Visit SBS Tent at the Festival of Books to Hear Topics Ranging from Incivility to Love

Hands-on Activities in Science City!

Several of our units will have booths with activities in Science City. Learn about food preservation from ancient times to the present at the School of Anthropology booth (Science of Food); check out cool student projects at the School of Information booth (Science of Tomorrow); and experience waveforms and ultrasound at the Department of Linguistics booth (Science of You).

Come to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent (#129) at the 2019 Tucson Festival of Books (March 2-3, 2019) to hear diverse voices discuss the critical issues of our time. Our sessions include:

  • unflinching examinations of racial divides, rampant uncivility, and algorithms of oppression;
  • in-depth conversations on Latino identities and social change in China; and
  • hopeful discussions of how to tackle depression, heal trauma, love better, and improve the world through social transformations.

Experts include SBS faculty, trauma expert (and Oprah guest) Resmaa Menakem, and acclaimed feminist scholar bell hooks. World-renowned UA linguist Noam Chomsky will also be speaking at the festival. Check out our full schedule.

Programming at the Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent (#129)

Saturday, March 2

  • 10AM: In the session “Conundrums of Racial Divides in American Culture,” UA Jim Griffith Chair of Public Folklore Maribel Alvarez moderates a discussion between historian Eric Lott and UA Education Professor Nolan Cabrera on questions of racial difference and mythologies that eat at the heart of U.S. society.
  • 11:30AM: In the session “We Can Do Better,” Marc Fleurbaey, author of “A Manifesto for Social Progress: Ideas for a Better Society,” will converse with UA Philosophy Professor Tom Christiano and UA Law Professor Leslye Obiora about how social transformations for a better world can be attainable and what it would take to get there.
  • 1PM: In the session “A Crisis of Civility? Political Discourse and its Discontents,” a panel of experts convened by the UA-affiliated National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) discuss the tough questions that impact the future of U.S. democracy. Moderated by UA Communication Professor Kate Kenski and Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director emerita of NICD.
  • 2:30PM: In the session “Healing from Social Injury: A Body-Centered Approach,” celebrated therapist 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. Moderated by Leslie Langbert, executive director of the UA Compassion Studies Center.
  • 4PM: In the session “Depression, You Are Not the Boss of Me!” award-winning investigative journalist Johann Hari shares his hard-won insights into the confounding world of depression. Moderated by Patricia Haynes, professor in the UA Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Sunday, March 3

  • 10AM: In the session “My Grandmother’s Hands:  A Conversation on Resilience and Healing,” celebrated therapist Resmaa Menakem will explore the importance of centering the body in our process of healing trauma and strengthening resilience, and the courageous path of compassion it requires. Moderated by Leslie Langbert, executive director of the UA Compassion Studies Center.
  • 11:30AM: In the session “Contested Latino Identities: Past, Present, and Future,” three important contemporary voices, including English Associate Professor Maritza Cardenas, will examine Latino identity in the U.S. across the span of different times, geographies, and generations: Mexican workers, Central American immigrants, and the emerging Latinx generation. Moderated by Anna Ochoa O’Leary, head of the UA Department of Mexican American Studies.
  • 1PM: In the session “Navigating Digital Inequality,” S. Craig Watkins will explore the concern that advances in technology may widen, rather than narrow, the gaps between communities of color and the rest of the population. Moderated by Cheryl Knott, professor in the School of Information.
  • 2:30PM: In the session “Social Change and Culture in Contemporary China,” UA anthropologist Qing Zhang and author Eric Fish will discuss changes in China today, ranging from innovations towards a more ‘cosmopolitan’ use of Mandarin to attitudes towards money and sex. Moderated by Wenhao Diao, an assistant professor in East Asian Studies.
  • 4PM: In the session “All About Love: A Conversation with bell hooks,” the acclaimed feminist scholar will revisit the impact of her benchmark work “All About Love.” hooks introduces a vision for more authentic, equitable, and accountable forms of emotional connection. Moderated by Monica Casper, UA professor of Gender and Women’s Studies.

Elsewhere at the Festival

SBS faculty can also be found at other venues during the TFOB weekend, including:

We hope to see you at the Tucson Festival of Books!

Published Date: 

01/29/2019 - 10:12am