Join us in SBS Tent #152. See schedule


10 a.m. March 14, 2020 to 5 p.m. March 15, 2020


UArizona Mall

Mosab Abu Toha is a young Palestinian writer and founder of the Edward Said Library in Gaza. He taught English language at the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for three years, before he traveled to the U.S. to attend a fellowship at Harvard University.

In this talk, University of Arizona Professor Noam Chomsky, a big supporter of Mosab and the Edward Said Library, will talk about his sole visit to Gaza in 2012, the year he met Mosab at the Islamic University of Gaza, two years before the 2014 war. Chomsky will speak about his experience and the difficulties faced when traveling to and from Gaza.

Mosab will talk about the impact of the war and the siege on Gaza and the creation of the library under unusually difficult circumstances. Mosab also will talk about his writing in war-torn Palestine and share some of his poetry and his experience as a teacher.

This talk is supported by the University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, the Department of English, the Arizona Arabic Flagship Program, the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Harvard’s Scholars-At-Risk Program.

Mosab will also give a talk on Feb. 10 that discusses the creation of the Edward Said Library in Gaza.

About the Speakers

Noam Chomsky is a laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is also the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Chomsky is one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world and one of the most cited scholars in modern history.

Mosab Abu Toha is a young Palestinian poet from Gaza. A graduate in English language teaching and literature, he enjoys writing stories and poems of his own. Mosab taught English at UNRWA schools in Gaza from 2017 until 2019, and is the founder of the Edward Said Library, Gaza’s first English-language library. As many of Gaza’s libraries were destroyed, he began a campaign in 2014 to collect donations of English-language books. Noam Chomsky, who has donated several autographed books to Mosab and then to the library, described the library as “a unique resource, and what is more a refuge and a rare flicker of light and hope for the young people of Gaza.” In 2019-2020, Mosab is a visiting poet and scholar with Harvard’s Scholar-at-Risk program, hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature. He is also a visiting librarian-in-residence at Harvard’s Houghton Library. Mosab is also a columnist for Arrowsmith Press.


5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 12, 2020


Biological Sciences East 100 (University of Arizona campus, 1311 E. 4th Street)

Event Contacts

Matthew Abraham

As the US formally withdraws from the Paris Climate Agreement and environmental regulations
are rolled back daily how can the facts about climate change and the urgent steps needed to
address it be kept front and center? What should science, policy makers, and the concerned
public do now? What are the effective narratives? Frank Sesno, former CNN White House
anchor and bureau chief, creator of Planet Forward, and director of George Washington
University’s School of Media and Public Affairs will be joined by Dan Reed, Director of Planet
Forward, to discuss the stories that can mobilize the public in the face of unprecedented
assaults on the environment and science. As we head into Campaign 2020, the issue of climate
change will be more urgent than ever. How can we engage and make a difference?


Noon Nov. 13, 2019

Talk by Lena Berger, University of Arizona

The role of business in society is in a state of change with societies increasingly expecting a more active role of businesses in the pursuit of societal goals, particularly related to sustainability. This project studies imaginaries of the relationship between business and society prevalent within nations—namely in Switzerland, South Africa, and China—and the renegotiation and adaptation of these imaginaries in cross-national collaborations. The latter is studied by means of comparing and contrasting the roles of Chinese corporations in Africa and China. Data for this project consists in essays, survey responses, and newspaper articles and is analyzed using a combination of multidimensional scaling and qualitative content within a Hermeneutic Content Analysis framework. The results show that conceptualizations of the relations between business and society differ between places and are closely intertwined with contextual and cultural factors, particularly related to political and economic systems, social issues, cultural values, and history. Expectations toward business are grounded in ideals and realities of business-society dynamics and are defined in relation to the roles of other societal actors, particularly government. Cross-national collaboration between actors is characterized by creation of new role models. Contemporary, Western-based theories account well for the roles and ideals prevalent in Western contexts (i.e., Switzerland) but not those found elsewhere (i.e., South Africa and China).


Noon Nov. 22, 2019


Social Sciences 415

Talk by Victor Ray, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Organizational theory scholars typically see organizations as race-neutral bureaucratic structures, while race and ethnicity scholars have largely neglected the role of organizations in the social construction of race. The theory developed in this article bridges these subfields, arguing that organizations are racial structures—cognitive schemas connecting organizational rules to social and material resources. I begin with the proposition that race is constitutive of organizational foundations, hierarchies, and processes. Next, I develop four tenets: (1) racialized organizations enhance or diminish the agency of racial groups; (2) racialized organizations legitimate the unequal distribution of resources; (3) Whiteness is a credential; and (4) the decoupling of formal rules from organizational practice is often racialized. I argue that racialization theory must account for how both state policy and individual attitudes are filtered through—and changed by—organizations. Seeing race as constitutive of organizations helps us better understand the formation and everyday functioning of organizations. Incorporating organizations into a structural theory of racial inequality can help us better understand stability, change, and the institutionalization of racial inequality. I conclude with an overview of internal and external sources of organizational change and a discussion of how the theory of racialized organizations may set the agenda for future research.


