It's almost time for the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB), which is March 14-15, 2015 at the University of Arizona. Whether you love to peruse the booths or attend the lectures (or both!), the TFOB has something for everyone. This year, we have ramped up our participation at the festival, with a super-sized booth and a bevy of SBS speakers and moderators!
Our feature event at the festival is the session “A Conversation with Noam Chomsky” on March 15 at 4 p.m., which we are sponsoring with the Tucson Festival of Books and The Nation.
Don’t miss this chance to see Chomsky, a world-renowned linguist, intellectual, and political activist, who according to The New York Times is “arguably the most important intellectual alive.” Free tickets are available beginning at 12 noon on March 15 from the Centennial Hall Box Office. You can get details here and here.
An Evening with Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland
Leading us into the exciting TFOB weekend is a special session titled “Everybody Matters: Climate Change and Human Rights,” given by Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland and a former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. Held on Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall, this free lecture is presented by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. Robinson will discuss the importance of including the most vulnerable populations of the world in solutions to climate change. Click here for details.
2015 Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lecture: “Charles Bowden’s Southwest”
SBS’s School of Information Resources and Library Science is presenting the 2015 Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lecture, "Charles Bowden's Southwest," on Sunday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Theater. This year's Lawrence Clark Powell Lecture will explore the work and influence of one of the Southwest’s greatest voices, Charles “Chuck” Bowden (1945-2014), who is also a UA history alum. Authors Jim Harrison and Luis Urrea and editor Clara Jeffery will address Charles Bowden’s love of the Southwest and his fascination with the complexity of life along the U.S. Mexican Border. The lecture is also sponsored by the Southwest Center.
The moderator for the session is J .C. Mutchler, who is an associate research historian with the Southwest Center and an associate research professor with the Department of History. Mutchler researches the history of the U.S. Mexico Border and the history of the U.S. West, with a particular focus on the environmental history of ranching and cowboy culture. He is currently working on an oral history project entitled "Chuck Bowden: A Writer's LIfe."
Visit Us At Our Booths!
UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences—Booth #150
Come visit us at our booth to learn about our college, meet our faculty authors, and participate in hands-on, educational activities! Activities include a game related to the the American Dream (Sat., 9-12); the Knowledge River Program (Sat, 12-3); the Southwest Folklife Alliance (Sat., 3-6); the Colibri Center (Sun., 9-12); the Sowing the Seeds Program (Sun., 12-3); and the Community and School Garden Program (Sun., 3-6).
Featured authors include Mimi Nichter, professor in the School of Anthropology, who will be showcasing her new book, Lighting Up: The Rise of Social Smoking among College Students, on Sat. from 9 a.m.-12 noon. Professor Nichter encourages people to stop by to discuss her work!
UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies—Booth #151
At this booth, you can obtain information on Middle East-related books/programs and purchase Middle East-themed items. SBS’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, the UA Arabic Flagship Program, and Project GO will all be featured at the booth.
UA Department of Linguistics—In Science City (“The Science of You”)
Graduate students from the linguistics department will lead educational activities for visitors of all ages. There will be interactive demonstrations in which you will see your tongue with an ultrasound machine and observe the amazing ways that tongue movement produces a variety of human speech sounds. You can also get a printout of a waveform of your own voice.
UA School of Anthropology—In Science City (“The Science of You”)
This booth will display recently published books from faculty and provide anthropology-related activities for children or anyone else interested in learning more about anthropology. One activity centers around the concept of stratigraphy by asking participants to remove layers of sediment (or in this case colored sugar) to uncover “ancient artifacts” and relay which object is older and why. The second activity provides a life-sized two-dimensional laminate version of the famous Laeotili footprints so that participants can “walk in the footsteps of their ancestors.”
UA Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology—In Science City (“The Science of Everyday Life”)
Community members can create and play with paper pulp while learning about how waste paper-based fibrous concrete is used for building in Arizona and Sonora. Visitors to the booth will also be able to “plant” a summer or winter garden and hear how BARA interns are maintaining a garden plot at Las Milpitas de Cottonwood farm in Tucson while studying issues of community identity and food insecurity.
Faculty Speakers and Moderators
Our SBS faculty are weaved through the weekend sessions, both as panelists and moderators. Here’s a cheat sheet on where to find our SBS writers and scholars on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15.
Kate Bernheimer (Department of English)
Bernheimer has been called "one of the living masters of the fairy tale.” Her most recent story collection is titled "How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales."
- “Fractured Fairy Tales”
Student Union Kachina, Sun., 2:30 p.m.
David Cuillier (School of Journalism)
The director of the UA School of Journalism, Cuillier researches citizen and press access to government information, including public attitudes toward freedom of information, the state of access, and strategies for increasing transparency.
