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Tucson Festival of Books 2019
March 2-3, 2019  |  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 2

10:00 AM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Conundrums of Racial Divides in American Culture

A distinguished historian and a highly regarded expert on youth and education explore in conversation questions of racial difference and mythologies that eat at the heart of U.S. society from surprisingly divergent perspectives.

Eric Lott
Nolan Cabrera
Moderated by: Maribel Alvarez (UA Anthropology/Southwest Center)
11:30 AM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
We Can Do Better Than Our Present Circumstances

Based on the collective thinking of 300 social scientists, a candid exploration of how social transformations for a better world can yet be attainable and what it would take to get there.

Marc Fleurbaey
Moderated by: Tom Christiano (UA Philosophy), Moderated by: Leslye Obiora
1:00 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
A Crisis of Civility? Political Discourse and Its Discontents

Political conversations among Americans have become increasingly more difficult and tense. Public institutions regularly police speech. A panel of experts convened by the UA-affiliated National Institute for Civil Discourse discuss the tough questions that impact the future of U.S. democracy.

Robert G. Boatright
Timothy J. Shaffer
Moderated by: Kate Kenski (UA Communication), Moderated by: Carolyn Lukensmeyer (UA National Institute for Civil Discourse)
2:30 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Healing from Social Injury: A Body-Centered Approach

Celebrated international therapist and violence resolution expert Resmaa Menakem presents an experiential interpretation on the effects of racial conflict: not just in our minds and souls, but as lodged in our bodies. 

Resmaa Menakem
Moderated by: Leslie Langbert (UA Compassion Studies)
2:30 PM
Location - Social Sciences Auditorium
Meet Noam Chomsky

Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky (UA Linguistics Professor and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair) is one of the most cited scholars in modern history. Among his groundbreaking books are “Syntactic Structures”, “Language and Mind,” “Aspects of the Theory of Syntax,” and “The Minimalist Program,” each of which has made distinct contributions to the development of the field. Today he will discuss his remarkable career with John Nichols. (This is a ticketed event. Tickets are not available yet.)

Noam Chomsky (UA Linguistics)
Moderated by: John Nichols
4:00 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Depression, You Are Not the Boss of Me!

An award-winning investigative journalist shares his life experiences and hard-won insights into the confounding world of depression, in conversation with a UA researcher who studies the condition.

Johann Hari
Moderated by: Patricia Haynes

Sunday, March 3

10:00 AM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
My Grandmother’s Hands: A Conversation on Resilience and Healing

An interactive session with celebrated therapist and violence resolution expert Resmaa Menakem exploring the importance of centering the body in our process of healing trauma and strengthening resilience, and the courageous path of compassion it requires.

Resmaa Menakem
Moderated by: Leslie Langbert (UA Compassion Studies)
11:30 AM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Contested Latino Identities: Past, Present, and Future

Three important contemporary voices taking the measure of Latino identity in the U.S. today across the span of different times, geographies, and generations: Mexican workers, Central American immigrants, and the emerging Latinx generation.

Maritza Cardenas (UA English)
Ed Morales
Luis Plascencia
Moderated by: Anna O’Leary (UA Mexican American Studies)
1:00 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Navigating Digital Inequality

How are Black and Latino youth adapting to the technologies that surround them? Which challenges of the so-called ‘digital divide’ are particularly relevant to the digital and social media lives of youth of color? An expert on digital media behaviors discusses the findings of his year-long ethnographic study in a high school with an award-winning UA professor from the SBS School of Information.


S. Craig Watkins
Moderated by: Cheryl Knott (UA School of Information)
2:30 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Social Change and Culture in Contemporary China

A rising urban elite, new middle class consumption, and the generation born after 1990 are altering China's social landscape rapidly. A conversation about changes in China today, ranging from innovations towards a more ‘cosmopolitan’ use of Mandarin to the increasing refusal of China’s modern youth to conform.

Qing Zhang (UA School of Anthropology)
Eric Fish
Moderated by: Wenhao Diao
4:00 PM
Location - Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
All About Love (18 years later): A conversation with bell hooks

The acclaimed Black scholar, feminist theorist, and cultural critic revisits the impact of her widely circulated benchmark work on love, freshly reprinted in 2018. Calling out the failure of predominant models and ideas about loving one another, romantically as well as in the public sphere, hooks introduces an alternative vision for more authentic, equitable, and accountable forms of emotional connection.

bell hooks
Moderated by: Monica Casper (UA Gender & Women's Studies)
4:00 PM
Location - Student Union Gallagher Theater
Parkland: Never Again?

On the first anniversary of the shootings in Parkland, Florida, Dave Cullen offers a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congress — inspiring millions to join the #neveragain movement. In the second half of this hour-long presentation, Mr. Cullen engages in conversation with UA/SBS professor Jennifer Carlson, one of the leading scholars on gun politics in America and author of the book Citizen Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline.

Dave Cullen
Moderated by: Jennifer Carlson (UA School of Sociology)

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