Noon Nov. 15, 2019


Social Sciences 415

This lecture is by Kimberly Hoang, University of Chicago

Playing in the Gray is a comparative study of global capital flows. Innovating ethnographic methods, I traveled over 350,000 miles to map a network of global investors. I traced the flow of capital from offshore funds in places like the Cayman Islands, Samoa, and Panama to special-purpose vehicles or holding companies in Singapore and Hong Kong, before they were invested in risky markets onshore in Vietnam and Myanmar. I examined how investors capitalize on frontier markets—where rule of law is absent, regulations can quickly change, government intervention is high, and corruption is rife. Drawing on interviews with over 300 financial professionals including— private wealth managers, fund managers, chairpeople, local entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, lawyers, bankers, auditors, and company secretaries—this is the first known global ethnography to include extensive interviews with a diverse set of professionals who operate with great immunity as they move capital around the world. By triangulating concepts in the humanities, economics, and law, Playing in the Gray moves from a macro-level perspective of global capital flows, to a meso-level analysis of how firms syndicate risk through complex offshoring structures as they set up tax structures across multiple jurisdictions, and finally to a micro-level analysis of individual actors moral regimes of justification and their personal experiences of feast and famine in navigating gray economies.


Noon Nov. 8, 2019


Social Sciences 415
Poster of event details

Mexican celebrated writer, cartoonist, and comic strip artist. Possessor of an acid and direct humor, his cartoons cover very different themes, from children's jokes to crudest political criticism and satire. Creator of El Santos alongside Jose Ignacio Solorzano "Jis," Fabulas de Policias y Ladrones (Fables of Cops and Crooks), and Don Taquero among many others.


SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

12:00 –1:30 PM

Conversation with Trino Camacho & Book Signing

Brown Bag & Coffee Lecture

Jose Trininad Camacho "Trino

Location: ENR2 Building, Room S225

1064 E Lowell St, Tucson, AZ 85719


SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

6:00 -7:00 pm

El Arte de Reírnos de Nosotros Mismos: una Plática con


Conversation (In Spanish)

Location: Consulate of Mexico in Tucson

3915 E. Broadway Blvd. 85711


SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

2:30- 4:30 pm

Santos VS La Tetona Mendoza

Dir. Alejandro Lozano/Andres Couturier

 Movie Screening followed by Meet & Greet

Comments: Jose Trinidad Camacho Trino

& Dr. Luis Coronado Guel, SBS Mexico Initiatives

Location: UA Center for Creative Photography Auditorium

1030 N. Olive Rd. Tucson AZ 85719



Noon Sept. 19, 2019 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 2019

Kelsey John

For the Navajo (Diné), horses are knowers who can promote healing within their communities. Inspired by her own experiences riding and training Navajo horses, Kelsey John, a postdoctoral fellow in American Indian Studies, reveals how horses teach us to relate to each other, the land, and other nonhuman animals.


6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 2019

Alison Hawthorne Deming

For 200 hundred years, herring have been the foundation of a thriving fishery on Grand Manan Island, Canada. English Professor  Alison Hawthorne Deming’s talk celebrates the tradition of harvesting herring while contemplating the challenges of climate change and the unique ways fish and people can live together meaningfully.


6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019


Fox Tucson Theatre

Our understanding of human-bison interactions – whether through hunting, consuming, trading, sacrificing, exterminating, or nursing from the brink of extinction – has generally portrayed humans as the central force in the history of this great American mammal. In contrast, Native American Plains hunters situate bison at the center of a web of natural, social, and spiritual connections with the world. María Nieves Zedeño combines traditional knowledge and scientific archaeology to explore how, for millennia, indigenous hunters in North America  treated bison as powerful persons and partners who shaped every aspect of human life.

About the Speaker

María Nieves Zedeño is Associate Research Professor in the UA School of Anthropology. She has spent 15 years working with Blackfoot hunters and religious leaders on archaeological projects to uncover the cultural landscape of bison hunting. Her research is woven into contemporary efforts to combine tradition and state-of-art range ecology in the management of Blackfeet tribal bison herds. 


6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 2019


Fox Tucson Theatre
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