SBS K-12 Activities at the Tucson Festival of Books

Calling all book lovers and budding writers! The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is hosting several events in its tent at the Tucson Festival of Books that are targeted to K-12 students, especially middle and high school students. The Tucson Festival of Books is held on March 12-13, 2016 at the UA campus.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences tent will include a stage for discussions and readings as well as two activity areas highlighting the work of individual departments and programs within the college. The tent will be located on the UA Mall next to the UA Bookstore tent (#162).

Social for high school seniors

SBS tent activities will begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with a free “Meet Your Marxists” SBS Welcome (the name was inspired by the first talk in the tent, titled “Difference and Inequality in American Capitalism”). Our student ambassadors are ready and eager to speak to high school seniors interested in learning more about our college! The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences includes some of the most popular majors on campus, including political science, English, communication, journalism, and sociology. For a list of all 27 of our majors, click here.

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., some of Tucson's best young performance poets will bring the rhythm of language to the Festival of Books. The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam is a program of Spoken Futures, Inc.

Fairy Tales and Myths

Sunday morning at 10 a.m., the SBS tent will feature “The Power of Fairy Tales,” an interpretive reading of fairy tales put on in conjunction with the student-run Fairy Tale Review and Tiny Donkey literary magazines.

Inspired by UA English Professor Aurelie Sheehan’s book Demigods on Speedway, not to mention the phenomenal success of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, SBS will host a “Myths Revisited” session on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Students can attend a reading and talk about the importance of myths in literature and how we might go about retelling them.

Tent Activities

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences tent will have hands-on activities throughout the weekend. Click here for a schedule of events. The events include:

  • American Dream Game (Sat., 9:30-11:30 a.m.)Sociology Professor Brian Mayer will introduce kids of all ages to the complexities of inequality with a bean bag toss that links distance to conditions of wealth, race, and identity.
  • Middle East Trivia (Sat., noon-2 p.m.)Representatives from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) will test festival-goers about their knowledge of the Middle East in this Jeopardy-esque quiz game.
  • Ask Me About Syria (Sat., 2:30-5 p.m.)—CMES engages festival-goers in a conversation about Syria and its current struggles by providing experts to answer impromptu questions.
  • Folklore of the Southwest (Sun., 9:30 a.m.-noon)—The Southwest Folklife Alliance introduces audiences to the mythic folk stories of the Southern Arizona.
  • Artistic Affirmation (Sun., 12:30-3 p.m.)—Professor Martha L. Barrón promotes well-being in children by engaging them in hands-on affirmation activities.
  • Sun Prints (Sun, 12:30-3 p.m.)—Children will make cyanotypes, prints of objects made using ink that fades quickly in the sun.
  • You Are Here Outreach (Sun., 3:30-5 p.m.)—Geography’s literary magazine connects festival-goers to stories on space and place.

You can also find our School of Anthropology, School of Information, and Department of Linguistics leading fun activities in Science City!

Other Activities

In addition to the events listed above, high school student might enjoy an even broader selection of our talks, including those on society and inequality, LGBT literature, Native American history, nature writing, and women journalists on the border. For a list of all the talks in the SBS tent, click here.

Aspiring novelists may also enjoy the talk given by English Professor Julie Iromuanya (author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, recently short-listed for the PEN Literary Award) on how to begin a novel on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Kachina room.

Published Date: 

02/23/2016 - 11:40am