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Tucson Festival of Books 2018
March 10-11, 2018  |  9:30am - 5:30pm
University of Arizona Campus

 “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” 
— Maya Angelou
 
The Tucson Festival of Books provides a unique opportunity to gather authors and readers for conversations that transcend ink and paper. That is why the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to partner with the festival. The college’s 300+ faculty publish dozens of books annually to share their work with a broad audience. Our faculty can be found throughout the festival as featured authors and panel moderators. Check the schedules below to find when they will appear in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent and in other places throughout the festival.

SBS Sessions

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Saturday, March 10

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Spotlight: Your Healing is Killing Me

UA Jim Griffith Chair of Public Folklore Maribel Alvarez conducts a spotlight interview with playwright and performance artist Virginia Grise, whose newest performance manifesto “Your Healing is Killing Me” encompasses themes of health and healing, collective self-defense, colonialism, the borderlands and LGBTQ+ issues, among many more. Virginia will also read from her work and engage the audience in this interactive session to kick off the festival!

This session is sponsored by the UA Institute for LGBT Studies.

Virginia Grise
Moderated by: Maribel Alvarez
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location - Science City- Main Stage
Storm & Stress: Our Changing Climate and the Human Ecology

Most scientists agree that climate change is real and affecting the entire planet in ways that may be irreversible. Drought, fires, desertification, immigration, animal extinction, pollution--these are all effects of dramatic climate change. UA MFA in Creative Writing alumnus Francisco Cantú joins authors Todd Miller and David Owen to discuss our changing climate and its impact on our water supply, immigration and the future of humanity.

Francisco Cantú
Todd Miller
David Owen
Moderated by: Carl DeVito
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Voices From Palestine

UA Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and North African Studies Maha Nassar and Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat explore the experience of coming of age in Palestine across multiple generations, the complexities of memoir and historical reckoning, and the central role of writing in forming bonds of both solidarity and resistance. Moderated by UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies Director of Educational Outreach Lisa Adeli.

This session is sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Ibtisam Barakat
Maha Nassar
Moderated by: Lisa Adeli
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location - Integrated Learning Center: Room 119
Workshop: The Art of the Short Story

UA MFA in Creative Writing alumnus Thomas Mira y Lopez joins Jessica Spotswood in this workshop on the finer points of writing and editing short stories.

Thomas Mira y Lopez
Jessica Spotswood
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Medicine & Body Politics

UA Assistant Professor of Anthropology Eric Plemons joins Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye to discuss medical approaches to the body and the broader social, political, and ethical issues that stem from surgery. Their expertise includes facial feminization surgeries for trans-women; cancer surgeries for cis, trans, queer, and non-binary individuals with BRCA mutations; and the religious and gendered issues around organ transplantation.

This session is sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Sherine Hamdy
Eric Plemons
Coleman Nye
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location - UA Library: Special Collections
Dignity and Worth: Inside the Struggle to Reclaim the Past

UA Professor of Anthropology T.J. Ferguson moderates a discussion between UA School of Anthropology alumnus Chip Colwell (BA 1996) and UA Associate Professor of Africana Studies Tani Sanchez, discussing how marginalized populations are reclaiming their stories and pushing back against a society that affirms its cultural and spiritual self-worth by denying affirmation to others. Understanding that racial inequality results when a people's history is hidden, Sanchez discusses years of academic research.

Chip Colwell
Tani Sanchez
Moderated by: T.J. Ferguson
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Art, Resistance, & Survival

Playwright and performance artist Virginia Grise joins poet Vickie Vértiz for a dynamic discussion on resistance and survival—both on the personal, day-to-day, level and in a broader sense as individuals situated within systems and cultures of oppression. Moderated by UA Assistant Professor of Mexican American Studies Michelle Téllez.

This session is sponsored by the UA Institute for LGBT Studies. 

Virginia Grise
Vickie Vértiz
Moderated by: Michelle Téllez
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Location - UA Library: Special Collections
Stories of Resistance

UA Professor of History Oscar Martínez joins a panel that brings us stories of the strength, resilience and persistence of working class people struggling against the odds-- including indigenous women fighting for tribal rights, women labor organizers, peace activists, Latina midwives and people living in border communities.

Oscar Martínez
Fran Leeper Buss
Katrina Jagodinsky
Moderated by: Elizabeth Kennedy
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
How Books Change Lives

Noted feminist scholar and author bell hooks speaks with writer and activist Darnell Moore on the value of literacy, critical thinking, and communication in creating healthy communities and relationships free of race, class, and gender inequalities. Moderated by UA Assistant Professor of English Stephanie Troutman.

