Black History Month

Presented as part of our Tucson Humanities Festival spring series, the College of Humanities and Africana Studies Program are hosting several events in February to celebrate Black History Month, including special guest speakers and more. 


God, Soul Food and Superheroes 

Therosia Reynolds, Artist, Activist and Entrepreneur

Tuesday, February 1, 6:30 PM 
Poetry Center | Dorothy Rubel Room  - Watch the recording here

Join Therosia Reynolds for a conversation about her latest multimedia projects and the inspiration behind it. Her recent work includes artist in residency for Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, being an inaugural participant Arizona Commission on the Arts’ Artist Investment Program, ASU Gammage Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artist Certification and being a Designing Artist on the light rail extension into South Phoenix with Valley Metro. 

Reynolds is a visual, spoken word and vocal artist. She is also the creator and owner of OutHustle Your Struggle, an inspirational clothing brand birthed out of her own struggles with a serious childhood illness and impoverished environment. Her work centers on themes of hope, love and overcoming inequality. 

Merchandise and artwork available for sale on Reynolds website and through Tee Public for OutHustle Your Struggle and Soul Food and Superheroes.


Faculty Guest DJs on KXCI

Fridays in February, 5 PM

Live on KXCI Community Radio, 91.3 FM or

As part of an annual partnership with KXCI Community Radio, professors from the Africana Studies Program will be featured as weekly guest DJs on the Home Stretch program. The professors will select a topic to discuss and play related songs, illuminating subjects related to music, culture, history and their own research.

Friday, February 4, 5 PM - Dr. Bayo Ijagbemi

Friday, February 11, 5 PM - Dr. Bryan Carter

Friday, February 18, 5 PM - Dr. Praise Zenenga

Friday, February 25, 5 PM - Dr. Jerome Dotson


Sitting on Zora's Porch: Notes from a Black Girl in the Hip Hop South

Regina Bradley, Associate Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies, Kennesaw State University


Tuesday, February 15, 6:00 PM 
Poetry Center | Dorothy Rubel Room - Watch the recording here

Join Dr. Regina Bradley as she discusses her personal experiences growing up in the South, and the influence of hip hop. A leading scholar on contemporary southern Black life and hip hop culture, Bradley's work has been featured on a range of media outlets including Netflix’s hip hop docuseries Hip-Hop Evolution, The Washington Post, NPR, and Atlanta Journal Constitution. In May 2017, she delivered a TEDx talk, "The Mountaintop Ain't Flat," about the significance of hip hop in bridging the American Black South to the present and future.
Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Hutchins Center, Harvard University, Spring 2016), faculty editor for Southern Cultures journal, and co-host of the critically acclaimed southern hip hop podcast Bottom of the Map with music journalist Christina LeeShe is the author of Chronicling Stankonia: the Rise of the Hip-Hop South that explores how Atlanta hip hop duo OutKast and hip hop influences the culture of the Black American South in the long shadow of the Civil Rights Movement. 

Sponsored by Arizona Humanities

Tucson Weekly interview
Arizona Public Media interview


Listening to Other Voices

Presented by the College of Humanities World Literature Studies Program


Thursday, February 17 & Friday, February 18 
See website for event details and locations

Join us for a community coming together to celebrate our passion for books and authors from around the world. Daytime lectures and workshops include: Translation: Building Bridges between Cultures; Young Readers Workshop; Public Lecture and Exhibit: The ’14 Black Classicists; and World Literature: Building Connections. The series culminates with a public reading on Friday, February 18 at 6:00 PM at the University of Arizona Poetry Center "A Night to Celebrate Other Voices" with poet Farid Matuk.

Sponsored by Arizona Humanities


About the Tucson Humanities Festival

The University of Arizona College of Humanities regularly presents events that encourage public participation in the humanities. The Tucson Humanities Festival every fall is organized around a timely and thought-provoking theme that invites you to explore the impact of humanities on our lives. The festival carries into the spring with select programming to continue the conversation. To subscribe to festival mailing list or view recordings of presentations from the 2021 Tucson Humanities Festival: Storytelling, please visit

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