what we think we are saying?  This awareness becomes even more acute when we attempt to translate from one language to another... Read more
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 6:30pm
Presented by: Jerome Dotson, Instructor, Africana Studies Bacon has become an obsession in today’s society, but few realize the historical and cultural connotations of pork. Slaves in the Cotton South ate pork as a major part of their diet during the antebellum period; more than a ration, slave owners argued hog meat gave slaves a healthier appearance.  Yet, the consumption of fatty pork held different significance for masters and slaves. Discover the symbolic meanings that both slaves and Southern whites attached to swine eating in the antebellum era. 
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 5:00pm
Presented by: David Pietz, Associate Professor, East Asian Studies Droughts are common in Arizona but water problems affect unexpected regions around the world, including North China. Nature and culture have conspired to critically shape the waterscape of the North China Plain. This region is unique because local communities and the state in China have tried addressing this ecological challenge for centuries, often in remarkably creative and effective ways. The water problem has been compounded by the breakneck pace of economic and social change during the last several decades and has added a new layer to this problem.  Explore the contemporary challenges of water scarcity in China through the lens of history, seeking a... Read more
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
Presented by: Russian & Slavic Studies Department Love, sex, blood, guts, a disastrous horse race, and a hip mazurka – Anna Karenina is a book that has it all. See how directors from around the world have translated Anna from page to screen. That train notwithstanding, actresses from Greta Garbo to Keira Knightley show that nothing can keep a good (bad?) woman down. At this annual closing event of Humanities Week, the Russian & Slavic Studies Department celebrates the work of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy in readings and video clips that highlight key elements in the story of his famous heroine.  
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
A Closer Look Book Club meets for an hour-long conversation about Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. This book won the Premio Quinto Sol in 1972 and was made into a film in 2013. The story focuses on a young boy’s spiritual transformation amidst cultural and societal changes in the American Southwest during World War II. Anaya's work reflects the uniqueness of the Chicano experience in the context of modernization in New Mexico—an enchanted landscape that accommodates cultural, religious, moral, and epistemological contradictions.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 5:00pm
Sponsored by the UAMA exhibit Rome: Legacy of the Eternal City Join Poetry Center docents for a reading of poetry about and inspired by Rome and Roman art. This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum at the Poetry Center.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 7:00pm
Join us for a reading with Brenda Hillman, one of contemporary poetry’s most eclectic and formally innovative writers. Brenda Hillman is the author of nine collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. Among the awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:30am
Celebrate UA Homecoming with the College of Humanities! Join alumni, faculty and friends for a full day of events highlighting our distinguished East Asian Studies department. Drop in for one event or stay for all of the day’s festivities. 11:30 AM   HOMECOMING BBQ BASH Location: UA Mall, east of Old Main | Cost: $35 Enjoy food, music, and more while mingling with fellow Wildcats. Open to ALL UA friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Buy your tickets here.   1:30 PM  COLLEGIATE SHOWCASE   The Future of China’s Past: Looking into the Meaning of China’s Rise Location: Student Union Memorial Center, Kiva Room | FREE! What does China’s cultural renaissance bode for the future? Head of East Asian Studies Albert Welter discusses... Read more
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, translator, and performer with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry. Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, translator and performer with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium, volumes 1-3. His most recent big books are Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader and Barbaric Vast & Wild (Poems for the Millennium, volume 5), and a new book of poems, A Field on Mars: Poems 2000-2015 is scheduled for publication by Jusqu’à (To) Publishers, Presses... Read more
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 2:00pm
Featuring Orhon Myadar as Part of the 2015 East Asian Studies Colloquium Series Orhon Myadar is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Arizona. Her research interests lie within the intersection of politics and geography. She has written in the areas of post-colonial studies, nationalism and political identity.  For more information, please go to