Event Calendar

The Center for the Humanities is proud to support a variety of events for the University of Miami and South Florida community.  In addition to our own signature events such as the Stanford lecture series and Book Talks, you will find information on campus and Miami-area events that the Center is pleased to promote.  The key below will be helpful in identifying the intended audience. 


Public Events:

Open to all; Registration may be required

Academic Events: 

Designed primarily for faculty and students; Registrion may be required

Center for the Humanities Events:

Events primarily supported by the Center

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  • AUGUST 2020

    Thursday, August 13th at 7pm

    Online Discussion of "The Decameron Project" 

    The New York Times Sunday Magazine has featured a series of short stories called “The Decameron Project” in homage to Boccaccio’s Decameron. This is a marvelous collection of stories by some leading contemporary writers, including Margaret Atwood, Colm Tóibín, David Mitchell, Esi Edugyan, Miami native Karen Russell, and Miami writer Edwidge Danticat, who was featured at UM’s One Book, One U program this past year. Many of the stories simply focus on the current pandemic, but some engage with Boccaccio’s approach to storytelling.  

    Since the Decameron itself was the July 2020 Virtual Book Club selection, the Center decided to use this project and these stories to extend discussion into August 2020.  As such, we will hold another Zoom meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 13, at 7pm EST for anyone who wishes to discuss “The Decameron Project.”  Anyone who is interested in participating and has NOT registered for the Virtual Book Club discussion of the Decameron should complete this brief form by Monday, August 3rd.  Registrants will receive more details regarding the August 13th discussion.

    Friday, August 28th at 3:30pm

    Online Workshop: Grant Writing

    The Center for the Humanities presents a workshop for graduate students and instructors seeking information about University resources.  Learn more and find out how to register here

  • SEPTEMBER 2020

    Wednesday, September 16th at 8pm

    Online Book Talk with Jennifer Ferriss-Hill

    The Center for the Humanities presents its first Book Talk of the 2020-21 academic year with Professor of Classics, Jennifer Ferriss-Hill.  Read more. 




    Thursday, September 24 at 7pm

    Stanfords Online: "Are Decolonial Humanities Possible?"

    In place of our traditional Stanford Distringuished Professors series, the Center is pleased to offer a Stanford Lecuture Online series.  Professor Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Director of the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, will present the first online lecture of the year.  Read more and register by Monday, September 21.

  • OCTOBER 2020

    Thursday, October 1 at 7pm

    Humanities Hour: "Historical Fiction—A Novelist’s Approach to Researching and Writing 19th Century Cuba"

    Professor of English, Chantel Acevedo, will offer the Center's inaugural Humanities Hour lecture, featuring UM faculty.  This online event is free and open to the public.  Read more and register by Monday, September 28.

    Wednesday, October 7 at 8pm 

    Online Book Talk with Brit Brogaard

    Join us via Zoom for a Book Talk with Professor of Philosophy, Brit Brogaard.  Read more. 




    Tuesday, October 13 at 10am

    IRG Lecture: "Beyond Scholarship, Beyond Words: Emotional and Affective Aspects of Humanities Fieldwork in the Caribbean"

    Join the graduate student-led Humanities Fieldwork Interdisciplinary Research Group for a discussion with Martin Tsang.  This event it open to all UM faculty and students.  Learn more and register. 

    Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm

    Humanities Hour: "Slavery's Emancipation: A Rashomon Effect"

    Assistant Professor of History, Scott Heerman, presents a Humanities Hour lecture. This online event is free and open to the public.  Read more and register by Friday, October 9.

    Friday, October 23: 9am to 2pm

    Online Fellows Symposium

    Join us in hearing from the Center's 2019-20 fellows who will present research conducted as part of their fellowship.  View the program and register here by Monday, October 19th.

    Tuesday, October 27 at 7pm

    “Fake News: Objectivity, Subjectivity, and the Search for Truth"

    Join our friends at FIU's Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment for “Fake News: Objectivity, Subjectivity, and the Search for Truth."  A panel of journalists, media experts, and philosophers wade through meanings of truth, objectivity, subjectivity, and veracity in the context of big data, the news media, social media, education, and the self.  Join the webinar here.  