This session is sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the UA Department of Religious Studies and Classics, the UA Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, the UA Department of Gender and Women's Studies, the UA Africana Studies Program, the UA Poetry Center, the UA Center for Buddhist Studies, the UA College of Humanities, the UA College of Education, Uphaya Sangha of Tucson, and the UA Department of English.

bell hooks
Darnell Moore
Moderated by: Stephanie Troutman
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location - Student Union Kachina Room
Best Things, Small Packages

UA MFA in Creative Writing alumnus Thomas Mira y Lopez joins Daniel Olivas and Brian Jabas Smith to discuss the art of crafting short stories, proving that great things often come in small packages.

Thomas Mira y Lopez
Daniel Olivas
Brian Jabas Smith
Moderated by: Kevin Canty

Sunday, March 11

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Kindred, Black Culture, & Picturing Social Change

Comics artist and UCR Professor of Media and Cultural Studies John Jennings speaks with UA Associate Professor of History Tyina Steptoe on the intersections of literature, design, black culture, politics, and history. The session will highlight Jennings’ recent graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, how depictions of blackness have changed over time, and how black women activists have long been catalysts for political change.

This session is sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the UA Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture.

John Jennings
Moderated by: Tyina Steptoe
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location - Children/Teen: Education Room 351
Crossing Borders and Opening Minds

Four authors talk about the real and imagined borders that their characters must cross and how these experiences open their minds to new perspectives and understandings of self and world. Steven Frank's Armstrong and Charlie face the racial borders of school integration, while Jewell Parker Rhodes's characters deal with historical racism in Ghost Boys. N.H. Senzai in "Escape from Aleppo" focuses on borders that reflect an escape from the horrors of war and the flight to safety, while Ibtisam Barakat shares the oppressive borders she faced growing up in Palestine.

Ibtisam Barakat
Steven Frank
Naheed Hasnat
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Moderated by: Holly Johnson
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Representation in Comics & Graphic Novels

John Jennings, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Sherine Hamdy, and Coleman Nye explore the importance of expanding the representations of race, religion, gender, and geographic region in comics and graphic novels on many levels, from the authors of the texts to the characters they create and the issues they choose to confront. Moderated by Phoenix-based artist Jason González.

This session is sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the UA Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture.

Sherine Hamdy
John Jennings
Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
Coleman Nye
Moderated by: Jason González
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location - Student Union: Gallagher Theater
Where is the Conservative Party Headed?

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (housed within the UA School of Government and Public Policy), moderates a discussion with Katherine Cramer, Craig Shirley and Charles Sykes on our current political climate and the future of the GOP. This session will be broadcast on C-SPAN.

Katherine Cramer
Craig Shirley
Charlie Sykes
Moderated by: Carolyn Lukensmeyer
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location - Pima County Public Library/ Nuestras Raices Presentation Stage
Radical Hope in Dangerous Times

Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, joins this panel of noted authors and activists who have contributed to "Radical Hope," a provocative collection of letters filled with the passion, love and the courage needed to help navigate the uncertain and fearful times in which we live.

Alicia Garza
Carolina De Robertis
Celeste Ng
Luis Alberto Urrea
Moderated by: Ernesto Portillo, Jr.
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Writing Home

Noted feminist scholar and author bell hooks converses with writer and UA Professor of English Fenton Johnson on their shared Kentucky roots, “writing home” and away from home, the influence of faith and spirituality in their work, and much more. Moderated by UA Assistant Professor of English Stephanie Troutman.

This session is sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the UA Department of Religious Studies and Classics, the UA Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, the UA Department of Gender and Women's Studies, the UA Africana Studies Program, the UA Poetry Center, the UA Center for Buddhist Studies, the UA College of Humanities, the UA College of Education, Uphaya Sangha of Tucson, and the UA Department of English.

bell hooks
Fenton Johnson
Moderated by: Stephanie Troutman
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location - Pima County Public Library/ Nuestras Raices Presentation Stage
Lives on the Border

UA MFA in Creative Writing alumnus Francisco Cantú and Phil Caputo offer multi-faceted reflections on contested lands, fatal realities and moral struggles on both sides of the border in fact and fiction.

Francisco Cantú
Phil Caputo
Moderated by: Nancy Montoya
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Selfhood & Citizenship: Imagining Otherwise

UA Assistant Professor of English Farid Matuk engages fellow poet Brandon Shimoda in a conversation on poetics, nationality, citizenship, privilege, internal and external definitions of identity, and reckoning with one’s roots in order to secure a better future for our loved ones. Farid will also read several poems from his latest collection,The Real Horse.

Farid Matuk
Moderated by: Brandon Shimoda
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
The Future of Food & Farming

UA W.K. Kellogg Chair Gary Paul Nabhan joins Tucson-based writer and farmer Debbie Weingarten and Tucson rancher Dennis Moroney for a multidisciplinary conversation on the future of food, farming, and farm literacy, uniting agrarians young and old.

Gary Paul Nabhan
Debbie Weingarten
Moderated by: Dennis Moroney

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