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. 

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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

    Wednesday, December 9 at 8pm

    Online Book Talk with Mark Rowlands

    Join us via Zoom for a Book Talk with Professor and Chair of PHilosophy, Mark Rowlands.  Read more. 

     

     

  • JANUARY 2021

    Wednesday, January 20 at 8pm

    Online Book Talk with Claire Oueslati-Porter

    Join us via Zoom for a Book Talk with Senior Lecturer of Anthropology and Interim Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Claire Oueslati-Porter.  Read more and register.  

     

     


    Saturday, January 23 at 11am

    "Reimagining Monuments: Contemporary Interventions in Public Space"

    Floria Humanities continues to offer a variety of virtual programming. See the full schedule of events and register here.


    Monday, January 25 at 6pm

    "Hidden History of Florida"

    Floria Humanities continues to offer a variety of virtual programming. See the full schedule of events and register here."


    Tuesday, January 26 at 4pm

    "Shut Up and Play"

    FIU’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment presents “Shut Up and Play,” a discussion led by NFL player and activist, Ryan Russell, on the long history of racism in sports and sports culture in the US.  Learn more here

     


    Thursday, January 28 at 1pm

    Special Collections Deep Dives Series: "The Book of Fate"

    Univeristy of Miami's Special Collections continues their Deep Dives series with "The Book of Fate." Register for this great event here


    Friday, January 29 at 4pm

    Stanfords Online: "The 1918 'Spanish Flu' in Spain"

    In place of our traditional Stanford Distringuished Professors series, the Center is pleased to offer a Stanford Lecuture Online series.  Dr. Antoni Trilla, professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at The University of Barcelona, presents.  Read more and register by Wednesday, January 27th.

  • FEBRUARY 2021

    Wednesday, February 3 at noon

    Interdisciplinary Discussion of The Geography of Insight

    In his recent book, The Geography of Insight: The Sciences, the Humanities, How They Differ, Why They Matter, Richard Foley attempts to compare the purposes and strengths of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, drawing on his own experience evaluating tenure files at NYU and Rutgers University.  Faculty from across the university are invited to partiipate in an informal discussion on how disciplines can be complementary rather than rivals.  Karl Gunther, Associate Professor of History, will provide a brief introduction before welcoming attendees to share their own insights and to reflect on their disciplines.  We encourage registrants to read the book (online access available to UM students and employees) over the winter break.  Please register here by February 1. 


    Thursday, February 4 at 2pm

    "The Crusades and the Jews in Europe and the Holy Land"

    The Miller Center for Judaic Studies, the Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies, and the Center for the Humanities present a lecture by Hugh Thomas, Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Humanities.  Join the virtual lecture here


    Thursday, February 4 at 5pm

    "Strange Fruit in Florida"

    Florida Humanities presents a virtual discussion of Florida's painful history of racial violence.  See the full schedule of events and register here.


    Wednesday, February 10 at 3:30pm

    Cooper Fellow Lecture: "Early Modern European Encounters with Japan"

    Founding Director of the Center for the Humanities, Mihoko Suzuki, will discuss two early modern European observers of Japanese society a century apart: the Portuguese Jesuit Luis Frois (1532–97) and the German physician and scientist Engelbert Kaempfer (1651– 1716). By juxtaposing these texts and considering the different historical contexts in which they were written, both for the authors and the Japanese society they took as their subject, Suzuki arrives at a comparative analysis of these early modern European encounters with Japan. Join here


    Wednesday, February 10 at 8pm

    Online Book Talk with Heather Diack

    Join us via Zoom for a Book Talk with Associate Professor of Art History, Heather Diack.  Read more and register. 

     

     

     

     


    Wednesday, February 17 at 2pm

    Lecture with Marcia Jo Zerivitz, Athor of The Jews of Florida

    In her recent book, The Jews of Florida, Zerivitz, Founding Executive Direcot fot the Jewish Museum of Florida (FIU), offers a comprehensive history of the Jews of Florida from colonial times to the present is a sweeping tapestry of voices spanning centuries.  Zerivitz discusses how Jews have been integral to every area of Florida’s growth, giving readers an incomparable look at the long and crucial history of Jews in Florida.  This event is presented by the Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, the George Fendelkleis Program in Jaudaic Studies, and the Boca Parliament History Club.  Join the event here.

     


    Thursday, February 18 at 7pm

    One Book, One U Author Event with Ijeoma Oluo

    The One Book, One U common reading program is pleased to present a virtual event with Ijeoma Oluo, author of this year's selection, So You Want to Tak About Race.  The event is free and open to the public and attendees are encouraged to read this year's common read selection prior to attending.  Please REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE and visist the One Book, One U webpage for more information about the common read program, related events, and information on how to obtain a free copy of the book. 


