Humanities Hour

Humanities Hour Series

The Humanities Hour series began in Fall 2020 as a way to famimliarize South Florida community members and the general public with the impressive work that our humanities scholars are conducting.  These free, one-hour talks are meant for broad audiences and vary in topics.  Registration is normally required.

For the 2020-21 academic year, the Humanities Hour talks will be held online via zoom.  Registration links are usually available within 2 weeks of the event date.



Thursday, October 1st at 7pm

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

Chantel Acevedo is a Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, and novelist. In this talk, Acevedo will share her experiences writing and researching her latest novels The Distant Marvels and The Living Infinite, which are set in Cuba during the War of Independence from Spain, and were both published by Europa Editions.

View the recording here!




Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm

"Slavery's Emancipation: A Rashomon Effect"

Scott Heerman is a scholar of eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. history. His research focuses on slavery and emancipation in the U.S. and Atlantic World. Taking its inspiration from the 1950 film Masterpiece, Rashamon, this talk will tell a poly-vocal history of emancipation. Following a few biographies of men and women who escaped slavery, the talk tries to pin down what the lived realities were after slavery's emancipation. Heerman concludes by asking if we might be better off letting the fearful precarity of emancipation stand in our narratives, rather than trying to settle on a single outcome of these transformative events.  

Please REGISTER HERE by Friday, October 9. 



Thursday, April 8 at 7pm

"Latine Off-Off-Broadway: An Intervention in US Theater History"

Marina Magloire is a black feminist scholar of African American and diasporic literature. Her current book project explores the influence of Afro-Caribbean spirituality on black American women writers and performers in the twentieth century. According to Magloire, the role of Latines' has been mostly absent from Off-Off-Broadway’s historiography. In her talk, she will reconstruct  various performances by reading not only the manuscripts but also photographs, stage and costume designs, musical scores, documentary videos, theater reviews, and other archival ephemera. Thus, she will bring back key Latine theater artists and put them into dialogue with their Off-Off-Broadway contemporaries to demonstrate how they shaped what she names "Latine-Off-Off-Broadway." 

Registration details coming soon.