Tucson Humanities Festival

Where do you find refuge in a world of political and cultural upheaval? Finding refuge is challenging in a global society affected by migration, climate change and displacement. Join us for a series of topical lectures, panel discussions and events at the Tucson Humanities Festival (formerly Humanities Week) presented by UA College of Humanities faculty and special guests.

Schedule of Events

Notes from the Margins:
Minority Voices in Russian Culture
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Russia is one of the world’s largest countries in terms of land mass, but it may come as a surprise to learn that it is...
Safe(r) Places:
Intercultural Competency & International Students
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
A true melting pot, the UA and Tucson landscapes have changed dramatically in response to social changes and our ever-...
Sexuality and Resilient Refuge:
Narratives of Queer Maghrebi French
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Listen to the “coming out” narratives of queer Maghrebi (North African) and Maghrebi French men who moved to or grew up...
Musical Refuge:
Hecho en Mexico
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Join the College of Humanities at the Loft Cinema to explore the richly diverse music of our southern neighbor in Hecho...
Epic Discoveries:
From the Birthplace of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Since 2004 the UA has fielded an excavation project at the remote Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion, known in antiquity...
Buddhist Escapes:
Caught Between Two Worlds
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
The three refuges – the Buddha, the Dharma (Buddhist teaching), and the Sangha (Buddhist community) – mark the pivotal...
Climate Change and Poetry:
Reading by Aracelis Girmay
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
What role does poetry have in envisioning, articulating, or challenging our ecological present? What role does poetry...
No Trespassing:
Bodies and Beaches for Sale in the Contemporary Caribbean
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Caribbean has long been portrayed as a place of paradise, relaxation, and adventure. Yet, this exotified image is...
Exiles and Refugees:
Afro-Latin Hip Hop and the Bible
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Hear stories of exile and migration in biblical texts as well as contemporary hip hop. The experiences of exile,...
Fatherland and Mother Tongue:
German-Jewish Identity in the 21st Century
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
In the midst of increasingly diverse Jewish life in contemporary Germany, a new generation of writers is redefining...
Germans, Jews and the Theatre:
Guest Lecture by Jonathan Hess
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
“What good actor today is not a Jew?” Friedrich Nietzsche asked in 1882, posing a question that drew on a long...