    Wednesday, October 28 at 12:30pm

    "What I'm Working On" with Prof Krista Goff

    The Department of History will kick off its new series of interviews with UM History faculty with Professor Krista Goff, a historian of Russian and Soviet history. Learn how she became a historian, about her experiences conducting research in the Caucasus region, and about the new book project that she’s working on.  Those with a UM email address can attend using this link.

    Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm

    Online Book Talk with Christina Lane

    Join us via Zoom for a Book Talk with Associate Professor of Cinema and Interactive Media, Christina Lane.  Read more. 





  • NOVEMBER 2020

    Wednesday, November 4 at 4pm

    Workshop: Careers in Secondary Education 

    Join us via Zoom for a panel discussion with PhD's who have found success in secondary education careers. Learn more and register by Monday, November 2.  

    Friday, November 6 at 10am

    IRG Lecture: "Queer-Class Counternarratives in Higher Education"

    Join the Queer Studies Interdisciplinary Research Group for a discussion with Professor Matt Brim (College of Staten Islans, CUNY).  Learn more and register

    Friday, November 6 & Saturday, November 7

    Science and Humanisim Workshop

    The workshop, presented by the Department of Philosophy is designed primarily for academics in the field of philosophy and will explore connections between science and humanism.  Topics of discussion will include the viability of naturalism and the comparative status of scientific and other knowledge, the capacity or potential of scientism for setting limits on humanist self-understanding, the interplay between traditions or views of science and agendas of positive social change, and more.  Learn more

    Tuesday, November 10 at 3:00pm

    A Post-Election Panel Discussion

    The Department of History will host a post-election panel discussion with History Professors Robin Bachin, Max Fraser, and Don Spivey.  These three experts on American history, politics, and civic engagement will be putting the 2020 election into historical perspective and fielding questions from the audience.  Registration details coming soon.

    Thursday, November 12 at 7pm

    Stanfords Online: "1774: The Long Year of Revolution"

    In place of our traditional Stanford Distringuished Professors series, the Center is pleased to offer a Stanford Lecuture Online series.  Professor Marybeth Norton, Mary Donlon Alger Professor Emerita of American History at Cornell University will present.  Read more and register by Monday, November 9.

    Sunday, November 15- Sunday, November 22

    Miami Book Fair

    Physically distant, but socially engaged — join Miami Book Fair online for author readings and conversations, workshops, and even a Storybook Picnic for kids and their teddy bears.  The 2020 Miami Book Fair will host over 300+ authors from all over the world in conversation, all virtual, all safe, all unique, all free starting Nov. 15. Learn more and register at miami bookfaironline.com  

    Wednesday, November 18 at 8pm

    Online Book Talk with Melvin Butler

    Join us via Zoom for a Book Talk with Associate Professor of Musicology, Melvin Butler.  Read more. 



  • DECEMBER 2020

  • JANUARY 2021


  • FEBRUARY 2021

  • MARCH 2021

  • APRIL 2021

Do you have an event you'd like to advertise here?

For our partners in the humanities, we are happy to help promote events designed to celebrate and support work in the humanities disciplines.  If your organization is hosting an event with a strong connection to the humanities (including but not limited to fields such as History, English, Philosophy, Classics, Religious Studies, Modern Languages, Art History, Theater Arts, Music, and Anthropology), we are happy to review submissions for our Calendar webpage.  

To submit an event, complete this form at least two week's prior to the event.  To be considered: 

  • Events must be open to all UM students, faculty and staff
  • Events must take place in the South Florida area
  • We especially encourage submissions for events that are free and open to the public


Once you've completed the form, a representative from the Center for the Humanities will be in touch to confirm whether we are able to include your event on the Calendar webpage and to discuss further details as needed, such as the inclusion of a graphic or photo.  Please contact us at humanities@miami.edu with questions.