    Thursday, February 25 at 1pm

    Guest Speaker: "I Will Maintain": Queer Perserverence in the Wake of the Syrian World

    Sofian Merabet, socio-cultural anthropologist with expertise in the modern Middle East and the wider Muslim world, will present a discussion organized by the Queer Studies IRG and Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. In thinking of sexual difference as a manifestation of disruption but also of perseverance and possibility in times of war, and a way in which concerned individuals negotiate an often-hostile environment, this talk will address how queer sexualities have become pivotal for some individuals in articulating their responses to the Syrian war and the ensuing refugee crisis. In so doing, the talk will conceptualize hospitality (as a philosophical concept) and the sociological notion of the stranger as distinct yet interrelated themes through which queer Syrian identities are communicated and contested.  Registration details coming soon.

  • MARCH 2021


    Wednesday, March 3rd at 1pm 

    IRG Lecture: "Digital Humanities and Data Justice: Lessons From Intersectional Feminism with Laura Klein"

     

    This talk will show how challenges to the male/female binary can challenge other hierarchical (and emperically wrong) classification systems; how an emphasis on emotion can expand our ideas about effective data visualization; and how our concept of "invisible labor" can exposes the significant human efforts required of our automated systems, as well as of our digital humanities work. 

    Read more and register.  


    Wednesday, March 3 at 8pm

    Online Book Talk with Michael Slote

    Join us via Zoom for a Book Talk with Professor of Philosophy, Michael Sote. Read more and register.  

     

     

     

     


    Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm 

    Seminar: A Conversation with Valeria Luiselli

    In addition to providing a Stanford lecture in the 2021-2022 academic year, Luiselli will participate in a discussion of the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit, to be installed in late-February 2021.  Learn more and register here.  


    Thursday, March 11 at 7pm 

    Panel Discussion: "Oli Otya? Life and Loss in Rural Uganda"

    posterThis film tells the story of a team of palliative care nurses from a small hospital and volunteer doctors from the US who care for villagers with little or no access to medical treatment, where pain and suffering are often endured rather than relieved, and where people with life-threatening illnesses turn to traditional healers- hoping for a cure.  Join us for a panel discussion with filmmaker Lucy Bruell and some of the healthcare providers from the film.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access the documentary, which you can watch at your leisure before attending the March 11th panel. Register here.  

     

     

     


    Friday, March 19 at 4pm

    Workshop: "Publishing Your Book: Advice from an Editor"

    Join us via Zoom for a workshop with Gisela Fosado, Editor at Duke University Press.  Dr. Fosado publishes books in a wide range of areas in the humanities and social scienceswith and will offer her advice to faculty and graduate students. Learn more and register by Wednesday, March 17.  


    Tuesday, March 23 at 1:30pm

    "Unequal Treatment: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Miami-Dade Criminal Justice"

    Join the Critical Cultural Studies Graduate Collective for a Zoom discussion with Dr. Nick Petersen, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law.  Learn about his team's examination of individual and neighborhood racial and ethnic disparities across multiple decision points within the county's criminal justice system and their discovery of disparities at every decision point that, regardless of ethnicity, resulting in disadvantages for Black defendants and neighborhoods while resulting in advantages for White defendants and neighborhoods. Register here


    Wednesday, March 24 at 8pm

    Online Book Talk with David Kling

    Join us via Zoom for a Book Talk with AProfessor and Chair of Religious Studies, Daid Kling.  Read more and register. 

     

     

     

     

  • APRIL 2021

    Thursday, April 8th at 7pm

    Humanities Hour With Marina Magloire

    Assistant Professor of English and black feminist scholar of African American and diasporic literature, Marina Magloire, presents a Humanities Hour lecture. This online event is free and open to the public.  Read more and register by Tuesday, April 6th.


    Wednesday, April 14 at 8pm

    Online Book Talk with Logan Connors

    Join us via Zoom for a Book Talk with Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, Logan Connors.  Read more and register. 

     

     

     

     


    Friday, April 23 at 10:30am

    IRG Lecture: "Acceleration? Digital Resources and the Speed of Scholarship"

    Join the Theatre and Performance Studies Interdisciplinary Research Group for a discussion with Jeffrey Ravel, Professor of History at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology.  Prof Ravel will also present his major Digital Humanities Theater initiative, the Comédie-Française Registers Project (CFRP).  Learn more

     

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.