- Cuillier will moderate two panels featuring New York Times reporter James Risen, who was nearly jailed this year by the Department of Justice for not revealing his anonymous sources.
- “James Risen - Pay Any Price: Greed, Power & Endless War”; ILC 120, Sun., 11:30 a.m.
- “Journalism in Crisis”; Koffler Room 204, Sun, 2:30 p.m.
Alison Deming (Department of English)
Award-winning author Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent book is Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. Deming is an Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.
- Deming is moderating the panel “Faith: Anne Perry and Victoria Zackheim in Conversation”
ILC 150, Sat., 2:30 p.m.
- “Workshop: On Poetry”
Poets Katha Pollitt and Alison Hawthorne Deming discuss poetry, and its role in their lives.
ILC 151, Sun., 1 p.m.
National Parks Experience, Sun.,2:30 p.m.
Kirk Emerson (School of Government and Public Policy)
Emerson’s research focuses on collaborative governance, inter-agency cooperation, and conflict management, particularly related to climate change, public lands management, and border security.
- Emerson is moderating the session “Conservation, Landscape, and the West”
UA Library (Special Collections), Sun., 10 a.m.
Celeste González de Bustamante (School of Journalism)
González de Bustamante researches the history and development of television news and media in Latin America and violence against journalists in Mexico.
- González de Bustamante will moderate the panel “The Border Humanitarian Crisis: Causes and Realities”
Modern Languages Room 350, Sun., 1 p.m.
Carolyn J. Lukensmeye (National Institute for Civil Discourse in the School of Government and Public Policy)
Lunkensmeyer is the author of “Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table.” and is the executive director of NICD, which is sponsoring the two panels below.
- "Political Dysfunction--A Generational Perspective"
Lukensmeyer will be a panelist with former Oklahoma Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards who wrote “The Parties Vs. The People”," Kari Saratovsky, author of “Cause for Change,” and Steven Olikara, President of the Millennial Action Project. Jim Nintzel of the Tucson Weekly will moderate the panel. The panelists will share their ideas on how to revitalize American Democracy.
ILC 150, Sun, 11:30 a.m.
- The Partisan Divide — Two Former Congressmen Speak Out
Former Republican Congressman Tom Davis of Virginia and former Democratic Congressman Martin Frost of Texas will discuss their new book: “The Partisan Divide.” The recently released book explores the road to today’s political gridlock in Washington and possible ways elected officials might find more bipartisan approaches to solving the nation’s big issues. Lukensmeyer will moderate the discussion.
ILC 120, Sun, 2:30 p.m.
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez (Department of Mexican American Studies)
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez’s is currently examining maiz culture, migration, and the role of stories and oral traditions among Indigenous peoples, including Mexican and Central American peoples.
- “Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: 7,000 Years of Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas”
Koffler Room 216, Sun., 11:30 a.m.
Mort Rosenbloom (School of Journalism)
Rosenblum has written from 200 countries on subjects ranging from war to tango dancing by the Seine.
- Rosenbloom is moderating the session “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001-2014”
Koffler Room 204, Sat., 11:30 a.m.
- “Workshop: Writing About War”
Veteran war correspondents Carlotta Gall and Mort Rosenblum discuss writing from conflict zones.
ILC 141, Sun., 1 p.m.
Aurelie Sheehan (Department of English)
Aurelie Sheehan is the author of three short-story collections, the latest of which is "Demigods on Speedway," from the University of Arizona Press. Her two novels are titled "History Lesson for Girls" and "The Anxiety of Everyday Objects."
- It Was a Dark and Stormy Night — in Tucson!
Student Union Kachina, Sat., 2:30
- Fractured Fairy Tales
Student Union Kachina, Sun. 2:30
Thomas Sheridan (School of Anthropology; Southwest Center)
Sheridan is the author or editor of 13 books, including Stitching the West Back Together: Conservation of Working Landscapes and Arizona: A History.
- “Writers Across Borders in the Southwest”
Koffler Building, Room 216, 1 p.m.
- “Conservation, Landscape, and the West”
UA Library (Special Collections), Sun., 10 a.m.
Johanna Skibsrud (Department of English)
Skibsrud was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, making her the youngest writer to ever win Canada’s most prestigious literary prize. Her second novel, Quartet for the End of Time, was released in fall 2014.
- Skibsrud is moderating the session “The Facts of Fiction: The Fiction of Facts”
Koffler Room 218, Sat., 1 p.m.
- “Historical Fiction: Deep Secrets, Dark Places”
Novelists, including Skibsrud, talk about how they write - and rewrite – history
Student Union Catalina, Sat., 4 p.m.